Imam Tahir Anwar’s New Website
Masha’llah Imam Tahir Anwar has launched his new beautifully designed website offering – among other material – a collection of his Qur’an recitations and lectures.
About the Imam:
Tahir Anwar is a Deobandi Hanafi Sunni ‘Aalim and Imam currently residing in San Jose, California. While going to school, where he performed outstandingly, he completed the initial studies of the Qur’an and the Arabic language under his father, who is also a scholar of the Islamic sciences. In 1991, he traveled to Gujrat, India where he enrolled in a traditional Islamic University named Darul Uloom Falah-e-Darain (The House of Knowledge which is of benefit in both worlds).
This institution is located in his native town of Tadkeshwar. For the next seven years he engaged himself in an intensive educational curriculum that comprised of the memorization of the Holy Qur’an, the perfection of the art of reciting the verses of the Holy Qur’an, the comprehensive study of the Arabic language including syntax, etymology, and literature, the study of Prophetic Traditions, the study of the translation, exegesis and elucidation of the Holy Qur’an, and the study of Islamic Jurisprudence.
In recognition of his academic achievements at this institution, he was given the title of ‘Aalim: a title given to a person who successfully completes the abovementioned studies at an accredited institution.
Then he moved to San Francisco in 1983 where he has been serving as the Imam and Director of Religious Services at the South Bay Islamic Association located in San Jose, California , after graduating with a B.A. in Islamic Theology in 1999. He is also the head of the Islamic Studies Department, and an Islamic Studies teacher at Granada Islamic School in Santa Clara, California. He has also taught Hanafi fiqh at the world-renowned Zaytuna Institute.
A lot of his passion is in doing outreach work, due to which he also serves as on different panels and commissions:
Human Rights Commissioner for the City of San Jose
Muslim Chaplain at the Santa Clara County Correctional Facilities.
He has been licensed by the State of California.
Community Advisory Panel for KQED, a local PBS radio and television channel.
The Imam is frequently invited to speak at forums at various Universities and religious institutions. For these and other related purposes, the Imam has had the opportunity to travel to many different countries. He is fluent in English, Urdu, Arabic, Hindi, and Gujarati. He currently resides in San Jose, California with his wife and two sons.
Masha’llah, may Allah preserve the Imam.
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