The Imam was born in London, England, and he moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1983. His initial studies of the Qur’an and the Arabic language were done by his father, also a scholar of the sciences of Shari’ah. He later on went to India to memorize the Qur’an, which he completed at the age of 16. His studies were primarily done at Darul Uloom Falah e Darain in Gujrat, India, where he completed his ‘Aalim course. During his period of study there, he studied various subjects. He has completed the six books of Hadith along with the Muwattas of Imam Malik and Imam Muhammad. He studied tajweed (Qira’ah of Imam Hafs) and got Ijazah. He also studied Arabic and Islamic Shari’ah for a number of years and got Ijazah. He has also received the ijazah of Shaykh Muhammad al-‘Awwama the great Syrian hadith scholar, who is currently living in Madina Munawwara. He serves as Human Rights Commissioner for the City of San Jose and Muslim chaplain in the Santa Clara County Correctional Facility. He is also on the board of various interfaith organizations. He has also produced a two CD set on Hajj called: Performing Hajj: A Practical Guide on the Journey of a Lifetime. Currently, he is serving as the Imam and Director of Religious Services for the South Bay Islamic Association in San Jose, California.
Anwar, Imam TahirPosted Oct 18, 2005