Maulana Tariq Rasheed, Farangi Mahal

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East Meets West

In 1993 a young scholar of Islam from Lucknow, India, Maulana Tariq Rasheed, brought with him to the Islamic Centre of Orlando an Asian perspective of the generous religion that takes into its purview the entire humanity and the whole world. Being a Hafiz of Qur’an and qualified in the tenets of religion, he instantly charmed all who visited the centre, whether followers of Islam or those simply curious about it.

Strength to Strength

The rows of the devout offering namaz led by Maulana Tariq Rasheed have not stopped growing ever since he was appointed the Imam and one of the directors of the centre. His khutba (address) prior to the Juma (Friday) prayers gave all followers the peace of mind they had been hankering for and his advice on matters personal and public have made him the favourite of the community not only in Orlando, Florida, but across the United States of America. In times plagued by
 
canard against Islam, Maulana Tariq Rasheed has rendered commendable service in dispelling unwarranted animosity people were developing in their hearts against the Muslim people. Since time immemorial conspirators have deprived people of the world from the sublime message of Allah, but soldiers like Maulana Tariq Rasheed have foiled the vicious bid every time by disseminating the treasure of wisdom that lies within the folds of the Qur’an, Hadith (chronicles of words and deeds of the Prophet peace be upon him) and the Sharia (Islamic constitution).

Showing the Way

The towering task undertaken by Maulana Tariq Rasheed is fulfilled by a concerted effort to provide the light of knowledge with absolute regularity and consistency. Every week, he holds for all and specially for the young sessions of Dars (lecture) on Tafseer (elaboration) of Qur’an and Hadith, besides Halqa (crash course) for young. On a daily basis, there are capsules of the teachings after Fajr (dawn) and Isha (night) prayers.

Everyone’s Invited

Maulana Tariq Rasheed is invited regularly to churches, synagogues and religious congregations to send out Dawah (invitation) to one and all to share the benefits Allah’s bounty. He addresses the masses and answers queries giving a clear picture of Islam to everybody. His command on the subject and the generosity he exudes has helped hundreds of individuals read the Kalimah (the Islamic Affirmation of faith).

The Writing Pen

Maulana Tariq Rasheed is invited regularly to churches, synagogues and religious congregations to send out Dawah (invitation) to one and all to share the benefits Allah’s bounty. He addresses the masses and answers queries giving a clear picture of Islam to everybody. His command on the subject and the generosity he exudes has helped hundreds of individuals read the qalimah (the Muslim oath).

Activities
  • Weekly Speech before Juma Salah
  • Weekly Dars of Tafseer of Quran
  • Weekly Dars of Sahih Al Bukhari
  • Weekly Arabic Language classes for Adults
  • Weekly Halqa for Youth class 
  • Daily short lessons of Hadith after Fajr & Isha salah
  • Dawah to non Muslims: visits regularly to deliver speeches on Islam at churches, synagogues, schools and colleges.
  • Developed close relationship with Youths.
Qualifications

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: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Firangi_Mahal )

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

  • 1983: Hifz of Quran - Madarsa Furqania, Lucknow, India
  • 1987: Bachelors of Arts in English Literature - University of Lucknow, India
  • 1989: Mastersin Arabic Language and Literature - University of Lucknow, India
  • 1992: Conferred the Degree of “Alim” (5 year 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,Orlando,Florida
    Currently enrolled in the PhD program.

Achievements
  • Director & Imam at the Islamic Center of Orlando since 1993
  • Leader of Muslims in Central Florida since 1993
  • Teacher at Darul Hifz, memorization of Quran School (So far 30 students became Hafiz from this school)
  • Editor of Al Huda Magazine, a monthly Magazine
  • Editor and publisher “Fatwa Abdul Hai” (written in 1886) in 3 Volumes, Lucknow, (2010)
  • Author of "Backbiting: An Islamic Perspective'' Chicago,(1997) Currently in its 2nd edition
  • Author of “Life and Achievements of Imam Abdul Hai”, Lucknow, (2009)
  • Author The Scholars of Farangi Mahal in Arabic Language (2010)
  • Founder of the Islamic Studies Chair at the University of Central Florida called "Al Ghazali Chair of Islamic Studies"
  • Chaplin at Dr. Phillip's Hospital, Orlando
  • Counselor on Family issues 
  • Marriage Counselor at the Orange County
  • Marriage Counselor at the Osceola County
  • 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 Islamic related Issues