Imam Safi Khan is the founder and director of the Dar-us-Salaam Community in College Park, MD. He holds a degree in Economics from the University of Maryland, and is well-versed in Islamic law, tafsir, and sirah. He has been a prominent Imam, lecturer, and family and youth counselor in the Washington DC metropolitan area for the past twenty-five years.

Sheikh Faruq Post (previously Christopher Post) is an American Muslim Scholar who accepted Islam in the year 2002 and spent over a decade of his life studying Islam in Ummul Qura University in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. His pursuit of Islamic Knowledge included years of attending religious circles led by Great Scholars of Islam in the Holy Mosque in Mecca.

After completing his undergraduate Islamic studies, obtaining a masters degree focusing on Prophetic Traditions (Hadeeth), and achieving fluency in Arabic Language, Sheikh Faruq continues to pursue his PhD in Islamic Studies.

Presently, a resident of Washington County Maryland, Sheikh Faruq is involved with local mosques in the DMV Area, and serves as the Founder/President of a non-profit organization called Islamic Ministries and Community Development in order to help communities in need of spiritual healing and social services.

Sheikh Faruq seeks to establish strong relationships with Muslim and non-Muslim organizations who are dedicated to the service of Humanity.

Dr Kia has studied informally both here in America and overseas in Egypt and Syria and did his hifz and ijaaza in Arabic language with multiple Azhari scholars. He is a regular khateeb and travels to give lectures and seminars in various communities across America. Dr. Kia Jahed is a Radiologist. He is also a former personal trainer and college basketball player.

Within the last 25 years, Shaykh Essam has been teaching Qur’an Exegesis, Family Jurisprudence, Hadeeth, Doctrine, Morals and more in Arabic and English in different institutions and communities in the US and other countries.

Shaykh Essam has studied under many Scholars in Egypt and Saudi Arabia and been certified/authorized as an Imam/Khateeb with the Ministry of Endowment in a few countries. He is also the Co-Founder and Managing Director of Iqraa & Rattel Institute (www. for teaching Arabic and Quran and one of the board members of Islamic Leadership Institute of America (ILIA).

He is a Licensed Professional Civil Engineer in the US with over 25 years of professional engineering and project management experience.

With a continuing passion for understanding the mind and the soul, Shaykh Rateb Marai is motivated in empowering others to grow in Islam within its beauty and simplicity. Raised in Canada with family roots from the Holy Land of Palestine, he has been serving various Muslim communities around him through social work, volunteer work, and inspirational talks since his early days in high school.

Upon graduation, he pursued undergraduate studies in behavioral neuroscience. During the course of his studies, he was accepted to the Islamic University of Madinah where he completed an Associate Degree in Arabic and a Bachelors Degree from the Faculty of Law, alongside independent traditional studies. In addition to teaching and serving communities across the Greater Toronto Area, he is currently working at the National Zakat Foundation, providing support to those in need.

Shaykh Rateb has been quoted as saying, “I left behavioral neuroscience, which is the study of the mind, to study Islam, which is the study of the mind, heart, and soul.”

Br. Ahmed Mashaal is a student of knowledge. He has studied at the IIASA (Institute of Islamic and Arabic Sciences in America which was the Virginia-based American satellite campus of Imam Muhammad ibn Saud Islamic University) in Fairfax, VA towards a degree in Islamic law.

He has completed several additional courses at AlMaghrib institute along with Tooba University in Maryland. In addition, he remains active in the Northern Virginia communities giving the Friday Khutbahs for the past 10 years. He teaches Islamic sciences at various communities across Virginia.

He currently holds a BS in DMIS from George Mason University, an MS in Telecommunications from George Mason University, and is a candidate for an ALM in Finance from Harvard University in Extension Studies. He hopes to complete a BS and MS in Islamic law in the near term and become an even more valuable member of the Northern Virginia community.