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.
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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.