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The Muslim American Leadership Alliance (MALA) is a 501(c)3 non-profit civic organization committed to promoting individual freedom, diversity, and celebrating heritage.

Expand your connections

The relationships you can create while volunteering are endless. You connect to others through volunteering, and if you do it regularly, you can maintain those valuable social networks into the future.

Learn New Skills

Volunteering for non-profit organizations can teach you a lot about yourself. It can also help you acquire new skills and improve existing ones.

Volunteering Builds Community

You make connections with the people you are helping, and you cultivate friendships with other volunteers.

See the Organization’s Impact Firsthand

Getting involved within your community allows you to see the impact and change with your own eyes.





May 11, 2020

MALA Co-Founder Pens Essay In Response to the Killing of Ahmaud Arbery

  In a brief and illuminating essay, Ahmed Flex Omar, Co-Founder and Deputy Director of MALA, describes his reaction to the recent killing of Ahmaud Arbery, an unarmed black man who was pursued and killed by two white men while jogging in a Georgia neighborhood.  The essay, titled “The Lynching of Ahmaud Arbery,” explores the […]


March 30, 2020

MALA Partners with Legendary Designer; Pledges 5,000 Masks to New York Hospitals Amid COVID-19 Outbreak.

    MARCH 30, 2020 As the spread of the COVID-19 virus intensifies in the U.S., MALA is working around the clock with our partners and community members to provide resources to those who are most vulnerable.  Today, MALA’s Executive Director, Zainab Khan joined legendary fashion designer Naeem Khan and Kalid Loul, Global Geeks founder […]


February 26, 2020

MALA to Host Panel in Parallel with 64th UNCSW: Achieving Gender Equality Through Digital Media

NEW YORK–On March 19th, MALA will host an expert panel in parallel with the 64th U.N. Commission on the Status of Women focusing on achieving gender equality through digital media.  The panel will be sponsored by Fin-tech giant Envestnet|Yodlee, and will feature panelists from Yodlee, Facebook, and the Embassy of the Republic of Azerbaijan.     […]


November 13, 2019

MALA Hosts 4th Annual Gala at Chicago History Museum

On November 7th, MALA convened over 150 community builders, influencers, and philanthropists at the Chicago History Museum to celebrate MALA’s progress and reflect on the importance of leadership, cultural exchange, and mentorship.   The keynote address at the Gala was delivered by Chicago native and 6-time grammy winning poet and lyricist Malik Yusef.  Malik spoke about […]


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