ISR Season 7 Episode 26: “The World is the Means of Attaining the Hereafter” – Sh. Mustafa Umar

Sh. Mustafa Umar was born and raised in Southern California. He holds a B.A. in Islamic Studies from the European Institute of Islamic Sciences as well as a B.S. in Information and Computer Science from the University of California, Irvine. He has travelled extensively and studied under scholars from around the world, particularly at Nadwatul Ulama in India and scholars from Al-Azhar and Darul Ulum in Egypt.

He is currently the Director of Education and Outreach at the Islamic Institute of Orange County, the Founder and Director of the College of Islamic Studies (collegeislam.com), and an adjunct professor at Claremont-Lincoln University.

ISR Season 7 Episode 25: “Leniency for the One Who Errs, the One Who Forgets, and the One Who is Forced” – Sh. Suhail Mulla

A native of Los Angeles, California, Shaykh Suhail Hasan Mulla received his bachelor’s degree from CSU Northridge in African-American Studies and a master’s degree in Social Work (MSW) from UCLA. Sh. Suhail spent 10 years as a social worker with the Los Angeles Unified School District where he helped families and youth cope with life issues.

More recently, Sh. Suhail graduated from the world-renowned Al-Azhar University where he received his bachelor’s degree in Shari’ah (Islamic Law). He also completed a two-year Islamic Studies program at Al-Asheera Al-Muhammadiya, an Al-Azhar affiliated institute in Cairo, Egypt, where he studied under renowned Azhari scholars. Sh. Suhail has received ijazas—authorizations to teach—in various sciences and texts, including hadith and tajweed.

Sh. Suhail has been an active member of the Southern California Muslim community for many years. He has served as Tarbiya Coordinator for the San Fernando Valley chapter of the Muslim American Society (MAS), lectured at educational and religious institutions, conducted weekly courses on tafsir, tajweed, seerah and Arabic, and served as a mentor and online counselor for Muslim youth. Sh. Suhail has taught ‘Fiqh of Fasting’ and ‘Introduction to Qur’an Sciences’ courses on SuhaibWebb.com. He currently serves as the Resident Scholar of the Islamic Center of Orange County (Garden Grove).

Sh. Suhail lives in Orange County with his wife, Ustadha Lobna, and their four children.

ISR Season 7 Episode 24: “The Virtue of Gathering for the Remembrance of Allah” – Dr. Mohamed Allali

Dr. Mohamed Allali has Dual Ph.Ds in the fields of mathematics and electrical engineering. He is an associate professor at Chapman University in Orange, California. He is also a Khateeb and speaker at various universities, masajid and conferences. His expertise is in the discipline of Al-Tarbiyah (self-development). He is an active participant in MAS.

ISR Season 7 Episode 23: “The Onus of Proof is on the Claimant…” – Sh. Suhail Mulla

A native of Los Angeles, California, Shaykh Suhail Hasan Mulla received his bachelor’s degree from CSU Northridge in African-American Studies and a master’s degree in Social Work (MSW) from UCLA. Sh. Suhail spent 10 years as a social worker with the Los Angeles Unified School District where he helped families and youth cope with life issues.

More recently, Sh. Suhail graduated from the world-renowned Al-Azhar University where he received his bachelor’s degree in Shari’ah (Islamic Law). He also completed a two-year Islamic Studies program at Al-Asheera Al-Muhammadiya, an Al-Azhar affiliated institute in Cairo, Egypt, where he studied under renowned Azhari scholars. Sh. Suhail has received ijazas—authorizations to teach—in various sciences and texts, including hadith and tajweed.

Sh. Suhail has been an active member of the Southern California Muslim community for many years. He has served as Tarbiya Coordinator for the San Fernando Valley chapter of the Muslim American Society (MAS), lectured at educational and religious institutions, conducted weekly courses on tafsir, tajweed, seerah and Arabic, and served as a mentor and online counselor for Muslim youth. Sh. Suhail has taught ‘Fiqh of Fasting’ and ‘Introduction to Qur’an Sciences’ courses on SuhaibWebb.com. He currently serves as the Resident Scholar of the Islamic Center of Orange County (Garden Grove).

Sh. Suhail lives in Orange County with his wife, Ustadha Lobna, and their four children.

ISR Season 7 Episode 22: “The Reality of Zuhd (Asceticism)” – Dr. Imad Bayoun

Dr. Imad Bayoun is widely involved in religious education, especially among the youth, as a lecturer for the Muslim American Society (MAS), and its signature project the Oak Tree Institute. Dr. Imad was born in Beirut, Lebanon, where he received his BS and MS from the American University of Beirut. He received his PhD in Entomology from the Texas A&M University. He resides in Riverside and works as the Insectary and Quarantine Officer at the Entomology Department of University of California in Riverside. He is currently pursuing a PhD in Islamic Studies at the Graduate Theological Foundation. He taught Aqeedah and Fiqhas-Seerah (Jurisprudence of the Prophet’s Biography) at the Islamic American University, and has published several audio series on “Purification of the Heart”, “Muslim Character”, and other topics. Some of his lectures are available to listen/download at http://imadbayoun.com.

ISR Season 7 Episode 21: “Do Not Neglect the Religious Obligations” – Sh. Jamaal Diwan

Shaykh Jamaal Diwan was born and raised in Southern California and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Third World Studies and a minor in Psychology from the University of California, San Diego. He accepted Islam in 2003 and has been married to his wife, Shaykha Muslema Purmul, since 2004. He has served with the Muslim Student Association (MSA), MSA West, and Muslim American Society (MAS) in varying capacities. He remains an active MAS member and recently graduated from the College of Sharia at al-Azhar University in Cairo through a scholarship with the Islamic American University. Sh. Jamaal also completed some graduate work in Islamic Studies from the Western academic perspective. He currently serves as Resident Scholar at the Islamic Center of Irvine.

ISR Season 7 Episode 20: “Means of Goodness” – Dr. Mohamed Allali

Dr. Mohamed Allali has Dual Ph.Ds in the fields of mathematics and electrical engineering. He is an associate professor at Chapman University in Orange, California. He is also a Khateeb and speaker at various universities, masajid and conferences. His expertise is in the discipline of Al-Tarbiyah (self-development). He is an active participant in MAS.

ISR Season 7 Episode 19: “The Obligation of Following the Sunnah” – Sh. Mustafa Umar

Sh. Mustafa Umar was born and raised in Southern California. He holds a B.A. in Islamic Studies from the European Institute of Islamic Sciences as well as a B.S. in Information and Computer Science from the University of California, Irvine. He has travelled extensively and studied under scholars from around the world, particularly at Nadwatul Ulama in India and scholars from Al-Azhar and Darul Ulum in Egypt.

He is currently the Director of Education and Outreach at the Islamic Institute of Orange County, the Founder and Director of the College of Islamic Studies (collegeislam.com), and an adjunct professor at Claremont-Lincoln University.

ISR Season 7 Episode 18: “Righteousness is in Good Character” – Dr. Mohammad Allali

Dr. Mohamed Allali has Dual Ph.Ds in the fields of mathematics and electrical engineering. He is an associate professor at Chapman University in Orange, California. He is also a Khateeb and speaker at various universities, masajid and conferences. His expertise is in the discipline of Al-Tarbiyah (self-development). He is an active participant in MAS.

ISR Season 7 Episode 17: “What is Sadaqa?” – Sha. Muslema Purmul

Shaykha Muslema Purmul was born in Raleigh, North Carolina and raised in San Diego, California. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in the Study of Religion and a Bachelor’s in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of California at San Diego. She has served the Muslim Students’ Association, MSA West and the Muslim American Society (MAS) in various capacities, is an active MAS member, and a scholarship student with the Islamic American University. Muslema and her husband, Jamaal Diwan, participated in the International Union of Muslim Scholars “Future Scholars Program” in 2008/2009. They have completed their Bachelor’s degrees in the College of Shari`ah at al-Azhar University in Cairo.