Saturday, 7 November 2020

Top Islamic Scholars in USA

Islam is the third largest religion in the United States of over 4 million of Muslims. Below is one of the top most popular and famous Islamic scholars in the united state of America (USA).

 

12. Ingrid Mattson

 

Ingrid Mattson (born August 24, 1963) is a Muslim religious leader, a professor of Islamic Studies and an interfaith activist. She is the London and Windsor Community Chair in Islamic Studies at Huron University College at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, Canada. Mattson is a former president of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA).

 

Ingrid Mattson, the sixth of seven children, was born in 1963 in Kingston, Ontario, where she spent her childhood and attended Catholic schools.

 

On reading the Qur'an, she found, "an awareness of God, for the first time since I was very young." After returning to Waterloo, she converted to Islam in 1987. She completed her studies in Waterloo and earned combined Bachelor of Arts degrees in Philosophy and Fine Arts in 1987.


11. Siraj Wahhaj

 

Siraj Wahhaj was born as Jeffrey Kearse and raised in Brooklyn. His mother was a nurse and his father a hospital dietitian. He went to church religiously and went on to become a Sunday school teacher as a teenager in a Baptist church.

 

In 1969 he ended his schooling and joined the Nation of Islam, changing his name to Jeffrey12x.

 

Wahhaj first established a mosque in a friend's Brooklyn apartment in 1981. Soon after, the congregation purchased the space of an abandoned clothing store for what would become Masjid at-Taqwa. Wahhaj leads the daily prayers and performs the Friday sermon at the mosque.


10. Zaid Shakir

 

Shakir was born in 1956 in Berkeley, California as Ricky Daryl Mitchell to a family descended from African, Irish and Native American roots. His formative years were spent in housing projects in New Britain Connecticut.

 

These early experiences instilled in him a compassionate and realistic work ethic, as well as an unshakeable desire for social change and economic justice. He converted to Islam in 1977 while serving in the United States Air Force and shortly after changed his name to Zaid Salim Shakir.


9. Al qazwini

 

Al-Qazwini was born in Karbala in 1964. His father is Murtadha al-Qazwini from the al-qazwini family (of Iranian descent), and his mother is the daughter of Abd al-Amir Nasrallah, from the Nasrallah family. His family was exiled from Iraq whilst he was still young, and upon settling in Qom (Iran) in 1980, he joined the seminary and began his religious education.

 

He completed his religious education in 1992 and managed to grasp an in-depth understanding of the fundamentals of Islamic jurisprudence and Quranic commentary

 

Al-Qazwini immigrated to the United States in late 1992 along with his family, six years after his father's immigration. He spent four years in Los Angeles, where he directed the Azzahra Islamic Center, which was founded by his father, and conducted several Fiqh and various other Islamic classes.


8. Muhammad Hisham Kabbani

 

Muhammad Hisham Kabbani (28 January 1945) is a Lebanese-

 

American Sufi Muslim scholar of Naqsbandi, Sufi Order. Kabbani has counseled and advised Muslim leaders to build community resilience against violent extremism. His criticism of extremism has stirred controversy among some American Muslims.

 

In 2012, the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre named him on The 500 Most Influential Muslims. His notable students include the world-famous boxer Muhammad Ali and former Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.

 

Kabbani was born in Beirut, Lebanon. On the order of Sheikh Nazim, Kabbani relocated to the United States in 1990 where he has developed over a dozen Sufi centers focused on Islamic spirituality and cultural enrichment.


7. Yasmin Mogahed

 

Yasmin Mogahed is a Muslim scholar based in the US. She is a specialist in spirituality, psychology, and personal development. She completed her B.S. in psychology at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. She also completed a master's degree in journalism and mass communications from the same university.

 

She writes for HuffPost and formerly wrote for InFocus News. She is the first Muslim woman to become an instructor at AlMaghrib Institute. Formerly she had been an instructor for the Cardinal Stritch University. She is known internationally for her motivational lectures.


6. Hamza Yusuf


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Yusuf was born as Mark Hanson in Walla Walla, Washington to two academics working at Whitman College and he was raised in northern California. He grew up as a practicing Irish Catholic Christian and attended prep schools on both the East and West coasts. In 1977, after a near-death experience in a car accident and reading the Qur'an, he converted from Christianity to Islam. Yusuf has Irish, Scottish and Greek ancestry.

 

He is an advisor to the Center for Islamic Studies at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley. In addition, he serves as vice-president for the Global Center for Guidance and Renewal, which was founded and is currently presided over by Abdallah bin Bayyah.

 

He has been listed in the top 50 of The 500 Most Influential Muslims (also known as The Muslim 500) an annual publication compiled by the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre in Amman, Jordan, which ranks the most influential Muslims in the world.


5. Shuaib Webb





Suhaib Webb is an American Muslim imam who converted from Christianity to Islam in 1992. He has previously been the imam of the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center (ISBCC).

 

After converting to Islam in 1992, Webb left his career as a DJ and studied at the University of Central Oklahoma, where he graduated with a bachelor's degree in Education. He also studied privately under a Senegalese sheikh, learning enough Islam and Arabic to become a community leader in Oklahoma City, where he was hired as imam at the Islamic Society of Greater Oklahoma City. He simultaneously started teaching at Mercy School, an Islamic K–12 school in Oklahoma City.


4. Yusuf Estes


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Yusuf Estes (born Joseph Estes, 1944) is an American preacher from Texas who converted from Christianity to Islam in 1991. He says he was a Muslim chaplain for the United States Bureau of Prisons during the 1990s, and has served as a delegate to the United Nations World Peace Conference for Religious Leaders held at the U.N. in September 2000.

 

Estes has served as a guest presenter and a keynote speaker at various Islamic events. Estes was named as the Islamic Personality of the Year at the Dubai International Holy Quran Award ceremony on 8 August 2012. Estes's Islamic background is Salafi.

 

Estes is the founder and president of Guide US TV, a free-to-air Internet and satellite TV channel, which broadcasts programs about Islam.


3. Omar Suleiman


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Omar Suleiman (born 1986) is an American Muslim scholar, civil rights leader, writer, and public speaker. He is the Founder and President of Yaqeen Institute for Islamic Research, and an Adjunct Professor of Islamic Studies at Southern Methodist University.

 

In 2016, Suleiman founded the Muslim think-tank, Yaqeen Institute for Islamic Research. He is also the founding director of MUHSEN (Muslims Understanding and Helping Special Education Needs) - non-profit umbrella organizations that aims to create more inclusive Muslim communities that better cater to the disabled and their families.


2. Nouman Ali Khan


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Nouman Ali Khan is a Pakistani-American Muslim speaker and Arabic instructor who founded the Bayyinah Institute for Arabic and Qur’anic Studies after serving as an instructor of Arabic at Nassau Community College. He has been named one of the 500 most influential Muslims in the world by the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre of Jordan. He’s the founder of Bayyinah Institute.

 

1. Yasir Qadhi



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Yasir Qadhi is Pakistani-American Islamic Scholar was born in HoustonTexas to parents of Pakistani origin. His father, a doctor by profession, found the first mosque in the area, while his mother is a microbiologist, both from Karachi in Pakistan. When he was five, the family moved to JeddahSaudi Arabia, where he attended local schools.

 

By 15 he had memorized the Qur'an and graduated from high school two years early as class valedictorian. He returned to the United States, where he earned a B.Sc in Chemical Engineering at the University of Houston.

 

At 17, Qadhi became influenced by the teacher Ali al-Tamimi, under whom he studied. Years later in 2010 he stated that al-Tamimi "played an instrumental role in shaping and directing me to take the path that has led me to where I am today. Al-Tamimi was sentenced in July 2005 to life imprisonment in the United States for inciting terrorism.


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