“I believe the greatest form of activism is in social entrepreneurship. I'm on a mission to create products and programs that bring people together and promote interfaith unity and dialogue. ”
Mohammad Modarres is an Iranian-American social entrepreneur. He is the founder of Abe's Meats, the award-winning social enterprise that has produced the first-ever interfaith meat products that are both halal and (glatt) kosher. Abe's Meats is housed by Interfaith Ventures, an incubator for social profit organizations. The journey to create Abe’s Meats began in November 2016 when the rising wave of anti-Semitism and Islamophobia inspired Mohammad to host an interfaith Shabbat dinner, which he called “Shabbat Salaam”. But as he set about organizing this dinner, he found that endeavoring to serve only halal and kosher foods was expensive, time consuming, and a logistical nightmare. This led Mohammad to put the dinner on hold and spend the next year driving his ‘79 VW Bus up and down the California and Oregon coasts to meet with farmers, religious leaders, and culinary enthusiasts to learn how to bring halal and kosher meat production practices together. In addition to being the first interfaith meat and a product that is better for the environment, it was a spark that brought people together. Inspired by this, Mohammad has since expanded his efforts to include the first-ever interfaith mezuzah, interfaith tree topper, interfaith children's books, and more. His mission is to create products and programs that bring people together and promote interfaith unity and dialogue. He believes that the greatest form of activism is in social entrepreneurship. Previously, Mohammad was the co-founder of a biotechnology company in San Francisco. He is a Johns Hopkins public health studies graduate and a George J. Mitchell National Scholar.
Some of Mohammad's main topics include interfaith dialogue, social entrepreneurship, combating Islamophobia, Iran, identity, and inclusivity.