We at the Islamic Center believe that each human is blessed with individual talents and our religion encourages us to work as a team.
God said” And cooperate with one another in virtuous conduct and reverence, and do not cooperate with one another in sin and hostility. And revere Allah. Allah is severe in retribution (5:2).
The Board of Trustees constitutes the planning and supervisory body of the ICN. The Board of Trustees sets the strategic direction of the ICN and have all powers necessary to carry out the purposes of the organization. The Executive Council is the governing body and manages all daily operations and affairs of the facility. Executive Council and Board of Trustees are elected by membership of the organization.
Our religion gives us all an equal access to God however we are blessed to have Dr Ossama Bahloul as our Resident Scholar.
On April 15, 2016, Imam Ossama Bahloul, Ph.D. became ICN’s first Resident Scholar, after serving as the Imam of the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro since April 2008. In his new role as Resident Scholar, Imam Ossama will continue to guide the religious vision of the Islamic Center of Nashville (ICN), deliver the majority of Friday sermons and lectures, and represent our community in the public sphere locally.
At the same time, this new role will allow Imam Ossama the flexibility to fully take on serving and representing the American-Muslim community on a much grander scale by serving on the Fiqh Council of North America and as the Muslim Chaplain at Vanderbilt University. We at ICN are delighted to share our scholar with the greater Nashville community and the Fiqh Council, and we are excited about what new possibilities Imam Ossama will bring to our growing community.
Biography: Imam Ossama Bahloul, Ph.D., the Resident Scholar of the Islamic Center of Nashville, comes to Nashville with a wealth of experience and knowledge. Imam Ossama is a graduate of the renowned Al-Azhar University in Cairo, Egypt, where he earned his BA in Islamic Studies, as well as his Master’s degree and ultimately his Ph.D. Dr. Bahloul completed his Ph.D. in Comparative Religions. His thesis titled Critique of Christian Issues within Will Durant’s “The Story of Civilization” is widely acclaimed.
Dr. Bahloul’s passion in comparative religions has fueled over 16 years of experience in interfaith dialogue and numerous public corroborations with both Muslim organizations and religious leaders from other faiths. As an academic, he has worked on peer-reviewed research and has traveled extensively, lecturing at the university level about critical interfaith issues facing Muslims.
As an Imam, Dr. Ossama has gained knowledge, experience, and insight in guiding community members to achieve their Islamic educational and spiritual goals. Dr. Bahloul’s unwavering commitment, enthusiasm and perseverance for the educational and spiritual growth and wellbeing of his community have culminated in his induction into the Fiqh Council of North America.
Prior to his tenure at the Islamic Center of Nashville, Dr. Bahloul was the Imam at the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro where he led and supported the community through severe islamophobic attacks while building the only mosque in Murfreesboro, all of which was covered extensively by local and national media.
Above all, Dr. Bahloul is a devoted and loving husband to his wife Ivey Bahloul, and a caring, compassionate father to his three beautiful children Jana, Adam, and Nora.
ICN TEAM MEMBERS
Director of Outreach and Community Partnerships
Rashed Fakhruddin, an engineering supervisor by profession at the power company (NES), is the director of community partnerships at the Islamic Center of Nashville.
For the last 2 decades, Rashed has been coordinating and providing presentations on Islam to universities, schools, leadership groups and other organizations upon request in order to help develop a better understanding of Muslims, while building bridges and fostering stronger relationships within the community. Through his profession, he speaks to freshmen on professional and life skills, while serving on the Engineering, Manufacturing & Industrial Technology Partnership Council for the last decade and presently chairing it.
As a result of his work in the community, Rashed has most recently received the following awards:
Women's Political Collaborative of Tennessee's Good Guys Award - for demonstrating leadership and advocacy towards women’s issues•
Community Nashville Human Relations Award – for being a humanitarian for building respect and understanding differences, while being committed to fighting bias, bigotry and racism.
PENCIL’s Volunteer of the Year Award in 2015 for Metro Nashville Public Schools.
Southerner of the Year honoree by Southern Living Magazine in 2016
YWCA’s MacDonald/ Negri (“Man of the Year”) award in 2017 for dedicating time and energy in the AMEND Together initiative to engage men to help end violence towards women and girls.
Conexion Americas’ Annual Amigo We Love Award in 2017 – which recognizes a non-Hispanic individual who has helped empower Latinos through their work, their service or actions.
Nashville Predators’ Walmart Community Playmaker honoree in January of 2018
Vanderbilt University’s Alumni Public Service Award in October of 2018
Nashville Public Education Foundation’s Public Schools Hall of Fame Distinguished Alumni Award in October of 2018
Rashed is one of 3 children, and is married with 3 children. He moved to Nashville in 1970 as a small child. Rashed loves to play basketball, watch sports and exercise.