Halal Project began in 2009 between a circle of Muslim American friends from the San Fernando Valley who aspired to help the less fortunate on the streets of Downtown Los Angeles. Today, Halal Project has evolved into a greater effort, one that serves the needy on a monthly basis, by providing a variety of basic necessities such as food, drinks, and clothes. Moreover, for the past 3 years, we have implemented an initiative to aid Muslim families with financial hardship in buying groceries and/or paying for their utilities all while maintaining their confidentially. Halal Project promotes justice and peace through showing that Muslim Americans are a caring and active part of America’s fabric, dedicated to contributing to a better tomorrow for all. Through collaborating with local and global organizations, our efforts to eliminate hunger help uplift those in need not only in Los Angeles but also on an international scale.
Halal Project is a diverse and inclusive organization, inspired by Islamic values. The Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be upon Him) said, “The best among you are those who serve others,” and, “Whoever sees something evil, he should change it with his hand. If he cannot, then with his tongue; and if he cannot do even that, then in his heart.” Additionally, in the Quran, Allah (the Most High) said: Let there be among you a community who enjoin good and forbid evil; it is they that shall be successful, [3:104] and: You are the best community that has ever been brought forth for mankind: you enjoin good and forbid evil‚ [3:110]. Halal Project practices these Islamic principles of social responsibility, justice, unity and compassion through serving those in need.
Halal Project aims to serve the community by providing the basic necessities of life to the less fortunate. We bring people together for the greater purpose of serving the community, both locally and globally.
Meet the Team
Zia Qureshi is currently the Associate Director of Student Financial Services at California State University, Fullerton which is one of the largest universities in California. As an Associate Director, he manages the day to day activity of the Cashier’s Office, Student Accounts and the Student Contact Center. He is responsible for all cash receipts, student disbursements and auditing all satellite cashiering locations for state support and self support organizations. He is charged with developing policy, procedures and strategy to properly handle the current budget situation along with steady increase in student population for the campus. In addition to his professional career, Zia is a co-founder of Halal Project, a non-profit organization in North Los Angeles County. The impetus for establishing Halal Project was to provide meals to the homeless population in Los Angeles. Zia received his bachelor’s degree in Accounting and resides in San Fernando Valley.
Ambreen Tahira serves as the secretary for Halal Project. She joined Halal Project in 2011 as a volunteer and has been a part of the organization ever since. Ambreen has received a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from UC Irvine, and is currently in the process of earning her master’s in Chemistry at CSULB. Aside from working at Dexter and taking care of the secretarial logistics of Halal Project, she spends her time reading, hiking, and taking part in community events.
Nouran Felo serves as the treasurer for Halal Project. She joined Halal Project in 2013 as a volunteer and has been part of the organization ever since. Nouran has received a bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry from UCLA, and is working towards a doctorate in medicine. Currently she is interning in a lab at Charles Drew University in Los Angeles. She manages the financial aspects in Halal Project, as well as recruitment of volunteers. She enjoys traveling, cooking, and spending time with family.
Mufti Ibrahim Qureshi
Mufti, Director of Religious Affairs
Mufti Ibrahim Qureshi was born in Chicago, but raised here in the San Fernando Valley. From his childhood he has immersed himself in higher Islamic education. Memorizing the entire Quran by the age of 16 & when this still didn’t quench his thirst for the Islamic sciences, he then set off to the U.K. where he studied in Darul-Uloom Al Arabiya Al Islamiya and received his B.A. in Islamic Theology as well as completing his Thakhassus in Fiqh (Specializing in Islamic Jurisprudence). Currently he is the Founder and principal of Al-Kauthar Academy for Tahfeezhul Quran and Academic studies. He also holds weekly Quranic exegesis classes at the academy which are open and free to the public and weekly sermons in the Islamic Center Northridge. He is also the lead Islamic educator in both Islamic Center Northridge and Van Nuys Islamic Center.
Kamran Qaiser has been a consistent volunteer with Halal Project since it’s grassroots levels. His consistency and eagerness to be a part of the community drew him to join Halal Project’s board in 2014. Kamran serves as the Logistics Manager where his responsibilities include planning, strategizing, and organizing events. Aside from his role in the organization, Kamran is self employed as an aircraft maintenance technician. Kamran currently lives with his wife in the San Fernando Valley.