In this special feature, we recognize the accomplishments of our Influential Muslim honorees.

The 100 Influential Georgia Muslims and 40 Under 40 Georgia Muslims honor Georgia leaders who happen to be Muslims for their extraordinary impact. These leaders transform vision into action, surmount challenges, break down barriers, spark innovation, and attain success for their organizations and communities. 

Mr. Farooq Mughal

Farooq Mughal, Managing Partner at MS Global Partners, LLC - Government Affairs, has been elected President of the FBI Atlanta Citizens Academy Alumni Association (2017-2018). Mr. Mughal was invited by state law-makers to meet Georgia Governor Nathan Deal and discuss outreach initiatives by FBI Atlanta Citizens Academy Alumni Association. The FBI Atlanta Citizens Academy Alumni Association promotes public safety initiatives and educates local communities about federal law enforcement issues and challenge.

Mr. M. Khurram Baig

Attorney M. Khurram Baig was selected by Georgia Trend Magazine as a member of the Legal Elite for 2017 in the category of "General Practice/Trial Law". 
For 15 years, Georgia Trend Magazine has recognized Georgia's top attorneys by asking attorneys themselves who they consider the best in their fields. Georgia Trend accepted over 2,000 nominations for the Legal Elite recognition but selected only the top vote-getters, all of whom were voted on by their peers.  This marks Attorney Baig's first selection by Georgia Trend.
Ms. Azadeh Shahshahani

Azadeh Shahshahani was named by the magazine MuslimGirl as one of 18 Muslim Women to watch in 2018.  She also won the Human Rights Movement Builder award presented by the US Human Rights Network in 2017. She was also named by the Georgia Trend Magazine as one of Georgia's 40 under 40 and was named by the Fulton County Daily Report as an "attorney on the rise."

Mr. Hammad Aslam

Hammad Aslam was recognized as one of  was one of UGA's Class of 2016 40 Under 40 who are involved with the medical field. Aslam was also featured in a  University of Georgia magazine Aslam will be  completing a fellowship in Spinal Cord Injury Medicine at Stanford in California from Summer 2018 to Summer 2019. 

Ms. Qaadirah Abdur-Rahim

Qaadirah Abdur-Rahim was featured as a Change Agent in the Atlanta Tribune where she spoke about how over the last twelve years as CEO of Future Foundation, she  has grown a team of two to a staff of 40, recruited more than 30 board members, and raised $25 million-plus in revenue to service four locations and 11,000 students. 

Mr. Bassem Fakhoury

Bassem Fakhoury was elected to the board of the Roswell Community Masjid where he now serves as the Chairman. Fakhoury joined the board of the Georgia Muslim Voter Project as the treasurer and became the Chairman of the advisory board for the Independent Political Action Committee of Georgia. 

Fakhoury also ran  in the Roswell Municipal election for city councilman and garnered 11% of the votes following a short 2-month campaign. He was then asked to co-moderate a forum among the candidates who qualified for the runoff.

Mr. Malek Jandali

Jandali's international concert tour reached Australia with the premiere of  "Syrian Symphony for Peace' at the Sydney Opera House and workshops at Sydney University    and children refugees at schools.  Jandali held workshops at the Zaatari Refugee Camp and a benefit concert to raise humanitarian aid as a collaboration between Pianos for Peace and Save The Children in Jordan. 

TEDx Talk featured Pianos for Peace at Georgia Tech.    The 2017 Pianos for Peace festival  displayed and donated 50 pianos throughout the metro Atlanta community.  Jandali held a  2017 Malek Jandali International Youth Piano Competition .
Jandali also showcased the Moonlight music video, a World Premiere of  "The Silent Ocean", and a new album named "The Jasmine Tree" with all proceeds to benefit Syrian children in need at Carnegie Hall in New York City. 

Mr. Musheer Ahmed

Musheer Ahmed won the  Atlanta Startup Battle  where 250 companies participated to win 100K award.  His research  was mentioned as one of the highlights of Georgia Tech's Institute for Information Security & Privacy's first year. 

His company that he founded, FraudScope,  became an ATDC (Advanced Technology Development Center) Signature Company which is their highest level. ATDC is ranked one of the world's top technology incubators and named a Top 12 Incubator Changing the World by Forbes in 2013 ,

Ahmed raised a seed round or additional capital to grow his company.  He was r ecognized as an economic influencer out of Georgia Tech. His  research was included in Georgia Tech's Emerging Cyber Threats, Trends & Technologies  Report

Ahmed was i nterviewed by Georgia Health News and by  WSB-TV .