|Imam Zia ul Haque Sheikh, PhD.||Imam Nicholas Pelletier (Imam Nick)|
Imam Zia Shaikh (PhD) is the imam at the Islamic center of Irving, where he regularly leads prayers and conducts study circles of various branches of knowledge and is often invited to speak at colleges, universities, conferences and seminars.
Imam Zia is the author of “Islam:Silencing the Critics”, a groundbreaking book about the top objections, accusations, and questions directed at the Islamic faith.
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Imam Zia ul Haque Sheikh was born in Azad Kashmir, and at the age of four he migrated to England with his parents. He attended regular schools until the age of thirteen, when he enrolled in a full time Islamic school.
He memorized the Quran, and at the age of sixteen, he started an Islamic Theology course, which consisted of Arabic Syntax, Etymology and Grammar, Logic, Quranic Exegesis, Hadith Exegesis, Comparative Religions, Islamic Jurisprudence of the four main schools of thought, Foundations of Jurisprudence, Quran and Hadith, and other subjects. After extensive studying for approximately twelve years, he graduated in 1994 with a Masters in Islamic Theology. He has completed his PhD thesis with the Graduate Theological Foundation.
He is a founding member and Board Member of the North Texas Islamic Council, an umbrella organization representing Islamic Organizations in the North Texas Area. He is actively involved in Interfaith, Outreach and Dawah work, working hard to unite various faith groups in an effort to create peace and harmony between religions.
He is one of the instructors at Bayyinah Academy in Irving, Texas, where he is one of the main teachers of Arabic morphology.
He is a member of NAIF, North American Imams’ Federation, an organization dedicated to dealing with problems that Imams encounter, and to training Imams to lead their communities in a productive and beneficial way.
He is actively involved in Interfaith and Dawah work and has served as an Imam in the USA since 1996.
|Imam Nick Pelletier is a native of Massachusetts and a graduate of the University of Massachusetts with a degree in Political Science. After completing his studies in 2004 he accepted Islam. Soon after he accepted the position as the Public Affairs Representative of the Freedom Foundation for the Boston chapter of MAS. In 2006 he left the United States for Egypt where he began his study of the Arabic language and Islamic Jurisprudence. After completing his studies in Arabic he was granted a full scholarship to the prestigious Islamic University in Medina, where he completed his study of Arabic, and graduated in 2014 with a degree in Islamic Law. Upon returning home from Saudi Arabia he took the position of Imam for the Champions masjid of the Islamic Society of Greater Houston in Spring, TX. He recently resigned in order to take up the position of Director of Outreach for the Islamic Center of Irving, in order to focus his work on his passions of outreach, community and civic service, and the educational and spiritual development of new-Muslims.