End of Year Program
SUNDAY | AUGUST 1, 2021 | 2 PM [EST]
INSHAA’ ALLAH, WE WILL GO LIVE IN:
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Shaykh Mawlana Asim Ahmad
Asim Ahmad was born on April 17, 1975 in Binghamton, NY. His parents migrated from Pakistan in the early 70’s and settled down in the rolling valleys of upstate New York where his father practiced as a physician.
He remembers the story his father told of the fatherly officer at the U.S. Consulate in London who advised, “Go and settle down wherever you want but stay away from two places: NYC, because if you fall dead on the sidewalk, they will walk right over you without second thoughts; and the South, because there is no place for a Yankee or colored man in the South.” With that, he handed him the visa and bade him good luck.
He completed memorization of Quran in 11 months at the age of 12 in Pakistan and returned to high school to complete his secular education.
He has translated many works of the scholars of Deoband. The Haj and Umra Guide is his first book which started as a small-time project, but which gained momentum and eventually transformed into a full-blown project after his visit to the Holy Land in 2013.
He noticed the vandalization of Islamic history and the big business that had become of the ziyarat of the holy sites. He wanted everyone to have the opportunity to visit the historical landmarks on their own, and preferably on foot, without reliance on self-appointed guides who took advantage of unassuming pilgrims.
On his visit in 2011, he had the rare opportunity to see a Kingdom in distress from the inside of a holding center in Madina Munawwara (yes, a holding center, the first phase of a legal process that eventually puts you behind bars). The motley crowd inside the holding center came from different backgrounds and races who waited on their fate (though some of them felt quite at home in the center). Many of his narrator’s insights and comments in the guide may stem from his anthropological observations of the Kingdom from within.
He is a not good sport about picture-taking and doesn’t like the feeling of being frozen in time. So, if you come across his photo anywhere, feel free to delete it. He will never begrudge you for mortalizing him. Promise.
He is presently a teacher of hadith at Darul Uloom al-Madania in Buffalo, NY.