Tahir Anwar is an Imam, a teacher, an activist, a husband, a father, and most importantly, a servant of Allah. Born in London, England, he has lived in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1983.
Upon completing his religious studies in India, he has been serving as the Imam of one of the oldest masjids in the country, the Islamic Center of San Jose, since 2000. After teaching middle school at one of the oldest Muslim schools in the country for 7 years, he is the founding board member of Averroes High School, the Bay Area’s first Muslim high school. He teaches Islamic Law at the renowned Zaytuna College, America’s first Muslim liberal arts college in Berkeley. He is currently the chairman for the board of NISA, North American Islamic Shelter for the Abused, an organization that works towards alleviating issues related to abuse and domestic violence. NISA also runs a shelter for abused women in the Bay Area.
He’s also the founding board member of Islamic Art Exhibit, and annual traveling exhibit rooted in the Islamic tradition.
He sits on the Executive Committee for Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), the country’s largest Muslim umbrella organization.
He has a passion for community service. He served on the Human Rights Commission for the City of San Jose for over 5 years, and the Human Relations Commission for the County of Santa Clara for one year. He also leads a group for Hajj each year, which has been covered by CNN twice.
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