Religious Directors

Imam Mohammad Ahmad Khan

Imam and Senior Religious Director

Mohammad Ahmad Khan is a Houston native and has been serving the greater Houston community for well over a decade. He joined Maryam Islamic Center in January 2019 as the Imam and Senior Religious Director. He focuses on directing all educational and religious activities at Maryam Islamic Center.

He also serves as an advisor for community members on matters of Fiqh and other related questions. Please contact him at [email protected] to arrange a time to meet or ask questions.

Imam Ahmad graduated from the prestigious Zaytuna College as the valedictorian of his class with a Liberal Arts degree in Islamic law and Theology. Zaytuna College allowed Imam Ahmad to be grounded in the Islamic scholarly tradition and conversant with the cultural currents and critical ideas shaping modern society.

Imam Ahmad is a master level reciter of the Quran who completed a diploma in tajwīd wa al-qirā’ah from Darul ulūm Faisalabad. He was privileged to directly study under the late-erudite scholar, Muhammad Siddiqique (ra). 

Imam Ahmad has been blessed to study under some of the nation’s greatest scholars including but not limited to: Sh. Hamza Yusuf, Imam Zaid Shakir and Sh. Abdullah Ali.

The central focus of his ministry is inclusivity, the enfranchisement of the disenfranchised, the restoration of the family institution, establishing humanitarian solidarity through extensive interfaith engagements and community development.

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.