Masjid Al-Huda is excited to announce the launch of its new blog, with regularly posted articles and reminders by our resident scholar and Imam, as well as other contributors.
Born in the Chicagoland area, Shaykh Sa’ad Quadri completed his Bachelor’s in English and History at Northern Illinois University in 2008 and his Master’s in Education at DePaul University in 2013. Prior to beginning college, Shaykh Sa’ad formally began studying the Islamic sciences with local teachers on a part-time basis for almost fifteen years. In 2013, he traveled overseas to Lusaka, Zambia where he completed his `alimiyya degree from Jamiah Islamiyyah, receiving license to teach Islamic jurisprudence (fiqh), methodology and theory (usool), Qur’anic explication and commentary (tafsir), grammar (nahw), morphology (sarf), creed (`aqidah), and rules of recitation (tajweed). In his final year, he was also authorized in the sixs authentic books of Prophetic narrations(hadith): Sahih Bukhari, Sahih Muslim, Sunan Abi Dawood, Sunan Nasa’i, Jami`ah Tirmidhi, and Sunan Ibn Majah, as well as the Muwatta of Imam Malik, the Muwatta of Imam Muhammad, and Sharh Ma`ani al-Aathaar.
Along with his pursuit of Islamic knowledge, in 2001, Shaykh Sa’ad began studying the Islamic science of spiritual development (tazkiyah) under Shaykh Husain Abdul-Sattar (may Allah (swt) preserve him), a senior representative of Shaykh Zulfiqar Ahmad (may Allah (swt) preserve him). Through the watchful eye of Shaykh Zulfiqar and relentless effort of Shaykh Husain, Shaykh Sa’ad was formally authorized in this science in 2013.
Over the past two decades, Shaykh Sa’ad has also been actively involved in his local community by teaching in the weekend school system and organizing camps, conferences, inter-faith dialogues, community service events, fundraisers, and leadership training programs through organizations such as the Muslim Youth of Chicago (MYC), the Muslim Youth of North America (MYNA), and the Muslim Students Association (MSA). During college, Shaykh Sa’ad started after-school and weekend courses at the Islamic Society of Northern Illinois University, where he taught introductory fiqh, tajweed, Arabic, and memorization (hifz), while serving as the principal of the Sunday school.
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