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.