Bio of Leenah Safi
Chaplain Leenah Safi earned her B.A. in Islamic Law and Theology from Zaytuna College in Berkeley, CA before getting her Masters of Divinity in Inter-Religious Engagement from the Chicago Theological Seminary. She is involved in Felicity’s educational programs, both as instructor and as and attendee. She also serves as advisor to the Muslim Student Association and the Muslim Coalition, and hosts regular office hours for those who have questions or would like to talk over a cup of coffee.
Bio of Asha Noor
Asha Noor is a Black Somali-American Muslim racial justice and human rights activist and public speaker based in Detroit, Michigan. She is a peace-building and conflict resolution specialist, educator and writer. Noor serves as the CAIR-MI Programming and Outreach Director for Safe Spaces establishing diversity and inclusion across institutions and systems.
She previously served as the Advocacy and Civic Engagement Specialist for national TAKE ON HATE program challenging pervasive racism and growing islamophobia. Noor has worked both domestically and abroad in conflict zones with marginalized communities, including women, afro-indigenous groups, refugees, religious minorities and trauma victims.
Before coming to TAKE ON HATE, Noor worked with Islamic Relief USA, where she gained an understanding of international humanitarian issues. During her graduate studies at the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University, she focused much of her research and work on Somalia and conflicts facing the Somali Diaspora.
Noor completed the bulk of her research and fieldwork in Somaliland, working with the Academy for Peace and Development, a think tank developing and sustaining peace in the area. With the program’s help and support, Noor worked with the Systemic Violence and Systems Transformation Working group and completed a field study in North East Brazil on poverty. In the Montes de Maria region of Colombia, Noor was a part of a research team that worked with Afro-Indigenous trauma victims around displacement and reparations.
See more about Asha Noor’s efforts HERE
Ebadur Rahman is a 2nd year PhD student in the Department of Religion at Columbia University. He has previous degrees from the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at New York University and is a graduate of the pilot seminary program of Zaytuna College. At 15, he memorized the Qur’an, while in high school in New York.
Dr. Sherman Jackson is the King Faisal Chair of Islamic Thought and Culture, and Professor of Religion and American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California (USC). He was formerly the Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Near Eastern Studies and Visiting Professor of Law and Professor of Afro-American Studies at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor).
Dr. Jackson received his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania and has taught at the University of Texas at Austin, Indiana University, Wayne State University and the University of Michigan. From 1987 to 1989, he served as Executive Director of the Center of Arabic Study Abroad in Cairo, Egypt. He is the author of several books, including Islamic Law and the State: The Constitutional Jurisprudence of Shihâb al-Dîn al-Qarâfî (E.J. Brill, 1996), On the Boundaries of Theological Tolerance in Islam: Abû Hâmid al-Ghazâlî’s Faysal al-Tafriqa (Oxford, 2002), Islam and the Blackamerican: Looking Towards the Third Resurrection (Oxford, 2005) Islam and the Problem of Black Suffering (Oxford, 2009), and most recently Sufism for Non-Sufis? Ibn ‘Ata’ Allah al-Sakandari’s Taj al-’Arus (Oxford, 2012).
Dr. Jackson is a co-founder, Core Scholar, and member of the Board of Trustees of the American Learning Institute for Muslims (ALIM), an academic institution where scholars, professionals, activists, artists, writers, and community leaders come together to develop strategies for the future of Islam in the modern world.
Additionally, Dr. Jackson is a former member of the Fiqh Council of North America, former Presdient of the Shari’ah Scholars’ Association of North America (SSANA) and a past trustee of the North American Islamic Trust (NAIT). He has contributed to several publications including the Washington Post-Newsweek blog, On Faith, and the Huffington Post. Dr. Jackson is listed by the Religion Newswriters Foundation’s ReligionLink as among the top ten experts on Islam in America and was named among the 500 most influential Muslims in the world by the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Center in Amman, Jordan and the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding.
At 11 years of age Shaykh Anwar and his family migrated to the Holy City of Medina, Saudi Arabia in order to study The Holy Qur’an, the Arabic Language and Islam. During his 15-year stay there, he exceeded all the expectations of his family and community. By the age of 15 years he had memorized the entire Qur’an under the tutelage of Shaykh Muhammad Khalil Al-Rahman, owner of the Khalil Al-Rahman Qur’an Schools. Though documented to be the first African American Hafiz and lauded as a gifted Qari at such an early age, that achievement only served to herald his later accomplishments in the academic arena. He was bestowed the title of Sheikh by the Islamic University of Medina’s Department of Arabic Language/ Arabic Literature from which he graduated third in his class with honors. In addition to his academic studies in language and his traditional studies in Qur’an, he completed his post graduate classical training holding Ijazat in Aqida, Hadith, Tafsir and Fiqh from some of the most prominent Islamic Scholars of our times, and being joined to the isnad of Shaykh Muhammad Al-Yaqubi of Syria.
Upon returning to Philadelphia in 1989, he tirelessly worked alongside his late father (may Allah have Mercy on him) and his brother Imam Anas Muhaimin, CFO/IMB to expand the services offered to the Muslims of the Delaware Valley. In his organizational role as Imam Mufti and CEO of the International Muslim Brotherhood, Inc. and subsidiaries, he opened the Quba Institute of Arabic and Islamic Studies, a full-time day school. This was followed by the opening of the Quba Institute for Advanced Studies, the Adult Weekend School in 1989 and the Shaykh Nafea Muhaimin Qur’an School, offering a traditional Qur’anic memorization program in 2003. He has also expanded the community involvement of the organization by sitting on the Board of the Interfaith Center of Philadelphia, MANA & the Religious Leaders Council of Philadelphia, while also maintaining participatory status in the Majlis Ashura of the Delaware Valley and having his staff sit on the Board of the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Community Partnership. Most noteworthy of his accomplishments is the establishment of the Salatul-Tarawih during the Holy Month of Ramadan, which passed 25 years of uninterrupted practice in 2005 and the school’s development of a hafiz from the Quba students as well as the establishment of a strong base of American Muslim youth with a capacity to read the Qur’an. He resides with his family in Philadelphia, PA.
Imam Zaid Shakir has taught courses in Arabic, Islamic spirituality, contemporary Muslim thought, and Shafi’i fiqh at Zaytuna College. He presently teaches Islamic history and politics. He speaks and writes on a wide range of topics and has become a voice of conscience for American Muslims as well as people of other faiths. He is regularly included as one of the Western world’s most influential Muslim scholars in The Muslim 500, an annual ranking edited by John Esposito and Ibrahim Kalin. He is also one of the signatories of “A Common Word Between Us and You,” an open letter by Islamic scholars to Christian leaders that calls for peace and mutual understanding. He holds an MA in Political Science from Rutgers University. He is one of three co-founders of Zaytuna College and serves on its Board of Trustees.
Selected Works: Where I’m Coming From: The Year In Review, NID Publishers, 2010.
Treatise for the Seekers of Guidance, NID Publishers, 2008 (translated with commentary has been awarded as a finalist in the category of general spirituality by USA Book News).
“The Zaytuna Ruku Tree”, Holy Ground: A Gathering of Voices on Caring and Creation, 2008.
A Sierra Club landmark book collection. Scattered Pictures: Reflections of An American Muslim, Zaytuna Institute, 2005, and reprint NID Publishers, 2007.
Agenda to Change our Condition (2007).
The Heirs of the Prophets, Starlatch Press, 2001 (translated).
Muslims and The Climate Crisis: Responding To A Higher Call, Creation At The Crossroads, 2016. A faith-sharing resource created in collaboration by RENEW International, GreenFaith, and the Catholic Climate Covenant.
Education: BA, Islamic Law and Arabic Language, Abu Nour University, Damascus, 2001 MA, Political Science, Rutgers University, New Jersey, 1985 BA, (summa cum laude), International Relations, American University, Washington, DC, 1983. Computer Support Specialist, United States Air Force, Logistical Support Training School, Denver, Colorado, 1976 United States Air Force – Accommodation Medal – 1981 Diplomas (ijazahs) from Shaykh Abdul Rahman al-Shaghuri (non-philosophy Tasawwuf texts), Shaykh Mustafa al-Turkmani (Islamic Sciences) and Shaykh Muhammad al-Ya’qubi (Islamic Sciences).
Please visit Imam Zaid’s website HERE
Professor Honerkamp teaches Modern Standard Arabic as a second language and in-depth textual study for advanced students. He is involved in research in Arabic manuscripts, particularly those found in the less often referred to manuscript collections of Morocco. He does research in the fields of Islamic Law and the integral relationship of Shariah and Islamic mysticism, or Sufism. His recent study and translation of two texts by Abu Abd al-Rahman al-Sulami al-Naysapuri (d. 1021) and the Malamatiyya was published by Fons Vitae Publishers in early 2003. His critical edition and study of the Greater Collection of the Letters of Ibn Abbad of Ronda (d. 1390) is forthcoming in 2004.
Suhaib Webb is a contemporary American-Muslim educator, activist, and lecturer. His work bridges classical and contemporary Islamic thought, addressing issues of cultural, social and political relevance to Muslims in the West. After converting to Islam in 1992, Webb left his career in the music industry to pursue his passion in education. He earned a Bachelor’s in Education from the University of Central Oklahoma and received intensive private training in the Islamic Sciences under a renowned Muslim Scholar of Senegalese descent. Webb was hired as the Imam at the Islamic Society of Greater Oklahoma City, where he gave khutbas (sermons), taught religious classes, and provided counselling to families and young people; he also served as an Imam and resident scholar in communities across the U.S.
From 2004-2010, Suhaib Webb studied at the world’s preeminent Islamic institution of learning, Al-Azhar University, in the College of Shari`ah. During this time, after several years of studying the Arabic Language and the Islamic legal tradition, he also served as the head of the English Translation Department at Dar al-Ifta al-Misriyyah.
Outside of his studies at Al-Azhar, Suhaib Webb completed the memorization of the Quran in the city of Makkah, Saudi Arabia. He has been granted numerous traditional teaching licenses (ijazat), adhering to centuries-old Islamic scholarly practice of ensuring the highest standards of scholarship.
Webb was named one of the 500 Most Influential Muslims in the World by the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Center in 2010 and his website, www.SuhaibWebb.com, was voted the best “Blog of the Year” by the 2009 Brass Crescent awards.
Suhaib Webb has lectured extensively around the world including in the Middle East, East Asia, Europe, North Africa and North America. Upon returning from his studies in Egypt, Webb lived in the Bay Area, California, where he worked with the Muslim American Society from Fall 2010 to Winter 2011. He currently serves as the Imam of the Islamic Society of Boston’s Cultural Center (ISBCC).
Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York City, Ustādh Taha bin Hasan Abdul-Basser started learning elementary Arabic and uṣūl al-dīn at 5 years of age, under his father, Hasan Abdul-Basser, who had reverted to Islam at the age of 16, on the advice of his mentor, al-Hajj Mālik (aka Malcolm X). While attending the Dalton School in New York City, Ustādh Taha returned to his personal study of Arabic with renewed vigor at the age of 16 and began to engage more deeply with works that he came across in his father’s personal library–such as Maulana Abdullah Yusuf Ali’s translation of and commentary on the Qur’an and Maulana Abdul-Hamid Siddiqui’s learned translation of Sahīh Muslim. In 1992, he traveled to Cambridge, Massachusetts in order to attend Harvard College, where he studied Arabic formally with Professors Tahera Qutbuddin, William Granara, Asma Afsaruddin and Wolfhart Heinrichs and was encouraged by members of the Harvard Islamic Society, the Muslim student’s organization at the College, to pursue the Islamic sciences more deeply. Since then, he has benefited from several teachers (shuyūkh), including Shaykh Musa Madūrī of al-Azhar (Tanzania); the qaḍī and muftī, Shaykh Muḥammad al-Umrani (Sana`a), Shaykh Dr. Muhammad Ghunaym (Sana`a) and Shaykh Nizam Ya`qubī, from whom he has several licenses (ijāzāt). He serves as the Harvard Islamic Society Chaplain, was Lecturer in Arabic at Boston University (2006), is a former consultant on the Islamic financial ethics and law for the Harvard Islamic Finance Information Program (HIFIP) and acts as a financial ethical consultant for several financial and commercial entities. He resides in Eastern Massachusetts with his wife, Monifa Matthew (Harvard College `98), and their three children.
Born and raised in California, Usama Canon embraced Islam in 1996. Since then, he has had the honor of studying various Islamic Sciences both at home and abroad under some of today’s foremost scholars. Currently, Usama Canon serves as an Instructor at Zaytuna Institute and as a Muslim Chaplain for the State of California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
Usama Canon is the Founding Director of Ta’leef Collective and maintains an active role in various facets of outreach and education, concentrating on issues facing Muslim youth, assisting converts, and developing support systems for Muslim ex-offenders.
Dr. Abdullah bin Hamid Ali is assistant professor of Islamic law and Prophetic Tradition at Zaytuna College in Berkeley, California (2007-present). He holds a PhD in Cultural and Historical Studies in Religion (2016) and an MA in Ethics and Social Theory (2012) from the Graduate Theological Union. He obtained his BA (ijaza ‘ulya) in Islamic Law (Shariah) from the prestigious Al-Qarawiyin University of Fes, Morocco in 2001. He served as full time Islamic chaplain at the State Correctional Institute of Chester, PA from 2002-2007, and is the founding director of the Lamppost Education Initiative. His research interests include the interconnection between law and identity formation, comparative Islamic law, and Islam’s role in the modern world.
CNN Interview: Were Syrian Missle Strikes Morally Justified?
CNN Interview: “Why I was Spared from Amtrak Train 188’s Crash?“
Huffington Post: “Why Gay Marriage May Not Be Contrary to Islam” by Faisal Kutty
Muslim Funeral Guide (Lamppost Productions), 2005
The Attributes of God (Amal Press), 2006
Al-Ghazzālī, Abū Ḥāmid (Trans. Abdullah bin Hamid Ali). A Return to Purity in Creed, Philadelphia: Lamppost Productions, 2008
Ibn Rajab al-Hanbali (Trans. Abdullah bin Hamid Ali). Tears of the Yearners for the Meeting With God, Philadelphia: Lamppost Education Initiative, 2015
“Preserving the Freedom for Faith: Reevaluating the Politics of Compulsion,” The Review of Faith & International Affairs, Vol. 9, Monday 12 June 2011
“Scholarly Consensus: Between Use & Misuse,” Journal of Islamic Law and Culture, Volume 12, Issue 2, 2010
“The Homosexual Challenge to Muslim Ethics” (Lamppost Educational Initiative).
“The Place of “Isnad” in Islamic Education: Demystifying “Tradition” (Lamppost Education Initiative).
“Tunisia and the Liberation of Muslim Women” (The Muslim 500), Issue 2018
Dr. Khalid Yahya Blankinship is a tenured associate professor of religion at Temple University (Philadelphia, PA). He is American historian who specializes in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies. The professor holds a Ph.D. in History from the University of Washington, an MA in Islamic History from Cairo University, and an MA in Teaching English as a Foreign Language from the American University in Cairo. He has widely travelled in the Middle East, including eleven in Egypt and one year in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. He is author of End of the Jihad State (Suny Series), The History of Al-Tabari: The End of Expansion (Suny Series), and has written an introduction to Attributes of God (Amalpress).
The End of the Jihad State: The Reign of Hisham ibn ‘Abd al-Malik (724-743 CE) and the Collapse of the Umayyads , Albany: SUNY Press, 1994.
The History of al-Tabari , Vol. XI, The Challenge to the Empires: A.D. 633-635/A.H. 12-13 , a translation including introduction, commentary, and notes. Albany: SUNY Press, 1993.
The History of al-Tabari , Vol. XXV, The End of Expansion: The Caliphate of Hisham A.D. 724- 738/A.H. 105-120, a translation including introduction, commentary, and notes, Albany: SUNY Press, 1989.
“Politics, Law, and the Military.” In World Eras , Vol. 2, Rise and Spread of Islam, 622-1500 , ed. by Susan L. Douglass. Farmington Hills, MI: The Gale Group, a division of Thomson Learning, Inc., for Manly, Inc., 2002, pp. 195-240.
“The Arts.” Co-authored with Manar Darwish. In World Eras, Vol. 2, Rise and Spread of Islam, 622-1500, ed. by Susan L. Douglass. Farmington Hills, MI: The Gale Group, a division of Thomson Learning, Inc., for Manly, Inc., 2002, pp. 81-136.
“Imarah, Khilfah, and Imamah: The Origins of the Succession to the Prophet Muhammad.” In Shiite Heritage: Essays on Classical and Modern Traditions. Ed. by L. Clarke. Binghamton: Global Publications, 2001, pp. 19-43.
“Imarah, Khilfah, and Imamah: The Origins of the Succession to the Prophet Muhammad.” In Shiite Heritage: Essays on Classical and Modern Traditions. Ed. by L. Clarke. Binghamton: Global Publications, 2001, pp. 19-43.
“Islam and World History: Towards a New Periodization,” The American Journal of Islamic Social Science, 8 (1991), 423-452. Translated into Arabic and republished as “al-Islam wa-al-ta’rikh al-’Ãlami: nahw taqsim jadid li-al-’usur al-ta’rikhiyyah,” in Islamiyyat al- ma’rifah , 1 (1416/1995), No. 1, 95-132.
“The Tribal Factor in the Abbasid Revolution: an Analysis of the Betrayal of the Imam Ibrahim b. Muhammad,” Journal of the American Oriental Society , 108 (1988), 589-603.
Muhammad Adeyinka (pronounced: ah-deh-yin-ka) Mendes was born in the United States and raised in both the US and in Nigeria. At the age of 17, he embraced Islam after a life changing journey to Israel. While at Morehouse College and later at the Ohio State University, he pursued a BA in Arabic and began studying the classical sciences of Islam with scholars from various countries around the United States, among them were Shaykh Hamza Yusuf Hanson, Shaykh Muhammad Shareef, Dr. Antar ibn Standford Smith, Shaykh Nuh Keller, Ustath Ahmad Abdur-Rahman, Ustath Hamidou Taal, and Ustath Amr Khalifa.
Upon graduation, he traveled to the Middle East and West Africa to sit at the feet of a number of notable scholars who further acquainted him with the major Islamic sciences of Qur’anic Recitation, Prophetic Narrations, Classical Arabic, Theology, Jurisprudence, and Purification of the Soul. Among the scholars he was blessed to learn from were Shaykh Fareed Azuz (Algeria), Shaykh Mustafa Turkmani (Syria), Shaykh Abdul-Halim al-Jaza’iri (Algeria), Shaykh Murabit al-Hajj (Mauritania), and Shaykh Ibrahim Makana (Nigeria). He also studied at Ma’had Abi Nour in Damascus, Syria, and has received licenses to teach (ijazat) from Shaykhs Uthman al-Imam an-Naijayri (Nigeria), Ibrahim Makana (Nigeria), Muhammad al-Ya’qoubi (Syria), Muhammad an-Ninowy (Syria), and Khalil Abdur-Rashid (USA).
After returning to the United States, he established the Annual Rawdah (www.therawdah.org), a grassroots educational initiative, continued his studies with various scholars in Houston and Pittsburgh, and has focused on translating and teaching rare Arabic manuscripts concerning theology, jurisprudence, ethics, spirituality, and the upliftment of the weak and oppressed authored by some of West Africa’s greatest spiritual and intellectual giants. Most recently, he partnered with the Travelling Light film project (http://mishkatmedia.com/travellinglight/) to film a documentary highlighting the spiritual and intellectual legacy of Senegal in which he taught chapters from Imam al-Gazzali’s magnam opus, Ihya Ulum ad-Din (Revival of the Religious Sciences).
Muhammad Mendes invites people to learn the fundamentals of theology, worship, and spiritual evolution in accord with Revealed Scripture and Reason, appreciate their commonality as human beings, celebrate the God-given diversity that makes each one of us valuable, and to live lives of spiritual and material significance that leave their corner of the world in a better condition than that in which they found it.
He and his family reside in Atlanta, Georgia, where he serves as Imam at Masjid al-Mo’mineen (Mosque of the Faithful), a Researcher and Instructor with the DC-based Fawakih Qur’anic Arabic and Islamic Studies Institute, and founding director of Sacred Service, an organization committed to the spiritual healing of humanity and a lived articulation of Islam rooted in the socio-cultural realities of indigenous Americans. He also serves as Director of the Tahfeeth al-Qur’an Program and Chair of Islamic Studies at Mohammed Schools of Atlanta, co-founder of the youth mentorship program, Kombutsu Boys To Men Rites of Passage and is active supporter of Muslim Men Against Domestic Violence and the Bait as-Salaam Network for Homeless Women and Children. He continues his studies with various scholars in and outside of Atlanta, among them Shaykh Muhammad an-Ninowy, Shaykh Ahmad Zo Abdullah (Haiti), Shaykh Bashir Niasse (Senegal), and Shaykh Khalil Abdur-Rashid.
Dr. Aminah McCloud is the founder and chair of the Islamic World Studies Program at DePaul University, and she is one of the preeminent scholars on Islam in America. Her research, writing, and teaching focus especially on global Muslim cultures, Islam in America, Islamic law, African American Islam and Muslim women in the United States. Among her many published books and articles, she has most recently edited a multi-author volume entitled An Introduction to Islam in the 21st Century (published by Blackwell, 2012). McCloud is currently editing The Handbook on African American Islam (pending publication from Oxford University Press in 2014). McCloud founded the Journal on Islamic Law and Culture in 1995, and she remains its Editor-in-Chief. She serves on various editorial and community boards including as an American Editor for Brill, a board member of the Center for Feminist Ethics at Brandeis University, a member of the Advisory Council for the American Islamic College, and a board member at the Inner-City Muslim Action Network (IMAN), among others.
In addition to McCloud’s research interests and university responsibilities, she remains an active and engaged member of the communities she writes about. She founded and convened the Conference on Islam in America in 2011 – a gathering that brought together American Muslims from various national and professional backgrounds for discussion on the state of Islam in America. McCloud regularly advises non-profit organizations and government agencies on the realities of Muslims in the United States, and she serves courts regularly as an expert witness in Islamic law.
Dr. Umar Faruq Abd-Allah (Wymann-Landgraf) is an American Muslim, born in 1948 to a Protestant family in Columbus, Nebraska. He grew up in Athens, Georgia, where both parents taught at the University of Georgia. His father taught Veterinary Medicine and Organic Chemistry, while his mother’s field was English. In 1964, his parents took positions at the University of Missouri in Columbia, where his grandfather had been a professor emeritus of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Abd-Allah did his undergraduate work at the University of Missouri with dual majors in History and English Literature. He made the Dean’s list all semesters and was nominated to the Phi Beta Kappa Honorary Society. In 1969, he won a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship and entrance to Cornell University in Ithaca, New York to pursue a Ph.D. program in English literature. Shortly after coming to Cornell, Dr. Abd-Allah read The Autobiography of Malcolm X, which inspired him to embrace Islam in early 1970. In 1972, he altered his field of study and transferred to the University of Chicago, where he studied Arabic and Islamic Studies under Dr. Fazlur Rahman. Dr. Abd-Allah received his doctorate with honors in 1978 for a dissertation on the origins of Islamic Law, Malik’s Concept of ‘Amal in the Light of Maliki Legal Theory. From 1977 until 1982, he taught at the Universities of Windsor (Ontario), Temple, and Michigan. In 1982, he left America to teach Arabic in Spain. Two years later, he was appointed to the Department of Islamic Studies at King Abdul-Aziz University in Jeddah, where he taught (in Arabic) Islamic studies and comparative religions until 2000.
Yasir Qadhi was born in Houston, Texas and completed his primary and secondary education in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. He graduated with a B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Houston, after which he was accepted as a student at the Islamic University of Madinah. After completing a diploma in Arabic, he graduated with a B.A. from the College of Hadith and Islamic Sciences. Thereafter, he completed a M.A. in Islamic Theology from the College of Dawah. He is currently pursuing his doctorate, in Religious Studies, at Yale University.
His published works include Riya’a: The Hidden Shirk, Du’aa: The Weapon of the Believer, and An Introduction to the Sciences of the Qur’an.
Yasir Qadhi is currently pursuing his doctorate, in Religious Studies, at Yale University in New Haven, CT. At AlMaghrib Instiute he teaches the Light of Guidance and the Light Upon Light seminars, which focus on aqeedah.
Yasir is one of the founders and blog-writers for MuslimMatters.org
Shaykh Yasir F. Fahmy joins the ISBCC community from New Jersey, where he was born and raised. For the past two years, he served as Scholar-in-Residence at Islamic Center of Passaic County in New Jersey. Shaykh Yasir began the study of Arabic and Islamic Sciences in his high school years under the guidance of local teachers. At the age of seventeen, he traveled to Amman, where he spent a year studying at the Islamic University of Jordan. He returned to the US and completed a Bachelor’s of Science from Rutgers University. After working in corporate America for three years in finance, he returned to the Middle East and enrolled in the prestigious Al-Azhar University in Cairo. After seven years of intensive study, Shaykh Yasir received a degree in Islamic Studies from Al-Azhar and attained numerous ‘ijazas (independent certifications) in the subjects of fiqh, hadith, aqida, usul al-fiqh, sirah, tazkiyyah, mantiq, Arabic grammar (nahu), morphology (sarf) and rhetoric (balagha). In 2013, Shaykh Yasir Fahmy became the first American Azhari to teach in the renowned Al-Azhar Mosque. Through his teaching, lecturing, mentorship, and religious leadership, Shaykh Yasir aims to foster love for the deen and appreciation of the vast richness of Islamic tradition in new generations of American Muslims.
Ihsan Bagby is an ISPU Fellow and an Associate Professor in the department of Islamic Studies at the University of Kentucky. His research has focused on Muslims in America. In 2001 he published the results of the first comprehensive study of mosques in America, entitled The Mosque in America: A National Portrait. Based on the 2001 study, Dr. Bagby has published four articles, “Imams and Mosque Organizations in the United States,” in Muslims in the United States, “A Profile of African American Mosques” in Journal of the Interdenominational Theological Center, “Attitudes of Mosque Participants Towards America,” in the forthcoming book A Nation of Religions: The Politics of Pluralism in Multireligious America, and “The Mosque in the American Public Square,” in Muslims’ Place in the American Public Square Dr. Bagby received his Ph.D in Near Eastern studies from the University of Michigan with a specialty in Islamic Law. He also serves as the General Secretary of the Muslim Alliance in North America (MANA).
Jihad Hashim-Brown – is Director of Research at the Tabah Foundation in Abu Dhabi, U.A.E. After receiving degrees in Psychology and Near East Studies from Rutgers University, New Jersey in 1994, he went on to study Arabic rhetoric, dialectic theology, and Islamic legal theory with prominent religious authorities in Damascus. In accordance with the criteria of traditional learning methods he studied privately with notable scholars like Muhammad Adib al-Kallas, Dr. Saeed Ramadan al-Buti, and Muhammad Ali al-Shuqayr receiving his scholarly licenses (ijazah) after ten years of intensive training. This included a year in the Minor Atlas of Morrocco reading the Comendium of Compendia of al-Taj al-Subki with the scholar and jurist Muhammad Ghali al-Dadisi in the “antique” madrasa of Tanalit. Mr. Hashim-Brown travels widely, teaching and lecturing in the service of engaging classical jurisprudence and theology with the contemporary age. He has also appeared frequently on numerous satellite television programs in the region.
Born and raised in Oakland, California, ‘Abdul Karim, by the Grace of Allah, embraced Islam in 1989 in his home city. In 1996 having been inspired by a din intensive and the call for the revival of the traditional Islamic way he traveled with his family to Damascus, Syria where he embarked on a course of active pursuit of a traditional understanding of this din. During his two-year stay in Damascus he focused his attention on the acquisition of the Arabic language and the Qur’an, studying the latter under the tutorlige of the highly respected Shaikh of Qur’an Abu Anas at the Rawda Mosque in Damascus. Thereafter he moved on with his family to Tarim, Hadramaut. As a student at Dar al-Mustafa he has primarily turned his efforts towards the science of fiqh according to the school of Muhammad bin Idris al-Shafi’i. His teachers include al-Habib ‘Umar bin Hafiz, Shaikh ‘Umar Hussain al-Khatib and Shaikh Muhammad ‘Iwad al-Khatib.
Ustadh Jamal studied 3 years in Damascus, Syria and then 5 years in Tarim, Yemen. His teachers are Habib Umar bin Hafith, Habib Ali Al-Jeffrey, Habib Ali Abu Bakr, Habib Abur-Rahman bin Hafith, Shiekh Umar Hussain Al-Khatib, Habib Qathim As-Saqqaf and Habib Tahir As-Saqaff. He is currently studying with Sheikh Muhammad An-Ninowy and Shiekh Khalil Abdur Rashid. He has permission to teach the books within the tarteeb of texts that are studied at Dar Al-Mustafa.
Ustadh Yahya was born and raised in America’s midwest. At the age of 19 he became Muslim in the San Francisco Bay Area and began studying with Shaykh Hamza Yusuf and other distinguished scholars visiting from Mauritania, namely, Shaykh Khatri & Shaykh Abdullah Ould Ahmadna. In 1998, he traveled to Mauritania to further his studies of the Islamic sciences. There he spent more than 2 years learning with some of Mauritania’s greatest scholars, including Shaykh Murabit al-Hajj. In 2000, he moved to Yemen to continue his studies. In 2005, he returned from his studies overseas to serve as a full-time teacher at Zaytuna Institute. He currently resides in the Bay Area with his wife and children where he continues to augment his studies, teach and work on various projects.
Jamillah Karim, Ph.D., assistant professor of religious studies at Spelman College is the author of the new book, “American Muslim Women: Negotiating Race, Class, and Gender Within the Ummah.” Jamillah Karim’s research interests include Islam and Muslims in the United States (African American, South Asian and Arab), Islamic Feminism, Race and Ethnicity, and Immigration and Transnational Identity. She is currently conducting research on second-generation African American Muslims.
Imam Tahir Anwar was born in London, England, in 1978, and moved to the San Francisco Bay Area of California in 1983. He completed the initial studies of the Qur’an and the Arabic language under his father, who is also a scholar of the Islamic sciences. In 1991, he traveled to Gujarat, India where he enrolled in a traditional Islamic University named Darul Uloom Falah-e-Darain (The House of Knowledge which is of benefit in both worlds). In recognition of his academic achievements at this institution in 1999, Imam Tahir was given the title of ‘Aalim, which is bestowed upon a person who successfully completes the course in Islamic Theology.
Since 2000, Imam Tahir has been serving as the Imam (religious leader) and Director of Religious Services at the South Bay Islamic Association, located in San Jose, California. He is also the head of the Islamic Studies Department, and an Islamic Studies teacher at Granada Islamic School in nearby Santa Clara. He has also taught Hanafi fiqh at the world-renowned Zaytuna Institute.
Much of Imam Tahir’s passion is in doing outreach work, and he currently sits on the following Boards:
In the past, Imam Tahir has served various panels and commissions, including:
Imam Tahir has also been awarded the following awards due to his work in the community:
He is frequently invited to speak to forums at various universities and religious institutions. Imam Tahir is fluent in English, Urdu, Arabic, Hindi, and Gujarati. He currently resides in San Jose, California with his wife and two sons.
Imam Al-Hajj Talib ‘Abdur-Rashid is the religious and spiritual leader (Imam) of The Mosque of Islamic Brotherhood Inc. The mosque , located in Harlem, New York City, is the lineal descendant of the Muslim Mosque Inc. founded by the late El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz (Malcolm X), in 1964. Imam ‘Abdur-Rashid is also the Amir (President) of the Majlis Ash-Shura (Islamic Leadership Council) of Metropolitan New York. Nationally, he serves as the Deputy Amir (Vice President) of The Muslim Alliance in North America. See the Imam’s full bio here
Imam Talib serves on or has advised several interfaith bodies located in New York City, past and present. They include Harlem Congregations for Community Improvement (who recognized him in 2014 for 19 years of service), A Partnership of Faith in New York City, The Temple of Understanding, The Interfaith Center of New York, The N.Y.C. Dept. of Education Chancellor’s Interfaith Advisory Committee, and the Bertram Beck Institute on Religion and Poverty. He has given sermons and lectures in Mosques, Churches and Synagogues throughout the U.S.A. Further, he was a presenter at the Parliament of World Religions in both Chicago (1993) and Capetown, South Africa (1999).
One of the original Muslim participants in the Harlem Week of Prayer for the Healing of AIDS, Imam Talib has served as a counselor to and advocate for Muslims living with AIDS and their families, and a faith-based HIV/AIDS educator, since 1990. He is the co-founder of the African-African American Muslim Commission on HIV/AIDS , and the only American Muslim member of the Advisory Committee of the International Muslim Leaders Consultation on HIV/AIDS. Imam Talib participated in training faith leaders in the U.S. and Africa, in Islamic pastoral perspectives on HIV/AIDS, sponsored by The Balm in Gilead, Inc., an U.S. based African-American AIDS organization, and is a member of the National Black Leadership Commission on HIV/AIDS
The Imam participated in several interfaith services and activities in the wake of the tragic events of September 11, 2001 . They included those held at The Riverside Church, Marble Collegiate Church, and NYC Local Union 32BJ. He also organized an October, 2001 prayer service near Ground Zero, for Muslims killed in the destruction of the Twin Towers. In the media he was a panelist on PBS’ “ America Responds: New York Voices”, with Bill Moyers. His voice appears on the CD Restoring Faith: America’s Religious Leaders Answer Terror with Hope , edited by Forrest Church.
Imam Talib was the key American Muslim speaker at the International Conference on Religious Pluralism in Democratic Societies, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in 2002. In 2009, he received the Council on American-Islamic Relations’ “Steward of Justice” Award, and the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University, identified him as one of “The 500 Most Influential Muslims” in the world in the area of “Development”. He was subsequently invited to and participated in the U.S./Islamic World Forum in Doha, Qatar, in February, 2010.
The Imam’s work has been the object of several featured articles in the New York Times and other newspapers where he is frequently quoted. This is also true of several books on Islam and Muslims in America, including American Islam by Richard Wormser, Working on God, by Winifred Gallagher, Journey Into America by Akbar Ahmed, and My Neighbors Faith: Stories of Interreligious Encounter, Growth, and Transformation by Jennifer Howe Peace, amongst others. A spiritual advisor to the hip-hop generation, he appeared in the award-winning documentary “The New Muslim Cool”.
The imam is author of A Muslim Manifesto on Darfur, and Healing Indigenous Muslim Families in America. His essay entitled “African and African American Muslims in Early New York” was published by the NY Urban League in January, 2008 in their publication, The State of Black New York: 2007. It was further published in Columbia University’s “Souls”, a 2010 anthology of writings by the late scholar of African American history, professor Manning Marable. His critique of Dr. Marable’s book Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention appears in Malcolm X: Real Not Reinvented along with essays by renown scholars, activists, and writers. Recently he presented a paper entitled “Souls on Fire: Christian and Muslim Insurrectionists in 19th Century America” at the Transatlantic Roundtable on Religion and Race held at Birkbeck, University Of London.
Imam ‘Abdur-Rashid’s religiously inspired community activist work has earned him accolades from community organizations and city government alike. He is the recipient of several NY City Council Citations and congressional recognition; 2012 recognition for his work and contributions as a New Yorker, 2013 multiple awards including the Bridge Building Award for Leadership in Community Relations (for his long and consistent record of interfaith work in New York City) ; the Micah Justice Award of The Micah Institute at New York Theological Seminary (for his prophetic model social justice work over 25 years), and the Citizen of the City award of The Police Reform Organizing Project. His was a major voice raised in critical opposition to the particular policies and programs initiated by former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg and his former Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, known as Stop and Frisk, and Warrantless Surveillance of the Muslim Community.
In 2014 he has become a founding member of Interfaith Religious Leaders of African Ancestry, raising his voice against violence directed against women and children at home and abroad.
Imam Talib‘s next two books entitled Social Justice Writings of an African American Muslim, and The Qur’an, The Sunnah, and The Non-Violent Jihad against HIV/AIDS, are targeted for release by 2015. He is the father of a daughter, Hawwa, a son, Adam , with one son, Ismail, deceased from heart disease. He is the grandfather of six children.
Shaykh Abdallah Adhami was born in Georgetown, Washington, DC, of the noble lineage of the family of the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him. He began his studies of shari’ah at the age of eight, and heard his first scholarly narrative in 1975. He earned scholarly licenses from many eminent scholars from Damascus, Egypt, and Morocco. As a certified narrator of hadith, he is honored with the highest doctoral credential in the interdisciplinary legal canon.
Shaykh Abdallah also holds a degree in architecture from Pratt in New York City, and has seven years of international corporate experience in the area of organizational development and executive training.
Shaykh Abdallah Adhami has been serving the needs of the Muslim community in North America for over twenty years, and is a creative and legal consultant to corporate and creative professionals in the public and private sector around the world.
His post-doctoral works center on exploring the legal, ethical, and spiritual dimensions of the linguistic implications of shari’ah texts. His works also strive to relate the eternal relevance of the essence of shari’ah laws as a vehicle to enhance modern lived experience. He is the founder and chairman of SAKEENAH.
Intisar A. Rabb is a member of the law faculty at Boston College Law School, where she teaches in the areas of advanced constitutional law, criminal law, and comparative and Islamic law. She is also a research affiliate at the Harvard Law School Islamic Legal Studies Program and a 2010 Carnegie Scholar, awarded a grant for her research on “Islamic Law and Legal Change: The Internal Critique,” which examines criminal law reform in the Muslim world. Her research in comparative law and legal history combines a policy-oriented assessment of public values with analyses of various schools of legal interpretation in different systems of law. She is particularly interested in questions at the intersection of criminal justice, legislative policy, and judicial process in American law and in the law of the Middle East and the wider Muslim world.
Rabb received a BA with honors from Georgetown University, a JD from Yale Law School, and a PhD in Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University, where her dissertation–which won the Princeton Bayard and Cleveland Dodge Memorial Thesis Prize for Best PhD Dissertation–focused on the history and function of legal maxims in Islamic law. She served as a law clerk to the Hon. Thomas L. Ambro of the U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, and subsequently worked with members of the bench and bar in the U.K. as a Temple Bar Scholar through the American Inns of Court.
Dawood Yasin is currently the Muslim Life and Service Trips Coordinator at the Tucker Foundation. In his role Dawood provides spiritual and religious support, offers educational seminars, and leads congregational prayers for Muslim students at Dartmouth College and residents of the greater Hanover area. Dawood also works to foster understanding and dialogue among diverse campus groups by building and maintaining interfaith relations. In addition he advises students in the Service and Education Program (SEP) by coordinating six alternative spring break trips and the Cross Cultural Education and Service Program in Siuna, Nicaragua (CCESP-Nicaragua).
During his residence in South Africa Dawood converted to Islam and then spent five years in Damascus studying Arabic, Islam, and spirituality. Upon completion of his studies he relocated to New Haven CT where he served as an Imam. While in New Haven he also worked as a teaching assistant and engaged in research at Yale University. Most recently, Dawood served as Director of Outreach at the Zayed Center for Islamic Culture in the United Arab Emirates, engaging in public speaking within U.A.E. and abroad, emphasizing ethics and tolerance between Muslim and non-Muslim communities.
Dawood teaches Arabic language in the summer at Zaytuna College in Berkeley, California. He was born and raised in Nantucket, Massachusetts, and lives with his wife and children in New Hampshire. He is currently pursuing a graduate degree in Globalization Studies at Dartmouth.
Khalid Latif is Executive Director and Chaplain (Imam) for the Islamic Center at New York University (NYU).
In 2005, Imam Latif was appointed the first Muslim chaplain at NYU. At NYU, Khalid initiated his vision for a pluralistic American Muslim community, rooted on campus and reaching out to the city. In 2006, Imam Latif was appointed the first Muslim chaplain at Princeton University. In 2007, Imam Latif’s position was fully institutionalized at New York University, and so he committed himself to that institution and the building of a Muslim life institution. Today’s Islamic Center is a leader among American Muslim organizations, uniquely shaped to contribute to the future of Muslim practice in the West.
Imam Latif’s exceptional dedication and ability to cross faith and cultural boundaries on a daily basis brought him recognition throughout the city, so much so that in 2007, Mayor Michael Bloomberg nominated Imam Latif to become the youngest chaplain in history of the New York City Police Department. He was 24. Since then, Imam Latif has dedicated himself to America’s largest Police Department, and has developed tremendously valuable skills as a spokesperson for co-existence, mutual understanding and productive relationships between cultures, communities and religions.
At NYU, Imam Latif has not only managed to build a strong Muslim institution at NYU, but he has offered his experience and awareness to the U.S. State Department, various institutions, corporations, mosques and other communities in the United States, Canada, Denmark, the Netherlands, Spain and Egypt. He is a highly sought-after speaker, offering to diverse audiences his unique blend of motivational speaking, leadership insights, spiritual development and religious awareness. He has been invited to speak at the University of Alabama-Birmingham, the University of Pennsylvania, the University of California-Berkeley, Columbia University, Princeton University and Harvard. Imam Latif has been quoted or otherwise featured on numerous media outlets including BBC, NPR, CNN, the New York Times, Newsweek, Time Magazine, BET and GEO TV. Amongst many awards and distinctions for leadership and community service over the last few years, Imam Latif was most recently named one of 500 most influential Muslims in the world in 2009 by Georgetown University’s Prince Alwaleed Bin Talaal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding and The Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre.
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Naeem Abdul Wali was born Gary Edwards in Crossville, Tennessee, USA, but grew up in Indiana. He embraced Islam while attending Purdue University where he received a Bachelor of Science in Entomology.
In 1991 he moved to Medina, Saudi Arabia, to begin a series of studies in Islamic disciplines. After two years he pursued further studies in the Fatih district of Istanbul, Turkey under various traditional scholars including his spiritual director Sh.Mahmud Ustaosmanoglu (popularly known as Mahmud Effendi).
Since receiving his traditional certication (Ijaza) to teach the disciplines & texts he studied he has taught in the United Kingdom, Western Europe, United States, Canada and Australia.
He currently resides in Houston, Texas, with his family and is the resident scholar at Risala Institute.
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Khalil Abdur-Rashid is the son of Mayor Chuck Khalil Burris, student of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the first African American mayor of Stone Mountain, Georgia. He was born in Atlanta, Georgia. He completed his bachelor degree in Social Work and worked for the state of Georgia as a social worker for several years. He pursued Islamic studies academically and traditionally which led him overseas to study for numerous years.
He pursued a Master’s Degree in Istanbul, Turkey in Islamic Law at Marmara University. He also completed advanced Islamic seminary training and received his full doctoral license (Ijaaza) in Islamic Sciences.
Khalil holds a Master of Arts in Middle East Studies as well as a Master of Philosophy in Islamic Law both from Columbia University in New York City. He has taught numerous courses on Islam and Islamic law at NYU and Columbia University and taught Arabic language at Georgia State University. He was the first paid Muslim Chaplain for Columbia University and Barnard College in New York City and served as an advisor to the NYPD Police Commissioner. He also served as Imam for several years in New York City and has lectured at Harvard, Princeton, and NYU. He served for several years as Scholar-in-Residence at the Islamic Association of Collin County. He was nominated to serve as advisor for diversity for the Plano ISD School District and also works as adjunct professor of Islamic Studies in the Graduate of Liberal Studies Program at SMU. He serves as the President and Dean of the Islamic Seminary of America in Dallas.
Ustadh Rami Nsour was born in Amman, Jordan and moved to the United States at the age of 9. He was first introduced to the study of sacred knowledge while attending classes taught by shuyukh in the San Francisco Bay Area; notably, Shaykh Khatri bin Bayba, Shaykh Abdullah bin Ahmedna and Shaykh Hamza Yusuf. Studying at the hands of these inspirational shuyukh kindled his desire to further his studies of the Deen. With their encouragement, Ustadh Rami embarked on a journey to the West African country of Mauritania in 1998 where he became a full-time student of the sacred sciences for several years.
In Mauritania, he studied under the tutelage of some of the greatest scholars of our times such as his foremost teacher, Shaykh Murabit al Hajj bin Fahfu. He was also blessed to study with Murabit Muhammad al-Amin bin al-Shaykh, Murabit Ahmed Fal bin Ahmedna, Shaykh Abdullah bin Ahmedna, Shaykh Tahir ibn Murabit al Hajj and Shaykh Sa’d Bu among others. During the many years he spent in Mauritania, he studied at the School, or Mahdara, of Murabit Al Hajj. All of his lessons were one-on-one. This Mahdara is famous for producing some of the most learned scholars in history. Due to the rigors of its studies, this Mahdara attracts many serious students. Its academic make-up allows for the complete study of the Shari’ah by way of individual lessons with each scholar, followed by review of the lessons with seasoned students and finally, by witnessing the Deen come to life as the laws are implemented on a daily basis by all.
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Siraj Wahhaj is imam of Al-Taqwa mosque in Brooklyn, New York and the leader of The Muslim Alliance in North America (MANA). Siraj is an extremely prolific speaker in America. He makes many appearances at major North American Muslim conventions, and numerous forums and lectures in New England. His audio and video lectures are also popular in America’s Muslim community. He is known to encourage Muslims to be God-fearing, enjoining good and forbid evil, practice regular charity, stay away from drugs, abstain from pre-marital relations, and other issues as well. He has also appeared on several national television talk shows and has had interviews with several media outlets. In 1991 Siraj offered an invocation (opening prayer) to the United States House of Representatives. He was the first Muslim to do so. Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright hosted Imam Siraj and other notable scholars for a Ramadan feast of lamb, lentils and saffron rice. He is one of the pioneers of the American Muslim convert community.
I grew up in a household where grace was said at the table and we always said our prayers before bedtime, but that was the extent of my religious upbringing [at least in terms of rituals]. And yet, I was filled with the love and notion of God from the very beginning. As a child, I was curious about religion. I would often sit for hours by myself reading my mother’s Bible, fascinated with the stories and moral teachings it contained. But it would not be until after my graduation from high school that I would experience what I would now term, an existential crisis. At the ripe age of 18 I became terrifyingly aware of my finite existence and concluded, “there must be something more to all of this [life]“. The following year, after studying any and all religious traditions I could find, I converted to Islam (in 1992) and began a process of studying the religion. I had the opportunity to sit and study with several Muslim teachers in the Detroit metro area. After a brief stint in music (both playing jazz and spinning it for WEMU) I taught Arabic and Islamic Studies in the Detroit area for two years.
The author of The Manrilla Blog – Exploring Islam In America Through the Social Sciences, this blog has now been moved to its present location here, where I write about pertinent issues facing America’s Muslim community today. Steeped in the intellectual tradition of Islam, I have endeavored to broker a new path of American Muslim thought by giving careful analysis of social and cultural trends of the diverse population of Muslims in America, seeking to provide a voice that at once speaks to the here and now of Muslims, yet rooted in the timeless philosophy of Islamic thought. My writing has been recognized through a number of venues, from the Philadelphia Inquirer as a top bookmark as well as the recipient of Best Design, in the 5th Annual Brass Crescent Awards.
The last fifteen years has seen me involved in a number of ways in the Muslim community. In my early twenties, I was asked to teach Islamic studies along side Shaykh ‘Ali Sulaiman ‘Ali, of the ALIM Program, at Crescent Academy in Canton, Michigan. Since then, I have worked as a Muslim educator in subjects ranging from Arabic language, philosophy, and creed, to spirituality and self-purification. More recently I teamed up with Adnan Zulficar, the Interfaith Fellow and Campus Minister to the Muslim Community at the University of Pennsylvania, to create and teach the Islamic Literacy Series. Notes and audio recordings can be found here.
In 2008, I completed his ijazah with Imam Anwar Muhaimin of the Quba Institute, in Philadelphia, in the area of khutbah. Since then, I have been working as a khatib, delivering Friday sermons at a variety of locations in and around the greater Philadelphia area. In addition, I have spoken at the Constitution Center in Philadelphia, Hillel, Charter School, and Yale University just to name a few venues. See here for the khutbah schedule [see the side bar for current talks]as well as downloading past khutbahs and lectures here.
In August of 2011, it was my great pleasure to be appointed to the position of Muslim Chaplain at the University of Pennsylvania. Here, I will work alongside Rev. Charles “Chaz” Howard in serving Muslims at Penn as well as the broader University community.
I currently live in South Philadelphia, a stone’s throw from the infamous Pat and Geno’s, with my wife Margari, where we enjoy spending time with friends, eating Moroccan and Senegalese food, and being geeky intellectuals. I hope you will enjoy your time here and will visit again from time to time. And most importantly, you’ll leave some feedback. Feel free to contact me at marc [at]marcmanley [dot]com.
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Joe Bradford is an American scholar of Islam, instructor, and ethical investments advisor. He regularly lectures on topics such as Islamic Finance, Shariah Law, legal theory, and financial ethics. Visit his blog for more information on his background and activities by pressing this link.
Daniel Haqiqatjou (pronounced: Ha-qee-qat-joo) was born in Houston, Texas. He attended Harvard University where he studied Physics and Philosophy. He completed a Masters degree in Philosophy at Tufts University. Haqiqatjou writes and lectures on contemporary issues surrounding Muslims and modernity. He has spoken at universities and mosques around the US and his work has been featured in outlets such as The Washington Post, The Atlantic, CNN, Aljazeera, Public Discourse, Mashable, and First Things. He teaches as an adjunct faculty member at Respect Graduate School. For more information, follow this link.
David Coolidge is has served as the Associate University Chaplain for the Muslim Community at Brown University since July 2009. He graduated from Brown in 2001, received an MA from Princeton in Religion in 2008, and was previously employed as Adjunct Faculty at St. Francis College (Brooklyn, NY) and as the Muslim Advisor at Dartmouth College.
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The Lamppost Education Initiative (Lamppost) places an special emphasis on American-born, English-speaking graduates of both Western and Islamic universities, scholars, teachers, activists, chaplains, and Imams. These members come from various and diverse ideological backgrounds and orientations, and they are united by both Islam and the commitment to scholastic accuracy, moral integrity, and balance. As a result, Lamppost has a mandate which includes the following:
Lamppost provides its users with access to an array of educational options, including original resources written by American scholars and translated to other languages like Arabic, Spanish, and French. We also feature a page that showcases many of America’s homegrown Qur’anic reciters.
This tall order and void that Lamppost seeks to fill receives much of its thrust from the words of one of Islamic history’s most illustrious scholars, Abu Hamid al-Ghazzali:
“If a sinner knows of his own sin, he must seek treatment for it from a physician; who in this case would be the scholar. But if he does not know that what he is doing is a sin, it is the duty of the scholar to make him aware of this. And that is by having a scholar take on the responsibility of a particular region, town, neighborhood, mosque, or public place in order to acquaint the inhabitants with their religion; distinguishing what is harmful to them from what is of benefit; and what will bring them damnation from what will bring them salvation. And he should not wait until he is asked. Rather, he should take it upon himself to call the people to himself. That is because they are the heirs of the prophets. And the prophets did not leave the people in their ignorance. They, rather, would summon them in the gatherings; pass by their homes; and seek them out individually in order to give them direction.”
(Al-Ghazali, Abu Hamid Muhammad. Al-Tawbatu ila Allahi wa Mukaffirati al-Dhunub. Cairo: Maktabat al-Qur’an, 1406/1986, p. 135)