Hafiz Noman Zaheer

Instructor, Islamic Essentials Online Program

Hafiz Noman Zaheer spent his early years in Hong Kong, then pursued memorization of the Qurʾān during his teenage years in Pakistan at the well-known Islamic seminary, Ashraf al-Madaris, under the auspices of Ḥakīm Akhtar (may Allah bestow His mercy upon him).

Hafiz Noman moved to Houston, Texas in 1995 where he completed his education in aviation maintenance at Westwood College of Aviation and began working in commercial aviation maintenance while serving in the Houston community in various capacities as an Imām, youth mentor and institutionalizing a Qurʾān recitation/memorization program.

In 2002, Hafiz Noman relocated to Knoxville, Tennessee where he continued working in commercial aviation maintenance, completing his aviation career as a Supervisor in aircraft maintenance workflow management in 2013. During these years, Hafiz Noman has been leading the Muslim Community of Knoxville in various capacities as an Imām, khaṭīb, youth coordinator, community board member, Islamic school teacher, retreat and events director, Ibn Masʿūd Qurʿān school director, and more.

In 2009, Hafiz Noman completed the recitation of the Qurʾān applying the seven modes of recitation according to Imām Shāṭibiyy (may Allah bestow His mercy upon him) and received his ijāzah in qiraʾāt by his teacher Mufti Umer Ismail (may Allah bestow His mercy upon him).

Thereafter, Hafiz Noman found Shaykh Mohammed Amin Kholwadia and furthered his pursuit for more knowledge. Over these several years, he has been appointed the program developer and instructor for the Islamic Essentials online and High School programs while also providing administrative support for the institution. Additionally, Hafiz Noman has studied the Shaykh al-Hind program and various Intermediate program coursework at Darul Qasim. Hafiz Noman has received ijāzah (two) in riwāyah Ḥafṣ ʿan ʿAṣim by Mawlana Arif Kamal and is reviewing and furthering his qiraʾāt studies with him while studying other Islamic sciences with various scholars at Darul Qasim.

Currently, Hafiz Noman resides in Knoxville with his wife and two energetic boys who engage him in tackle football apart from trail biking, hiking, and watching college football during their leisure.