Bio for Dr. Abu Zayd
Dr. Abu Zayd is the director of the Quran Literacy Institute, an ILF subsidiary, which aims to provide advancedtraditional Islamic scholarship courses based upon Ijāzah certification. He holds a Bachelors degree in IslamicStudies from the School of Islamic and Arabic Studies, American Open University, as well as a Diploma in ClassicalIslamic Texts from Cambridge Islamic College, UK, under the supervision of Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi. He is alifelong student of Maulānā Yūsuf Islahi and Shaykh Waleed Edrees of the Islamic University of Minnesota, hasmemorized the Qurʾān and holds traditional licenses (ijāzah) in the ten modes of Qurʾānic recitation, books ofhadith and Islamic texts. He is the author of Childrens Bequest, a textbook on the science of Tajweed based upon atranslation of the Arabic classic Tuhfat ul Atfal, which has been taught to hundreds of students over the past twodecades. He is a freelance Imām and teacher who regularly visits various Muslim communities throughout the USand abroad on a rotating schedule.
The flagship courses taught by Abu Zayd, all of which offer certifications to successful students, include:
- Tuḥfatul Aṭfāl Advanced Tajweed Seminar: a comprehensive, advanced one-semester Tajweed seminar which teaches the entire theory and history of Qurʾānic recitation and offers students a path to Ijāzah in the Qurʾān
- Al-Bayquniyyah Comprehensive Ḥadīth Seminar: an exhaustive two-semester course on Ḥadīth Sciences,which aims to create ḥadīth literacy in students and begin the path to more advanced study of ḥadīth
- Sacred Drops Seminar: a unique course based upon a detailed exploration of various emotional moments from the life of the Prophet