Hailing from a lineage of scholarship, Mohammed Faqih traces his roots back to the ancient city of Harar in the Horn of Africa. Originally from Yemen, his forefathers immigrated to East Africa and played a central role in the Islamic history of the region.
Mohammed Faqih completed a B.A. in Islamic Studies from the Institute of Islamic and Arabic Sciences in America in Fairfax, VA, and graduated in Quran Memorization and Recitation from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
Currently, Shaykh Mohammed Faqih is the Imam of the Memphis Islamic Center and is an instructor with AlMaghrib Institute, an organization that provides trademark double-weekend seminars leading students towards a bachelor’s degree in Islamic Studies. His most recent course of instruction include: The Rules of Engagement; Islamic Code of Ethics; and Route 114, Sciences of the Qur’an.
Imam Hamzah Abul Malik
Address: Midtown Mosque 1288 Jackson Ave Memphis, TN 38107
Imam Hamzah is one of the few black Americans given the opportunity to study over 70 Azhari books in the religious sciences. He is a Hafiz of Qur'an and an Al-Azhar graduate receiving a degree in Islamic Law and Ethics. He traveled the world to study with reknown Islamic scholars and has over 15 years of formal Islamic education. In 2012, he returned home to the states to raise his family and invest his knowledge and training into community building and social outreach. With the support of the community, he founded Midtown Mosque and hopes to bring all of his experiences and skills together to serve the community of Memphis. May Allah benefit our community through his leadership and teachings of Islam. Ameen!
Shaikh Anwar Arafat
Dawah & Community Outreach Director
Address: Memphis Islamic Center 10225 Humphrey Road Cordova, TN 38018
Phone: 901-444-0833 Ext. 108
Anwar Arafat is the Dawah & Community Outreach Director of Memphis Islamic Center, in Memphis, TN. He is also a speaker for iERA. Although born in Utah, where his mother is from, for 10 years during his childhood and teenage years he lived in Gaza City, his father’s hometown, which wasn’t as dangerous as you think. He went to school there fully in Arabic, and was enrolled in the Qur’an memorization and Islamic Studies classes at the mosque for several years. He has a Bachelors Degree from the Graduate Theological Foundation in Islamic Studies, where he’s currently pursuing a masters. He also studied at Ma’had Al-Furqaan in Kuwait, where he doubled as the program’s translator.