Shaykh Mohammed Faqih

Religious Director


Shaikh Faqih 2012

Hailing from a lineage of scholarship, Mohammed Faqih traces his roots back to the ancient city of Harar in the Horn of Africa. Originally from Yemen, his forefathers immigrated to East Africa and played a central role in the Islamic history of the region.

Mohammed Faqih completed a B.A. in Islamic Studies from the Institute of Islamic and Arabic Sciences in America in Fairfax, VA, and graduated in Quran Memorization and Recitation from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Previously, he has held the positions of Imam [spiritual leader and advisor] at the Islamic Community Center of Laurel in Laurel, MD and at the Islamic Center of San Diego in San Diego, CA. He has also acted as an assistant Imam at the Islamic Association of Raleigh, NC and as a teacher at the Al-Iman School in the same community.

Currently, Shaykh Mohammed Faqih is the Imam of the Islamic Institute of Orange County (Masjid Omar al-Farouk) and is an instructor with AlMaghrib Institute , an organization that provides trademark double-weekend seminars leading students towards a bachelor’s degree in Islamic Studies. His most recent course of instruction include The Rules of Engament; Islamic Code of Etihics, and Route 114, Sciences of the Qur’an.

Listen to Shaikh Faqih’s rendition of

1. Surat al-Faatihah
Surat al-Faatihah (1).

Listen to Shaikh Faqih’s rendition of the first few ayat’s of
2. Surat Ghaafir
Surat Ghaafir (40).