Archive for May 2011

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Islamic Center of Orlando

On Thursday , May 12, 2011 at 1:10 pm , Islamformankind Radio ( La radio station 1220am ) was honored to host over the phone Imam Tariq Rasheed from Islamic Center of Greater Orlando

Qualifications of Imam Tariq Rasheed

Imam Tariq Rasheed joined the Islamic Center of Orlando in July 1993. He is from Lucknow, India. He belongs to the family of Ulema of Farangi Mahal. ( For more info click: )

Imam Rasheed received elementary and Middle school education at Christ Church School, a Catholic British school in Lucknow.

1983: Completed Hifz of Quran from Madarsa Furqania, Lucknow, India
1987: Bachelors 10in English Literature, University of Lucknow, India
1989: Masters in Arabic Language and Literature; University of Lucknow, India
1992: Conferred the Degree of “Alim” (5 Years course), Darul Uloom Nadwatul Ulema, Lucknow.
1992: Ijazah of Hadith by Shaikh Abul Hassan Ali Nadwi (R.A.). Darul Uloom Nadwatul Ulema, Lucknow.
1993: Completed the 1st year of Mufti Course: Darul Uloom Nadwatul Ulema, Lucknow.
2003: Masters in Educational Leadership, University of Central Florida
Currently he is enrolled in the PhD program.

Activities & Achievements

Imam Rasheed is working at the ICO since 1993. He is engaged in a variety of activities for the benefit of the community. Some of his activities are as follows:

• Leader of Muslims in Central Florida since 1993
• Runs & Teaches Hifz of Quran School. (So far 26 students became Hafiz from this school)
• Editor of Al Huda Magazine, a monthly Magazine
• Author of “Backbiting: An Islamic Perspective” Chicago, Currently in its 2nd edition
• Author of “Life and Achievements of Imam Abdul Hai”, Lucknow, (2009)
• Edited and published “Fatwa Abdul Hai” (written in 1886) in 3 Volumes, Lucknow, (2010)
• Founder of the Islamic Studies Chair at UCF called “AL Ghazali Chair of Islamic Studies”
• Selected by the Orlando Sentinel on Sep 9th 2007 to be the:
“Spotlight person of the Orlando Community”
• Interviewed frequently by the local Media on Islam related Issues
• Speech before Juma Salah
• Weekly Dars of Tafseer of Quran
• Weekly Arabic Language classes for Adults
• Daily short lessons of Hadith after Fajr & Isha salah
• Weekly Youth class on Islamic Studies and everyday issues of our youth
• Weekend Quran class for kids
• Counselor on Family issues of the community
• Dawah to non Muslims: visits regularly to deliver speeches on Islam at Churches, synagogue’s, schools and colleges.
• Volunteer Chaplin at Dr. Phillip’s Hospital, Orlando
• Developed close relationship with Youths
• Marriage Counselor at the Orange County
• Marriage Counselor at the Osceola County

Perished Nations 1 & 2 documentaries by Harun Yahya

Refinement of Character by Imam Sykes ( English / Spanish )

Imam Abdurrahman Sykes

Hailing from North Carolina, Imam Sykes was a lay speaker preparing for a life of Christian ministry. He left the church for a time of reflection and spent 6 years in South Africa working to end Apartheid. A self-realization and personal actualization trainer, he entertained all race groups in the same class room. In 1987 Sykes embraced Islam. He completed his undergraduate degree in psychology at the University of North Carolina with honors. He served three internships in the Oaks Psychiatric Hospital and devoted 3 years as a Guardian ad Litem, advocating for abused children. In 1998 he was the Host of “The Islamic Message,” a series of 50 television shows. Imam Sykes served 11 years in the North Carolina Department of Corrections and has retired after eight years from the Federal Bureau of Prisons as a Chaplain advocating for the rights of least restrictive religious practice for the incarcerated. There he facilitated the practice of approximately 23 faith groups. He received his Masters of Religious Service from the Graduate School of Islamic and Social Sciences in Virginia. Imam Sykes is also the president of (ISLAM) The Islamic Society Leading American Muslims. He speaks at colleges, public schools, churches synagogues, Masajids, civic organizations and corporate America addressing the misconceptions about Islam. Celebrating diversity he strives to build bridges of peace, dialogue, and understanding whereby all men and women who serve the living God come together on common ground in pursuit of peace, freedom and justice for all. Currently he is completing his Master of Social Work degree at UCF.