Sh. Hassan Lecheb
Shaykh Hassan Lachheb is the resident scholar of the Muslim Community of Knoxville and the spearheading faculty member of Tayseer Seminary. He completed his M.A. in Islamic Theology, Islamic Legal Theory, and Maliki Jurisprudence at Dar al-Hadith al-Hassaniyyah for Higher Islamic Studies in Rabat, Morocco with honors in 2000.
Ustadha Zaynab Ansari
Ustadha Zaynab Ansari spent a decade studying Farsi, Arabic, and traditional Islam in the Middle East. Upon her return to the U.S., she volunteered, wrote, and taught for SunniPath Academy (now Qibla for the Islamic Sciences). Since 2009, she has been a contributor to SeekersGuidance, an online educational portal founded by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani. Ustadha Zaynab is a scholar in residence at Tayseer Seminary.
Osama Eisa was formerly an Imam at Make Space and holds a Master's Degree from Georgetown with course work focused on the historical and potential future development of Shariah Law, offering actionable mechanisms to develop and institute legal reform within an Islamic framework. He also served as a chaplain at Marymount College. Osama is currently attending law school.
Imam Ahmedulhadi Sharif
Imam Ahmedulhadi Sharif is certified with two different Ijazat: Islamic sciences and Daw’ah from Al-Umm University and Al-Ahbab Da’wah foundation. Imam ahmedulHadi is hafidh of the Qur’an and is a certified Qari. Imam ahmedulHadi is also a graduate of Mogadishu University, and was invited to serve at ICT as the Imam in 2011.
Safi Khan is a senior at the University of Memphis and receiving his bachelors and license in Elementary Education with a minor in English. He is is pursuing to be an elementary/middle school instructor. Safi has pursued the study of Hadith and Tarbiyyah, receiving several credits from both Almaghrib Institute and Bayyinah and is currently the teacher for ages 12& up in the Memphis Islamic Center Sunday School. He is also 901 Ummah's Vice President. After finishing his undergraduate degree, Safi Khan plans on pursuing his masters degree in Educational Administration and attaining his one year degree from Qalam Seminary in Dallas, Texas.
Sr. Iman Alkassir (Umm Yasser)
Sister Iman Alkassir is originally from Denver, Colorado. She embraced Islam over 33 years ago. From 2002 to 2005 she lived in Damascus, Syria where her and her five children immersed themselves in the Syrian culture and learned how to speak, read and write the Arabic language. She was an Islamic Studies teacher at Denver’s first and only full-time Islamic school from 2005 to 2012. Sister Iman has been a member of the Colorado Muslim Speakers Bureau for the past 5 years. She has worked as a mentor and advocate for Muslim women who have been incarcerated in Denver’s county and federal prisons. She has been actively involved in both Dawah outreach and Interfaith programs, along with conducting Islam 101 classes for new Muslim women. She is currently taking time off where she made the move to Knoxville in 2015 to deepen and broaden her studies in Islam and the Arabic language at Tayseer Seminary for one year.
David Gosling is a student in the Tayseer Seminary pilot program in Knoxville, TN. His previous professional experience includes time spent as a U.S. Army Infantry Officer, a Rhode Island State Trooper, and as a Veterans' Advocate in Washington, D.C. When not studying Islam, David can be found pursuing graduate studies in counseling education at Loyola University Maryland.
Br. Atif Mahmud is the creator of the documentary Unmosqued. He will be presenting the documentary as well as leading a question and answer session.
Br. Abdelrahman Murphy is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago with a degree in Teaching of English and Religious Studies, and is currently pursuing his Masters in Mental Health and Counseling at the University of Tennessee. His passion is working with Muslims to help improve on a personal, family, and community level. He serves as the youth minister at the Muslim Community of Knoxville, as well as the Muslim Chaplain at the University of Tennessee.
Osama is an Imam at Make Space and recently received his Master's Degree from Georgetown with course work focused on the historical and potential future development of Shariah Law, offering actionable mechanisms to develop and institute legal reform within an Islamic framework. His focus is in the study of Shariah, namely the history of it, it's development and current status. He is also a Chaplain at Marymount College.
Noor Tagouri is a senior at the University of Maryland studying broadcast journalism and international development conflict management. She is an associate journalist for CBS Radio in Washington D.C., an intern for WUSA-9 TV, the CBS news affiliate in D.C, and volunteers for a shelter for women/children. She is passionate about telling stories, asking good questions combating human trafficking, domestic/sexual violence, and traveling.