Khalil Abdur-Rashid is a PhD student at Columbia University, specializing in Islamic Law and Middle Eastern Studies. A native of Atlanta, Georgia, he spent three and a half years in Istanbul, Turkey learning Turkish and completing his MA work in Islamic law at Marmara University. He also holds a full-license (ijaaza-ilmiyyah) in Islamic law and its related sciences, the traditional Islamic credentials required for professorship of law in Islamic seminaries in the past.
Imam Khalil received his B.A. in social work from Georgia State University and has worked as a social worker in the courts for the state of Georgia for several years before becoming a full-time Arabic language instructor for Georgia State University. He spent several years as a counselor for the Marriage and Counseling Center in Jonesboro, Georgia. He has over 15 years’ experience teaching and giving workshops in various settings, such as in Montessori schools, public schools, and the universities.
Currently, Imam Khalil serves as Imam and Executive Director of Iqra Masjid in Brooklyn, New York. He resides in Brooklyn with his wife and their daughter.