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Saifaldin Abdul-Rahman

Saifaldin Abdul-Rahman

Saifaldin (Saif) Rahman is Managing Partner of JR Real Estate Group, Founding Board Member of MOVE The VA Muslim Chamber & MAVE The Muslim American Voter Engagement Project, Vice President of the Northern Virginia Building Industry Association (NVBIA), Board member of The Family & Youth Institute, and a member of the Strategy Team (Board) of VOICE (Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement).  

In his role as managing partner at JR Saif manages a Northern VA based development firm working on residential and commercial development in several counties in Northern Virginia. JR has over 2000 lots in different stages of entitlement and development across the region. As a board member of the Northern Virginia Building Industry Association, Saif works with County governments and civic organizations to address housing affordability and access to housing, recently convening national builders with housing activists to agree on a 10% affordable housing component to new development projects in a local jurisdiction. Saif also serves on the Board of the Center for Real Estate Entrepreneurship at the George Mason University encouraging academic research of housing trends and affordability in the Washington DC market.

In his role MOVE & MAVE, Saif is helping to build Virginia’s first Muslim Business Chamber and leverage the network to uplift Muslim businesses across the Commonwealth. The Chamber is working on mentorship programs, a Shark Tank style program called the Muslim Venture Challenge, as well as creating Shariah compliant small business financing options with a national CDFI to improve Muslim access to capital. With MAVE, the goal is to foster strategic partnerships with other civic organizations and local and state government while working to educate and empower the Muslim community in Northern Virginia to engage in civic participation. In the span of a few years, Saif has successfully encouraged many Muslim Virginians to volunteer on local boards and commissions as well as run for office while also ensuring that the community maintains a healthy voter turnout rate. MAVE has set an ambitious target to achieve a 20% Muslim voter primary participation rate in Northern Virginia.

Saifaldin Rahman held senior posts in the Government of Iraq, including the posts of Advisor to the Vice President of Iraq (2009), Chief of Staff to the Speaker of Parliament (2005) and Chief of Staff to the Minister of Industry & Minerals (2004). Saif helped engineer Iraq’s election law during the days of the Iraqi Governing Council and before working for the Presidency he served as the Director General of the Parliament’s Research Directorate.  Saif participated in the negotiations on the first Status of Forces Agreement between Iraq and the United States.  

Saif is involved with several local non-profits and sits on the boards of New Virginia Majority Education Fund, The Family & Youth Institute, and most recently served on the Fairfax County Redistricting Advisory Committee as well as previously serving on the Fairfax County Complete Count Committee ensuring that Fairfax County receives its fair share of Federal resources.  

Saif has a degree in Government & Politics from the University of Maryland, College Park and lives in Falls Church, Virginia with his wife, Fatima, and their 4 children.

The Prophet (SAS) said, “There are no days in which righteous deeds are more beloved to Allah than these ten days”
(Bukhari).

Guarantee your blessings!

Zakat eligibility of The FYI

The Family & Youth Institute, or The FYI, is a well-known Muslim organization in the United States. It works to promote mental health and wellness by strengthening and empowering individuals, families, and communities through research and education. It has been working for many years to bring Islamic perspectives to understanding and promoting mental health in our communities.

It is dedicated to serving and supporting Muslims – safeguarding our deen, our families, and our future generations. Therefore, the work of The FYI comes in the category of ‘fi sabeelillah’ or the Path of Allah, within the eight categories where Zakat money can be used.

Zakah expenditures are only for the poor and for the needy and for those employed for it and for bringing hearts together [for Islam] and for freeing captives [or slaves] and for those in debt and for the cause of Allah, and for the [stranded] traveler – an obligation [imposed] by Allah, And Allah, is Knowing and Wise.”
(Al-Tawbah 9:60)

According to scholars who widen the meaning of fee sabeelillah to include any activities that promote Islamic growth, The FYI is indeed eligible to receive part of the Zakat funds for its programs and services. I urge Muslims in America to support this organization through their donations, general charity, and through their Zakat. I ask Allah swt to strengthen and guide The FYI to continue its good work in supporting Muslims.

Shaikh Ali Suleiman Ali, PhD

About Shaikh Ali

Sh. Ali Suleiman Ali was born in Ghana where he spent his childhood studying with various Muslim scholars. He then moved to Saudi Arabia and enrolled in the Islamic University of Madina.  He graduated with a degree in both Arabic and Islamic Studies. Dr. Ali went on to complete his Ph.D. in Islamic Studies at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Sh. Ali serves on the Advisory Council of The Family & Youth Institute. He is the Senior Imam and Director of the Muslim Community of Western Suburbs in Canton, Michigan. Additionally, he serves as the Director of Muslim Family Services in Detroit and is a council member of the Fiqh Council of North America (FCNA). He is also a member of the North American Imams Federation (NAIF) and the Association of Muslim Jurists of America (AMJA).