About Us

Our Mission

The Islamic Community Center of Potomac aims to provide a sacred space to worship, learn, and contemplate in an open and inviting atmosphere. We offer a variety of educational and community programs to bring people together in the spirit of gaining knowledge, serving others and bettering ourselves, with the aim to better society as a whole.

    Our Religious Leaders

    • Imam Refai Arefin
      Imam Refai Arefin
    • Dr. Tarek Elgawhary
      Dr. Tarek Elgawhary
    • Qari Anas Benzari
      Qari Anas Benzari

    Board of Trustees

    Board of Management

    Sr. Zamrooda Ahad (Administration)

    Sr. Zamrooda Ahad: Manager Administration. She is the main point of contact for all administrative matters at ICCP as well as for the Sunday School and weekly Quran classes. She counts over 30 years of teaching and adminstrative experience including serving as Principal of several Higher Secondary Institutions in Kashmir. She holds a MSC degree.

    Dilshad Fakroddin (Communications)

    Dilshad Fakroddin: Communications Manager. She manages communications and serves as ICCP’s official spokesperson. She oversees the newsletter, web portal and social media. She has over 20 years experience working in the communications industry with various non-profit organizations, with a focus on content creation, editing and public relations.
    Imam Refai Arefin

    Imam Refai is our Imam at ICCP. He served in Connecticut as Imam of the Islamic Association of Greater Hartford for the past 8 years, in addition to performing
    duties as the Deputy Chaplain of the Connecticut State Legislature. He has wide exposure to Islamic law and sharia education, and has followed
    courses at and been associated with the Al-Azhar University in Cairo, Al-Balqaa’ University in Amman, and studied under various scholars in
    Fez and Damascus.

    He will oversee the Sunday School and guide  Interfaith, Youth, Young Professionals, Seniors’ and Sisters’ programs, as well as several other initiatives he is passionate about, insha’Allah.

    Dr. Tarek Elgawhary

    Dr. Tarek Elgawhary is our scholar-in-residence. He studied Islam and comparative religions at both Princeton University and al-Azhar Seminary. He covers all matters relating to Islamic jurisprudence and leads Jumu’ah prayers, alternatively. He leads our weekly Halaqa series on Islamic Spirituality and covers a wide range of themes including the Sirah. Dr. Tarek conducts an open forum relating to questions from the community and is closely associated with our Interfaith outreach. He is the creator of the Making Sense of Islam platform, where he discusses issues related to Islam and mindfulness.

    Qari Anas Benzari

    Qari Anas Benzari, Head of Qur’an Recitation. He is a Hafiz of the Quran, having memorized the Quran; is an expert in Tajwid (rules of recitation), and Tarteel (manner of recitation). He has won several awards in Quran Recitation in Morocco and in international competitions. He conducts classes in our Sunday School and guides other teachers and their assitants. He is the Imam for our regular daily prayers and conducts Tarawih prayers in Ramadan.