Fahad Hasnain is a graduate from CUNY Queens College with a concentration in Political Science. He originally moved to the U.S. in 1998, after spending the first 13 years of his life in Pakistan.
After finding his mosque experience to be spiritually stagnant in his younger years, he made it a priority to make sure that the generation that follows him don’t share the same experiences. It’s why he’s been actively involved with the Al-Khoei Center for the past few years, organizing bi-weekly socially relevant Islamic discussions, offering young people a platform to share their talents (poetry, spoken word), as well as engaging them in city wide volunteer efforts, such as MCN’s own monthly soup kitchen, and finally, working to create a safe, friendly space for converts and disaffected Muslims. These initiatives are carried out under the organization, Al-Qaim Youth.
He also currently sits on the Al-Quds NY committee, which yearly organizes rallies for Palestine in Times Square, which engages audiences through a combination of cutting edge hip-hop and spoken word artists, along with seasoned activists.
Earlier this year, he was also on the organizing team for the #Stopthehate subway ad campaign, intended to counter Islamophobia in the U.S. He’s previously interned with CAIR-NY and the Pakistani Mission to the United Nations. He currently works as a Recruiting Coach for the American Cancer Society.