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Bayan Islamic Graduate School

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Vice President of Operations and Academic Affairs: Munir Shaikh


Offer a world-class non-sectarian education and produce dynamic and ethical leaders and scholars grounded in the Islamic tradition.

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This is an American institution that is firmly grounded in the broad diversity of the Islamic tradition, and also significant experience in different contexts that enriches the development of practical theology, of Islamic ethics, and of really important perspectives on how we can bring our principles and values as Muslims in a meaningful way to the context and communities in which we live.
Dr. Ingrid Mattson
Past President, Islamic Society of North America;
Professor of Islamic Studies, Huron University

Support Muhammad Ali’s Legacy

Bayan Islamic Graduate School is doing its part to offer opportunities to promising and dedicated African-American students to obtain graduate education. With the blessing of the family of sports legend and hero Muhammad Ali, the donor-supported full-tuition Muhammad Ali Scholarship for Spiritual Leadership provides up to $75,000 to qualified students working in underserved communities as chaplains, teachers, imams, and nonprofit leaders. Graduates receive an accredited Master of Arts (MA) or Master of Divinity (MDiv) degree.

As a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization, Bayan’s educational programs help in the formation of American-Muslim leadership that is positioned to inspire positive action rooted in the Islamic faith tradition to benefit society at large. In 2021, Bayan received a $1,000,000 grant from the renowned Annenberg Foundation’s initiative to contribute to sustainability and growth. Your support will enable Bayan to continue on a trajectory of success as an American-Muslim higher education institution.

Friends of Bayan

Lonnie Ali – Philanthropist, advocate, wife of Muhammad Ali
Charles Annenberg Weingarten – Philanthropist, director
Hasan Minhaj – Comedian, actor
Rev. Ed Bacon – Author, Former rector at All-Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena
Mario Van Peebles – Actor, director, activist
Lena Khan – Hollywood writer/director
Dr. Omar Ezzeldine – School district director, Bayan trustee
Matthew Mengerink – Silicon Valley tech industry leader, Bayan trustee
Dr. Asifa Quraishi-Landes – Constitutional law professor, Bayan trustee
Preacher Moss – Comedian
Dr. Sara Deen – Dentist, interfaith leader, Bayan trustee
Saafir Rabb – Business strategist, Obama transition team, Bayan trustee
Seyed Hadi Qazwini – Scholar, Bayan trustee
Mohannad Malas – Real estate investor/developer, Bayan advisor
Dr. Rami Nashashibi – MacArthur Genius award recipient, Bayan faculty