The ISBCC community is blessed to have as our Senior Imam Shaykh Yasir F. Fahmy. Our Imam was selected through a rigorous and community-oriented process led by 19 members representative of the diversity of our community. Our Imam is truly the community’s Imam and comes to us with a tremendous track record.
Shaykh Yasir F. Fahmy joined the ISBCC community as our Imam on September 1, 2015 from New Jersey, where he was born and raised. Before the ISBCC, he served as Scholar-in-Residence at Islamic Center of Passaic County in New Jersey from 2013-2015.
Shaykh Yasir began the study of Arabic and Islamic Sciences in his high school years under the guidance of local teachers. At the age of seventeen, he traveled to Amman, where he spent a year studying at the Islamic University of Jordan. He returned to America and completed a Bachelor’s of Science from Rutgers University. After working in corporate America for three years in finance, he decide to return to his real passion of learning and teaching Islam. He traveled to the Middle East and enrolled in the prestigious Al-Azhar University in Cairo.
After seven years of intensive study, Shaykh Yasir received a degree in Islamic Studies from Al-Azhar and attained numerous ‘ijazas (independent certifications) in the subjects of Islamic jurisprudence (fiqh), the Islamic oral tradition (hadith), theology (aqida), principles of jurisprudence (usul al-fiqh), life of the Prophet (sirah), self-purification (tazkiyyah), logic (mantiq), Arabic grammar (nahu), morphology (sarf) and rhetoric (balagha). In 2013, Shaykh Yasir Fahmy became the first American Azhari to teach in the renowned Al-Azhar Mosque.
Through his teaching, lecturing, mentorship, and religious leadership, Shaykh Yasir aims to foster love for Islam and appreciation of the vast richness of the Islamic tradition in new generations of American Muslims.
Shaykh Yasir is blessed to have a wonderful family in his wife, Umm Zayd and their baby son, Zayd. While in his down time it is hard for anyone to take him away from his family, Shaykh Yasir loves fishing and never refuses a good cup of coffee.
What is Shaykh Yasir’s Role at the ISBCC?
Sh. Yasir is our Senior Imam. He is the spiritual leader of our institution, in charge of delivering religious edicts (fatwas) to community members, being the guiding light behind all our programming, and representing us in the public sphere religiously. Please view the video below to fully understand Shaykh Yasir’s role.
How are we growing religiously under Shaykh Yasir?
Shaykh Yasir imparts his Islamic teaching to the whole ISBCC community through regular khutbahs (Fridays at 1 pm), regular halaqas (Fridays at 7 pm), and occasional Fajr (Dawn) prayer or nature programs. He typically does 3 – 4 khutbahs and halaqas per month. During this year, the ISBCC is focused on growing our community in four core areas: (1) knowledge of the Islamic tradition and contemporary life, (2) spiritual practice, (3) community, and (4) service.
In addition, he has begun teaching three 12 week courses during the year. His first course was “An Introduction to the Islamic Sciences”; followed by “The Manners of Learning in the Islamic Tradition; and his last course next semester will be “Islamic theology (Aqida)”. To see the course schedule and how to sign up, click here.
How to connect with Shaykh Yasir?
Please email Imam Abdul-Malik Merchant firstname.lastname@example.org.