Sheikh Yasir Qadhi

An Islamic Theologian, Scholar, and Dean of Academic Affairs at The Islamic Seminary of America, Dr. Yasir Qadhi has served the Memphis community for nearly 10 years with his knowledge and expertise. As he prepares to begin a new chapter of his life in Dallas, TX, Dr. Qadhi reminisces one of his earlier chapters, entering the field of Islamic studies, and offers advice to those who wish to follow a similar career path. He leaves the Memphis community with a few words of wisdom to help strengthen our Islamic identity in a climate that marginalizes Muslims. Interviewed by Naisha Chowdhury Prior to pursuing degrees in Islamic studies, theology and Arabic, you studied chemical engineering at the

Adrian Ashir Kirk

A father, husband, entrepreneur, and teacher, Adrian Ashir Kirk talks about the developments at Midtown Mosque, as well as several initiatives he is driving. A man of community, Ashir Kirk finds himself working on his web company when he’s not teaching tajweed. He speaks on the Memphis Muslim community, where it should head next, and what we as Muslims can do to strenghten our rapidly increasing network. And finally, he ties it all together by telling us life lessons that can be derived from his work but can nevertheless be used in the community. Interviewed by Ata Amro For those who haven't had the privilege to meet you, can you tell us who Ashir Kirk is? My birth name is Adrian Kirk but I

Nur Abdulla

A project manager for the “Making Memphis: 200 Years of Community" Pink Palace exhibit and a community engagement coordinator at the museum, Nur Abdulla has been recognized as one of the Memphis Flyer’s 20 individuals under 30 who are pioneering the future of Memphis. Abdulla discusses how she entered the field of urban anthropology and how she received this honorable recognition, along with describing her personal journey that eventually led her to dedicate herself to making sure underrepresented and disenfranchised groups are being included and represented in museum work. Interviewed by Hira Qureshi For our readers who haven’t had the privilege of meeting you, could you relay a little abou

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