Our Team

 

Meet our hand picked team of matchmakers & counselors

Meet the talented individuals of our team who bring together our members. We start with a proven track record and a careful screening process, followed by a detailed interview. We select only those matchmakers and counselors that bring with them the talent to bring people together and those of the strongest moral integrity since all your information is kept confidential. We hope you'll enjoying working with them as much as we do.

Our Core Team



Asad Ansari

AsadFounder & CEO

Asad is a management consultant and a published author. He attained his Master’s in Engineering and Management with concentration in Technology Entrepreneurship. He is working closely with the community leaders and Imams in addressing challenges as it relates to spousal search, sustainable marriages, and building happy families & communities. He is also involved with other community based projects through Mishkah University.
Rumana Rashid

RumanaLead Matchmaker

Rumana is a Cali girl at heart. Born in L.A and currently resides in Northern VA. She has a degree in Systems Engineering from George Mason University. Rumana has always had a knack for setting up family members and friends. Her dedication to helping people and contributing to the Muslim community is deeply rooted as her calm and easygoing nature enables her to accomplish such dreams. To her, there is nothing that brings her more joy and satisfaction than helping others achieve happiness/success. She loves traveling the world with her husband and family- embracing new and unique experiences.
Saman Quraeshi

SamanMatchmaker

Saman is Beyond chai's experienced matchmaker. She received her bachelors degree in communications from the University of North Florida. She is an active member of the American Muslim community and really enjoys meeting new people, building relationships with American Muslim organizations and connecting them with like minded people for marriage, future collaborations and as friends! Saman has previously worked as the Public Relations Coordinator for FAITH Social Services and was the Community Relations Director for Jacksonville chapter of The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). Saman relies on broad inter-connected Muslim community to find suitable matches for her clients and her passion and dedication paves the way for many success stories.
Afsoon

AfsoonMatchmaker

Afsoon is originally from the Bay Area, California. She has earned a Bachelor's and Master's degree in linguistics from UC Berkeley and the University of New Mexico, respectively. She is happily married to the love of her life and has a very active toddler. Her successful marriage has helped her understand the hard work and commitment it takes for a relationship to thrive as well as the various components that work together to ensure compatibility. Afsoon has become involved in Beyond Chai from an awareness of the common pressures many young Muslim singles face today and the desire to give back to the Muslim community and help other young Muslim couples find love and happiness. When she is not matchmaking, Afsoon works as an instructor for test prep for high school and college students.
Khadija Chudnoff

KhadijaMatchmaker

Khadija Chudnoff was born in a tiny town in Northern New Mexico and has a liberal arts degree from the University of New Mexico. Because Khadija was from such a small town and her parents were converts to Islam, finding the right spouse seemed terrifying. However, Allah is the best of planners and in 2008 she found the one and got married! Eight years and two children later, Khadija is happily married and works to build bridges between diverse and beautiful Muslim cultures. When Khadija isn’t finding someone’s better half she enjoys going to the farmers' market with her family and cooking the fanciest thing she can think of.
Aasia

AasiaMatchmaker

Aasia currently resides in Washington, DC with her husband and three beautiful children. She was raised on the East coast, and she holds a bachelor's degree in Mathematics and a master's degree in Education. Aasia has been matchmaking for 7 years and has made successful matches that lead to marriage, alhamdulillah. She knows matchmakers from all over the country that she regularly connects with. When she is not matchmaking, she enjoys spending time with family and friends.

Abeer

AbeerMatchmaker

Abeer spent her early childhood in Florida and the later years in Connecticut. She has her Bachelors in Health Sciences from the University of Connecticut. She has to two awesome kids. Matchmaking started off as a hobby and went on to being a personal duty to help people find their other halves. She hopes to make this her consistent contribution to the Muslim community.

Saman Syed

SamanMatchmaker

Saman is originally from Canada and is new add to the Beyond Chai team. Saman has several years of matchmaking experience and has facilitated a number of matchmaking events for many different organizations including nationally based organizations. She's devoted to Muslim community in the greater Toronto and has taken on an active role in supporting Canadian clients. When not matchmaking, she spends time with her family and 2 kids!
Umarah Rizwan

UmarahLead Match Recruiter

Umarah is originally from Pakistan and resides in Southeastern Pennsylvania with her husband and beautiful son. Umarah has many hobbies and you bet matchmaking is one of them. Her focus is to leverage her past experience and background in establishing long term meaningful relationships between potential suitors that will strengthen and beautify over time. She is passionate about fostering sustainable connections, and believes in the beyond chai's vision to raise the bar of matchmaking and to do it better than anyone has.
Sadia

SadiaMatchmaker

Sadia has been in the US since 2009. She was born in Calgary, AB and raised in Vancouver, BC. Sadia has a degree in health sciences and has worked in the health management and research fields in the past. She has also always aimed to play an integral role in the Muslim community through taking initiative for areas in need and actively volunteering. She is the youngest of four girls...her knowledge of marriage and looking at prospects from her own, her family and close friends experiences contribute to her ability and passion to matchmaking.
Nancy Mahmoud

NancyMatchmaker

Nancy graduated from the University of Connecticut and a geek at heart! She currently lives with her family in Houston, TX and very much enjoys nature and photography. Being part of the 7th biggest Muslim capital city in the US, She gives back to the community by helping others find their other half through matchmaking!
Kamila

KamilaMatchmaker

Kamila was born in England to convert parents but spent most of her childhood growing up in different Muslim communities in the U.S. She also spent a lot of time overseas living in the Muslim world and doing some studies when she could fit it in to being a mother and homeschooling children! Her experiences in many diverse, thriving Muslim communities and her drive to help people on a communal and personal level, gives her inspiration to give what she can in helping others find their companions in this life.
Aliya

AliyaRecruiter & Matchmaker

Aliya was born in Northern New Mexico to parents who converted to Islam in 1969. In her youth, Aliya had the opportunity to travel and live in different communities within the US, and also study Arabic and Islamic studies abroad. Aliya believes that sincere concern for people is at the heart of why we serve and help. Being a means to help people establish a solid foundation in one of the most important decisions they will make in life, marriage, is something Aliya finds great honor and joy in doing!
Nadia

NadiaMatchmaker

Nadia was born and raised in Canada where she currently lives with her husband and 3 wonderful daughters. She enjoys giving back to the Muslim community by volunteering for various non-Profit organizations. Nadia is fascinated by bringing different people together for the purpose of marriage and being apart of success.
Maliha Malik

MalihaRelationship Coach

Maliha is a Marriage and Family Therapist from Connecticut. Raised in the US Maliha has traveled over most of the country and abroad and is currently residing in Connecticut. She has a Masters of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy and Bachelors in Clinical Psychology. Maliha is an active member in her community. She provides counseling / coaching to adolescents, adults, couples and families.  She believes American Muslims struggle with finding their identity within their families and friends and feels compelled to support them through their journey of finding themselves.
Rebekah Khan

RebekahRelationship Coach

Rebekah received her BS in Mental Health and Human Services and earned her post-graduate certificate as an MHRT/C at the University of Maine. She grew up both in a small town in Maine and Miami, Florida.  Rebekah is completing her Masters in Positive Psychology Coaching in conjunction with her Doctorate at Life University in Georgia. Rebekah has several years of experience as a Social Worker and crisis counselor and lives with her husband and their 4 children ages 21, 18, 15 and 12. Rebekah has lived in Pakistan and within the Muslim community in the US for over 20 years and has first-hand experience with her own marriage being matched.
Briana Ali

BrianaMatchmaker

Briana is 2nd generation Muslim who has lived in a few states along the east coast and has also had the opportunity to live overseas for a few years. She now resides in Florida with her husband and kids. She joined Beyond Chai after witnessing some of the difficulties Muslim minorities and reverts face when looking for marriage.She is passionate about helping address these difficulties and saw Beyond Chai as the perfect medium to do so. She is excited to help connect single Muslims primarily based on faith and compatibility without being constrained by ethnic boundaries.s.
Kianaat Karim

KianaatCustomer Success

Kianaat is our youngest member and latest addition to the team.  She's a young activist and humanitarian at heart.  Although frequently mistaken for every nationality but her own, she is of Pakistani-American/Irish decent. Her mom’s conversion at 18 and her parent’s constant support and example, gave her inspiration to walk her own journey with Islamic studies at the same age. Currently pursuing Entrepreneurship with Kennesaw State University and an Islamic degree from California Islamic University, Kianaat works with Beyond Chai in hopes of catching some of Allah’s promised blessings given for bringing people together for marriage. She wears many hats at Beyond Chai, including customer success, finance, and marketing.
Zarina Hussain

ZarinaMatchmaker

Zarina is a matchmaker and activist at heart! She enjoys life and prefers to take things one day at a time. She majored in sociology with emphasis in psychology. Helping people comes natural to her and she's big on giving back to the community. Zarina is committed to using beyond chai as the platform to help address the many challenges our muslim community faces as it relates to marriage.
Jannah

JannahMarketing & Communication Specialist

Jannah Waajid should been born with a pen in her hand! Even from the early age of seven she enjoyed writing short stories, poetry, and persuasive writing pieces so naturally she desired to attend a liberal arts college. At Oglethorpe University she developed a strong passion for world literature and international journalism. Today, she proudly accepts the title of “Communications aficionado”. She enjoys everything from creative content writing and poetry slam, to technology based editing and journalistic writing. Born in Atlanta but transplanted to D.C she holds fast to her roots baking southern confections and enjoying nature. In her free time you can catch her tutoring ELL students, teaching Sunday school or watching travel documentaries while she plans her next “great-escape”.
Tasnuva Khan

TasnuvaMatchmaker/Event planner

Tasnuva was raised in New York City, but of Bangladeshi origin.  Tasnuva currently lives in the suburbs of Washington D.C. with her husband and two children.  She has her Pharm.D. and works as a clinical staff pharmacist in a local area hospital.  Tasnuva also moonlights as a fashion designer for modest women's clothing with her online store ModestLily. She has 10 years of experience with matchmaking, successful matches, and matchmaking events.  Well connected in a community of matchmakers, Tasnuva hopes to add to the success of Beyond Chai.
Nivia Martinez

NiviaMatchmaker

Nivia is a Brooklyn girl, raised and currently living there. Her and her husband are reverts to Islam and regularly involved in community projects. Along with her husband, she manages a street dawah project called Grassroots Dawah NYC. Nivia graduated from the City University of New York with a bachelors degree in communications. She enjoys helping individuals find happiness as she has witnessed the struggle of finding a good partner and understands the challenges surrounding the marriage process.
Waliya Lari

WaliyaMatchmaker

Before getting married, Waliya spent years trying it all - matrimonial events, websites, matchmakers and the good ol' biodata system. She knows first hand what singles are going through and how to navigate this crazy world of finding love. And as a relative newlywed, she's become a student of marriage. Waliya is a proud Texan, but her career has taken her all over the country, building a vast network of friends, family and acquaintances. She lives in Raleigh, NC where she's the Emmy award winning Executive Producer of WRAL News and actively matchmaking for BeyondChai.
Lina Kurdi Abuimaish

LinaMatchmaker

Born and raised in the Tampa Bay area. Lina graduated from University of South Florida at the age of 19, with a bachelors in Psychology. She hopes to continue her education in counseling. She is the youngest of 6 children, and a part of a very diverse family. Alhumdillah she was blessed with an amazing husband, and would love to help the greater Muslim community find what she has!
Eyad Abuimaish

EyadMatchmaker

Eyad is from Tampa Bay, Florida. He graduated from the University of South Florida with a bachelor's degree in Computer Science last year. He was blessed to find amazing wife while he was still young and would encourage anyone capable to do the same. Eyad is teaming with his wife - Lina, to make magic happen in finding lifetime spouses.
Samia Khan

SamiaMatchmaker

Samia Khan grew up in the suburbs of Chicago, IL and currently resides in Northern VA with her  husband.  She received a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management with a concentration in HR from DePaul University. With a professional career in recruiting she knows how to place and match people.  Matchmaking is a great hobby of hers as she loves helping others and bringing people together.

Our Team of Counselors



Salma Abugideiri

Salma AbugideiriCounselor

SalmaAbugideiri is a licensed professional counselor in private practice in Vienna, VA. She received her masters degree in counseling from GMU and completed a post-master’s certification program in marriage and family therapy at Virginia Tech. She provides counseling to adolescents, adults, couples and families.

Usman Mughni

Usman MughniCounselor

Usman is a Marriage & Family Therapist and holds a Master's of Science degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Northern Illinois University and a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Maryland, along with a degree in diagnostic medical imaging. Usman enjoys providing premarital counseling.
Imam Zia

Imam ZiaCounselor

Imam Zia was born in Kashmir and grew up in England. He recently authored “ Addressing the Taboos: Love, marriage and Sex in islam. He is a founding member of the North Texas Islamic Council, an umbrella organization representing islamic Organizations in the North Texas Area. He is actively involved in Interfaith, Outreach and Dawah work, working hard to unite various faith groups in an effort to create peace and harmony between religions.

He has completed his PhD thesis with the Graduate Theological Foundation.

Dr. Marwa Azab

Dr. Marwa AzabLife-coach

Dr. Marwa is a life coach, instructor and public speaker. Her interest in human behavior compelled her to complete two advanced degrees in Psychology and a PhD in Neuroscience. She has taught courses at the Biology (University of California, Irvine), Psychology & Human Development (Cal State University, Long Beach) departments. Her interdisciplinary background allows her to intersect fields to come up with innovative ways to understand 'why we do what we do'. She is a firm believer that it is at these intersection foci that creativity and novelty find fertile grounds.
Sarah Syed

Sarah SyedCounselor

I believe every individual, couple, and family are unique and bring their own set of experiences to therapy. I work with my clients in a way that is comfortable to them and respects their values and beliefs. We will meet, discuss your concerns, and together come up with goals for therapy. You will be part of the process and along with my guidance and expertise we will work to help you alleviate your negative symptoms and feel better. I work hard to make sure therapy is a safe, judgement free place for you to discuss your concerns and feel relief.

Dr. Masuma Rasheed

Dr. Masuma RasheedCounselor

Dr. Rasheed is a licensed professional counselor in the state of Texas and currently works in her own private practice offering counseling services to individual adult clients struggling with a wide range of life challenges.

Additionally, Dr. Rasheed, as a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT), completed training in yoga for treating depression & anxiety and is currently certified as a LifeForce Yoga Practioner (LFYP), Yoga for 12-Step Recovery, and the Psychology of the Body System.

Dr. Rasheed’s education, clinical experience, and volunteer service have afforded her the knowledge, insight, and skill to work with you and to help you meet your needs.

Dr. Yasmeen Khan

Dr. Yasmeen KhanCounselor

Dr yasmeen Khan is a licensed clinical psychologist. She received her doctorate in clinical psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She has a subspecialization in cross cultural psychology. She is trained in the Internal Family Systems model from the Center of Self Leadership. She also holds a certification in clinical hypnosis from the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis. Dr Khan has a private practice called The Self Empowerment Center in Wheaton, IL. She has been in practice for over 15 years. She works with children, adolescents, and adults. She provides individual, group, couples, and family therapy. She has extensive experience working with muslims, religious and culturally diverse population. Dr Khan utilizes a holistic approach in her therapy where she believes in working with the mind body and spirit thus working with the whole person. Dr Khan has presented many workshops on many subjects both in US and abroad.

Dr. Nora Pharaon

Dr. Nora PharaonCounselor

Dr. Nora Alarifi Pharaon is a counseling psychologist licensed in New York and New Jersey. She provides individual, couple, and group psychotherapy as well as performs psychological evaluations for adults, youth and children. She volunteered for 10 years as a United Nations NGO representative of the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI). She was an active member of the UN NGO committee on Mental Health and the committee on Refugees and Displaced Persons. Nora earned her doctorate and master’s degree in psychology at Columbia University.

Najwa Awad

Najwa AwadCounselor

Najwa Awad, LCSW-C is a licensed clinical social worker who offers therapy services to individuals, couples and families in Baltimore County and Howard County, Maryland. She obtained a Bachelors degree in Psychology from George Mason University in 2005, and in 2007 she received her Masters in Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University with a specialization in the clinical treatment of individuals and families. She provides individual counseling for clients who are struggling with issues related to getting married (stress from family about getting married, interpersonal stress about not being able to find someone and chronic unstable relationships.

Dr. Shamir Khan

Dr. Shamir KhanCounselor

Shamir A. Khan, Ph.D. is a New York City psychologist with over 15 years of experience across the fields of psychology, education, research, business, and online publishing. His counseling sessions involve working with parents/families , particularly if the family is not supportive of the marriage/partner.

Dr. Khan has co-authored peer-reviewed articles in such journals as Schizophrenia Research & Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology and has been quoted in the areas of psychology or education in The New York Times, AM New York, New York Family Magazine, The New York Observer's Scooter Magazine, and West Side Spirit

Originally from South America, Dr. Khan currently resides in NYC with his wife of 14 years and children, ages 11 and 8. In addition to living in South America, the Caribbean, the Middle East, and different parts of the U.S., he has travelled extensively, focusing on ethnic, religious, racial, and political warfare zones around the world

Saadia Yunus

Saadia YunusCounselor

As a marriage and family therapist and motivational speaker, she has experience working with individuals, couples, families and groups. She has a M.A in Marriage & Family Therapy from Hofstra University. She is experienced in the modalities of structural therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, solution-focused therapy, and reality therapy. She was featured as a "therapist spotlight" for the Muslim Wellness Foundation. You may access additional information on her facebook page (www.facebook.com/TheMuslimMFT) and on her website: www.SaadiazYunus.com
Dr Nafisa Sekandari

Dr Nafisa SekandariCounselor

Dr. Nafisa Sekandari is the co-founder of Mental Health 4 Muslims (http://mentalhealth4muslims.com). She is currently licensed and practicing in California and Arizona. She provides counseling on mental health issues that is both clinically supported and Islamically sound. She works with a wide variety of Muslims from different backgrounds and knows firsthand how important such a service is to our community. She is also a published author and lecturer

Malahat Baig-Amin

Malahat Baig-AminCounselor

Malahat Baig-Amin is a psychotherapist licensed in VA and the District of Columbia.  She received her master's degree in social work & international social welfare from Columbia University in New York. She counsels adolescents, adults, couples and families.  She helps clients with depression, anxiety, mood disorders, marital conflict, domestic violence, anger management, trauma, abuse, interpersonal conflict, work issues and adjustment disorders.  She utilizes her knowledge of Islam, multiculturalism and psychology in her practice with her Muslim clients.

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