The Islamic Speakers Bureau of Arizona (ISBA) is a non-profit, apolitical, educational organization founded in 1999. ISBA is an outreach institution that provides education about Islam and Muslims, promotes interfaith dialogue and is a local affiliate of Islamic Networks Group (ING).
Upon request, ISBA is pleased to provide trained, local American Muslims to conduct presentations tailored for a variety of educational, religious and business settings. ISBA speakers are certified after a rigorous process of training, testing, and observation in a live setting by veteran trainers. ISBA speakers serve the entire state of Arizona and adhere to the guidelines provided by the First Amendment Center. Please see their publication A Teacher's Guide to Religion in the Public Schools for more information.
We aim to dispel harmful stereotypes and help build peaceful communities where people of diverse backgrounds and faiths come to know and respect each other
Using the tools of education, civic engagement, and constructive dialogue ISBA will foster communities of respect and mutual understanding. ISBA reinforces and promotes the American ideals of inclusion and religious freedom that are embodied in the First Amendment of the United States Constitution
Azra trains speakers for the bureau, plans and facilitates educational and interfaith events for ISBA. She is also a speaker and presents mainly on beliefs and practices as well as gender roles in Islam. Azra has conducted Cultural Sensitivity Training for police departments, hospital personnel and corporations. She currently serves on the Arizona Muslim Police Advisory Board and on the Banner Health Professional Advisory Committee for Clinical Pastoral Education. Azra serves on the steering committees for the Interfaith Network of Scottsdale as well as the tri-faith Salaam Chai Paradise. Azra is one of the founders and a past Board member of the Islamic Center of the Northeast Valley. She has served on the Phoenix FBI Citizens Academy Alumni Board as Vice President and as a Citizen member on the Scottsdale Police Department Use of Force Review Board. She is married and lives in Scottsdale, Arizona with her husband and four children
Board of Directors
The Board of Directors is responsible for the governance of our 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.
|Nidah Chatriwala, Secretary and Communications Director|
"In this information age, it is imperative that an organization such as ISBA should spend time spreading a type of knowledge which is positive, which unites rather than divide people. I love working for ISBA as a certified speaker because it brings the joy of seeing the light bulbs go on and the sparkle in the eyes of young people when they receive positive knowledge."
"ISBA, or specifically what ISBA does, is important not only to the Arizona community, but on a nationwide basis. Any message of truth and tolerance is important, but with the rampant misconceptions and utter fabrications being propagated about the American Muslim Community in America, the need for a "voice" of truth about Muslims is extremely important. ISBA speakers are an amazing 'voice' for this truth, and support of their efforts is critical."
"As an American and a Muslim, I recognized the need filled by the ISBA to enlighten and inform the community I live and work in about Islam and Muslims. There is real value that is provided by the information in the presentations in a way that positively impacts our communities."