Teachers

Imam Anas Shaikh

Imam Anas Shaikh was born and raised in Binghamton, a small town in upstate New York. Born to Pakistani immigrants, he started to learn the Qur’an from an early age. He finished memorizing the Qur’an at the age of 11. With the guidance of his mentor, Imam Kasim Kopuz, he then went to Buffalo, New York and enrolled in Darul Uloom Al-Madania where he studied the different sciences in Islam such as Arabic, Aqidah, Tafseer, Fiqh, Hadith, Usool, and Shariah. He graduated summa cum laude in 2008 and then travelled to Pakistan to further pursue his studies with a Takhassus (specialization and Masters) in Islamic Law & Finance from the prestigious Darul Uloom Karachi. His teachers include the great jurist and scholar of our time, Shaykh Mohammad Taqi Uthmani.

Upon returning from Pakistan, Imam Anas worked as an Imam in the South and now has been the Imam of the Islamic Org. of the Southern Tier since January 2013. He also has a degree in Business Administration. He is married with three girls and resides in Vestal, New York. His interests include sports, technology, travelling, and politics. He is an avid Pakistan Cricket Team & New England Patriots supporter. You can see Imam Anas speak at various interfaith events and social justice gatherings and he helps in the community whenever he can.

Ustadh Amjad Tarsin

Ustadh Amjad Tarsin joined the faculty of Al-Maqasid in June 2019. He previously served as the Executive Director and Head Chaplain of the Muslim Chaplaincy at the University of Toronto, becoming Canada’s first full-time Muslim Chaplain at a university in September 2012. In addition to his administrative duties and leadership responsibilities, he counseled and taught students.

Born and raised in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Ustadh Amjad obtained his Bachelor of Arts at the University of Michigan in English Literature and Islamic Studies. He then spent an intensive year studying at the prestigious Dar al-Mustafa for Islamic Sciences in Tarim, Yemen. There he studied under such luminaries as Habib Umar bin Hafiz, Habib Ali Abu Bakr, Habib Muhammad al-‘Aydarus, Sh. Munir Ba-Zahayr, and others. He continues to maintain close ties with his teachers, often serving as translator for English-speaking audiences. Following his studies in Tarim, he enrolled at Hartford Seminary’s Islamic Chaplaincy program where he completed his Master of Arts in June of 2012.

Ustadh Amjad also teaches for SeekersGuidance Online Islamic Seminary, and is the creator and host of SoulFood FM, a podcast about practical ways of achieving spiritual refinement.

He currently lives outside of Allentown, Pennsylvania with his wife and two children.

Ustadh Ebadur Rahman

Ebad memorized the Qur'an at the age of 15, while a sophomore at Stuyvesant High School. After graduating high school in 2004, Ebad enrolled in Zaytuna Institute's pilot seminary program and studied there with respected scholars Imam Zaid Shakir, Qari Amar Bellaha, Shaykh Abdur Rahman Tahir (God have mercy on him), Shaykh Yahya Rhodus, and Shaykh Abdullah bin Hamid Ali. He graduated from seminary in 2008 and then spent another four years completing an undergraduate degree at the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at New York University, concentrating on Islam in America.

He is currently a PhD candidate in the Religion department at Columbia University, with an interest in Quranic exegesis and scholarly debates within the contemporary American Muslim community.

Sidi Saleh Clemons

Saleh Clemons left the United States in the path of Sacred Knowledge in 2013 and studied the sciences of Arabic and Tajweed with various scholars in Cairo, Egypt. Following studies there for one year, he travelled to Tarim, Yemen to study at the Dar Al-Mustafa Islamic Seminary under Habib Umar and other scholars of Tarim. At Dar Al-Mustafa, Saleh completed a one year intensive in Islamic studies learning various sciences in Theology, Spirituality, Islamic Law, Hadith Methodology, and Da’wah (calling to Allah). He returned back to the United States in late 2015 where he has worked with organizations in creating holistic programs for social and emotional development among children and families in the non-profit sector. Saleh travelled to Tanzania, Africa in 2017 for approximately one year in order to serve as a consultant to a rural village in the Ngorongoro Conservation area of Tanzania. In Tanzania, he applied his religious and secular knowledge in creating a program for personal discovery and development for both Christian and Muslim children and young adults. After living in this village and working with them for one year, Saleh again returned back to the United States and currently resides in New Jersey. Saleh has a bachelors degree in Psychology, and is completing his Masters in Legal Studies with a concentration in Conflict Resolution in Law School at the Washington University in St. Louis.

Ustadh Nihal Khan

Nihal Khan is the Director of Religious Affairs at the Islamic Center of Connecticut. He holds a MA in Religious Studies from the Hartford Seminary, studied at the Harvard Divinity School, received an alimiyyah degree in Islamic Studies from Nadwatul ‘Ulamā in Lucknow, India, and a BA in Psychology from Montclair State University. He also serves on the Faith Advisory Council of Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont. See his most recent project, the “Faith in Fine Print” podcast.