As we approach the blessed month of Ramadan, Mufti Niaz Hannan, the Imam and Religious Director of the Islamic Center of South Jersey. Mufti Niaz offers insights to assist our preparation for this special time. Throughout this wonderful month of Ramadan, the Lamppost Education Initiative will present talks from prominent Muslim-American Scholars on how we can get the most out our fasting and other acts of worship during this month.
Mufti Niaz Hannan is the Imam and Religious Director at ICSJ (Islamic Center of South Jersey). Born in Brooklyn, made in Montgomeryville, and educated in England, Mufti Niaz began his journey in studying Islam from the blessed lap of his mother and late grandfather, Shaykh Maulana Raihanul Haque Rahimahullah at a very tender age. He started memorizing the Holy Qur’ān at North Penn Mosque in Lansdale, Pennsylvania under the guidance of the then Imam, Maulana Mostafa Hossain. He continued his Qur’ānic education at Darul Uloom Al-Madania, the well-known seat of learning in Buffalo, New York, before completing his Ḥifẓ (complete memorization of the Holy Qur’ān) in the spring of 2004. For the next nine years, Mufti Niaz would pursue his Islamic Studies in the UK, qualifying as an ‘Ālim (Scholar of Islam) in the Sacred Sciences (Tafsīr, Ḥadīth, Fiqh, etc.) in 2011 from Jamiatul Ilm Wal Huda UK in Blackburn. The following year, he hit two birds with one stone by completing his training as a Muftī (issuer of Muslim legal responses) and by completing an MA in Islamic Studies from the Markfield Institute of Higher Education (MIHE). His last stop in the UK was at Cambridge Muslim College, where he obtained a Diploma in Contextual Islamic Studies & Leadership under the tutelage of Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad / Professor Tim Winter, benefiting from the company of some of the most well-known Muslim scholars and intellectuals in the world. For the last ten years, Mufti Niaz has been volunteering and teaching in the Pennsylvania and New Jersey region, and most recently been serving ICSJ full-time since spring of 2014. In addition to his duties in South Jersey, he is also the volunteer Muslim Chaplain at Drexel University in Philadelphia, as well as a part-time instructor for Safina Society based in New Brunswick, New Jersey, IQRA Institute in Greater Philadelphia, and Imam Ghazali Institute in New York.