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 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.
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.
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).