about-boardofdirectors-mamadouDr. Imam Mamadou Bocoum is a holder of two Masters and a PhD from The Muslim College, and University of London. He is currently a lecturer in Islamic Studies; a Board member of the Muslim Law (Shariah) Council UK and an interfaith consultant. Dr. Bocoum has authored a number of written works which have included: The Position of Jews and Christians in the Qur’an; Faith and Citizenship in Islam; The status of Women in Islam; Islamic Fundamentalism and the Qur’an.



MECCA-Institute-Therisa-RogersTherisa Shams el-Din Rogers, was a Rotary International Scholar during her undergraduate studies in Islamic Near East Studies at University of Pennsylvania. She has a Master’s degree in Islamic History from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, and did further graduate work in Islamic Studies. She has studied in Spain, Morocco, and advanced Arabic coursework at the University of Alexandria, Egypt. As an educator for more than 20 years in university and secondary schools in the US, Romania, Abu Dhabi, and South Korea, she has been the recipient of a Fulbright award for Teacher Exchange, and four National Endowment for the Humanities Teacher Fellowships.



about-boardofdirectors-faroukFarouk A. Peru, Ph.d. candidate. London Univesity. Farouk is an academic whose interests include the study of Quran according to its author. He is an Islamicist who focuses on Islam as a world study, Islamofascism and Quranist Islam. He is also interested in Philosophy where he hopes to build on Heidegger’s philosophy of being. His concentration in Quran involves resurrecting the Quranic voice to discover the authentic philosophy of Quran without cultural interjections; study of Islam as a civilization and a people as a cultural stream which permeates a wide variety of human endeavors and experiences. His study of Quranist Islam and the rejection the authority of Tradition and deriving diverse ways of understanding Islam, as well as the study of Islamofascism and how Islam a cultural stream became the source of oppressive systems and the counterbalance to these ideas.


Dr. Yarehk E. J. Hernández Peña is an educator and critical Muslim thinker hailing from Brooklyn, New York. Yarehk has worked in New York City, Los Angeles, Oakland and Philadelphia as an inner-city public school teacher. He completed his undergraduate studies at the City College of New York, where he majored in Middle East History. He also minored in Comparative Religion with a focus on Jewish Studies. Yarehk continued with graduate study at the University of Pennsylvania, where he received a Master of Science in Education with a focus on urban education. He recently completed his doctorate in Religion with a focus on Islamic Studies at Temple University. His research interests include Muslim identity formation, sexuality and gender, Morisco Studies, Islamophobia, the intellectual history of race/racism and Muslim minorities in Spain and Latin America. Yarehk has also spent time traveling and studying Ilm al-Tassawuf.


about-boardofdirectors-daayieeImam Daayiee Abdullah, a Linguist and scholar in Shari’ah Sciences and Quranic Interpretation. A former public interest lawyer. A lecturer on progressive Muslim concepts, intra-faith and interfaith networking, and the development of inclusive and progressive revisions of Islamic theological thought and Islamic law, particularly as it relates to issues of racial, gender and sexual equality as understood in the UN Declaration of Human Rights within and beyond Muslim communities. Imam Daayiee is the Executive Director of MECCA Institute. Former Imam and Education Director at Light of Reform Mosque, he continued to provide pastoral counseling for Muslim youth and adults, their families and friends. He performs samesex, opposite sex and interfaith marriages for Muslims and non-Muslims of diverse backgrounds.