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Yasir Qadhi (formerly known by his kunya Abu Ammaar Yasir Qadhi) (born January 30, 1975) is a Pakistani American theologian and Islamic scholar. He is dean of The Islamic Seminary of America and resident scholar of the East Plano Islamic Center in Plano, Texas. He was formerly the dean of AlMaghrib Institute and formerly taught in the Religious Studies department at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee. He currently serves as the chairman of the Fiqh Council of North America.

Born in Texas to parents who migrated to Pakistan from India after 1947, Qadhi studied Chemical Engineering at the University of Houston, before studying at the Islamic University of Medinah in Saudi Arabia. Qadhi has written books and lectured widely on Islam and contemporary Muslim issues. A 2011 The New York Times Magazine essay by Andrea Elliott described Qadhi as “one of the most influential conservative clerics in American Islam.”Writing in 2017, journalist Graeme Wood called him “one of the two most prominent Muslim scholars in the United States today.” He has also consistently been listed in The 500 Most Influential Muslims, most recently in 2022.

He has nevertheless been criticised for his views on women, and for defending high-profile Al-Qaeda supporters and the Taliban.

Qadhi was previously affiliated with the Salafi movement but has since left the movement and now only identifies himself as belonging to the “Post-Salafist” movement.

The Inspiring Journey

Dr. Yasir Qadhi is an expert on the history and teachings of Islam, particularly in the areas of Hadith, theology, and law. He is also a well-known speaker, author, and teacher, with a wide following both in the United States and internationally.

Dr. Qadhi is known for his engaging lectures, which are characterized by his ability to make complex religious concepts accessible to a wide range of audiences.

He is able to convey deep knowledge with humor and simplicity making it easy for people to understand.

He is also well known for his ability to address controversial issues in Islam with fairness and balance, making him a respected voice in the Muslim community.

With his vast knowledge and dynamic speaking style, Dr. Qadhi has become a sought-after speaker and teacher, and has been invited to speak at conferences, universities, and other venues around the world. His lectures and teachings have been instrumental in educating and inspiring many people on their journey of understanding and practicing their faith.

Yasir Qadhi, PhD, is a resident Scholar of East Plano Islamic Center, a professor at Rhodes College in the Department of Religious Studies, and is the Dean of Academic Affairs at AlMaghrib Institute.

He is one of the few people who has combined a traditional Eastern Islamic seminary education with a Western academic training of the study of Islam.