Faculty & Administration
Our curriculum is taught by high caliber Maliki scholars who have been trained by some of the elite scholars of our age, have studied advanced texts, and are qualified to teach.
Shaykh Mujahid Abdul-Karim
Founder and Director
Mujahid Abdul-Karim was born and raised in Inglewood, California. He accepted Islam in 1994 while a student in undergraduate school. He became a serious student of the Islamic Sacred Sciences after a trip to Fez, Morocco where he was introduced to Maliki fiqh. Thereafter, he subsequently traveled to study in Tuwemurat, Mauritania, under the order of Shaykh Salek bin Siddina, to the village of Shaykh Murabit al Hajj al Fahfu. There he studied Maliki fiqh with Shaykh Abdur Rahman Hadamin, Shaykh Abdallah ibn Ahmedna, and Shaykh Muhammad Tahir. He spent time and studied with Shaykh Salek bin Siddina in his village, Dar as Salaam, before going to study in Tayseer Institute of Islamic Sciences of Shaykh Muhammad Hassan al Khadim. Mujahid is a long time student of Shaykh Salek Bin Siddina, with whom he studied a variety of Islamic Sciences, most notably the Kafaf al Mubtadi of Shaykh Muhammad Mauluud in fiqh, and the Idda’tul Djunna of Shaykh Ahmad al-Maqqari in Aqidah.. He went on to study the Mukhtasar Khalil with Shaykh Abdullah Bin Bayyah in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, and with Shaykh Muhammad Hadamin and his brother Shaykh Abdur Rahman Hadamin in Al Ain, UAE.
Mujahid holds a B.A. in African-American Studies from Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland; and an M.A. in African History from Howard University in Washington, DC. He also studied Islamic Political Science at The Graduate School of Islamic and Social Sciences in Leesburg, Virginia. His research interests include West African History, Slavery in the Muslim World, and the Shariah Sciences. Mujahid lives in California where he teaches and works to develop Fayda Institute.
Cheikh Bwee Naji Limam ash-Shanquitti
Quran and Islamic Studies
Cheikh Bwee was born in Bangou, Mauritania in 1982. He studied in many traditional schools(mahadhar) all over Mauritania. Cheikh Bwee memorized the Holy Quran at an early age in his remote home village of Al-Jadidah, located in the municipality of Bangou, Hodh Chargui region. He studied al-Rasm al-Uthmani through the following texts: Al Muhtawa al-Jamia: Rasm al Sahaba wa Dhabt al –Tabi’i(The whole content; transcription of the Companion and control of the Tabi’i). The Hamlat al-Massomi
After studying the Matn of al-Akhdari and Murshid Mu’iin of Ibn Ashir, Cheikh Bwee went to Ahel Waweh Mahdhara in Amraj Province where he continued to consolidate his knowledge of the Quran. Then he went to Al-Kwaisi Mahdhara where he obtained the ijaza in Nafi and Hafs of Asim recitation methods from his Shaykh Mohamed Hassan Ould Sidi Mohamed. He then moved to the Levrewe Mahdhara in Trarza where he studied the following texts from his teacher Shaykh Bah Ould Mohamed Ali Ould Nema: Nadthm of al-Ajrumiyya(Ubayd ar-Rabbi), Laamiyatul Afaal of Ibn Maalik, Nadhtm of al-Ghazawaat of Ahmad al-Badawi, and The beginning of the Alfiyya with Ihmirar Ibn Buna to Inna wa Akhwaatuhaa.Then Cheikh Bwee moved to Al-Tayseer Mahdhara of Shaykh Muhammad Hassan al-Khadim, where he completed the study of the majority of the traditional Islamic Science texts such as: Alfiyya with Ihmirar Ibn Buna, Mukhtasar Khalil, Al-Kafaf, Al- Manhaj al-Muntakhab(Qawa’id Fiqhiyya), Sullam al-Akhdari in Mantiq, Ibn Abd Oumo in Uroodh, and Al-Muallakaat al-Saba’a and other poetry.
He also studied Maraaqi as-Su’uud with Shaykh Mohammed Ould Mahfouz. In addition to this, he studied Talaa’atul Anwaar in Mustalahal Hadith, and Alfiyyat al-Bayaan wa Tafseer and Tuhfatul Ahkaam by exchange at Al-Mahdhar al-Namuzadiyye School of Mauritanian Scholars Association.
Cheikh Bwee holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Islamic Studies from the Higher Institute of Islamic Studies and Research and the Modern University of Shanquit respectively. He holds an Ijaza in the Quranic recitations of Nafi’(Warsh and Qalun) and Hafs on Aasim. He holds a general ijaza in all texts he studies with the Eminent Mujaddid scholar Shaykh Muhammad Hassan al-Khadim from Tayseer Mahdhara.Today, Cheikh Bwee is the Imam and teacher of Islamic and Arabic Sciences at the Osama Bin Zaid Masjid in Nouakchott, Mauritania.
Shaykh Muhammad Abdur Sabur
Arabic Language Instructor
Shaykh Muhammad Abdus Sabur is a native New Yorker. He began studying Arabic in 1999 at the Fajr Institute in Cairo, Egypt. After spending approximately one year in Egypt, he moved to Jordan where he continued his Arabic studies with Arabic instructors from the city of Mafraq. After returning to New York after his stay in Jordan, Shaykh Muhammad completed his studies with Shaykh Adnan Abu Shama of Syria. Over the course of two years with Shaykh Adnan, he competed his studies in the Alfiyya of Ibn Maalik. Shaykh Muhammad is the author of "First Steps Towards the Wonders of the Arabic Language" which was written specifically to assist non-native Arabic speaking novices to take their first steps towards the acquisition of the Arabic Language. In the book, he introduces both vocabulary and Grammar that allows the learner to immediately begin using the language, along with exercises on verb morphology as an additional resource. Shaykh Muhammad has a dynamic style and method of teaching that is sure to facilitate progress and development for new Arabic learners.
Shaykh Muhammad Al-Zayn al-Jakani ash-Shanquitti
Islamic Studies Instructor
Shaykh Muhammad Al-Zayn Ibn Shamikh Al-Jakani ash-Shanquitti was born in 1981 in the capital city of Noakchott, Mauritania. He studied in numerous mahaadhir(pl. mahdhara) and received a number of ijazas by various scholars. Shaykh Zayn was a top student in the mahdhara of Shaykh Muhammad Hassan al-Khadim ash-Shanquitti, and received ijaza from him in a number of subjects including Fiqh, Aqidah, Usul, Qira'aat of Quran, and much more. Shaykh Zayn teaches from his home in Noakchott, Mauritania and continues to benefit others from his knowledge.
Shaykh Abdul Aziz Suraqah
Seerah; Ilm al-Madih
Abdul Aziz Suraqah was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. In 1991, at the age of fourteen, he embraced Islam. After studying locally with teachers in Atlanta in the mid-90s, he journeyed overseas to pursue further studies. In Yemen, at the Dar al-Hadith al-Khayriyya school in Ma'rib, he studied grammar (nahw), morphology (sarf), rhetoric (balagha), theology ('aqida), Quranic elocution (tajwid), law (fiqh) and legal theory (usul al-fiqh). Shortly thereafter he traveled to Mauritania and spent time in the Mahzara Umm al-Qura school of former head of the supreme court of Mauritania, Shaykh Muhammad Salim 'Adud (Allah have mercy upon him), where he studied grammar. Since returning to the west, Abdul Aziz has been actively teaching Arabic and Islamic studies in institutes and private schools. While living in Toronto, he taught adults and children theology, grammar, morphology, spirituality, Prophetic biography (sira), and related sciences, and regularly delivered Friday sermons and workshops. He has taught at Risalah Foundation, the Dar al-Ma'rifa Homeschooling program, and privately. In 2005, Abdul Aziz began translating Islamic texts full time, and since has completed over sixty works. (See for a list of published works.) More recently, in 2017, Abdul Aziz spent a year in Fez, Morocco where he studied directly under Shaykh Abdullah al-Haddad and served as the Director of English Programming at the Nasim al-Ashar Foundation where he taught Arabic and the Shama'il of Imam al-Tirmidhi. He is currently the Imam and Director of Education at the Muslim Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh.