2019 Speaker – Shaykh Dr. Yasir Qadhi

Shaykh Dr. Yasir Qadhi, B.Sc., B.A., M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D.

Shaykh Yasir Qadhi was born in Houston, TX and graduated with a B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Houston. He worked at Dow Chemical, where he wrote a code simulating complex polymer reactions in the laboratory and it was here that he realized that life, for him at least, involved more than solving complex nth-degree quadratic equations. He then pursued a religious education, leaving for a ten-year stint at the Islamic University of Madinah, in Saudi Arabia. He received a diploma in Arabic, a B.A and M.A. at the Islamic University of Madinah. After returning to the U.S., he graduated with a M.A., M.Phil. and Ph.D. from Yale University. Also, he has authored a number of books on Islamic sciences and is a co-founder of MuslimMatters.org. Dr. Qadhi currently serves as Dean of Academic Affairs at AlMaghrib Institute, an instructor at Rhodes College, and Resident Scholar of the Memphis Islamic Center. He resides in Memphis with his wife and four children.