Islamic Online University Instructors
Dr. Abu Ameenah Bilal Philips was born in Jamaica, but grew up in Canada. He is an Islamic Scholar who accepted the message of Islam in 1972. He completed a B.A in Islamic Studies at the University of Madeenah, and an MA in Islamic Theology in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. In 1994 Dr. Bilal completed a Ph.D in Islamic Theology in the department of Islamic Studies at the University of Wales, UK.
He has written, translated and commented on over 50 published books on various Islamic topics, as well as edited and published the 56-book Eemaan reading series for children. He has also presented Islamic programs for many years on; Riyadh Channel 2 TV, Sharjah TV, Peace TV, Huda TV, Islam Channel, and the Deen Show.
Dr. Bilal is the Dean of the Islamic Online University. He is also the Director of PERF (Professional Education and Research Foundation), and Supervising Director of Preston International College (www.prestonchennai.ac.in) and Al-Fajr International School (www.al-fajrinternational.com), Chennai, India.
Dr. Daud Abdullah was born in Grenada where he received his early education. He obtained his first degree from the University of Guyana in 1981, and was awarded a scholarship to study Arabic language at King Saud University in Saudi Arabia. In 1984 he joined the University of Khartoum, Sudan to pursue postgraduate studies and was awarded his doctorate in 1989.
He has written and translated several works on Islam, and his last post in Saudi Arabia was as editor and translator at the Abul Qasim Publishing House in Jeddah.
At present he lectures in Islamic Studies at Birkbeck College, University of London. He is also a khateeb at Masjid an Noor in west London, and the Deputy Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain.
Professor Jones holds a Doctor of Ministry (D.Min) degree in Christian- Muslim relations from Hartford Seminary. He also has a Masters in Religion from Yale University Divinity School, and a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education (History) from Hampton University.
He has been active in a number of interfaith efforts in the United States, as well as internationally lectured at, taught in, or consulted to institutions in Bahrain, Bosnia, Bermuda, Egypt, India, Jerusalem, Trinidad-Tobago, Saudi Arabia, United Kingdom and the United Arab Emirates.
Dr. Jones has been teaching at Manhattanville for 20 years in the World Religions Department, and is also a visiting Professor at the Graduate School of Islamic and Social Sciences (Ashburn VA).
Dr. Muhammad Anwar Sahib Almadani was born in Fiji and spent part of his life also studying there. At the age of 14 he went to the Islamic University of Madeenah to study the Arabic language course. He continued to study in the high school of the University which he completed in 1985, and then furthered his study in the faculty of Islamic creed and Dawah. In 1989 he got his B.A from this faculty, as well as acquiring the special certificate on Dawah. After enrolling in the faculty of Quran he gained a Masters qualification in 1994, and then a doctorate in Quran exegesis in 1999.
He has presented Islamic programs on Voice of Islam, New Zealand and various radio channels as well as delivered lectures in various topics mostly in New Zealand, but also in Saudi Arabia, USA, Australia, Fiji, Malaysia, India, Qatar, Papua New Guinea, and Solomon Islands. He has also authored a few books in Arabic and English that are yet to be published.
He is a founder member and chairman of At-Taqwa Trust, Auckland, New Zealand. His current roles include that of Imaam, Khateeb and religious advisor. He is also the Secretary for the Ulama board of New Zealand and advisor for Halaal issues to the NZ government.
Dr. Aisha Hamdan embraced Islam 25 years ago. She has a Ph.D in Clinical Psychology from West Virginia University, and a Bachelor's Degree in Islamic Studies from the American Open University.
She has written over 100 articles on various topics for Aljumuah Magazine (an international Islamic magazine), as well as several professional journal articles, conferences and book chapters related to the topic of Psychology and Islam. She has two published books - "Nurturing Eeman in Children ", and "Psychology from the Islamic Perspective ".
She is an Associate Editor of the Faith-Based Practice section of the Journal of Muslim Mental Health, and is also involved in the development of a research program to study the relationship between religiosity and mental health in Muslim populations.
She has been Muslim for 25 years and is actively involved in various da'wah activities.
Wissam El- Tom has a Master's degree in Islamic Studies from Makasid University in Lebanon, in addition to his Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science.
He has the highest certificates in Qur'an Qiraa'at (all 10 ways of reading Qur'an in original Arabic language with melodies and phonetics) and Quran studies from the Institute of Qur’an Qiraa’at at Al-Azhar Al-Sharif in Egypt. He has the "Sanad" (ijazah) -linked to the Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wasallam- in ten Qiraa'at sugra and kubra from the leading scholars in Egypt of this field internationally. He was the winner of the International Quran recitation and memorization competition held among 125 countries which was organized by Al-Azhar Al-Sharif and Awkaf Ministry in Egypt.
He has authored some books in the ten Qiraa’at of Quran, and has also composed a poem in the original Arabic language comprising of 1175 verses on an area of Quranic studies. He speaks three languages - English, French and Arabic.
Wissam El- Tom lives in Montreal, Canada where he has been an Imaam for several mosques and is the director of Attibyan Institute for ten Qiraa’at and Quran studies. He is also working towards gaining a Ph.D in Islamic Studies.
M. Abdussalam obtained a Bachelor's degree from the Islamic University of Madeenah in Saudi Arabia, and then went on to achieve a Master's degree in 1996 from the same University.
He has participated in the project of translation of Kutbus Sittah in English which was sponsored and published by Darus Salam, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. His translated works in Urdu have been published in Saudi Arabia and India, as well as his Research works being published in monthly magazines. He was a regular Khateeb (in Arabic) at a mosque in Doha, Qatar from 1999-2009.
He is the Head of Department of Islamic Studies at Preston International College in Chennai. He is also involved in Dawah activities across many Islamic centres in the Gulf and India, as a Lecturer, guest speaker, and consultant.
Riaz Ansary was born in Kabul, Afghanistan, and accepted Islam in 1979. He graduated from the College of Sharee'ah at the Islamic University of Madeenah in 1993. He completed his master's degree in Usool al-fiqh at the International Islamic University of Malaysia.
In 1997 he moved to the UAE where he worked as a translator and editor with Dr Bilal Philips, and then as a teacher of Arabic and Islamic studies at the New Muslim Center of Sharjah. He has appeared frequently as a guest on Sharjah TV’s “Discover Islam Series”, then hosted a show by the same name on the Iqra satellite channel, as well as also appearing on Peace TV. He has translated a number of Arabic books into English, including biographies of the companion Adee ibn Haatim, the scholar of hadeeth Aboo Daawood al-Sijistaanee, and Muhammad Hamidullah's compilation Political Documents of the Prophet (pbuh). He is also the author of the book- A Search for Happiness, published by Dar ul-Huda in Chennai, India.
Dr. Riaz is currently in Malaysia pursuing a Ph.D. at the International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilization.
Shafiq Flynn has a Masters degree in Usul al Deen.
He is part of the SLEU (Student Learning Enhancement Unit) which functions to assist students in their academic pursuit for excellence. He designed and conducted a training camp aimed at endowing students with the right balance of life and academic skills. This was within an all-embracing framework of spirituality so that routines at home and university are seen as being part of a wholesome and holistic life that enriches all of the body, mind, and spirit.
He is currently pursuing a PhD on the study of certain aspects of Ibn Taymiyyah's thoughts with a view to presenting its’ significance in relation to contemporary Muslim thought.
Imran Asif holds an MSc in Applied Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition from the University of Oxford, Department of Education.
He is currently a science curriculum specialist with the Supreme Educational Council, Doha, Qatar, where he monitors and oversees implementation of curriculum standards, provides support and direction to teachers, and carries out school inspections.
Rasheedah has a Master's degree in Education with a specialization in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages), and Reading/Writing/Literacy.
She has been a teacher for over 20 years and has taught in a variety of settings, both in the USA and abroad. Additionally, she has studied at different Islamic universities- through online correspondence, as well as on-site (overseas). She is currently pursuing a certificate in Shariah.
Altijani Hussin has a Masters degree in Economics from the University of North Carolina.
He is currently the Manager for Health Economics with the Supreme Council of Health, Ministry of Health in Qatar.
Hooman Keshavarzi has a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology, and is currently pursuing his doctorate in Psychology. His area of speciality is in working towards uncovering Islamic theoretical perspectives on psychology and the psycho-social issues and their implications/applications on Muslim minorities in the West.
He is the founder/director of Khalil Center - a community mental health center based out of Chicago. He is also a fellow at the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding at the Global Health Center, conducting research on topics related to Muslims and Mental Health. Hooman Keshavarzi is a national public speaker and trainer serving as a former Clinical supervisor at the Village of Hoffman Estates. He also delivers seminars on specialized topics around multiculturalism and psychology.
Dr. Uvais Ahmed Qidwai attained his Bachelor of Science degree in 1994 from the NED University of Engineering and Technology in Pakistan. He completed his Master’s degree in 1997 at the King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals in Saudi Arabia, and in 2001 completed his Ph.D(EE) from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in the USA.
He was the Assistant Professor for the EECS Department at Tulane University from 2001 to 2005. He was also a Part Time Visiting Lecturer for the University of Massachusetts, and a Senior Design Supervisor at King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals.
He is an Associate Professor of Computer Engineering in the Computer Science & Engineering Department at Qatar University, and has been there since 2005
Ahmad Abdel-Wahab has a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Maryland. In 2005, he was accepted into the Islamic University of Madeenah, and began his B.A in the College of Islamic Law.
He memorized the Qur'an whilst in America, with Tajweed and mastery under the guidance of his noble teacher, Shaykh Muhammad al-Raaee. He studied the Qur’an and the classical texts in the masjids from the scholars of Madeenah, and received an Ijaaza in Qur'an and Tajweed from his noble teacher, Shaykh Salaah Shabaana- a teacher of Qur'an in the Prophet's Masjid. He studied the book 'Umdat al-Fiqh by Ibn Qudaama under the guidance of his noble teacher, Shaykh Abdul-Khaliq Naaqru- one of the major students of Shaykh Muhammad ibn Muhammad al-Mukhtaar ash-Shanqeetee.
Currently Ahmad Abdel-Wahab teaches Qur'an and Tajweed in the Prophet's Masjid in Madeenah. He also teaches Fiqh classes to students in Saudi Arabia and the United States.
Muhammad A Nubee is from the USA. He studied at Livingstone College, North Carolina, USA, and has a degree in Sociology.
He served as an English teacher at Sharjah Technical School in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates from 2003 to 2005. From2005 to 2007 he was a Teacher at the Institute of Applied Technology in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
He is currently the Senior Student Services Coordinator at the Institute of Applied Technology in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. He encourages parental involvement in school based activities and student achievement, as well as interacting with the teaching faculty to ensure effective coordination between academic and non-academic activities. He supervises a team of seven that includes student services officers, a nurse, counsellors, an academic officer and career counsellor.
Fazeel Mohamed completed his secondary school in 1977 from St. George's College in Trinidad. He studied at the Islamic University of Madeenah from 1978 to 1986 and graduated with a B.A in Hadeeth and Islamic Studies.
After returning to Trinidad in 1986 he has been teaching Arabic at different levels at Darul Uloom. He is a senior lecturer, and the Head of the Counselling Department at Darul Uloom Institute, Trinidad.
Dr Ebraheem Dawy is from Egypt. In 2003 he obtained a Master’s degree from the Faculty of Arts at Menofia University, Egypt. He then went on to study at Ain Shams University where he gained his PhD from the arabic department of the Faculty of Arts in 2008.
He is an Arabic teacher for the Ministry of Education, as well as a faculty member of the University of Netherlands which teaches Arabic online.
Francesca Bocca was born in Italy. In 2006 she gained a Diploma majoring in Psychology, and then went on to achieve a BSc in Cognitive-Quantitative Psychology from the Vita-Salute San Raffaele University in Milan, Italy. In 2011 she got her Master’s degree in Neuro-Cognitive Psychology from the University of Munich, Germany.
She has held many positions as a Research Assistant furthering her knowledge in the field of Neuroscience and Psychology. She is currently working towards a PhD in Systemic Neurosciences which is expected to be completed in 2014.