Past Speakers

Maulana Nabi Raza Abidi

Maulana Nabi Raza Abidi

SABA resident aalim

Syed Nabi Raza Abidi was born and raised in Alipour, India into a religious, Syed family from both parents. After completing his early education at the age of 14, he moved to Iran to pursue further Islamic studies. He spent the first 2 years learning Farsi, basic Arabic grammar, and Ahkam in Najafabad, Isfahan, and then relocated to Qom for approximately 13 years. In Qom, he studied at renowned Islamic seminaries and institutes such as the Institute of Imam Jafar as-Sadiq under the guidance of Ayatollah Jafar Subhani while concurrently earning his PhD in Theology and Philosophy from a sister school at the University of Tehran. Upon completing his lower level studies, he began his higher hawzah education, Dars al-Kharij, under many reputable scholars, such as Ayatollah Fadhel Lankarani, Ayatullah Bahjat, and Ayatollah Jafer Subhani.

Parallel to his studies, he spent several years answering questions in the office of Grand Ayatollah Fadhel Lankarani, conducting research in theology and philosophy under the guidance of Ayatollah Jafar Subhani, and teaching subjects such as Usool, Fiqh, Philosophy, and Tafseer in different schools.

After completing his studies in 1999, he returned to India and taught at the University of Alighar while simultaneously serving and helping different communities. He also conducted business in Dubai, and then moved to Japan in 2000, where he established a business and helped develop a community and Islamic center.

In 2002, Syed Abidi moved to San Jose, CA to serve as the Resident Aalim of SABA Islamic Center, and has done so for the past 13+ years. Under his guidance and the dedicated help of the community, SABA has progressed significantly in these years, including the opening of a full-time school and the development of educational curricula.

During his time in the Bay Area, he has participated in many interfaith and intrafaith events, spearheaded projects for the underprivileged, and played an integral role in the education realm. He also delivers lectures at churches and mosques throughout the country and advises several local and out of state mosques and Islamic community centers.

He continues to further his studies through research and occasional classes.

Sister Sabika Mithani

Al-Kisa Foundation Head

Sister Sabika Mithani was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. Growing up with a passion and curiosity about Islam, she resolved to pursue Islamic Studies in Qum, Iran. Having spent more than a decade in the Hawza, she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Islamic Studies from Jamatuz Zahra, followed by two Masters, one in Qurʾanic Science from Jamatuz Zahra and the other in Islamic Theology and Philosophy from Jamatul Mustafa. She is currently working on her PhD. Sister Sabika presently resides in the Bay Area, where she does tabligh for women and serves as the head of the Islamic Studies department at SABA Academy.

Sayed Hadi Yassin

Sayed Hadi Yassin

ICZ resident aalim

Sayed Hadi Yassin was born in Mashhad, Iran where he attended the Islamic seminary for 14 years. After completing the Hawza program, he obtained two Bachelor’s degrees in Qur’anic Science and Hadith and Fundamentals of Islamic Law. In 2009, he came to the United States and began his Master’s in Psychology, specializing in family and child development. He is the founding editor of Psychology Student Research Journal (PSRJ), which is a university academic journal, under the supervision of CSUSB Department of Psychology. Additionally, he is a Certified Professional Coach (CPC) and the founder of H.A.D.I Life Coaching, specializing in Children, Parenting, Family and relationships.

Syed Asad Jafri

Syed Asad Jafri

Syed Asad Jafri was born and raised in Toronto, Canada. He grew up in a very active Islamic community and family background. Syed Asad holds a Bachelor of Computer Science Degree from the US. He worked for IBM and thereafter moved to Iran and entered the Hawza to pursue Islamic studies and completed his Degree in ‘Uloom-ul-Qur’an from Qom.

He began his Tabligh missions in 2006 with stops across different cities in the US and Canada. Although he speaks English, Urdu and Farsi fluently, his lectures and sermons are delivered in English. Syed Asad is a dynamic speaker and apart from his English lectures, he makes regular appearances at various events such as Islamic camps, fundraisers and seminars. He addresses mainly contemporary issues such as global developments and challenges facing the youth in the West.

Sheikh Mahdi Shahkolahi

Sheikh Mahdi Shahkolahi

Sheikh Mahdi Mohammadpour Shahkolahi is a graduate student at Jami’atul Mustafa in Qom. He was raised in the Washington, DC area and graduated from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) with a B.S. in Information Systems. His desire to learn and serve Islam led him to Qom, where his primary areas of concentration are currently Theology, Philosophy, and Quranic Studies. Upon completing his studies in Qom, he plans to return to the US while acting to serve the needs of the Muslim community, inshaAllah.

Sheikh Ahmad Modarres

Sheikh Ahmad Modarres

Sheikh Ahmad Modarres was born in the holy city of Mashhad. His initial interest in Islamic Studies began when he was eight years old, being motivated to become a hafiz of the Holy Quran and attend the Hawza of Mashhad. He received his bachelors in philosophy and theology from the Al-Mustafa International University in Mashhad. He moved to the United States in 2008 and traveled to different states to deliver English speeches at seminars and Islamic centers. He is currently the resident Al’im of Masjid Al-Rasool in Simi Valley, CA. His main focus is to spread the true message of Islam and the Ahlul-Bayt (AS) and help youth develop a strong Muslim identity.

Maulana Abbas Mirza

Maulana Abbas Mirza

Maulana Abbas Mirza studied in the Hawzah Illmiyah of Qum for 11 years and graduated from the Madrasah of Imam Khomeini. He moved to the UK in 2006 and served at the KSIMC of Birmingham for 4 years and also achieved a MA in Theology from the University of Birmingham. His thesis was ʻA Discussion between Sufism and Shiʼism.’ Thereafter, he relocated Nottingham as a resident in the Al Zahra Foundation and is currently working on his Phd at the University of Exeter in Mysticism (irfan). He is also the founder and director of Perpetual Spring Institute. Sheikh Abbas extensively writes in Islamic journals; one of his famous translated works is Theological Instruction by Ayatollah Misbah Yazdi.

Shaykh Usama Abdulghani

Shaykh Usama Abdulghani

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Shaykh Usama AbdulGhani was born in Washington DC. At the age of 20, he traveled to Iran, and began his Islamic education at the Islamic Seminary in Qum, and has studied there for over 20 years. His studies focused on Islamic Law and Principles of Islamic Jurisprudence. He teaches among other subjects Family Ethics in Islam.

Shaykh Usama currently resides in Dearborn, MI, USA with his family, where he is playing a leading role in various community building activities, family counseling while imparting the teachings of Ahlulbayt on a regular basis. He is frequently invited to major cities throughout the world to deliver his message of justice, unity, respect and family values.

Shaykh Salim Yusufali

Shaykh Salim Yusufali

Sheikh Ehsan Ahmadi

Sheikh Ehsan Ahmadi