Muslim Leaders


Sheikh Muhammad Nur Abdallah, USA
Sheikh Mohammed Nur Abdullah, Imam and director for the Islamic Foundation of Greater St. Louis, came to the United States from Sudan in 1978. Sheikh Nur Abdullah is the past chairman of the ISNA Fiqh Council and has been a member of the Fiqh Council of North America since 1982. Sheikh Muhammad Nur Abdullah now lives in St. Louis, Missouri, and is currently the President of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA).

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Sayyed Jawad al-Khoei, England

Sayyed Jawad al-Khoei is the son of the late Sayyed Muhammad Taqi, and grandson of the late Grand Ayatullah Sayyed Abdul Qasem al-Khoei.  After the first Gulf War, the Shi'a uprising against Saddam Hussein's regime, and following the tragic death of his grandfather, Sayyed Jawad was forced to leave Iraq for the United Kingdom due to the political unrest and the constant dangers that he and his family faced.  Sayyed Jawad's father was also tragically murdered along with members of his family by the Ba'thist regime in summer 1994.  He has studied Shi'a Islamic theology at Al-Kadhem University in Qum, Iran.  At present, Sayyed Jawad dedicates most of his time between the United Kingdom and Iraq carrying on the work of his father and grandfather and fulfilling his responsibilities as Assistant Secretary-General of the Al-Khoei Foundation.


Dr. Yihya Mossa Basha, USA

Dr. Basha is the current Chairman of the Muslim American Coalition. He was the former Chairman of the American Muslim Council (AMC), a national non-profit organization with headquarters in Washington, D.C. His accolades also include Board Member of the Board of Governors for the Arab American Institute, President of the Islamic Medical Association- Midwest Region, and former President of the Cultural Association of Franklin, Michigan.

Prince Hassan Bin Talal, Jordan

His Royal Highness Prince El Hassan bin Talal is the youngest son of the then Crown Prince Talal bin Abdullah and Princess Zein El Sharaf bint Jamil, later King Talal and Queen Zein El Sharaf. Prince Hassan has founded and is actively involved in a number of Jordanian and international institutes and committees, such as The Arab Thought Forum, Higher Council for Science and Technology, and the Royal Institute for Interfaith Studies. 



Dr. Mustafa Ceric, Bosnia

Dr. Mustafa Ceric is the Reis-ul-Ulema - President of the Council of Ulema - in Bosnia-Herzegovina. He graduated from Al-Azhar University in Cairo and afterwards accepted the position of Imam at the Islamic Cultural Center in the United States. During his tenure at the Center, he earned a Ph.D. in Islamic Theology at the University of Chicago. In 1987, he returned to his homeland and became a practicing Imam in a learning center in Zabreb.


Imam Plemon El Amin, USA

Imam El Amin has served for the past 24 years as the Resident Imam of the Atlanta Masjid of Al-Islam. He worked closely as an aide and supporter of Imam W. Deen Mohammed and his Ministry for 33 years and takes his place on the EBWRL following the latter’s death in 2008. Imam El Amin holds a PhD from Harvard University. His insightful and hands-on approach to leadership has helped develop the Atlanta Masjid into one of the largest and most progressive Muslim communities in the US.


Imam Umer Ahmed Ilyasi, India

Umer Ahmed Ilyasi is the President of the All-India Association of Imams and Mosques, which represents more than half a million Imams and 150 million Muslims, the world’s second largest Muslim population. He travels widely, meeting people belonging to all shades of opinion and denominations. His open-minded and flexible approach has earned him goodwill around the world. He is a strong believer in dialogue.



Dr. Muzaffar Iqbal, USA

Dr. Iqbal is the founder-president of Center for Islam and Science, Canada, and editor of Islam & Science, a semi-annual journal of Islamic perspectives on science and civilization. Born in Lahore, Pakistan, he has lived in Canada since 1979. He holds a Ph.D. in chemistry (University of Saskatchewan, Canada, 1983), but most of his published work is related to Islam and various aspects of Islamic civilization, including the Islamic scientific tradition. Dr. Iqbal is the editor of the Integrated Encyclopedia of the Qur'an that was launched in July 2013, the first English encyclopedia of the Qur'an from a Muslim point of view.




Sheikh Muhammad Hisham Kabbani, USA                              

A prominent scholar of mainstream, traditional Islam, Shaykh Muhammad Hisham Kabbani has spent his life spreading the teachings of peace, tolerance, respect and love that are the message of Islam throughout the world. He is the Founder and Chairman of the Islamic Supreme Council of America, the Chairman of American Muslim Assistance relief organization, the Founder of Kamilat, an international Muslim women's organization, the Chairman of the As-Sunnah Foundation of America, and the Founder and President of Muslim Magazine, a top-rated, moderate, English-language Islamic newsmagazine.



Dr. Wahidudin Khan, India

Dr. Wahiduddin Khan devotes his life to presenting Islamic teachings in the style and language of the present day. He is the author some two hundred books in India and abroad, including Al-Islam Yatahdda (Modern Challenges), now accepted as a standard work on Islamic position on modern thought. Dr. Wahiduddin Khan is also founder of the Islamic Centre, India's vanguard Urdu Islamic Institution, which has done much to awaken in Muslims a new awareness of their religion and social responsibilities.


Chief Kadi Ahmed Natour, Israel

Ahmed Natour is the President of Israel's High Shari'a Court of Appeal (Chief Kadi).  He also serves as an adjunct Professor of Law at Haifa University.  In addition to earning two law degrees at Tel Aviv University, Kadi Natour is a doctoral candidate at the American University of Washington, D.C.  He also has two certifications in "Family Mediation" and "Independent Judiciary and the Rule of Law".



Dr. Adamou Ndam Njoya, Cameroon 

Dr. Adamou Ndam Njoya currently serves as Minister Plenipotentiary in Cameroon's government and President of the Cameroon Democratic Union (CDU) political party. He has worked at the executive level with UNITAR, UNESCO, and the Islamic Conference Organization (ICO). From 1994 to 1999, he served as President of the World Conference on Religion and Peace and currently holds a position the organization's International Governing Board. He has published several academic books, articles, poems and four novels. Dr. Njoya is a recipient of Belgium's Great Cross of the Order of Leopold award.


Imam Dr. Abduljalil Sajid, UK 

Imam Sajid is the Chairman of Muslim Council for Religious and Racial Harmony (MCRRH) and one of the founders of the Muslim Council of Britain, the largest umbrella organisation of Muslims in the UK. Imam Sajid also serves as President of the UK Chapter of the World Conference of Religion for Peace, the Deputy President of European World Conference of Religion and Peace, President of the National Association of British Pakistanis and a member of the Central Working Committee of the Muslim Council of Britain.



Dr. Ahmed Taoufiq, Morocco 

Dr. Ahmed Taoufiq is Morocco's Minister of Habous (endowments) and Islamic Affairs.  He has served as the Director of both Morocco's Institute of African Studies and the Generale Library.  He is a renowned historian, focusing on nineteenth century Moroccan society, as well as a certified archaeologist.  Dr. Taoufiq is also a distinguished poet, having published several works in tandem with Jarat Abi Mussa.


Muhammad Suheyl Umar, Pakistan

Muhammad Suheyl Umar is the Director of Iqbal Academy Pakistan and his area of specialty and interests include Sufism as well as the thought of Muhammad Iqbal and the intellectual history of the Indian subcontinent from Shah Waliullah to Iqbal. He is the Founder-Editor of Riwayat, a scholarly Urdu journal; Editor, Iqbal Review, a quarterly journal, published alternately in Urdu and English (as well as in Persian, Arabic and Turkish) focusing on Iqbal studies in addition to Islamic Studies, Comparative Religion, Philosophy, Literature, History, Arts and Sociology.