Religious Directors

Imam Mahad Qamar

Imam and Religious Director

Mahad Qamar grew up in Houston, Texas where he now serves as the Imam of Maryam Islamic Center. Mahad is the co-founder of Suhbah Institute. 

After graduating from the Bayyinah Dream Program, he went on to complete a Bachelor’s Degree in Fiqh and Usul ul Fiqh (Islamic Law and Jurisprudence) from the International Islamic University of Malaysia (IIUM). He is currently pursuing his Master’s degrees in Pastoral Counseling in Marriage and Family Therapy. Mahad served as the head instructor of Quranic Studies at the Bayyinah Dream Program. He has been teaching classes and offering seminars nationally and internationally for almost 10 years on the recitation of the Quran, interactive discussion-based Quran Study, Marriage Preparation, Names and Attributes of Allah, the life of the Prophet Muhammad (S) and the Arabic language to audiences of all ages.

Mahad’s interests include: excercising, watching bastketball, and youth mentorship, training and counseling.

Ustadha Safiya Ravat

Female Religious Director

Safiya Ravat was born in Canada and raised in South Africa and the US, with British and Indian origins. She grew up in Houston, and now serves as the Female Religious Director at Maryam Islamic Center. Safiya is the co-founder of Suhbah Institute.

She attained her degree in Journalism with a minor in Religious Studies at the University of Houston and went on to write for the Houston Chronicle.

Safiya studied under Shaykh Isam Rajab for two years at the Arees University. After graduating from the Bayyinah Dream Arabic program, she attained a degree in Fiqh and Usul ul Fiqh (Islamic Law and Jurisprudence) from the International Islamic University of Malaysia. She is currently pursuing a Master’s in Pastoral Counseling in Marriage and Family Therapy.

Safiya served as the head instructor of Arabic at the Bayyinah Dream program.

Safiya enjoys women’s soccer, and empowering women through education that re-aligns the ummah with the true narrative of women in Islam.

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