Instructors

Shaykh Omar Baloch
Resident Scholar

Sheikh Omar Baloch in his capacity as the Scholar in Residence for Al-Furqaan Foundation is responsible for all activities and material relating to communicating the Message of the Qur’an to Muslims and non-Muslims. His expertise on the Message of the Qur’an makes him a well-respected speaker at lectures and events across the country. His knowledge of world religions allows him to engage in dialogue across many faiths and is often a speaker at many dawah events. His aggressive Khutba schedule takes him around the US, where he not only focuses on reviving the spirit of Dawah through the Qur’an, but also raises funds for the purpose of delivering a copy of the translation of the Qur’an to everyone in America. His fluency in Arabic, English and Urdu makes his khutbas, lectures and speeches unique and well attended.

Born and raised in Chicago, Sheikh Omar has a Shahada from Jamia thul Azhar (Al-Azhar University) in Egypt. He got his Shahada in 1994 with an emphasis on the Arabic Language and Minhaj ad Dawah. Prior to that he studied in Pakistan at Jamia Thul Ahlul Hadith. He is a student of Dr. Israr Ahmad and Abdur Razaq sahib. He has attended study circles with Shaikh Muhammad Jibreel (the Famous Egyptian Qari) and Sheikh Kishk. Apart from his religious education, his secular education has taken him to Georgetown University to pursue his graduate studies on the Psychology of religion. Prior to joining Al-Furqaan Foundation he has held many positions in the IT industry as a network professional. He has served as an Imam at Hagerstown, MD and has also taught at Al-Huda Islamic School. He is extremely good at engaging the youth and is a frequent lecturer and speaker at many campus events.

Sis Tahera Ahmed
Arabic Instructor

Sr. Tahera Ahmad has received a graduate certificate in Arabic from Al-Diwan, Cairo, an Ijazah in Tajweed, and traditional Islamic education from various institutions including the IIE (Elgin, IL).   Completing her graduate studies in Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations at Hartford Seminary, she served as the Muslim Chaplain/Advisor at Mt. Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts. Currently Sr. Tahera teaches High School Islamic Studies at the Islamic Foundation School, Villa Park.

Dr Irfan Ahmad Khan
Quran Halaqa Instructor

Dr. Irfan Ahmad khan is a respected scholar of the Qur’an, president of the World Council of Muslims for Interfaith Relations and Chair of the Interreligious Engagement Project. He is also a trustee of the Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions.

Shaykh Ismaeil Al-Qadi – Qiraat Instructor.

Shaykh Shaqib Abqari – Graduate of Based in Dallas, TX.

Dr Ahmed Mirza – Tajweed Instructor.

Br Mohammed Chowdhury

Br.Mohammed Chowdhury earned a Bachelors in Psychology and Masters in Rehabilitation Counseling (with specialization in Psychiatric Rehabilitation) from Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago. He is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) and holds licensure to practice in Illinois. He worked as Intake Counselor at HAS (Healthcare Alternative Systems) and as Community Support Specialist at Thresholds Psychiatric Rehabilitation Center. Born in Dhaka, Bangladesh, he is currently a resident of Chicago. Br.Chowdhury is married and has been blessed with a daughter.

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