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At DarusSalam Academy, we are blessed to have a team of dedicated instructors who put their hearts and souls into every lesson they teach. Each member of our team brings a unique flavor to the classroom and each possesses a remarkable character which students spending time in their company can benefit from.

Mufti Minhajuddin Ahmed

Imam, Principal, Lecturer

Minhajuddin Ahmed serves as the Principal of the Academy as well as one of the institute’s directors. Born and raised in Illinois, he memorized the entire Qurʾān at a young age. Later in life, when he reached college age, he opted to dedicate his life to Islāmic Studies and traveled to South Africa. There, he attended the prestigious Dār al-ʿUlūm Zakariyyā in Johannesburg. He studied the eight-year ʿālimiyyah and iftāʾ program graduating with teaching licenses and the permission to issue fatwā in the Ḥanafī School. He studied this program under one of the greatest scholars of our time, Mufti Rada al-Haqq. He also received authorizations in the Holy Qurʾān’s modes of recitation from al-Qārī Ayyūb b. Ibrāhīm Iṣḥāq.

Upon returning to the United States, he served as the director of the Islamic Foundation of Greater St. Louis for several years before becoming involved at Masjid DarusSalam. He oversees the administration of the institute. His passion for knowledge and dedication to providing a high-quality institute to serve the North-American Muslim community is phenomenal. Along with imparting knowledge to students in the classroom, he envisages creating a brilliant beacon of knowledge that will inspire future generations by offering an opportunity to study Islām in a way that is relevant in contemporary contexts while holding fast to tradition. Along with teaching and overseeing the institute’s administration, he serves as the imām at Masjid DarusSalam.

Mufti Azeemuddin Ahmed

Imam, Lecturer

Azeemuddin Ahmed serves as director of Masjid DarusSalam. He was born and raised in the Chicagoland area. At a tender age, he memorized the Holy Qurʾān. Thereafter, he traveled to South Africa where he studied a rigorous eight-year ʿālimiyyah and iftāʾ course at Dār al-ʿUlūm Zakariyyā. During his studies, he was blessed with the opportunity to spend extensive time in the company of one of the world’s elite jurists and scholars, Mufti Rada al-Haqq. After graduating with top honors from South Africa, he went on to earn a BA in Psychology from Elmhurst College. He served as the director of AIA Masjid in Frankfort, Illinois from 2006 to 2012.

Azeemuddin’s dedication and passion for Islāmic education is unparalleled. He is continuously in the service of both scholars and students. An individual with sincere love for scholarship, he strives to ensure that everyone at the institute is well and benefiting from the program. His love and enthusiasm bring the classes he teaches to life, every class conveys priceless points that enrich and benefit those in attendance. As well, he serves as an associate Imām at Masjid DarusSalam.

Mawlana Ahteramul Haque

Lecturer

Ahteramul Haque grew up in Hamtramck, Michigan. From a young age, he was passionate about Islām and earnestly desired to sit with the scholars and study. He embarked on this mission by enrolling at Dār al-ʿUlūm Detroit. With Detroit’s skyline in the background, he memorized the entire Qurʾān at the age of eleven.
Thereafter, he traveled to the distant land of South Africa in pursuit of sacred knowledge. There, he enrolled at the eminent institute of higher learning, Dār al-ʿUlūm Zakariyyā. He meticulously studied the full seven-year ʿālimiyyah program. During his studies, he sat under the expert scholar al-Qārī Ayyūb b. Ibrāhīm Iṣḥāq from whom he received authorizations in the Holy Qurʾān and its modes of recitation. After graduating, he returned home and took a teaching position at Dār al-ʿUlūm Detroit while also serving as the Imām of the Canton Islamic Center.

He moved to Chicago when the Takmīl Institute requested him to join the team of instructors. He brings an incredible amount of talent and knowledge to the program. His love, passion, and dedication to scholarship are witnessed by all those attending his lectures and his thoughtfulness and excellent etiquette are inspirational for all those who sit with him.

Mawlana Ifdhal Khan

Lecturer

Mohammed Ifdhal Khan was born in Bangladesh and migrated to the United States when he was two years old. He and his family settled in Detroit, Michigan where he attended public school. At the age of twelve, he returned to his home country to memorize the Qurʾān, which he completed at the age of fourteen. Thereafter, his passion for knowledge inspired him to travel in its pursuit. He was blessed to enroll at Dār al-ʿUlūm Zakariyyā. He studied the entire seven year ʿālimiyyah program. He currently serves as an Imām at the AIA Masjid in Frankfort, Illinois and is an instructor for the Takmīl Program.

Mawlana Ali Godil

Lecturer

Ali Godil was born and raised in the United States. He began studying the Islāmic Sciences with scholars in the Chicagoland area. Upon finding an intense and burning desire to pursue Islāmic Studies, he set out to Egypt. Initially, he traveled to Alexandria where he studied Arabic. Thereafter, he enrolled in Egypt’s prestigious al-Azhar University. For the next five years, he resided in Cairo studying in the Faculty of Ḥadīth, College of Uṣūl al-Dīn. During these years, he read intensely, mastering the material in the university while also sitting with some of Cairo’s eminent shuyūkh in both public and private lessons.

After graduating from Azhar, he returned to Chicago. DarusSalam was honored to request him to join as an instructor. His enthusiasm for knowledge and academic prowess are remarkable. Students attending his classes find countless opportunities to be exposed to in-depth Islāmic knowledge.

Mawlana Yaqub Abdurrahman

Lecturer

Yaqub Abdurrahman was born and raised in Michigan. He converted to Islām in his late teens and shortly thereafter traveled in pursuit of sacred knowledge. He traveled to South Africa to study an intense six-year ʿālimiyyah program at Dār al-ʿUlūm al-ʿArabiyyah al-Islāmiyyah under the guidance of Mufti Ṭaha Karaan. Upon graduating, he taught in the same institute as he pursued post-graduate studies. Then, he traveled to Egypt and resided there for several years taking private lessons with local scholars and doing research. After returning home, he joined the Takmīl Institute’s team of instructors as head of the Research Department.

Mawlana Muhi Khan

Lecturer

At the age of eleven, Muhiuddin Khan memorized the entire Qur’an. He then spent the next few years revising it while completing his high school education. During this time, he also studied at Dar al-Hikmah. Thereafter, he enrolled in the ‘alimiyyah program at the Institute of Islamic Education in Chicago, which he successfully completed. Upon graduation, he was requested to teach there on a part-time basis while continuing to study theology and tafsir.

After that, Muhi traveled to Dar al-Ulum Deoband for post-graduate level studies in the science of hadith. Hadith has always been his passion and focus, he received licenses to teach the books of hadith from the senior scholars of the Deoband Islamic seminary, including Shaykh al-Hadith Mufti Sa’id Ahmad Palanpuri, Bahr al-Ulum Mawlana Ni’matullah al-A’zami, Allamah Mawlana Qamruddin Gorakhpuri, Shaykh Abdul Haqq al-A’zami, and Mawlana Abdullah Ma’rufi.

He strives to provide a high-quality and thorough educational experience to students who attend his classes. Bringing the Islamic sciences to life in a way that is engaging, inspiring, and relevant.

Mawlana Salman Khan

Lecturer

Salman Ali Khan was born in Louisiana and moved to New York City at a young age. He found a burning passion to study Islam and began memorizing the Quran while studying the primary Islamic sciences. The more he studied, the more his passion for knowledge grew. This lead him to travel to South Africa and Zambia where he pursued intensive ‘alimiyyah studies covering a vast array of subjects; most especially, the subject of fiqh. He studied diligently and graduated at the top of his class. Throughout his studies, he sat at the feet of some of this era’s most notable ulama, including Mufti Taha Karaan, Shaykh al-Hadith Fadl al-Rahman al-A’zami, and others. He joined the Takmil Institute’s teaching team in 2017.

A young and ambitious scholar, his zeal for Islam is seen in both his manners and thought. He strives to maintain the legacy by serving its masters and those who pursue it.

Shaykh Akef Habbal

Lecturer

Shaykh Akef Habbal was born in Montreal, Canada. He graduated from a six-year program at Madrasah Khusrufiyyah in Aleppo, Syria. Thereafter he earned his bachelor's degree in Islamic Studies from the University of Damascus, where he then continued to study master's level courses in theological and religious studies. Shaykh Akef then went on to study various subjects including tafsir, fiqh, nahw, and usool under various scholars in Aleppo. Upon returning to North America, Shaykh Akef began teaching Arabic and Islamic studies at various institutions. He currently serves as an Arabic instructor at DarusSalam Academy.

Mawlana Saqib Azhar

Instructor

Mawlana Saqib Azhar was born and raised in Pakistan. Upon completion of his secondary education, he enrolled to memorize the Holy Qur'an, completing his memorization at age 18. Thereafter, He began an eight year 'alimiyyah program at Jamia Arabia Ishaatul Qur'an in Hazro, Pakistan.  In 2009, Mawlana Saqib Joined DarusSalam Academy as a full-time Hifz instructor.

Mufti Abdul Hannan Nizami

Instructor

Mufti AbdulHannan Nizami was raised in Chicago and blessed with the memorization of the Holy Qurān at the early age of 14 in 2004 from Darul Uloom Al-Madania in Buffalo, New York. He received formal authorizations in the sacred Islāmic sciences in the year 2011 at the culmination of a rigorous seven-year ʻĀlimiyyah program from Darul Uloom Canada in Chatham Ontario, Canada (a branch of Darul Uloom Al-Madania in Buffalo New York). There, he was blessed with the opportunity to study under one of the elite scholars of North America, Shaikh Ibrahim Memon Madani. The studies were based on the traditional Dars-e-Nizami curriculum of Islāmic education.

Following his graduation, Mufti AbdulHannan Nizami traveled to Durban, South Africa to pursue a two-year study of specialization in the field of iftā (issuance of legal verdict) under the world-renowned scholar Mufti Ebrahim Desai (founder of www.askimam.org website). He graduated from the iftā program in the year 2013.In 2015, he successfully graduated from Penn Foster High School along with other trainings in teaching, psychology and business.

He has founded and established an after-school program for the youth known as “Fountain of Divine Knowledge” or “Al Firdaus Foundation” in Bridgeview, Illinois.

He is currently an instructor at DarusSalam Academy for the Taḥfīẓ al-Qurān (memorization of the Qurān), ʻĀlimiyyah and Tafhīm programs.

Mawlana Tariq Shahzad

Instructor

Mawlana Tariq Shahzad was born and raised in Chicago. At a young age, he began memorization of the Holy Qur'an at Suffah Institute under Qari Abdul Mannan and Mufti Abdus Sattar Patel. Shortly after completing his memorization at age thirteen, he joined Darul 'Uloom Al-Madania in Buffalo, NY where he began his 'alimiyyah studies. He completed his studies at Darul 'Uloom Canada. Thereafter, he returned to Darul 'Uloom Al-Madania as a Hifz instructor. Today, Mawlana Tariq  serves as the newest member of DarusSalam's Hifz teaching staff.

Mufti Minhajuddin Ahmed

Imam, Principal, Lecturer

Minhajuddin Ahmed serves as the Principal of the Academy as well as one of the institute’s directors. Born and raised in Illinois, he memorized the entire Qurʾān at a young age. Later in life, when he reached college age, he opted to dedicate his life to Islāmic Studies and traveled to South Africa. There, he attended the prestigious Dār al-ʿUlūm Zakariyyā in Johannesburg. He studied the eight-year ʿālimiyyah and iftāʾ program graduating with teaching licenses and the permission to issue fatwā in the Ḥanafī School. He studied this program under one of the greatest scholars of our time, Mufti Rada al-Haqq. He also received authorizations in the Holy Qurʾān’s modes of recitation from al-Qārī Ayyūb b. Ibrāhīm Iṣḥāq.

Upon returning to the United States, he served as the director of the Islamic Foundation of Greater St. Louis for several years before becoming involved at Masjid DarusSalam. He oversees the administration of the institute. His passion for knowledge and dedication to providing a high-quality institute to serve the North-American Muslim community is phenomenal. Along with imparting knowledge to students in the classroom, he envisages creating a brilliant beacon of knowledge that will inspire future generations by offering an opportunity to study Islām in a way that is relevant in contemporary contexts while holding fast to tradition. Along with teaching and overseeing the institute’s administration, he serves as the imām at Masjid DarusSalam.

Mufti Abdul Hannan Nizami

Lecturer

Mufti AbdulHannan Nizami was raised in Chicago and blessed with the memorization of the Holy Qurān at the early age of 14 in 2004 from Darul Uloom Al-Madania in Buffalo, New York. He received formal authorizations in the sacred Islāmic sciences in the year 2011 at the culmination of a rigorous seven-year ʻĀlimiyyah program from Darul Uloom Canada in Chatham Ontario, Canada (a branch of Darul Uloom Al-Madania in Buffalo New York). There, he was blessed with the opportunity to study under one of the elite scholars of North America, Shaikh Ibrahim Memon Madani. The studies were based on the traditional Dars-e-Nizami curriculum of Islāmic education.

Following his graduation, Mufti AbdulHannan Nizami traveled to Durban, South Africa to pursue a two-year study of specialization in the field of iftā (issuance of legal verdict) under the world-renowned scholar Mufti Ebrahim Desai (founder of www.askimam.org website). He graduated from the iftā program in the year 2013.In 2015, he successfully graduated from Penn Foster High School along with other trainings in teaching, psychology and business.

He has founded and established an after-school program for the youth known as “Fountain of Divine Knowledge” or “Al Firdaus Foundation” in Bridgeview, Illinois.

He is currently an instructor at DarusSalam Academy for the Taḥfīẓ al-Qurān (memorization of the Qurān), ʻĀlimiyyah and Tafhīm programs.

Mufti Abdul Mannan Nizami

Lecturer

Abdulmannan Nizami was born and bred in the Chicagoland area. At an early age, he traveled to Buffalo, New York to memorize the Holy Qur'an at Darul 'Uloom Al-Madania. Upon completion, he enrolled in the 'alimiyyah program at the same institution while simultaneously earning his High School diploma in Pennsylvania. Thereafter he transferred to Darul 'Uloom Canada located in Chatham-Kent, Ontario, where he completed the final years of the 'alimiyyah program under the supervision of great scholars. Upon graduation, he pursued and completed ifta studies at Darul Iftaa Mahmudiyyah in Durban, South Africa under the tutelage of Mufti Ebrahim Desai. He currently serves the community of Bridgeview along with other institutions and Masajid in neighboring cities, including DarusSalam, where he serves as an instructor for DarusSalam's Tafhim Weekend Islamic Studies program.

Mufti Hisham Dawood

Lecturer

Mufti Hisham Dawood completed Ḥifẓ al-Quran at the age of fourteen. In January of 2007 he enrolled at the Madrasah Inʿamiyyah in Camperdown, South Africa. He completed the final three years of the ʿAlimiyyah program at the world renowned Dārul ʿUlum Zakariyya institute under the tutelage and mentorship of Shaykh al-Hadith Mufti Riḍa al-Haq, who is counted among the world’s leading contemporary scholars. Mufti Hisham completed his ifta studies at Darul Ifta Maḥmudiyyah under Mufti Ebrahim Desai and Mufti Husain Kadodia. In 2015, he joined Darul Qasim as a full time member of its faculty. Mufti Hisham currently serves as an instructor for DarusSalam's Tafhim Weekend Islamic Studies program.

Hafidh Arif Syed

Instructor

Arif Syed is a Takmīl student at DarusSalam from St. Louis, Missouri. He is currently in his fourth year. He finished his memorization of the Holy Qurān at Darul Quran Foundation, St. Louis, at the age of 15. He plans on finishing the ʻĀlimiyyah program as well as continuing his studies post-graduation inshā’Allāh.

Hafidh Mohammad Mustafa Ali

Instructor

Mustafa Ali is a Takmīl student at DarusSalam. He is currently in his second year. He finished his memorization of the Holy Qurān at FurQaan Academy, Bolingbrook, at the age of 16. He plans on finishing the ʻĀlimiyyah program as well as continuing his studies post-graduation inshā’Allāh.

Hafidh Osama Rayyan

Instructor

Osama Rayan is a Takmīl student at DarusSalam. He is currently in his second year. He finished his memorization of the Holy Qurān and high school at FurQaan Academy, Bolingbrook, at the age of 17. He plans on finishing the ʻĀlimiyyah program as well as continuing his studies post-graduation inshā’Allāh.

Dr. Rafi Ali

Tadris Director, Instructor

Nishan Moghal

Instructor

Justin Poe

Instructor