Spiritual Guidance Resource


Description

“ A resource designed to connect Muslim college students to Muslim scholars. By allying with experienced scholars, we hope to provide a trustworthy, reliable avenue through which Muslim students can receive answers to their spiritual questions. ”

Goals

  1. Provide Muslim college students anonymous, safe, and direct access to crucial resources
  2. Gather basic data about the questions, to understand the needs of Muslim students
  3. Tailor the programs and services we offer accordingly, to better serve our community

Team

email us at spiritualguidance@msawest.org
Shaykh Mustafa Umar
Shaykh Mustafa Umar

Shaykh Mustafa Umar was born and raised in Orange County, California. He completed his Bachelors in Information and Computer Science from the University of California Irvine while studying Arabic and getting a taste of the various Islamic sciences through personal study and by attending local intensive Islamic classes. His thirst for knowledge led him to study at Nadwatul Ulama in Lucknow, India and then to Cairo, Egypt. After two years in the East, he moved to France for another three years and graduated with a degree in Theology & Islamic Law [taught completely in Arabic] from the European Institute of Islamic Sciences. He went on to serve the Muslim community of Southern California as an Imam and activist for about three years.

Shaykh Mustafa left his post of Associate Director at the Islamic Society of Corona-Norco in order to focus more on his studies. He moved to the UK and authored several books on Islam while, in his spare time, he completed an M.A. in Islamic Studies from the University of Gloucestershire, graduating with highest honors and receiving the Islamic Bank of Britian award for academic excellence. He currently serves as the Education Director at the Islamic Institute of Orange County (IIOC). Shaykh Mustafa has the rare asset of being able to fuse together the authenticity of a traditional Islamic education with the academic experience of both the Arab and Western worlds, all combined with a deep understanding of modern pop-culture.

Shaykh Osman Umarji
Shaykh Osman Umarji

Osman Umarji was born and raised in Southern California. After completing his B.S in Electrical Engineering from UCI, where he was president of the Muslim Student Union and a campus activist, he worked at Broadcom Corporation in mobile communications. He then traveled to Cairo to study at Al-Azhar University in the School of Islamic Law and Legal Sciences (Shariah). After studying there for a number of years, he returned to California and was the Imam at the Islamic Society of Corona-Norco for two years. He left his position to pursue a doctorate in Education at UC Irvine. Osman has taught many courses about Islam, written a textbook about the philosophy of Islamic law, and is currently researching educational psychology and Islamic education. He enjoys playing basketball, hiking, and playing with his kids.

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