Shaykh Syed Umair Ahmad’s Biography
Shaykh Syed Umair Ahmad was born in Denver, CO and soon after moved to Seattle, WA where he completed high school and went on to earn a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from Central Washington University. As a student, he served as President of the Muslim Student Association at North Seattle Community College where the club was awarded the Most Active student organization on campus. Umair later served two years as President of MSA NorthWest and became a key contributor to Islamic Quiz of Seattle. He went on to become an active member in the Greater Seattle community, establishing youth programs in addition to teaching in his local masjid.
While working as a Senior Sales Rep with Verizon Wireless he began his pursuit of sacred knowledge with Mufti Abdul Mujeeb Al-Nadwi and other local scholars. By the grace of Allah, in 2009 he embarked on his journey to South Africa where he attended Madrasah In’aamiyyah to study the Higher Islamic Sciences, which included Arabic Morphology, Arabic Grammar, Science of Recitation (Tajwīd), Jurisprudence (Fiqh), Principles of Jurisprudence (Usul al-Fiqh), Qur’ānic Exegesis (Tafsir), Principles of Qur’ānic Exegesis (Usul al-Tafsir), Prophetic Traditions (Hadith), and Principles of Prophetic Traditions (Usul al-Hadith).
In 2015, Shaykh Umair’s studies culminated in him receiving an ijāzah al-tadris, which literally means “a license to teach,” as well as an unbroken chain of transmission by which to narrate the Prophetic Traditions (Ahadith) of such books as the Muwatta of Imam Malik and Imam Muhammad, six of the authenticated books of Prophetic Traditions (the Sihah al-Sittah: Bukhari, Muslim, Abu Dawud, Tirmidhi, Nasa’i, and Ibn Majah), and the Sharh Ma’ani al-Athār of Imam al-Tahawi. He also holds an unbroken chain of recitation of the entire Qur’an in the rendition of Imam Hafs.
Currently he is a Resident Scholar at Mihraab Foundation which is based in Seattle, WA. He also serves as the organization’s Youth Director.