Our teachers at Suffa Islamic Seminary are dedicated to creating a learning community that will foster a respect for knowledge and a desire to acquire it. Their status at Suffa is one of veneration for their extensive knowledge, as we aim to attract and retain the best quality scholars.

Imam Yusuf Ziya Kavakci, PhD

Dr. Yusuf Ziya Kavakci was born in 1938 in Hendek, Sakarya, Turkey. His rise to scholarship began early; by the age of 10, he memorized the entire Quran and became a certified Qari, or reciter. Dr. Kavakci obtained a bachelor’s degree in Islamic Studies from the Institute of Higher Islamic Studies, and a Law degree from the College of Law, Istanbul University. In 1967, he received his PhD in Islamic History and Culture from Istanbul University, Faculty of Letters. Thereafter, he worked as Assistant and Associate Professor at the Institute of Islamic Research, Istanbul University. Residing in Dallas, Texas, he serves as Scholar-in-Residence for the Islamic Association of North Texas (IANT), the largest mosque in north Texas. He continues to teach a host of programs there including  Fiqh (Nur al-Idah, Majalla and others), Aqida (grammatical analysis and translation of al-Fiqh al-Akbar by Abu Hanifa, Aqida of al-Tahawi, Aqa’id of Umar Nasafi), Hadith (Nawawi’s Forty Hadith, Ramuz al-Ahadith by Gumushhaneli Ziyaeddin Efendi), and Grammatical Analysis of the Quran. Dr. Kavakci is the founder of both Suffa Islamic Seminary and IANT Quranic Academy (IQA).

Imam Zia ul Haque Sheikh, PhD

Imam Zia ul Haque Sheikh was born in Azad Kashmir, and at the age of four he migrated to England with his parents. He memorized the Quran, and at the age of sixteen, he started an Islamic Theology course, which consisted of Arabic Syntax, Etymology and Grammar, Logic, Quranic Exegesis, Hadith Exegesis, Comparative Religions, Islamic Jurisprudence of the four main schools of thought, Foundations of Jurisprudence, Quran and Hadith, and other subjects. After extensive studying for approximately twelve years, he graduated in 1994 with a Masters in Islamic Theology. He has completed his PhD thesis with the Graduate Theological Foundation. He is a founding member and Board Member of the North Texas Islamic Council, and actively involved in Interfaith, Outreach and Dawah work. He is one of the instructors at Bayyinah Academy in Irving, Texas, where he is one of the main teachers of Arabic morphology. He is also the imam at the Islamic center of Irving, where he regularly leads prayers and conducts study circles of various branches of knowledge. Furthermore, he  is a member of NAIF, North American Imams’ Federation, an organization dedicated to dealing with problems that Imams encounter, and to training Imams to lead their communities in a productive and beneficial way.

Sheikh Saad Hassanin, PhD

Sheikh Saad is an experienced Qur’an teacher. He completed his PhD in 2007 at Graduate Theological Foundation, affiliated with Oxford University, in Islamic Studies. His thesis was titled The Effect of Suna on Reforming The Individual and Family.   He’s been studying Qur’anic recitation under many renowned scholars or Qira’aat in Egypt and even in the US. He has received many Ijazat (certifications) and recommendations in the 10 Qira’at of the Qur’an. For many years Sheikh Hassanin has been conducting tajweed Halaqah’s in masjids and universities around the country, and on the internet through the PalTalk. He has a passion for learning and teaching the Qur’an and has given several Ijazat to his students who have managed to complete the recitation under his supervision. Sheikh also has  many Ijazat in Hadeeth books such as Bukhari , Muslim, and the Forty Nawawy Hadeeth. He has authored books on various topics, including guides on Hajj and Umrah, Quran, and Hadith.  He has also written many articles on various topics of Islam. Sheikh Hassanin is currently the Qur’an and Tajweed lecturer at Islamic University of Minnesota.

Imam Moujahed Bakhach 

Imam Moujahed Bakhach is an accredited family mediator and qualified arbitrator and received his certifications from the University of North Texas. He spent time as an Imam for the Islamic Association of Tarrant County, as well as the Islamic Center of Al-Hidayah. He received his Master’s degree in Islamic law from Al-Azhar University in Cairo, Egypt. Imam Bakhach is a member of the Texas Council on Family Violence in Austin, Texas. Furthermore, he is a chaplain member of the correctional institution, as well as a member of the Human Relations Commission (HRC) in Fort Worth, Texas. He is currently an active member of the Clergy and Peace Alliance (C.A.P.A). Imam Bakhach has written booklets and manuscripts on family issues, Ramadan, and more.

Ustadhah Rula Sajdieh 

Ustadhah Rula Sajdieh is an experienced Arabic, Islamic Studies and Quran teacher. Mrs. Rula obtained a bachelor’s degree in Creed and Da’wa from the University of Jordan. She has received an Ijaza (Certification) in Qira’aht (Narration) Hafs through Asem. She taught Islamic Studies, Arabic and Quran over than 20 years for different ages and levels. Rula Sajdieh is currently the Qur’an and Tajweed teacher at IANT Quranic Academy and lecturer at Suffa Islamic Seminary.

Ustadh Ziad Abdulla

Ustadh Ziad Abdulla is an experienced Arabic, Islamic Studies and Quran teacher. Mr. Ziad obtained a bachelor’s degree in Jurisprudence, Legislation and Guidance of Islam and a Diploma in Education Rehabilitation from the University of Jordan. In 1999, He received his Masters in Islamic Education from Al-Albayt University, Jordan. Mr. Ziad is a member of the American Council on the teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). Mr. Ziad taught Islamic studies and Arabic over than 20 years. He currently works as an Assistant principal at IANT Quranic Academy, Arabic professor at Richland College and taught Arabic, Hadith and Aqida at Suffa Islamic Seminary.