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Instructors for 'Lessons in Isra' and Mi'raj'
Dr. Abdullah bin Hamid Ali
He holds a Ph.D. in Cultural and Historical Studies in Religion (2016) and an M.A. in Ethics and Social Theory (2012) from the Graduate Theological Union. He obtained his B.A. (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. He currently serves as an Associate Professor of Islamic law and Prophetic Tradition at Zaytuna College in Berkeley, California. His research interests include the interconnection between law and identity formation, comparative Islamic law, and Islam’s role in the modern world.
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Imam Tahir Anwar
Imam Tahir Anwar is an American Muslim scholar and preacher. Born in London, England, he has lived in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1983.
After completing his religious studies, Imam Tahir has served the Bay Area Muslim community since 2000. He also teaches Islamic Law at the renowned Zaytuna College, America’s first Muslim liberal arts college located in Berkeley, CA.
In addition, he is the founding board member of Averroes High School, the Bay Area’s first Muslim high school. He is currently the chairman of the board of NISA, North-American Islamic Shelter for the Abused, an organization that works towards alleviating issues related to domestic violence.
He has a passion for community service. He served on the Human Rights Commission for the City of San Jose for over 5 years and on the Human Relations Commission for the County of Santa Clara for one year. He also leads a group for Hajj each year.
Imam Amin Muhammad
Imam Amin Muhammad is a native of Atlantic City, NJ, who has studied with traditional Shuyukh from Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Syria, and Lebanon. Among the Shuyukh whom he has benefitted greatly from are Shaykh Walid Ar Rifa’i, Shaykh Jamal Zahabi, Shaykh Samir An Nass, Shaykh Salahud Din Al Idlibiyy, Shaykh Abdullah bin Bayyah, Shaykh Abdullah bin Ali Basfar and others. He has studied many of the Islamic sciences such as ‘Aqidah, Fiqh, Tafsir, Sirah, Hadith, and Hadith methodology. Presently, Imam Amin teaches Hadith, Fiqh and delivers Jumu’ah Khutbah at Masjid Muhammad in Atlantic City, NJ. He also teaches and lectures at various mosques in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware. He has been an advisor and teacher at M.E.C.C.A. in New York, a teacher at Al-Maqasid in Pennsylvania as well as other institutions across the country.
Imam Yama Niazi
Imam Yama Niazi was born in Afghanistan and migrated with his parents to the United States at the age of seven. Having grown up in the United States, and having an understanding of the culture and studying Islam with American Muslim scholars, led Yama to take on a unique perspective and direction of Islam in America. He has benefited from a number of teachers of traditional Islamic disciplines, in the United States and abroad. As Imam and Religous Director of the Islamic Society of Santa Barbara, Imam Yama has been leading prayers and teaching both Muslim and interfaith communities of Santa Barbara and neighboring counties.
Imam Yama also serves the Muslim community as a family and youth counselor.
He currently teaches and is an instructor at SeekersGuidance and is leading youth education program as well conducting programs in local communities/ masjids in North America.
He is married and has 3 children.
Ustadha Fatima Lette is an instructor at Qalam. She teaches at the Qalam Seminary, online at Qalam Connect, at the Sisters’ Suhbah Retreat and at the Faith Intensive. She is a teacher at the Roots Community Space.
Ustadha Fatima Lette graduated from Kennesaw State University with a B.A. in Psychology. She went on to graduate from the ‘alimiyyah program at the Qalam Seminary. Born and raised in Atlanta, GA, she continues to serve her community as a teacher at the Roswell Community Masjid.
Mahdy is a Zaytuna College alumnus and practicing attorney. He also teaches Islamic Studies at ILM Tree and serves as Convert Care Coordinator for Ta’leef.