At the heart of any educational endeavor is the faculty who develop and impart the tools that lead to literacy. ALIM has the great blessing of a dynamic faculty who have been with the institute since its inception. ALIM’s Core Scholars are members of ALIM’s Board of Trustees and inform ALIM’s programs and curriculum.

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Dr. Ali Sulaiman Ali

ali-th Dr. Ali Sulaiman Ali was born in Ghana where he spent his childhood studying with various Muslim scholars. He then moved on to Saudi Arabia where he enrolled in Medina’s Islamic University. His curriculum included all the traditional Islamic sciences and in 1979 he graduated with a degree in both Islamic Studies and Arabic. Dr. Ali pursued further scholarship at the...


Dr. Muneer Fareed

muneer-th Dr. Muneer Fareed is a respected scholar and thought-leader of the Muslim community in North America. He is currently a member of the Fiqh Council of North America, the premier Islamic legal authority in the United States and Canada. Dr. Fareed is a co-founder, Core Scholar, and member of the Board of Trustees of the American Learning Institute for Muslims (ALIM), an academic...


Dr. Sherman Jackson

jackson-th Dr Sherman Jackson is a respected scholar and one of the foremost authorities on Shariah and Islam in America. He is the King Faisal Chair of Islamic Thought and Culture, and Professor of Religion and American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California (USC). Dr. Jackson was formerly the Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Near Eastern Studies, Visiting Professor...


Ustadh Ubaydullah Evans

Ubayd Ustadh Ubaydullah Evans is ALIM’s first Scholar-in-Residence and now Executive Director. He converted to Islam while in high school. Upon conversion, Ustadh Ubaydullah began studying some of the foundational books of Islam under the private tutelage of local scholars while simultaneously pursuing a degree in journalism from Columbia. Since then he has studied at Chicagoland’s […]