Senior Investigator at NIH

Dr. Basrai is an award winning scientist in the Genetics Branch of the National Cancer Institute at the National Institute of Health, where she focuses on identifying and characterizing pathways that prevent chromosomal instability (CIN), a characteristic feature of many cancers. She is highly recognized for her contributions in the field of Genetics and Cancer Research.

Deputy Attor­ney Gen­er­al for Legal Counsel, Texas

With a law degree from the University of Chicago and two undergraduate degrees from the University of Texas, Murtaza worked for two of the world’s largest law firms and practiced law in Austin, Houston, Washington D.C. and the Middle East before being appointed to the Office of Attorney General of Texas.

Resident Psychiatrist

Dr. Zainab Saherwala is a Resident Psychiatrist practicing in Dayton, Ohio. She is a member of the American Psychiatric Association and treats patients with mental health disorders in the hospitals and clinics of Dayton.  Dr. Saherwala has published about providing competent mental health care for Muslim Women and encourages de-stigmatization of mental health issues within the broader Islamic Community.

Zahra Dawson
president of non profit

Zahra lives and works in Detroit, Michigan.She is studying public health at the University of Michigan and aspires to be a doctor.In her spare time,Zahra serves as President of Books for a Benefit, a nonprofit organization that strives to promote life-long literacy and intellectual exploration by addressing community-identified barriers to literacy resources.

Abid Merchant
Member of Nobel Prize Winning Team

While working as a Senior Research Associate at chemical company DuPont, Abid Merchant – a resident of our Philadelphia community – was a contributing member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The IPCC was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 in recognition of its contribution to understanding of global climate change resulting from man-made chemicals and fossil fuels.

Fatema Merchant

A member of the Dawoodi Bohra’s Washington DC community, Fatema is an acclaimed international trade and white-collar crime attorney at Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP. A mother of three young children, Fatema was the first hijab-wearing woman to make partner at a leading Washington, D.C. law firm. She is an avid champion of diversity and inclusion in the legal workplace.

Rashida Saif

Rashida Saif

Dr. Rashida Saif is a pediatrician practicing in East Brunswick, New Jersey. A mother of two young children, she serves on the City of East Brunswick’s Advisory Health Council and is a charter member of the Lions Club of East Brunswick, providing scholarships for children’s education.

Husain Suterwala

Husain is a deputy director and senior policy advisor in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, leading the development of DoD’s public affairs strategy on emerging threats. He has also served as advisor to the Deputy Commissioner of the New York City Police Department and to the President of the Australian Senate.


Tasneem is Founding Partner of investment company Excelestar Ventures, based in Massachusetts. She is passionate about furthering opportunities for women in business: she contributed to the book “Passion & Purpose: Stories from the Best and Brightest Young Business Leaders,” and was formerly President of Wellesley College Alumnae and a Managing Director of Golden Seeds, which supports female entrepreneurs.

Project Rise

The Dawoodi Bohra faith is renowned the world over for its community service. Project Rise is a global Dawoodi Bohra initiative working in partnership with government bodies and local organizations to help alleviate hunger, raise health and hygiene levels among children and families, and preserve and protect the environment. For more information, click here.

Ladies of the Dawoodi Bohra’s Los Angeles community remove plastic waste from Sunset Point beach

Turning the Tide

The Dawoodi Bohra’s Turning the Tide initiative is a global drive to eliminate single-use plastic and rid bodies of water of plastic pollution.