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Shia Muslim Foundation

Shia Muslim Foundation is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization that was founded in 2020. The main work of the Shia Muslim Foundation is to support the civic rights of American Shia Muslims, and to advocate on social and political issues. 

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Executive Director

Rahat serves as the President of the Shia Muslim Foundation. For the past 15 years, Mr. Husain has worked tirelessly to advocate on behalf of Shia Muslim issues to White House, Congressmen, Senators, federal agencies, think tanks, NGOs, policy institutes, and academic experts. In 2015, in a private meeting at the White House, Mr. Husain discussed the issue of Shia genocide with President Obama. In 2014, he was the only American Shia Muslim to attend the US Islam World Forum, which is an event designed to bring together leaders in the realms of politics, business, media, academia and civil society from across the Islamic world (including Muslim communities in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East) and the United States.

Mr. Husain has also worked as a columnist with the Washington Times and with CDN News. With an interest in America and Islam, Rahat is a prolific writer on contemporary and international issues. He previously served as the Director of Legal and Policy Affairs with UMAA. He also previously served as the Executive Director of the Islamic Information Center while managing its American Leadership Initiative for Muslims.

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