Imam Azhar believes that the most critical social issue of our time is equality and understanding of all human beings.
Imam Azhar Subedar was born and raised in the West.
He was also educated on the Religion of Islam in the West. He graduated from his 10 year studies of Islam in the U.K.
Being a Religious Scholar with a Masters in Islamic Sciences and Arabic Literature, his vision is to address the contemporary needs of the Muslim community by bringing relevancy to the Holy text while confronting the social issues of today’s world from a moral perspective.
He has been serving the needs of Muslim communities across the United States of America, Florida and beyond, since 2002.
He is the First Muslim to give the opening prayer at the Florida State Capitol, Florida Senate, And He delivered the opening prayer at the House of Representatives as well– Tallahassee, Florida
He has been in various other faith-related engagements:
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He had served as a Religious Advisor to the Florida Department of Education for over a decade, and He was also a Member of White House Faith Based and Community Initiatives under President Bush.
Having served as an Imam of multiple Masjids throughout his career, he has experienced firsthand the power of faith in dealing with issues that affect different communities. Currently, he serves as Imam of IACC, Plano, TX.
Beginning his studies at an Islamic School in Arabi, Louisiana – he later traveled to England in 1994 and completed the remainder 7 of a 10-year course in attaining an Islamic Scholarship.
Among the many subjects studied, were:
- Arabic Etymology
- Grammatical Syntax, Phonetics
History and Arabic Philology
- Oration lessons, Logic
- Jurisprudence and Law, Philosophy, Principles of Jurisprudence
- Commentary Literature and Hadith
- Exegesis & Hadith
- Intensive exposition of Jurisprudence, Rhetorical studies, Hadith & Aqidah literature (Sihaa e Sitta)
Critical Analysis of language & law, Laws of Inheritance
Chronology, Urdu language & grammar
In November 2000, Imam Azhar graduated from the Institute of Islamic Education with the degree: M.A. in Shariah of Islam with Ijazah in Hadith & Certified Qari & Muqri (Teacher) of Tajweed, Al-Qiraâaat As-Sabâah & Al-Asharah.
As a scholar, I felt hurt to see that we can rarely find such scholars whose vision is to tackle all matters of faith of this modern age with people of all different walks of life and from the various age/gender categories. I finally determined that instead of merely contemplating and suggesting to different communities and Imams what should be done, In life, I must assist in any and every way possible so that the deen of Allah is understood, not just followed.
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