MA’RUF is a Muslim non-profit organization based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin dedicated to improving the quality of life among Milwaukee’s most disenfranchised and marginalized communities. Established in 2008 by a multi-disciplinary team of young professionals, MA’RUF has expanded nationally, inspiring hundreds of volunteers and community leaders to partake in its evidence-based programs—from fighting hunger and homelessness to building families by developing strong, successful role models in the most vulnerable communities.
MA'RUF (pronounced Maa-roof) means 'the greater or common good' and is referenced in the Quran as a collective duty to call society to enjoin in acts of goodness for the greater wellbeing of our world.
Elhadji Ba, Executive Director
Shaheen Saiyed, Program Director
Denzel Johnson, Program Coordinator
Fardowsa Mohamed, Deputy Program Coordinator
Abdullah Akhtar, STEM Director
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Aamer Ahmed, Maruf [Chairman]
Selemani Tuli, Maruf [Treasurer]
Elhadj Ba, Maruf
Isa Sadlon, MIDC
Sean Wilson, ACLU Wisconsin
Mir Basir, MD, Medical College of Wisconsin/ Children's Hospital
Sumayyah Clark, Milwaukee Dept of Health & Human Services
Rafat Arain, Crescent Academy
Will Perry, Ibrahim House/ MIDC
Many families lack the means to attain a college education, placing their children at a higher risk of continuing the cycle. Ma’ruf yearns to prepare young students in Milwaukee to be competitive in our changing economic landscape. Our program aims to create tangible visions through experiential learning, develop career pathways and coach youth through their finish line.
Our vision is to be the most sought-after community transformation model regionally through empowering youth and their families.