Lecturer, Immersion Shaykh al-Hind Program
Mawlana Asif Zia Uddin began his quest for knowledge at a very young age. He completed memorization of the Quran at the age of 15 from the Institute of Islamic Education in Elgin, Illinois (IIE). Soon thereafter he began the ʿĀlimmiyah program (equivalent to a Master’s degree in Arabic and Islamic Studies) at IIE graduating in the year 2012 at the age of 21. On his path to receiving ijāzah (certification) in the ʿĀlimmiyah program, he studied numerous Islamic and Arabic sciences, namely; Arabic grammar, morphology, rhetoric, Islamic jurisprudence (fiqh), Quranic exegesis (tafsīr), prophetic narrations (ḥadīth), and Islamic theology (ʿaqīdah). Also, he has taught various summer Arabic programs and served as a part-time instructor for Quranic memorization (ḥifz).
In 2016, he completed his undergraduate degree in Education from Benedictine University. In addition, Mawlana Asif’s quest for more Islamic knowledge continues at Darul Qasim where he is currently pursuing a doctorate along with being a full-time instructor. Mawlana Asif teaches a part-time Islamic Studies class specifically geared toward the youth and their struggles. In his free time, Mawlana Asif likes to cross opponents up in basketball.