Sh. Yassir Fazaga was born in Eritea in Northeast Africa and moved to the United States at the age of 15. He has a Bachelors Degree in Islamic Studies from the Institute of Islamic and Arabic Sciences in Fairfax, Virginia and has a Masters in Marriage & Family Counseling from California State University of Long Beach. He has completed his 2nd Masters in Middle Eastern Studies at UT Austin, Texas and is a licensed counselor.
Sheikh Yassir has served as the Religious Leader of Orange County Islamic Foundation (OCIF) in Mission Viejo, California. He was the Director of Mental Health Department at Access California Social Services Agency in Anaheim, where he helped families with different challenges in life which include: domestic violence issues, communication problems, marital matters, generational gap, difficult teens, some mental and personality disorders, divorce, grief, and single parenting, among others.
He has done numerous interviews about Islam on television and radio stations around the globe. He speaks on Islam and related topics for conferences, churches, high schools, colleges and universities. He served on the advisory board of the Islamic Studies program at Claremont Graduate School and is listed on the “Who is Who among America’s Teachers” where the best students choose their best teachers and was featured on the Today Show on “Spirituality in America”. He was one of the co-hosts of weekly “WiseLiving” TV program and a regular guest speaker on Peace TV.
Sh Yassir Fazaga is a unique talent in North America. His skill set of being a traditionally trained and experienced Imam along with being a clinically experienced and credentialed psychotherapist is extremely rare. He was one of the first to meld the two disciplines together about 20 years ago and continues to be one of a handful of people that have this experience. Due to his unique credentials, he is considered an expert in the field and has been speaking widely on the topic of Islam & Psychology for many years.
Br. Rosli Othman
Phone: 901-444-0833 Ext. 105
Br. Sameer Mansour
Executive Director & Youth Director
Phone: 901-444-0833 Ext. 107
Born and raised in Memphis, Br. Sameer graduated from the University of Memphis in 2010 with a Biomedical Engineering degree and has been working at Smith & Nephew.
Br. Sameer loves to serve and benefit the community. He brings with him extensive experience in community service especially youth engagement. He was instrumental in the creation of two key Memphis-area youth organizations: Muslim Basketball League of Memphis and 901 Ummah, serving as director to both. He also serves as an advisor on the board for Al-Anhar Institute.
He is currently also pursuing studies to pursue his goal of becoming a Muslim chaplain in the area to local universities and young people in the city.
Br. Sameer’s experience and perspective will be highly crucial in channeling and fulfilling the needs of young American Muslims.
Sh. Anwar Arafat
Dawah & Community Outreach Director
Phone: 901-444-0833 Ext. 108
Sh. Anwar has served as an Imam for 9 Years in Salt Lake City, Memphis, and Nashville.
He earned his undergraduate degree in Film at the University of Utah and studied Islam in Gaza, Palestine, Ma’had Al-Furqan in Kuwait, and the Graduate Theological Foundation. He is currently pursuing his Masters in Islamic Education from the Islamic Seminary of America.
In addition to clergy-work, Sh. Anwar works with IERA (Islamic Education and Research Academy), a worldwide organization that aims to spread awareness and dispel misconceptions about Islam.
Imam Mohammed Faqih
Imam & Religious Director
Phone: 901-444-0833 Ext. 104
Shaykh Mohammed traces his roots back to the ancient city of Harar in the Horn of Africa. Originally from Yemen, his forefathers immigrated to East Africa and played a central role in the Islamic history of the region.
He completed a B.A. in Islamic Studies from the Institute of Islamic and Arabic Sciences in America in Fairfax, VA, and graduated in Qur’an Memorization and Recitation from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
He was the Imam at the Islamic Community Center of Laurel in Laurel, MD and at the Islamic Center of San Diego in San Diego, CA.
He more recently served as Imam at the Islamic Institute of Orange County, otherwise known as Masjid Omar AlFarouk and is an instructor with AlMaghrib Institute, an organization that provides trademark double-weekend seminars leading students towards a bachelor’s degree in Islamic Studies. His most recent course of instruction include: The Rules of Engagement; Islamic Code of Ethics; and Route 114, Sciences of the Qur’an.