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SH. KHALID GRIGGS

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. MOHAMMAD YUNUSDr. Younus

Dr. Mohammad Yunus served as President of ICNA for 17 years during 1977 - 2000. He is a member of the ICNA Central Majlis ash-Shura (Consultative Council) and has been a member of ICNA's General Assembly since 1971. He is a successful cardiologist and Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at Florida State University, College of Medicine. He is also a scholar of Islam and the Imam/Director at Masjid Dawah in Bonifay, FL. Dr. Yunus has eight children and 25 grandchildren—his son Tayyab Yunus is the former National Coordinator of Young Muslims, ICNA’s youth division, and his daughter Saadia Yunus is Assistant Editor of ICNA’s Message International Magazine.


SH NAUMAN ALI KHAN

Nouman is the founder and CEO of Bayyinah, as well as the lead instructor for a number of Bayyinah courses including the ‘Fundamentals of Classical Arabic’ and ‘Divine Speech’. His first exposure to Arabic study was in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia where he completed his elementary education. He continued Arabic grammar study in Pakistan, where he received a scholarship for ranking among the top 10 scores in the national Arabic studies board examinations in 1993. But his serious training in Arabic began in the United States in 1999 under Dr. Abdus-Samie, founder and formal principal of Quran College, Faisalabad, Pakistan who happened to be touring the US for intensive lectures in Tafsir and Arabic studies. Under Dr. Abdus-Samie, Nouman developed a keen methodical understanding of Arabic grammar. He further benefited from Dr. Abdus-Samie by internalizing his unique teaching methods and later translating his work into English for the benefit of his own students. Nouman served as professor of Arabic at Nassau Community College until ’06 and has taught Modern Standard and Classical Arabic at various venues for nearly 7 years with over 10,000 students nationwide. Currently he has dedicated himself to a seven-year-long project, of conducting a linguistic & literary focus Qur’anic Tafseer series in English. Recordings of sessions conducted so far can be downloaded at www.bayyinah.com/dream.


 SH. OMAR SULEIMAN

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 benefitted 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.


SH. TAUQER H. SHAH

TauqerA young and inspirational speaker, Hafiz Tauqer Shah, brings a unique perspective and contemporary understanding to the classical teachings of Islam. He comes from a family of religious scholars and started his Islamic education at the tender age of 4. He completed the memorization of the Quran when he was 12 years old. He went on to pursue an extensive 4 year Alim Course from Jamia Binoria International. He also holds a Bachelors degree from the University of Houston in Business Administration and is currently working towards his Masters degree. He currently serves as the Imam at the Wilcrest Center of Islamic Society of Greater Houston.

He has pioneered many new projects in the community:

Haffiz Tauqer is currently focusing on Youth and Dawah initiatives with the desire to spread Islam into new frontiers while strengthening the current generation of Muslims in America.


SH. ABDOOL RAHMAN KHAN

Sh. Abdool Rahman Khan is currently serving as the resident scholar of Islamic Foundation, Villa Park, IL. He is originally from British Guyana, where he helped lay the foundations of the full time Islamic School and was selected to be the administrator of the school.

Sh. Abdool Rahman is a graduate from the Faculty of Sharia’ah, of Islamic University Madinah Munawwarah, KSA.

He also serves as a Shura member of ICNA, Islamic Circle of North America, and member of Islamic Fiqh Council of North America.


DR. ZAHID BUKHARI

Dr. Zahid H. Bukhari is the National President of Islamic Circle of North America. He is also Director of the American Muslim Studies Program and Fellow at the Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University, Washington, DC. Previously, he served as Director of Pew Project entitled "Muslims in American Public Square." Dr. Bukhari has a Masters in Economics from the University of Karachi and Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Connecticut. His research interests have focused on religion and public policy in the United States. He has vast experience in all aspects of survey research. During 1993-1995, he participated in a national study of the Islamic centers/mosques across North America conducted by the Islamic Resource Institute, Los Angles, CA. He has published and presented papers on Islam and development, Muslim public opinion in the US and other related topics in national and international forums. Dr. Bukhari has an extensive experience of working with various Islamic organizations and also with other religious groups of USA. He was one of the founders of the National Islamic Shura Council, a representative body of the American Muslims consisting of four national Islamic organizations. Dr. Bukhari also worked as Secretary General of the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) and chairman of ICNA Relief, a not-for-profit relief organization. Dr.Bukhari is married and has two sons and two daughters.