Mentors

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Here at ICSB IMAN we have some of the smartest, friendliest, and most helpful mentors around. We have gathered them for a single purpose and that is to help you achieve your goals. Our Mentors come from all sorts of industries and backgrounds.

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Fareed Rahman

Sohaib Hasan

Babra Noor

Juwayriah Hasan

Atif Shaikh

Talha Siddiqui

Salmah Ismail

Dr. Sarah Nazarkhan

Najeeb Gohil

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Fareed Rahman

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Background: I graduated from the University of California, Riverside in June 2020 as a Biology major. I was born and raised in Torrance, CA, attended West High for high school, and went straight to a four-year university for my Bachelor’s degree. I will be an incoming first-year medical student in 2021 and hope to one day open a clinic to care for both my local community and the underserved families in California.

Fun Fact: A fun fact about me is that I became a personal fitness trainer during my senior year of high school. In my free time, I enjoy swimming, watching anime, and spending time with my friends and family. 

Passion: As an incoming medical student, I am incredibly excited to share my journey with others and hope it truly helps those also interested in pursuing a career in medicine. The road is long, the path is filled with many obstacles, but together, I hope we can nurture a new and prosperous generation of physicians!

" If you have lived to learn, then you have learned to live. Pursue knowledge, chase growth, and embody humility. Above all, keep Allah (SWT) at the center of everything, as our love and worship of Him is the foundation of life. " 

Sohaib Hasan

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Background: I was born and raised in Torrance, CA, and attended West Torrance High School. Currently, I am in my senior year at the University of California, Berkeley majoring in Public Health. Before transferring to UCB, I attended El Camino Community College for two years. I hope to go into medical school in the near future and hope to open up a clinic for my community and serve the underserved individuals and families in California.

Fun fact or hobby:  In my free time, I really enjoy spending time with my family and friends, going out to eat, having a great time, as well I love playing basketball (though I may not too good lol :)) )

What are you excited about (in regards to mentoring)? In regards to mentoring, I am excited to serve my community, masjid, and help guide those students who are planning to go into the medical field in the future. I was once in their shoes, and I hope I can become someone that can help them along their process and journey. 

"Work hard, try your best, and leave the rest in the hands of Allah SWT. Always remember to put your deen first and Insha’Allah everything else, will come from the help and guidance from our lord, Allah SWT."

 

Babra

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Background: I was born and raised in Torrance, CA where I attended North High School before going on to continue my educational journey at UCI. I am currently a fourth year biology major and plan on becoming a physician assistant (PA) in the future iA. 

Fun fact or hobby: I have recently been working on lots of Islamic calligraphy and have created paintings which I enjoy gifting to others. Making other people happy is a big passion of mine and I use this hobby as an outlet to do so!    

What are you excited about (in regards to mentoring)?: I admire incoming mentees who want to use their ambition and drive to light their path forward. I am excited to add fuel to people’s existing fire and find ways to make this ummah even stronger. Indeed we are the future, but just as important are the choices we make in the present. I hope to help nurture, grow, and supplement the amazing seeds this generation is planting today! 

" be the reason someone believes in the goodness of people.' As a result, your character, work ethic, and manners should embody Islam just as much as your prayers, fasting, and duas do. You never know who you’ll leave your mark on this way! :)"

Juwayriah Hasan

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Background: I was born and raised in Torrance, CA and attended West High School. After high school, I attended El Camino College for 2 years and transferred to UCLA in Fall 2020. I am currently a third year majoring in political science with plans to become a lawyer. 

Fun fact or hobby: In my free time, I like to paint, watch Netflix, read, and spend time with friends and family. 

What are you excited about (in regards to mentoring)? I am excited to serve my community and guide those interested in a major or career in the social science field. 

"Constantly be driven to succeed. Put your utmost effort in everything you do and trust Allah has written what is best for you."

Atif Shaikh

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Background: Born in India, raised in socal, went to south high, graduated from UCR with a neuroscience degree, short term goals, build up skill set to move into software, long term goals to open a free coding academy at the masjid.

Fun Fact: I like making video games and playing ultimate frisbee as my hobbies.

Passion: I am most excited to see all the cool stuff the kids do.

 Ibn Abbas reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Take advantage of five before five: your youth before your old age, your health before your illness, your riches before your poverty, your free time before your work, and your life before your death.”

Talha Siddiqui

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Background: I graduated from UC Berkeley in May 2019 as Political Economy major. I was born and raised in Torrance, CA and went to North High for 3 years and then El Camino for a 1 year before transferring (so kind of did the CHSPE route). I was Pre-Law and deep in to the law school admissions process when I switched over in to product management/business. I am currently a Product Manager at Wells Fargo where I lead business initiatives and software development for one of our mobile apps. I am also pursuing a MBA from the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business. Inshallah, I plan on staying in product management and pursuing various entrepreneurial and non profit work in my free time.

Fun Fact: I was in a viral Youtube video about my parents restaurant. In my free time, I like hiking, unique ice cream and overanalyzing Netflix shows/movies.

Passion: As the child of working class immigrants, I am quite passionate about ensuring equity within the education and professional worlds. I strive to provide actionable insights to help individuals reach their full potential in every aspect of their lives.

" 1. Strive for excellence in your religious and worldly affairs and Allah will indeed provide for you. 2. Dont be afraid to try something different and with every rejection there are 10 more opportunities elsewhere "

Salmah Ismail

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Background: I was born in Myanmar and moved to California when I was one years old and have been living here ever since! I graduated from California State University, Long Beach in 2020 as a Psychology major. I hope to pursue an MSW in the near future and get my degree as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) to contribute to the mental health field and raise awareness of the importance of mental health within our community, InshaAllah.

Fun Fact: I have always loved writing about experiences that I’ve been through, my thoughts and feelings (as expected for someone who wants to pursue a career in the mental health field, haha!) and writings that can bring a sense of comfort to people. Recently, I’ve started writing about topics related to Islam and Deen, which I’ve been enjoying greatly as it allows me to develop a deeper connection with my Deen.

Passion: I’m enthusiastic to just be a mentor! I know that sounds simple, but I really look forward to working with incoming mentees who are excited about working towards their growth and their future, whether it be personal, professional, or educational. I’m happy to be a part of a community that guides and informs the younger generation which I hope can aid in their success and prosperity!

" Good intentions are the most beautiful of secrets.” Striving to do everything in this life with good and sincere intentions is extremely important as they are rewarded, earn the pleasure of Allah SWT, and we feel happy!  ❤︎ (: "

Dr. Sarah Nazarkhan

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Background: I grew up in the Middle East prior to moving to the US in my early teens. After graduating from Magnolia High School in Anaheim, I began college at UC Berkeley, where I majored in Public Health. Before starting medical school at UCLA, I worked as a tutor in several after school programs for a year, which rekindled my passion for teaching. I matched and completed my residency training at Harbor UCLA Medical Center in Family Medicine, where I currently work as a Clinical Faculty and Assistant Program Director of the residency program. In my current role, I work with new graduates with the goal of training mission-driven, social-justice oriented physicians who are committed to providing care to the most vulnerable members of our community.

Fun Fact: I enjoy learning new languages through watching foreign television shows and traveling (the latter I hope to resume post-pandemic inshaAllah). In my free time, I also enjoy Arabic calligraphy, reading and hanging out with my family.

Passion: I am excited to share my experiences with people interested in the medical field. The journey is long and may often seem overwhelming, but I am hoping to alleviate some of the stress by sharing my story and inshaAllah providing some tips and tools to help others through the process!

" Always approach your studies and work with the intention of pleasing Allah. If you maintain the intention of worship, He will bless your path and help you through it. "

Najeeb Gohil

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Background: I was born and raised in Torrance, CA where I attended Torrance High School. I am currently a second year Mechanical Engineering Major at the University of California, Riverside where I expect to graduate in 2023. Currently, my main interest is involved in Machine Learning (Artificial Intelligence) and I plan to do related research when quarantine is over with my professor!

Fun Fact: I'm a pretty average college student: I like to play basketball, watch movies, ride my skateboard, play video games with my friends, and spend time with friends and family. During quarantine I also decided to build my own PC.

Passion: I am very excited to meet new potential engineering students and show you what I do as an engineer and some of the fun things I get to do. Most importantly, I am excited to serve my masjid and my community and hopefully make a difference in someone's life.

" Prayer and hard work acts in a tandem to grant you success in this life and the next;  a busy life makes prayer harder, but prayer makes a busy life easier. "