At 11 years of age Shaykh Anwar and his family migrated to the Holy City of Medina, Saudi Arabia in order to study The Holy Qur’an, the Arabic Language and Islam. During his 15-year stay there, he exceeded all the expectations of his family and community. By the age of 15 years he had memorized the entire Qur’an under the tutelage of Shaykh Muhammad Khalil Al-Rahman, owner of the Khalil Al-Rahman Qur’an Schools. Though documented to be the first African American Hafiz and lauded as a gifted Qari at such an early age, that achievement only served to herald his later accomplishments in the academic arena. He was bestowed the title of Sheikh by the Islamic University of Medina’s Department of Arabic Language/ Arabic Literature from which he graduated third in his class with honors. In addition to his academic studies in language and his traditional studies in Qur’an, he completed his post graduate classical training holding Ijazat in Aqida, Hadith, Tafsir and Fiqh from some of the most prominent Islamic Scholars of our times, and being joined to the isnad of Shaykh Muhammad Al-Yaqubi of Syria.
Upon returning to Philadelphia in 1989, he tirelessly worked alongside his late father (may Allah have Mercy on him) and his brother Imam Anas Muhaimin, CFO/IMB to expand the services offered to the Muslims of the Delaware Valley. In his organizational role as Imam Mufti and CEO of the International Muslim Brotherhood, Inc. and subsidiaries, he opened the Quba Institute of Arabic and Islamic Studies, a full-time day school. This was followed by the opening of the Quba Institute for Advanced Studies, the Adult Weekend School in 1989 and the Shaykh Nafea Muhaimin Qur’an School, offering a traditional Qur’anic memorization program in 2003. He has also expanded the community involvement of the organization by sitting on the Board of the Interfaith Center of Philadelphia, MANA & the Religious Leaders Council of Philadelphia, while also maintaining participatory status in the Majlis Ashura of the Delaware Valley and having his staff sit on the Board of the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Community Partnership. Most noteworthy of his accomplishments is the establishment of the Salatul-Tarawih during the Holy Month of Ramadan, which passed 25 years of uninterrupted practice in 2005 and the school’s development of a hafiz from the Quba students as well as the establishment of a strong base of American Muslim youth with a capacity to read the Qur’an. He resides with his family in Philadelphia, PA.