In the name of Allah, the most gracious, the most merciful.
My dearest community members, Assalamualaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuhu.
First I would like to mention that it has been a great pleasure and honor to become a part of the community as an Imam. And I cannot thank Allah SWT enough for giving me this opportunity. I have enjoyed getting to know you all, and AIA has been one of the most welcoming communities I have ever experienced.
Even though I have met many of you, I would like to take the opportunity to tell you a little about myself. As a child I was born and raised in Hyderabad, India. My father always wanted me to become a Hafiz, and after the guidance and mercy of Allah SWT, it is because of my father, Late Mohammed Azam Shareef (May Allah SWT grant him peace and jannah) I became all that I am today. I was 12 years old when I started my HifzulQuran, from Al- Madrasatul Arabia, under the guidance of my ustaaz, Hafiz Mohammed Sulayman ,Hafiz Shaykh Ahmed and Shaykh Abdul Rahman Al- Hamoomi. And by the grace of Allah SWT, I completed it by the age of 15. I have learned Ejaza in Quranic recitation from my high ranked ustaaz, Qari Dr. Fazl Khan. I have also learned Tajweed Qirah from Imam Asim Koofi and got first place in Jamia Nizamia. Jamia Nizamia also happens to be the place from where I learned Islamic education.
Apart from my Islamic qualifications, I also completed my Bachelor’s in Commerce from Osmania University.
As soon as I completed my Hifz, I started serving as an Imam in Prince Mukarram Jah Masjid in Hyderabad India, where I led the daily prayers and the taraweeh prayer for 10 years. After that I moved to United States in 2007. Within a few weeks of serving in Atlanta Alpharetta Masjid Islamic Center of North Fulton. I got the opportunity to serve as an Imam in Dayton Mercy Society (DMS), Ohio. Over the course of 11 years in DMS, I led the daily prayers, the taraweeh prayer, took part in Da’waa programs, taught Quranic recitation, tajweed, pronounciation, memorization to students of different ages, conducted programs for the youth, organized events such as Islamic lectures by well known scholars (every week). I also taught as a part time teacher in a Hifz School in Jamia Osmania Fairborn OHio.
It was all with the help of Allah SWT that he gave me a chance to experience so much in the muslimcommunities. I pray to Allah SWT to guide me more in serving my Muslim Community in Frankfort. And I intend to fulfill all the expectations (and more) of my community, In sha Allah.
Hafiz Asghar Shareef
Alhamdulillah, at the beginning of the month of Ramadan (May 2019), AIA welcomed its new Imam to the AIA Masjid.
Imam Shareef has already started offering his services at AIA. He was previously the imam at the Dayton Mercy Society Mosque in Ohio for 11 years and has now moved to Frankfort with his family close to the masjid.
At DMS Mosque, Imam Shareef had conducted religious services, administered rites of faith such as marriages and funerals, and provided spiritual and moral guidance to Muslims of the Dayton area. He planned and administered programs of religious education. He participated in humanitarian endeavors, social services and welfare activities, and provided services to local community especially youth and other organizations.
Over the years, he has led Friday Prayer services, taught at Saturday & Sunday schools, led Ramadan and holiday Prayer services, conducted outreach programs and worked with the youth to give them a balanced successful outlook on life and citizenship. Imam Shareef’s experience allows him to continue and expand similar programs already in place at AIA.
Imam Shareef completed his memorization of holy Quran from Al- Madrasatul Arabia (Hyderabad) under Shaykh Abdul Rahman Al-Hamoomi at the age of 14. He also has a Bachelor of Commerce from Osmania University. He earned his Ejaza in Quranic recitations from Sheikh Abdul Rahman Al-Hamoomi, and Qari Dr. Fazl Khan.
One of the first tasks assigned to Imam at AIA is leading the Taraweeh prayers, along with our decades-long Hafiz Yasir Laliwala, throughout Ramadan. The whole community is enjoying and appreciating his recitation and gaining the barakah of doing so. Imam Shareef has also been leading the Friday Prayers regularly and the five daily prayers.
The AIA Board and the whole community whole-heartedly welcomes Imam Shareef into its midst! May Allah grant the community the opportunity to learn from his knowledge and gain a deeper connection and understanding of Islam from him, by the Will and Guidance of Allah swt!