Khalil Abdur-Rashid holds two full ijaazas in Sharia disciplines, both usul and furu, as well as an ijaaza in the spiritual sciences (tasawwuf) and Quran recitation. He completed studies overseas after having sat with traditionally trained scholars in the United States. He holds a Masters in Middle Eastern Studies from Columbia University and is currently working on his PhD in Islamic law and medical ethics at Columbia University. He is also an adjunct assistant professor of Islamic law at NYU and a former social worker.
Marc Manley, a Detroit native, embraced Islam in 1992. He began his studies in Qur’an with Hafidh Muneer from Algeria, at the Muslim Community Association of Ann Arbor. He also began his studies in Arabic language at this time, studying at the university level. For the next several years Marc would continue his studies privately in Islamic law (fiqh), theology (‘aqidah) and Qur’anic recitation (tajwid) with teachers in and around the Detroit metro area such as Dr. Ali Suleiman Ali.
Shaykh Mokhtar Maghraoui is one of the most well renowned scholars in North America and is a foundation scholar for Al-Madina Institute. Originally from Algeria, he is thoroughly versed in the Islamic sciences and holds a doctorate joined between the fields of physics and engineering.
Abdullah Bin Hamid Ali
Abdullah bin Hamid Ali began the study of Arabic and Islamic Studies at the age of 17 with his first Arabic teacher, Imam Aberra----may Allah show him mercy----of Eritrea, a well-known private teacher in Philadelphia. He later studied Arabic, Qur'anic recitation (tajwid) and memorization (hifz), and other introductory topics with Imam Anwar bin Nafea Muhaimin and his brother Anas.