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Speaker Biographies

Shaykh Junaid Kharasany
Shaykh Junaid Kharsany was born in Durban, South Africa in 1975. After completing his basic Islamic education in his hometown, he enrolled at the famous Madrasa Arabia Islamiyya Azaadville in Johannesburg, South Africa. He graduated in 1996 with Ijaza in Hadeeth and Tafseer. He began his teaching career at Jamia Islahul Muslimeen in Sherwood, South Africa. The Shaykh has taught Arabic Lughah, tafseer and the renowned text in Ahadeeth the "Mishkatul Masabih". Presently, he serves as director of Musjid Jamatul Islam in Inglewood, CA and has established a Quraanic seminary named "Riyadhul Uloom" in Torrance, CA. He regularly delivers discourses at events across the country.

Ustadah Aadilah Kharasany
Aadilah was born in Durban South Africa and attended Madrasatul Banaat and in Durban. She furthered her studies in Hadeeth, Tafseer and Fiqh at Jamia Islamia in Johannesburg. Aadilah graduated in 1994 with Ijaza in these subjects and began teaching at the Islahul Muslimaat Girls College. At present she is an instructor at Riyadhul- Uloom, a Quranic institute in Torrance, CA.

Sister Sana Mohiuddin
Since coming to Chicago, Sana Mohiuddin has been a great asset to the community. After having spent her high school and college years being involved locally and nationally with the MYNA (Muslim Youth of North America), Sr. Sana spent one summer overseas studying tajweed (science of pronunciation), Shafi fiqh (jursipudence), and Arabic in Syria. Thereafter, she attended Texas A&M University where she majored in History and minored in Comparative Religions. During her time at Texas A&M, Sr. Sana was extremely active in her MSA (Muslim Students Association) and masjid, serving on the executive board as well on regional teams. After getting married, she moved to Chicago where she continued her pursuit of the Islamic sciences at IIE (Institute of Islamic Education) for two and one-half years. There she memorized portions of the Qur'an while completing over half of the traditional alima course. She is currently studying higher books of the Islamic sciences at An-Noor, while beginning her masters in Counseling. Sr. Sana teaches Qur'an and Arabic to local sisters and children.

Brother Sa'ad Quadri
Sa'ad Quadri is an English teacher at the Islamic Foundation School. He completed his Bachelor's degree in English and History at Northern Illinois University and is pursuing his Master's degree in Education at DePaul University. Sa'ad completed high school a year early in order to study Islamic sciences at the Institute of Islamic Education. He is currently continuing his studies in the Sacred Learning Individual Study Program. Sa'ad also works for High Quality Education Consulting, with whom he has co-authored The War Within Our Hearts: Struggles of the Muslim Youth and Parenting...Who Said it Was Easy? Understanding Our Children.

Shaykh Abdul Nasir Jangda
AbdulNasir Jangda was born in 1979 in Ft. Worth, TX. He was raised in Arlington, TX. At the age of 10 he went to Karachi, Pakistan to memorize the Holy Quran. He excelled in his memorization and committed the entire Quran to memory within 1 year. He then returned home and continued his school education. After graduating from High School, he went back to Karachi to study the Alim Course at Jamia Binoria. He graduated from the rigorous 7 year program in 2002 at the top of his class and with numerous Ijaazaat (Licenses) in various Islamic Sciences. Along with the Alim Course he concurrently completed a B.A. and M.A. in Arabic from Karachi University. He taught Arabic at the University of Texas at Arlington from 2005 to 2007. He has served as an instructor and curriculum advisor to various Islamic schools and Islamic studies programs. He currently serves as a full time Imam in the Dallas area where he teaches regular classes and seminars/workshops. He is the executive chair and founding member of the Qalam Institute, a Quranic studies project in DFW. He is also the founder and chairman of Mansfield Islamic Center. His specialties include Hanafi fiqh, Tafseer, and Arabic language. AbdulNasir joined Bayyinah in 2009 and teaches the 10 day Fundamentals of Classical Arabic course, Arabic grammar follow ups, and his own course which he designed, Meaningful Prayer.

Hafidh Wisam Sharieff
Wisam is the lead instructor at Bayyinah for the Essentials of Tajweed; a sub-division of the Qur'anic Arabic track of study. Additionally, Wisam has developed Bayyinah's online Arabic Reading for Beginners course. He is by far one of the most creative and energetic instructors of the subject around. Students rave about the energy and enthusiasm in his courses and he has quickly become one of the most popular instructors at Bayyinah. He completed memorization of the Noble Quran by the age of 16 at the Islamic Institute of Education in Chicago, Illinois and went on to study the science of Tajweed formally with Sh. Ahmad Wafa'a in Cairo, Egypt. Upon his return to the United States, he taught the science of Tajweed, Islamic history and Hifz for 2 years. Thereafter his quest for Islamic knowledge lead him to Quran Academy in Lahore, Pakistan where he earned a Bachelors in Arabic & Islamic literature. Returning once again to the States, he dedicated himself to teaching a very successful and popular Tajweed & Hifz program in Long Island, New York. He developed a unique curriculum for letter recognition, writing and fluid reading, that upon execution, displayed remarkable results among young and old alike. His second area of concern became Tajweed instruction where again his innovative curriculum helped hundreds of students all over the U.S. acquire an in-depth knowledge of the science in a relatively short amount of time. His recent studies include study intensives in Mecca and Madinah as well a return to Egypt where he not only attained his izajah in tajweed with Sh. Ali Anwar, but also enhanced his background in Arabic grammar under the instruction of Sh. Muhammad Helmi, from whom he received a shahada in the text of 'Ajroomiyah.

Dr. Altaf Hussain
Altaf Husain is a native of Cleveland, Ohio, and a double alumnus of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, having earned his B.S. in biomedical engineering and his M.S. in Social Work. He received his Ph.D. in Social Work from Howard University in Washington, D.C. Dr. Husain's research interests include the integration of immigrant and refugee families, and especially Muslim adolescents, in the United States. He serves as a faculty member of COMPASS - the state of the art management training program of MSA National; a board member and chair of the Leadership Development Committee of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) and an advisory board member of the Peaceful Families Project, which is dedicated to the prevention of domestic violence. His past service to the community includes serving as a two-term national president of the Muslim Students Association (MSA National) and an executive committee member of the Muslim Alliance in North America (MANA). Dr. Husain lives in Northern Virginia with his wife Mona and their two sons, Omar and Ahmed.

Shaykh Omar Hussaini
Shaykh Omar was born and raised in the Chicagoland area. By the tawfiq of Allah (swt), in his early teenage years, he and his brother set off to the basement of the house of Shaykh Qari Abdullah Saleem (in Chicago) to become amongst the first students at the Institute of Islamic Education (IIE). After completing his hifz (memorization of the Holy Qur'an), he continued his high school education, placing amongst the highest in the nation in national exams. Thereafter, Shaykh Omar gained admittance to the prestigious University of Illinois at Chicago's GPPA Program (a seven year guaranteed professional program in medicine). While attending high school and college, Shaykh Omar returned to IIE on a part-time basis to begin his Aalim couse. Shaykh Omar received his B.A. in Psychology and an M.D. degree both from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Prior to his final semester in medical school, Shaykh Omar, along with his family, left for Darul Uloom Zakariyya in South Africa. During this time, Shaykh Omar completed the final year of his Aalim course, placing within the top five students of his class. He graduated both from Aalim course and UIC Medical school in 2006. Currently, Shaykh Omar resides in St. Louis, MO with his wife and three children. He is doing medical residency at the Washington University Hospitals in St. Louis. He also serves as a teacher in the Sacred Learning Individual Study Program (www.sacredlearning.org).

Sister Zeba Hussaini

Brother Belal Ashley
A streetwise, former rapper from South London U.K., Belal converted to Islam when he was 19 years old. He is both an actor and an artist in his own right and a name that is very well acquainted and firmly embedded into the British Muslim youth. After his conversion, Belal decided to give up rapping to focus on his studies for which he travelled to Egypt in 2004, where he also lived for a short while. Since returning from Egypt, Belal became very popular with the youth on the 'streets' as well as in the UK media. He appeared on several TV shows such as Dispatches and Four Minute Wonder, where he was interviewed on his conversion. Belal then went on to tour at several UK universities and youth organisations where he told his story of how he came from the Streets to Islam in a unique poetic style. In 2009, Belal single-handedly organised a 'one man show' to launch his first long awaited album 'Pray Hard' which was completely sold out before the event had even started. This was the start of Belal's career as a serious Muslim artist. That same year he supported SHAAM on their tour and also appeared on the 'I am Malcolm X' tour in 2008. Belal has now shot to fame in the Islamic community and spent the last two years touring the UK and Europe. Muslim Belal aims to use his poetry to attract and inspire more and more young people from all religions, reaching out to Muslims and non-Muslims alike. He wishes to use his experiences to help steer young people away from a life of crime and towards the Guidance that he found in Islam. His story will leave you amazed and inspired.