IFANCA Board of Directors

Dr. Muhammad Munir Chaudry

Dr. Munir Chaudry, President of Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America (IFANCA), was educated at the Agricultural University in Faisalabad, Pakistan and the American University of Beirut, Lebanon. He worked on his PhD in Food Chemistry at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and graduated in 1980. From 1980-1993, Dr. Chaudry worked in the food industry; his final position was as Vice President of Quality at Heller Seasonings, Inc. Currently, Dr. Chaudry manages all activities pertaining to the Halal Certification program for IFANCA. He has presented widely on Islamic as well as technical subjects at both national and international conferences. He is the co-author of the book “Halal Food Production”. Dr. Chaudry presides on the Board of Directors at IFANCA.


Dr. Mohamed Sadek

Dr. Sadek, following his schooling in Malaysia, pursued his degree in Veterinary Science in Lahore, Pakistan. After graduating in 1966, he served in the Malaysian government’s Veterinary Services Department. In 1970, Dr. Sadek pursued his Masters and Doctorate degrees in Food Science in Britain. He was appointed as Technical Member of Malaysia’s Halal/ Haram committee in 1982 and served there until 1998 when the Halal program was privatized. Dr. Sadek began working for IFANCA in 1996 and has been chairman of the Islamic Food Council of Europe since 2002. He was promoted to Vice President of IFANCA in 2004. He has also been appointed as Secretary General of the World Halal Food Council.


Dr. Ahmad H. Sakr

Dr. Sakr was educated at the American University of Beirut and received his PhD from the University of Illinois. While in Lebanon, he was a student of the late Grand Mufti of Lebanon as well a large number of Muslim scholars from neighboring countries. He served there as Director of the Islamic Center of Beirut. In the U.S., he was a founding member and President of the Muslim Students Association of the U.S. and Canada. Dr. Sakr was also a founding member of the World Council of Mosques whose headquarters are in Makkah. He was the first Director and the representative of the Muslim World League to the UN in New York. He is currently the President of the Foundation for Islamic Knowledge and a board member of IFANCA.


Mr. Rashid A. Chaudary

Rashid Chaudary completed his Bachelors and Masters in Science from the University of Punjab, Lahore. He is currently the Chairman and CEO of BioCare Labs and RAANI Corp of Illinois, as well as a founder of the latter, an international personal care company specializing in cosmetics, toiletries and OTC drug products.

Mr. Chaudary has taught chemistry at the graduate and postgraduate level. He has affiliations with numerous organizations in various capacities. These include positions as Managing Trustee of the Democratic National Committee from 1995-97, Commissioner of Asian American Affairs of Chicago from

1989 – 99, Member of Economic Development Advisory of Cook County, Former Board Member of American Refugee Committee, Chairman of Asian American Coalition of Chicago in 1992 and 2000, and Chairman of Asian American Voters Coalition of Illinois.


Mr. Mahmood Baig

Mr. Mahmood Baig is on the Board of Directors of IFANCA. He has his Masters of Science in Food Science and Nutrition from Kansas State University, has worked as Director of Food Services in a major hospital for 25 years and is a registered and licensed dietician with a private practice. He is also vice president of IFANCA.


Mr. Allen A. Hamood

Mr. Allen Hamood, a U.S. veteran, is on the Board of Directors for IFANCA. Having completed his B.S. in Accounting from Detroit, Michigan in 1970, he went on to work as a Financial Analyst for Ford Motor Company. He was later Controller and then CEO of Tama Meat Packing Co. in Iowa where he started the Halal slaughter program and began exporting meats to the Middle East and the Far East. Currently, Mr. Hamood is the President and CEO of American Bakery Products in Dearborn, Michigan.


Pause and Reflect

On the Authority of Abu Hurairah, Who Said:
The Messenger of Allah (SWT) said:

“Each person’s every joint must perform a charity every day the sun comes up: to act justly between two people is a charity; to help a man with his mount, lifting him onto it or hoisting his belongings onto it is a charity: a good word is a charity, every step you take to prayers is a charity and removing a harmful thing from the road is a charity.”

Related by Bukhari and Muslim. Source: An-Nawawi’s Forty Hadiths