Dr. Ashraf formally began his Shari’a studies in Damascus in 1997, and graduated with honors from the Mahad al-Fath in 2003, as well as privately studied several books in methodology & Hanafi fiqh with Sheikh Hassan al-Hindi; Hanafi fiqh, hadith and hadith sciences with Sheikh Adnan Darwish; Hanafi fiqh with Sheikh Abdul Rahman Arjan; tenets of faith with Sheikh Mustafa al-Turkmani; hadith with Dr. Nureddin al-’Itr; and hadith sciences with Sheikh Bassam al-Hamzawi. Later in Amman, he completed studying inheritance law with Sheikh Ali Hani.
Ustadh Farid’s study of Arabic at the hands of traditional scholars, his background in learning multiple languages, and his teaching experience have made him a very knowledgeable teacher of Arabic. Though Arabic is not his native language, he has spent long hours going through the pains of learning the language himself. He also has an interest in languages in general, giving him a unique insight into the mind of an English-speaker and the most effective ways of teaching a second language.
Ustadh Hatim began learning Tajweed in Dubai at the age of 12. With the encouragement of his teacher and supportive parents, at age 14, Ustadh Hatim began teaching adults in his neighborhood mosque and continued for the next five years. Ustadh Hatim left Dubai to pursue his BA and Masters degree in English Literature in Amman, Jordan. While in Jordan, he met Sheikh Hussein Abu Laban and attained his first ijazah in recitation. He completed his first recitation of the Quran from memory with Sheikh Abdel-Majeed, Imam of As-Salaam Mosque in Sharjah. He then continued with Sheikh Mohammad Esam al-Quda, and completed another recitation of the Quran on the narration of Shu’ba. Ustadh Hatim Youssef was teaching Quran and served as the Islamic Studies teacher at the ADAMS Center in Sterling Virginia. He held classes in Tajweed, Tafsir, Seerah, Arabic and Hadith.
Ustadha Hedaya Hartford is known for her Sharia expertise on women’s issues regarding the fiqh of menstruation, lochia, marriage, divorce, and modern social issues. Born and raised in California, she holds a Bachelors of Arts in Arabic and Islamic History & Culture from the University of California, Berkeley. She converted to Islam in 1981.
Ustadha Maha was born and raised in Egypt. She studied Shafi’i fiqh with an Azhari Teacher, Sheikh Mahmoud Faraj, for two years. She then moved to Jordan and studied for an ijaza in Qaidat Al Nour from the Furqan center. She studied tajweed in Syria, Egypt and Jordan for her ijaza in the narration of Hafs. She also studied Shafi’i fiqh with Sheikh Amjad Rasheed in Jordan as well as other sciences with local Jordanian scholars.
Dr. Moatasem el-Gheriani is an assistant professor at the Faculty of Law, Alexandria University, and an Attorney. He obtained his LL.B from Alexandria University, Egypt, in 1995, followed by an LL.M in 1997. He then traveled to the United States, and obtained an LL.M from Cornell, with a focus on corporate law, and a JSD from the University of California at Berkeley in 2004. He was admitted to the New York Bar in the same year.
Sheikh Mohamed Noor Sabreen is the teacher of our Tajweed teachers. In 2003, he received the world’s highest ijaza and sanad (chain of transmission) from the late Sheikh Bakri At-Tarabeeshi, who had only 27 men between him and the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace). He obtained his bachelors in Sacred Law from Al-Azhar University.
Sheikh Nuh Ha Mim Keller was born in the northwestern United States in 1954. He read philosophy and classical Arabic at the University of Chicago and UCLA, and became Muslim in 1977. He was a disciple in the Shadhili order of the Sufi master and poet Sheikh ‘Abd al-Rahman al-Shaghouri of Damascus from 1982 until the latter’s death in 2004, and was authorized as a sheikh in the order by Sheikh ‘Abd al-Rahman in 1996.
Ustadh Samer Jaber was born in Kuwait and moved to Jordan in his adolescent years. He completed his undergraduate and masters from the World Islamic Sciences & Education (WISE) University, and is currently working on his doctorate in Quranic exegesis. His studies with Shuyukh include studying Shafi’i fiqh with Shiekh Ali Hani and he received an ijazah in recitation in the Holy Quran in Hafs Asim from Sheikh Abu Salmaan. He currently resides in Amman, Jordan with his wife and four children.
Ustadha Saniyyah was born and raised in the United States. Ustadha Saniyyah converted to Islam in 1995 before beginning her collegiate studies in printing and graphic design. She began her studies of Arabic and Tajwid in 1997 in the United States in Northern Virginia at the Islamic Institute of Arabic Sciences and in short term Tajwid courses. Theses studies led her to travel to Syria seeking more intensive study of Arabic and Islamic sciences.
Ustadha Shan El Adly has many years of experience teaching in both the Middle East and the United States. She received an ijazah in Quran from Sheikh Salah al-Kurdi and has also studied various works in Shafi’i fiqh, grammar, and usul with scholars in Jordan.
Sarfraz Mohammed is a British born Muslim scholar educated in both the Islamic and western traditions. He graduated from Darul Uloom Karachi Pakistan with an authorisation (ijaza) in the Islamic sciences.
Born and raised in New Zealand, and of Albanian descent, Umm Sahl left with her family to live in Turkey in 1982, where she met her first sheikh in tasawwuf, Ihsan Effendi of Zeytinburnu, Istanbul, whose student she remained until his death in 1991. In 1983, she traveled to Egypt to study Arabic, where she lived for three years. In 1986, she married her husband Sheikh Nuh Ha Mim Keller and moved to Amman, Jordan.