About Al-Hirz Institute
Incepted through the endeavors of Shaykh Okasha Kameny and actualized through the efforts of his closest team members, Al-Hirz Institute is a multileveled organization that seeks to spread Islamic Knowledge throughout the world. Providing programs to masajid, weekend seminars, and on-site/online courses, Al-Hirz exists to raise the level of knowledge amongst the Muslims in America and abroad. Our Institution also seeks to provide much needed and affordable counseling to Muslims and help the youth be confident in their Islamic Identity in these troubling times. With the guidance of The Qur’an and Sunnah, we hope to provide light in these dark times and elevate the level of knowledge of the Ummah, with the permission of Allah ‘Aza wa Jal.
AHI is a 501(C)3 Non-Profit Organization. Our Institution is taken care of through offering Islamic Services On-Site and Online; while we do not fundraise in communities’ masaajid and Islamic Schools to avoid taking away from their resources, we rely exclusively on classes/services and donations to continue to spread authentic Islamic Knowledge. These services allow us to film/record and share content for free via our YouTube Channel as well as enhance the educational experience for our students locally and around the world. Please continue to support our classes and projects and most importantly keep us in your du’aa!
Shaykh Okasha Kameny
Initiated through the endeavors of Shaykh ‘Okasha Kameny and actualized through the efforts of his closest team members, Al-Hirz Institute is a multilevel organization that seeks to spread Islamic Knowledge throughout the world. Al-Hirz exists to raise the level of knowledge amongst the Muslims in America and abroad. Our Institution also seeks to provide much needed and affordable counseling to Muslims and help the youth be confident in their Islamic Identity in these troubling times. With the guidance of The Qur’an and Sunnah, we hope to provide light in these dark times and elevate the level of knowledge of the Ummah, with the permission of Allah ‘Aza wa Jal.
Shaykh Okasha Kameny
About Our Founder
Al-Hirz Institute’s lead instructor Shaykh Okasha Kameny has been blessed by Allah to formally study Islam with several reputable contemporary scholars in the sciences of Arabic, Quranic Sciences (such as Al-Qira’at [the recitation forms of Qur’an] and Tafsir), Ahadith, Fiqh, Islamic History, ‘Aqeedah, Poetry, and more. He has been blessed by Allah to memorize and have ijazat (certifications from Islamic Scholars) in the 10 Qira’at of Al-Qur’an as well as dozens of different books ranging from Saheeh Bukhari and Muslim, Alfiyyah ibn Malik, Ash-Shatibiyyah and many more. Allah has blessed him with remarkable precision in his memory and the understanding to explain Islamic Concepts to Muslims at all levels of knowledge. It is his sincerest endeavor to spread the knowledge Allah has endowed him with and empower, inspire, and share it with Muslims all over the globe; starting with his brothers and sisters here in America who may not have the opportunity to travel and acquire this degree of knowledge.
GLIMPSE AT SOME MUTŪN THE SHAYKH HAS MEMORISED, STUDIED, & RECEIVED IJAZAH IN:
Sahih Bukhāri, Sahih Muslim. Ad-Durrah, Ash-Shātibiyyah, Al-Bayqūniyyah, Al-Ghazaliyyah fi Alqāb al Hadith, Manzoumat As-Sabbān Fil Hadith, Umdat Al-Fiqh, Lāmiyyah Ibn Mālik, Al Jazariyyah Nunniyah Al Shakhaawi, Aqeedah Al Tahawiyyah, Kitab at Tawheed, Alfiyyah Ibn Mālik, and many more texts ranging from advanced works in all of the madhaahab of Fiqh, to the advanced works in the fields of Taareekh, ‘Aqeedah, Arabic, Tafseer, Tajweed, and Qira’aat.
The Shaykh studied Qur’ān, Qira’āt, Tafseer, Hadith, Fiqh, Arabic Linguistics, Rhetoric and Poetry at the feet of prominent scholars either residing in Ghana or visiting from other Islamic centers of learning, such as Al Azhar and the Islamic University of Madina. The Shaykh was not only a student to his teachers but just as the students of the Salaf were, he was their aid and a helper. Many of his teachers recognized the Shaykh’s humility and kindness, and through their love for him, they imparted knowledge to him that is beyond his age and time.
THE SHAYKH STUDIED QUR’ĀN AND ITS SCIENCES FROM THE FOLLOWING SHUYUKH –
Shaykh Muhammad Musa (Graduate of Islamic University of Madina, Saudi Arabia), Shaykh Ahmad Sharafudeen (Graduate of Islamic University of Madina, Saudi Arabia), Shaykh Muhammad Mubarak (Graduate of Islamic University of Madina, Saudi Arabia), Shaykh Dr. Mubarak Al Mughrabe (Prof at Islamic University of Madina, Saudi Arabia), Shaykh Dr. Yunus Al Ghalban (Chief Educator Masjid Ibrahim, Dasouq Egypt), Shaykh Dr. Abdul Razzaq Ishaaq (an authority on Qur’anic Sciences from Madina University), Shaykh Dr. Abu Usamah (Sudan), Shaykh Muhammad Tahir (Graduate of Islamic University of Sudan), Shaykh Malam Abdullah (Graduate of Niger University) and others.
SHAYKH OKASHA KAMENY STUDIED ARABIC LANGUAGE, RHETORIC, AND POETRY FROM THE FOLLOWING SHUYUKH –
Shaykh Dr. Ali Abu Hashim (professor at Al Azhar University, Egypt), Shaykh Dr. Atiyyah al Misry (professor at Al Azhar University, Egypt), Shaykh Amin Hussain (graduate of Islamic University Madina, Saudi Arabia), Shaykh Zain ud Deen Abdul Mu’min (professor at East Legon University, Ghana) and others .
THE SHAYKH STUDIED FIQH AND ITS SCIENCES FROM THE FOLLOWING SHUYUKH –
Allamah Shaykh Tawfiq Al Bakry (Graduate Islamic University of Madina, Saudi Arabia), Shaykh Dr. Ali Abu Hashim (Prof at Al Azhar University, Egypt), Shaykh Amin Hussain (Graduate Islamic University of Madina, Saudi Arabia) and others.
“Shaykh Okasha Kameny has sought to create a platform for spreading the ‘ilm that Allah has granted him. May Allah preserve him and increase him in goodness: Ameen!”
About Dr. Umar Sallaw
Dr. Umar has been blessed by Allah to complete medical school and become a licensed physician. He has used his extensive Islamic Studies ranging from comparative religious studies and Da’wah to Tafsir, Fiqh, and ‘Aqeedah, to focus on understanding and teaching Prophetic Medicine in conjunction with Modern Medicine. With Allah’s permission, he has been blessed to travel throughout the world spread a message of holistic healing as well as empowering Muslims with the tools necessary for effective Da’wah.
Dr. Umar has now joined AHI to help make Prophetic Remedies to everyday ailments accessible to the world. He also assists with Islamic education beyond Prophetic Medicine; covering a wide array of topics ranging from modern-day affairs and the timeless solutions found in the Qur’an and Sunnah, to spreading the message of peace to our non-Muslim brothers and sisters in mankind. He is a vast resource in many areas and we are blessed to have him with us – May Allah bless him and keep him strong: Allahumma Aameen!
About Ustadh Isa ibn Matta
Through the Bounty of Allah, Ust. Isa embraced Islam in 2013. Since then he has had the honor to study under over a dozen Shuyookh ranging from such esteemed places of knowledge such as the University of Madinah, Azhar University, Morocco, Pakistan, India, and Palestine. His greatest connection is with Shaykh Okasha Kameny who took Ust. Isa under his tutelage a few years after he embraced Islam.
He now teaches and leads youth programs on the east coast as well as for AHI at various masaajid and schools in the US. Prior to Islam, Ust. Isa majored in Psychology and Philosophy with concentrations in Communications and English; after becoming Muslim he continued his secular studies to study the Arts as well as do Project Management Professionalism and certifications in Mental Health. In his time with Shaykh Okasha Kameny, Ust. Isa has been blessed to study the Holy Qur’an, Arabic, Qira’aat, Tafsir, Taareekh, ‘Aqeedah, and Tajweed. He has been able to complete some ijaazaat and is working to complete several more under Shaykh Okasha Kameny with Allah’s help. May Allah bless and preserve them both: Aameen!