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Meet the Team
Dr. Shadee Elmasry
Dr. Shadee Elmasry was born and raised in New Jersey. He began studying the traditional sciences rigorously at age eighteen. He studied in Yemen, Mecca and Madina, London and Cairo under several veteran ulama. He studied Arabic, Maliki fiqh, usul, aqida and suluk.
In addition to traditional learning, Dr. Elmasry has received a masters and PhD in religious studies, completing his masters thesis at The George Washington University and his PhD at The University of London, SOAS on Da’wa in the Works of Imam Abd Allah bin Alawi al-Haddad.
Dr. Elmasry went on to teach at several universities including Yale, The University of London SOAS, Trinity College, Hartford Seminary, and Manhattanville College. Currently, he has found his way back home as Scholar in Residence and Director of Education at the New Brunswick Islamic Center in New Jersey. He is also the founder and head of Safina Society—an institution dedicated to disseminating Ahl al-Sunna wal Jama knowledge live and online.
Sh. Nisar Chaudhry
Mawlana Nisar Chaudhry was born and raised in Jersey City, New Jersey. At the age of 10, Mawlana Nisar moved to Lahore, Pakistan, to memorize the Quran. After completing his memorization he went on to pursue Islamic Studies at the renowned Jamia Nizamia Rizviyya, Lahore.
After 3 years, Mawlana Nisar returned back to Rutgers University where he completed his Bachelors with distinction in Philosophy and Minor in Psychology.
After that, he spent 8 years pursuing Islamic Studies in Jordan, Egypt, Turkey, and Pakistan where he graduated from Jamia Nizamia, scoring top of the class in the Dowra Hadith Sharif program.
Mawlana Nisar was blessed to study at the feet of many awe-inspiring scholars, including Qari Muhammad Husayn Al-Rifai from whom he memorized the Quran, Qazi Muzaffar Iqbal Mustafavi رحمه الله تعالى, Allama Akram Al-Azhari, Allama Abdul Sattar Saeedi, Allama Dil Muhammad Chishti, Dr. Fazl-e-Hannan, and Shaykh Nader Abu 'Umar.
Harun graduated from Rutgers University with a degree in Accounting and Economics and worked at Deloitte and Touche for 2 years. After graduating college he studied with local teachers and scholars in NJ as well as online.
In 2019, Harun traveled to Egypt to study under the tutelage of Shaykh Zuhayr Qazzan, a world renowned scholar of the Maliki Madhhab while benefitting from other scholars in Egypt including Shaykh Mohamed Abdallah al Azhari and others. He also spoke at the International Maliki Madhhab Conference in Algeria about shariah rulings on cryptocurrencies based on Maliki principles.
In addition to continuing his studies on the traditional method he is currently studying at Al Azhar University. He has studied texts in various sciences. Among these texts are Aqrab al Masalik (Imam al Dardir) and Taqreeb al Wusul (Ibn Juzay). He is now studying Mukhtasar Khalil, the seminal text in the maliki madhhab and has intentions of being a life long student.
Sh. Meurad Osman
Sh. Meurad Osman grew up in New Jersey. He studied Sociology at Kean University where he graduated Magna Cum Laude. During this time, he also served as the full-time Imam in Toms River, New Jersey. He went on to pursue the Islamic sciences from scholars both locally, as well as in the Muslim world.
He studied at Darul Funun in Turkey, where he learned from some of the great scholars of the Levant, such as Shaykh Nader Abu 'Umar and many others. He learned the various Islamic sciences such as fiqh, aqida, hadith, tajweed, and many more. He memorized many Islamic texts and Quran as part of his studies.
Sh. Meurad also spent time learning from some of the great scholars of Jordan during the summer of 2022. Currently, he is a teacher of Arabic and Aqida at Noor-Ul-Iman School.