Najah Bazzy, RN, PhD (honoris causa) is the founder and CEO of Zaman International, a non-profit that supports marginalized women and children of all backgrounds in Detroit. This group has helped more than 250,000 people. Today, Zaman operates from a 40,000-square-foot facility in the suburb of Inkster. The group’s warehouse offers aisles of food, rows of clothes and vast arrays of furniture free to those in need. The group’s case managers help clients access housing and other services.
Bazzy is an internationally esteemed health care consultant, humanitarian, interfaith leader, professor and 2019 CNN Top 10 Hero. Born and raised in Southeast Michigan, Najah earned her nursing degree from Madonna University and specialized over the past three decades in critical care and transcultural nursing. She leads Diversity Specialists, a training group that promotes cross-cultural understanding between clinicians and patients. As an interfaith leader, she has educated thousands about Islamic practices and beliefs through books, documentaries, and talks before U.S. and international audiences.