Meet our chapter’s staff.
Mustafaa Carroll began his civil rights activism at 16 as President of the NAACP Youth Council in his hometown of Gary, Indiana. Prior to Carroll’s arrival to the Houston office in June 2010, he served on the CAIR-TX DFW board from 2004 – 2006 and the Executive Committee as Board President in 2007. He was unanimously appointed as Executive Director in June 2007. Carroll has served on several boards including the North Texas Islamic Council (NTIC), Masjid Al-Islam, Dallas, the Islamic Medieval Studies Group (IMSG), the Make-A-Wish Foundation of North Texas, the National bone Marrow’s Committee entitled African Americans Uniting for Life (AAUL), the advisory committee of the Greater Dallas Chamber of Commerce, and he was a founding member and Chair of Humanitarian Day-DFW Event for 5 years. Together with the board and staff of CAIR-TX, Houston and the support of the Greater Houston community, Carroll is helping develop and execute strategies that assure justice and civil rights for Muslims in the Greater Houston Community.
Ruth Nasrullah has been a freelance writer since 2003, writing for multiple media outlets including the Houston Chronicle, Religion News Service, Azizah, Islamic Horizons and Toastmaster. She writes a column on politics and civil rights for the MuslimMatters.org online magazine. She has a master of arts in journalism from Emerson College and a master of fine arts in creative nonfiction from Goucher College. Ruth is an active member of the Houston chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, having served as president from 2012 to 2013 and currently serving on the chapter’s scholarship committee. She is a member of the Religion Newswriters Association, Houston Writers Guild and Muslimah Writers Alliance. Ruth served on the local station board of KPFT/Pacifica radio from 2011-2012. Ruth served as CAIR-Houston’s Communications Coordinator from 2013 to 2015 and after a year-long hiatus returned to the position on a part-time basis while she focuses on writing projects.
Arsalan Safiullah is the Staff Attorney at CAIR-Texas Houston. Arsalan earned his undergraduate degree from McGill University in Montreal and holds a Master of Biotechnology (M.Biot.) and a Juris Doctorate (J.D.) from Texas A&M University. In his current position, Arsalan focuses on employment discrimination, civil liberties issues, hate crimes, and know your rights community education.
Sobia Siddiqui served CAIR-Houston as Communications Intern in 2014. Since then, her work has included event planning for the annual Muslim Youth Leadership Symposium, organizing for Texas Muslim Capitol Day and social media reporting for the Texas Da’wah Convention. She has also worked with the Muslim American Society-Katy and the Islamic Council of North America’s Young Muslim Quiz Competition, all while pursuing her undergraduate education. In 2016 Sobia spent six months teaching English to Syrian refugee families in Houston.