Shaykh Ismail Bowers
holds an ‘Alimmiya degree from the prestigious Al-Qarawiyyin University in Fes, Morocco. He also holds a Master’s in Theology from Emory University and is currently a Ph.D. student in Religion at the University of Oxford.
Imam Ahmad Deeb
Imam Ahmad Deeb has been serving communities from a very young age. He grew up in Orlando, FL to a family of scholars. His father was an Imam and scholar for 35 years while being one of the main authorities in Qur’anic recitation in the world; his mother was an educator. His grandfather, Shaykh Ramadan Deeb, is one of the oldest living scholars in Syria.
While inheriting this beautiful legacy, Deeb also inherited a deep love for study and service. He began under the tutelage of his father and was able to develop a mastery of Qur’anic recitation, receiving an Ijazah in Hafs ‘an ‘Asim. Initially deciding to enter medicine, and after receiving his degree in Psychology at the age of 19, he took a year off to serve as a youth coordinator in Michigan. His interest changed and instead of medicine, he decided to devote his life to Islamic learning and community building.
This took him to South Africa for a full-time study of the Islamic tradition, graduating with a degree in Usul al-Deen. He returned to deepen his study with local scholars in America and to begin serving again. He spent a year helping to develop an intentional community in Allentown, PA and then moved to Ohio as the Director of the Islamic Society of Akron and Kent for two years while completing a Masters in Islamic Studies at Bayan Claremont, CA. He then founded Itqaan Institute, an online learning platform specializing in cultivating a mastery of Qur’anic learning under the supervision and directorship of his father who is the main teacher.
He now continues his study of the Islamic tradition with local teachers in America and abroad through yearly sabbatical excursions. He believes healthy community is the most essential element for the generational continuity of Islam in America, and engages frequently in community development programs and Mosque consulting nationally through his latest project: Remosqued. He also serves as the Outreach Ambassador for Bayan Islamic Graduate School, the first graduate school for Islamic Studies and Chaplaincy in America.