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ILF Instructors come with a wide variety of backgrounds and qualifications. Instructors are selected on their deep understanding of Islam, related topics and mission of the Quran and are certified by well-known institutes. They are also experienced teachers and prominent scholars, Imams and community activists.
Shaykh Amir Saeed is a scholar of the traditional Islamic sciences and an active mentor and teacher of the Muslim community. He has had the blessed opportunity to study with some of the most brilliant minds of Islamic thought in Mauritania, Nadwat ul Ulema of India, and Egypt where he completed his specialized degree in Islamic Jurisprudence at the prestigious Al-Azhar University. Along with Islamic law, he has also studied a number of other subjects including Arabic, tazkiyya (self-purification), pre-Islamic poetry, exegesis of the Quran and noble traditions of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon Him) obtaining an Ijazah (traditional certificate of completion) in the Saheeh of Al-Bukhari.
Seeking to serve the Muslim community and advance Islamic literacy in North America, he joined the efforts of Islamic Learning Foundation Chicago where he is currently the resident scholar and researcher. Among other subjects, he teaches Arabic, Islamic law, Islamic belief, purification of the soul, and social development. Having been raised in America, his perspective is essential for applying the Islamic scholarly tradition in a western, modern context. Similarly, he relates well with young people who are struggling to find their identity and purpose, empowering them with confidence and awareness of their religion.
Ustadh Tariq completed his memorization of Quran at the age of 13. He received two certifications in his memorization from America and Palestine. He has been teaching Quran privately with numerous students since his completion. He studied Classical Arabic at the Fajr Center for the Arabic Language, where he completed the text “Al-Arabiyatu Bayna Yadayk.” Ustadh Tariq now works as a part time instructor of Islamic Learning Foundation Chicago where he teaches Quran and Arabic studies. Ustadh Tariq is also a student at the University of Madina in Madina-tul-Munawaara.
Ustaadh Faizan has been actively working as a mentor for the youth of the Muslim community since the age of 15. He has served as the NeighborNet and SubRegional Coordinator, and Secretary General for Young Muslims, a national organization for the Muslim youth. He studied Classical Arabic at the Fajr Center for the Arabic Language, where he completed the text “Al-Arabiyatu Bayna Yadayk.” Ustadh Faizan has distinguished himself as a passionate khateeb and interactive speaker. He is also the full time Arabic and Islamic Studies teacher at Rockford IQRA School where he teaches grades 4-12.
Ustadh Abdul serves as the head of the Arabic department at Islamic Learning Foundation. He graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2006 with a dual-major in Finance and MIS after which he started his career in Technology and Finance sector in Chicago-land area. Before joining ILF’s team, Ust. Abdul Sattar was an active member of Young Muslims, ICNA’s Youth Division, where he served YM for over 10 years in various roles at the local, regional, and national levels including the National YM Tarbiyyah Chair. Currently, he studies and teaches Arabic and the Islamic sciences part-time at different institutes. He is also a regular author at www.suhaibwebb.com website.
Dr. Arif Hussain is one of the founding members of Islamic Learning Foundation, ICNA’s educational and research institute. His work has been focused on developing and teaching the Arabic and Islamic Studies program. Arif Hussain graduated from Benedictine University in with a major in Psychology. Before joining ILF, Dr. Arif Hussain served various leadership roles for MSA and as the National Coordinator for Young Muslims.
Hafiz Wasif Ali Khan was born in Doha, Qatar and immigrated to the United States at the tender age of 2 years. Being the youngest of 4 siblings, he was always motivated to excel in his studies. His parents consistently encouraged their children to practice and learn the Deen of Islam. His keen interest in the book of Allah led him to begin memorizing the Qur’an at the age of 12 which he completed by the age of 15, Alhamdulillah. He then went on to get his high school diploma and went on to attain a Bachelor’s degree from NEIU in Business Management. During his stay for Bachelor’s study he maintained his non-secular studies at many local institutions including an in depth study of Tafsir of the Qur’an. After graduating at the top of his class Alhamdulillah, he went to study the Arabic language at the Bayyinah Institute with Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan in Dallas, Texas. Currently he resides with his parents in Chicago and is working in the eCommerce business field. He gives weekly Khutab in various Masajid in the Chicago land area and on the weekends, he teaches Quranic Arabic for Islamic Learning Foundation.
He started his schooling at IFS from preschool. From a young age he was taught Arabic grammar, Quran and Islamic studies from many well-known teachers in our community. After fifth grade he then moved to Pakistan for two years and did sixth and seventh grade there while doing part-time hifz. Upon coming back from Pakistan he returned to IFS for two more years before entering into the IFS hifz program. Under Hafidh Habib-u-Rahman and the guidance of Hafidh Ahmed Najjar (Al-Azhar graduate) he completed memorizing the Quran in 16 months. He did not want to stop there; recently he applied to Madinah Islamic University under the sponsorship of ILF. While he awaits his reply he is currently teaching Quran and Islamic studies to the youth at ILF for over two years.
Sh. Abdool Rahman Khan is a graduate of the Islamic University faculty of Shari’ah (Islamic Jurisprudence) specializing in Islamic Inheritance. He is a former Principal of the Guyana Islamic Institute and also of Al-Rahmah School, Baltimore Maryland. Shayk served as the Resident Scholar and Khateeb (lecturer) at Islamic Foundation, Villa Park, Chicago, Illinois. Is actively involved in the field of Religious Dialog and Social issues. He is the chairman of the Shari’ah Council of Islamic Circle of North America and a member of the Fiqh Council of North America. Shaykh Also serves in the Centrel Majlis-e-Shura of Islamic Circle of North America. He is currently the resident scholar and Imam at Masjid Tawheed in Oakbrook Terrace, IL.
Dr. Abdelazim M el-Siddig was born in the Sudan. He studied law and Sharia (Islamic law) at the Faculty of Law, University of Khartoum where he graduated with Honors-Upper Division. Later he received his Masters of Law degree from the Univeristy of Pennsylvania Law School. He then obtained his Doctorate degree in Islamic Legal Theory from Temple University, Philadelphia, Pa.
He has served as a Postdoctoral Research Associate (Law, Religion & Society), at Temple University and as a Professor of Islamic Law at the Islamic American University. He was Founder & Director of the Aqsa Family Center in Bridgeview, Illinois. He is also a Certified Life Coach of Scream Free Living. Dr. Elsiddig currently resides with his wife and their four children in Palos Heights, IL. Shayk Abdelazim currently serves as the Executive Director of ICNA Family Services.
Dr. Sabeel Ahmed is the Director of the GainPeace Project, an outreach project of Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA). GainPeace.com conducts many outreach oriented projects in Chicago and many cities to educate people about the authentic teachings of Islam. Some of these projects include advertising the message of Islam via Bus, Billboards, trains and newspapers. Dr. Sabeel had given many presentations and workshops on dawah related topics, traveling extensively. Upon completing his medical education Dr. Sabeel decided to become a full-time daee. He was born in India and moved to USA more than 15 years ago. He is married, has two kids, and resides with his family in Skokie, IL. He is currently serving as the president of ICNA Chicago.
Br. Haroon Malik’s role in the field of Dawah (outreach) started with the Gainpeace Outreach(Da’wah) Project of Islamic Circle of North America, where he took part in Bus and Billboard advertising projects, Outreach Booths, Islamic Information Hotline and mentoring new muslims.
Br. Haroon comes from Accounting and Finance Background. The father of 3 and resides in Detroit Michigan area. His quest for knowledge seeking started with ICNA’s youth division, Young Muslims, during the high school years. He is also a graduate of a 10 month intensive Arabic Program.
Currently Br. Haroon is instructor for New Muslims Online Classes which are attended by students nationwide.
Shaykh Omar Suleiman is the Imam of Masjid Abu Bakr Al-Siddique in New Orleans, LA and a member of the ICNA Shariah Council. He is also the outreach director of ICNA Relief in Louisiana.
Born and raised in the United States, he embarked on his journey to study traditional Islamic sciences in the year 2000 in the United Arab Emirates primarily under the instruction of Sheikh Tariq Ibn Rajah (hA) and other noble scholars from Umm Al Qura. He also spent much time in the company of his wife’s father, Sheikh Husam Mubarak, and benefited greatly from him.
He then went on to earn a Bachelors degree in Islamic Studies along with a Bachelors degree in Accounting accompanied by a wide array of Diplomas and Certifications in various Islamic Disciplines with emphasis on Jurisprudence (Fiqh) and Dawah. He is currently pursuing a Masters degree with emphasis on the “Fiqh of Minorities.”
Imam Omar recently joined the Sharia Academy of America as an instructor through which he conducts online University courses and intensive weekend seminars in the areas of Fiqh, Usool Al Fiqh, Dawah, and Hadeeth.
He is also a founding member and steering committee member of the East Jefferson Interfaith Clergy Association.
In 2007, Fahad Tasleem founded Dawah Corps – an organization with a mission to ignite, for Muslims living in the West, a passion for Islamic outreach. Fahad’s expertise in the realm of dawah stems from a number of years of experience with the various outreach efforts of MSA’s, Islamic centers, and Islamic organizations across North America.
Fahad has also served as a khateeb and lecturer for the Islamic Society of Greater Houston. His speaking style has been described as engaging, profound and exciting. His ability to express core Islamic ideas in simple, palatable terms that are relevant to contemporary times, has inspired many to reach higher spiritual, moral and social goals.
Currently, Fahad plays a tripartite role as an instructor, researcher and student. He is the founder and lead instructor at the DC Seminary along with being an adjunct professor at various other universities and colleges. His role as a researcher and student is in his current pursuit of a PhD in Economics from the University of Texas at Dallas. Fahad studied Arabic at Georgetown University and he holds a bachelors in Economics from Michigan State University and a Masters in Taxation from the University of Southern California.
Fahad Tasleem recently joined ILF Texas, a teaching project of ICNA. He is an instructor for ILF Houston on site classes at Islamic Outreach Center ( IOC-Cypress).
Imam Khalid Fattah Griggs accepted Islam in 1972. He is the Imam of The Community Mosque of Winston-Salem in North Carolina. This is a position he has held since 1984. He is also co-chairman of the North Carolina-based Black Leadership Roundtable of Winston-Salem-Forsyth County.
A Political Science and English graduate of Howard University in Washington, D.C., Griggs has been active in the Muslim and African-American communities. He was part of the anti-Vietnam war movement in the late 1960s and was also involved with the Islamic Party in North America in the 1970s after his conversion. This group, composed of predominantly Muslim African-Americans, was active in Dawa to the African-American community.
Griggs co-founded the Institute for Islamic Involvement in the early 1980s and edited its journal, Vision, for six years. More recently, he served as editor of The Message magazine. Imam Griggs currently hold board chair position for ICNA Council for Social Justice.
Dr. Abu Zayd is the assistant Imam of the Islamic Center of Jersey City, one of the first masajid in NJ. He holds a Bachelors degree in Islamic Studies from the School of Islamic and Arabic Studies, American Open University as well as numerous traditional licenses (ijazah) in various modes of Quranic recitation, books of hadith and Islamic texts. He holds a general Ijazah to transmit from Shaykh Waleed Idrees Meneese, Dr. Muhammad Akram Nadwi, and the late Shaykh Bakr Abu Zayd. He possesses chains of transmission for the Six Books of Hadith from Shaykh Waleed, Dr Nadwi, as well as Shaykh Yaqub al-Qasimi, student of the late Husain Ahmad al-Madani.
Abu Zayd is the author of Childrens Bequest, a textbook on the science of Tajweed based upon a translation of the Arabic classic Tuhfat ul Atfal, and teaches via the Quran Literacy Institute in Somerset, NJ, a subsidiary of the Islamic Learning Foundation. He was a founding member of Young Muslims and is a long-standing member of ICNA, a grassroots national organization.
Dr. Abu Zayd, whose full name is Obaidullah Choudry, maintains a private medical practice in North Jersey. He is a regular columnist for the Message International Magazine, and much of his material can be found on his websitewww.studentofislam.com and greatmuslimquotes.com.
Imam of Masjid Markaz – ICNA, Hafidh of Al-Quran, Graduate of Medinah University. He is the lead instructor of New Muslim Classes in Masjid Markaz, and directs the Markaz Institute.
Imam Jawad graduated from International Islamic University, Islamabad, Pakistan with a Bachelors (with Honors) degree in Usool-uddin (Islamic sciences) with specialization in Tafseer and Hadith.
Instructor in Introductory Arabic Studies. Brother Masood has studied Arabic from various teachers from the Bayyinah Institute, Sunnipath Institute, and the Foundation of Knowledge and Development. He is currently studying with the Sunnipath Institute based in Jordan and working to obtain the Siboway Degree in Arabic Studies. He is an active member of ICNA, part of ICNA-NY’s Tarbiyyah Committee, and a graduate of Young Muslims. He has attended several classes on Islam from both Al-Maghrib Institute and ILF. He resides in Yonkers, NY with his wife, two children, and parents.
Diploma, Arabic, Quranic Studies – Graduated from Bayyinah Institute, Chaplain at Smile, Marketing and Outreach WhyIslam, and Youth Director at Darul Islah
Zohra Sarwari graduated from the University of California Davis, class of 2000, with a Bachelors Degree in Psychology. She began her MBA studies at the American Intercontinental University, which she completed in 2003. Zohra is currently studying for a (second) Bachelors Degree in Islamic Studies at the American Open University.
Zohra Sarwari is a Muslim author, business coach, entrepreneur, and international speaker living in Indiana, USA. She is the author of more than 12 books,and many E-books. “9 Steps To Achieve Your Destiny” was her first published book.