Advisory Board

Ziyara Advisory Board is constituted to perform certain ongoing advisory functions to enable our staff carry out their duties. The members represent the continuum of care (spiritual care, social work, acute, post-acute, long-term care, physician practices/clinics, hospice/palliative care) as well as community leaders.

They meet once a year in person or by teleconference, or as needed. There are no limits on terms of service. Members are invited by the president of Ziyara after consultation with the chairperson of the board who has the right to appoint and remove members.

Advisory Board Members (Partial list in alphabetical order!)

1- Dr. Khalid Aljaber, Saudi Arabia
Family physician & psychotherapist. He leads efforts to establish Islamic chaplaincy in Saudi Arabia.

2- Muhammad Al-Omar, Saudi Arabia
Secretary General of the Saudi  Association of Medical Religious Studies, and former director of spiritual care in Riyadh.

3- Dr. Endy Astiwara, Indonesia
Member of National Sharia Board and the Fatwa Committee (Lajnah Fatwa) Majelis Ulama of Indonesia.

4- Dr. Mohammad Bushnaq, Jordan
Palliative care physician. He is director of the Jordan Palliative Care Clinic and chairman of the Jordan Palliative Care Society.

5- Mr. Burhanuddin Hamid, Indonesia
Director at IMANI Hospital Management & Consulting. He is the lead organizer of International Islamic Healthcare Conference & Expo (IHEX) in Jakarta.

6- Dr. Diana Katiman, Malaysia
Palliative care physician, faculty member at Universiti Teknologi MARA, and specialist at Hospital Sungai Buloh, Selangor, Malaysia

7- Chaplain Sondos Kholaqi, USA
Specializes in Islamic Chaplaincy at the Claremont School of Theology/Bayan Claremont. She completed 5 Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) units and works at Hoag Hospital as the program’s first Muslim chaplain.

8-Chaplain Sharif Rosen, USA
Muslim Chaplain at Williams College. He is completing Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and serves as VP for Healthcare Chaplains of the Association of Muslim Chaplains.

9- Dr. Zuhal Agilkaya Sahin, Turkey
Professor of psychology of religion in Istanbul. She is author of several spiritual care and counseling books.

10- Nurul Izza Yusub, Malaysia
Palliative care nurse based in Kuala Lumpur. She has 7 years of working as a hospice nurse at Kasih Hospice and received a post basic diploma in palliative care.