The People

Zawiya Perspective started out as a response to a need. A need that is greatly needed in our community. As members of our society graduate from higher education, their identities are being challenged in many ways.  People make up the community and every community is made up off vibrant members.  We have many of the most talented members, these individuals are making positive difference in all aspects.

Board Members  

Abdullah Haroon (Co-Founder)  

Ahmed Syed Ali (In-House Counsel)

Daniel Coleman (Certified Companion) 

Bushra Khan (Co-Founder & Secretary)

Jesse Maroney (Outreach Coordinator)

Ishraq Ali (Digital Strategist) 


Abdullah Haroon:  Found himself in a paradigm shift after moving to southern California from the bay area.  Having attended many of the class at Zaytuna College, wanted to experience the depth on knowledge again.  While completing his Master in Computer Science from the University of California, Irvine founded Zawiya Perspective.  An initiative to bring back depth and knowledge into the lives of many seekers searching for meaning in life.  Currently is a software engineer developing next generation software for the motor cars industry.   He also coined the term Sip the Tea! Smell the Oud! 

Facilitates weekly Living Essentials sessions & Telling Stories along with tea ceremonies and mentor-ship!

Sayyid Tarif Arabi: was born and raised in Damascus, Syria. He studied traditional Islamic Sciences at Al-Fath Institute, al-Azhar branch in Syria. His teachers include Abdul Rahman al-Shaghuri, Hamza Yusuf, Dr. Mustafa al-Khin and Dr. Samer al-Nass.  Literally one of the most humble people you will ever meet, a person with alot of knowledge, yet full of heart!

Conduct quarterly the Loving the Beloved!

Arezo Ali: Graduated from University of Southern California and is a accomplishment poet and artist who loves to travel all over the world.  Born and raised in SoCal spends her time reflecting and contemplating about the purpose of life! 

Conduct quarterly the Lyrical Nourishment!

Marc Manley:  He grew up in a household where grace was said at the table and we always said our prayers before bedtime, but he was filled with the love and notion of God from the very beginning. At the ripe age of 18, Marc became terrifyingly aware of his finite existence and concluded, “there must be something more to all of this [life]”. The following year, after studying any and all religious traditions he could find, Marc converted to Islam (in 1992) and began a process of studying the religion. He had the opportunity to sit and study with several Muslim teachers in the Detroit metro area. After a brief stint in music (both playing jazz and spinning it for WEMU) he taught Arabic and Islamic Studies in the Detroit area for two years.

Teaches Annually the Active Engagement class 

Murabit Benavidez:   He was born in Fremont, California in 1979. He was raised in a Catholic, Mexican household and embraced Islam at the age of 19. Shortly thereafter, his desire to seek sacred knowledge led him to Syria where he began his studies in Arabic and the Islamic Sciences. In 2002, Shaykh Murabit continued his studies in the deserts of Mauritania, studying Arabic, Fiqh, ʿAqīdah, and Tasawwuf. Some of the eminent scholars Shaykh Murabit studied under include Murabit al-Hajj, Murabit Hadamin bin AbdurRahman, Abdullah bin Ahmad Fal, and Murabit Ahmad Fal bin Ahamadna.

Conduct quarterly the Lives of Men!

Sherine Teymour: Is an ardent architect, a lighting connoisseur, a furniture aficionado, and an avid explorer of materials and technology.  She is a dreamer, a visionary, and a problem-solver. Sherine views design as a tool for enhancing life experiences and has a particular interest in the junction between people, objects, and space. She is fascinated with the relationship between the built environment and human psychology and emotion and she wishes to use design to augment the lives of others.  Sherine thrives when she feels connected to others in a rich and meaningful way and she strives to always be mindful that she is part of a greater whole.  As a designer, Sherine integrates her varying backgrounds to create dynamic, harmonious, and informed spaces through the use of furniture, lighting, interiors, and architecture.

Facilitates monthly Connect & Converse!


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