Join Yaqeen live from the Valley Ranch Islamic Center in Dallas with a gathering of scholars from around the country sharing their thoughts on the Muslim ummah today.
President | Imam Dr. Omar Suleiman is the Founder and President of the Yaqeen Institute for Islamic Research, and an Adjunct Professor of Islamic Studies in the Graduate Liberal Studies Program at Southern Methodist University.
Tom Facchine (pronounced fa-KEEN-ee) converted to Islam in 2010 as he was finishing his BA in Political Science. For the next few years he studied Islam and Arabic with local teachers while working with Muslim youth, founding and directing youth groups in two different communities. In 2015 he was accepted into the University of Madinah and is now close to completing a bachelor’s degree in Islamic Law. In addition to youth group activities, for the past two years Tom has directed an after school program for young Muslims called the Ramadan Academy, which operates out of the GCLEA mosque in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. Tom’s academic and personal background brings a unique dual ability to relate to mainstream Western cultural norms and engage them from a traditional Islamic perspective. His unique teaching style is highly interactive and brings high-level concepts to a level that even children can understand. He is passionate about building relationships with Muslim youth and giving them the tools and confidence to live as observant, well-adjusted people of faith in our times.
Senior Fellow | Tahir Wyatt is a published academic, experienced interpreter, and instructor of Islamic studies and comparative religion. During his twenty-one years of studying and teaching in Saudi Arabia, he procured several degrees, including a doctorate in theology. He was also the only American ever to be appointed to teach in the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah, the second holiest site in the Muslim world. Dr. Wyatt currently lectures both nationally and internationally at mosques, universities, and other institutions of learning. He serves as the Executive Director of the United Muslim Masjid in Philadelphia and is the President of the Quran, Arabic, and Reflection Institute (QARI), an institute dedicated to structured, curriculum-based instruction of the Quran and Arabic Language.
Director of Survey Research and Evaluation | Dr. Osman Umarji holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Electrical Engineering and a Master’s and Ph.D in Educational Psychology from UC Irvine. He has studied Islam at al-Azhar University in Cairo, Egypt. His research interests include the development of human motivation, religious socialization, spirituality, and Islamic legal theory. Dr. Umarji is also an Adjunct Professor in the School of Education at UC Irvine. He has previously taught child development, adolescent development, and statistics. His expertise in both psychological and Islamic sciences allows him to conduct empirical research on contemporary issues facing Muslims.
Director of Qur'anic Studies | Imam Yousef Wahb holds a Bachelor’s of Islamic Studies from Al-Azhar University in Egypt, from the Faculty of Languages and Translation. He holds multiple Ijazahs in Fiqh, Hadith, and Qur’an including the 10 modes of recitation (Qirāʾāt). He is currently completing his Master’s in Law (LLM) at the University of Windsor, Canada, where he serves as the Muslim Chaplain. He is also an instructor at Miftah Institute, a founding board member of Green Ummah, an environmental not for profit, and a researcher at the Stanford Muslim Mental Health and Islamic Psychology Lab.
He has dedicated over 10 years as a religious educator, counselor, and visiting lecturer. Previously, he headed the Academic Committee of Shaykh Al-Amoud Institution educating youth in Egypt on various Islamic disciplines. Since 2014, he has been serving the Canadian Muslim community through various mosques and institutions. He established the Al-Majlis educational program (Canada) where he teaches traditional Islamic knowledge. He is also an instructor at Miftah Institute (Michigan) and Canterbury College (Windsor). He serves as the Muslim Chaplain at the University of Windsor. He is a founding board member of Green Ummah, an environmental not for profit, and a researcher at the Stanford University Muslim and Mental Health Lab.