Mohammad Ahmad Khan
Major:Islamic Law, Theology
School: Zaytuna College
Sponsor: Zaytuna College
I was born and raised in Houston, Texas. I have always had a strong bond with the Glorious Qur’an from a very young age. Due to the primitive stage of my local Muslim community and thereby, the lack of proper facilities, in order to pursue Qur’anic studies, I had to forgo my western education at the age of 11 and enter a full time madrasa. Alhumdulilah, by the grace of the Almighty, I was able to memorize the Qur’an in 2005, at the age of 15.
To further pursue my studies, I went to the prestigious Dar Al-Uloom, in Faisalabad, Pakistan. I took the tutelage of the distinguished and now late, Qari Muhammad Siddiq. I learned the fundamentals of the art of recitation and returned to Houston in 2007.
After my return, I became the primary Imam at a local mosque and began teaching the principles I had learned from my great teachers. In parallel to this, I continued both my secular and my studies in the recitation of the Qur’an. For my Qur’anic studies, I learned from a plethora of Master Qaries such as, Shaykh Abduallah Khan, Shaykh Ahmad Siddiq, and Qari Arshad Hussain who taught me various methodologies of teaching and how to attain precision in the recitation of the Glorious Qur’an. As I taught, the necessity of teaching the Qur’an in a manner that the people of the west could understand became very clear.
I began formulating this methodology in 2007 firstly, by synthesizing all that Allah had taught me through my amazing teachers and then, assimilating on it. I began teaching local Imams in 2011 and this allowed me to begin working with local and national organizations such as, Islamic society of greater Houston, Risala foundation and W.D.Muhammad. By visiting various communities and seeing the stature they bestowed me with, despite the lack of education I had in Islamic sciences, I realized the state the society was in and it reoriented my priorities, and therefore I left my studies of science and enrolled in Zaytuna College.
At Zaytuna, I hope to gain a holistic understanding of both the west and the Islamic tradition, in order that I may properly lead and educate my community. I would also like to formulate other traditional disciplines into a fashion that the average western student can understand and thereby access and engage with the tradition.
Mohammad graduated from Zaytuna and continuing his education.