The Muslim Community Center of Chicago welcomes Sheikh Ibrahim Besher Khader of Charlotte, North Carolina as our new Imam for all three of our MCC locations. Raised in the Charlotte area, Sheikh Ibrahim has a dynamic personality, along with the conviction to hit the ground running and add youthful vigor in the MCC community. Sheikh Ibrahim will be joining us with his wife, and we are excited to have them join our community!
Sheikh Ibrahim holds a Bachelors degree in Shariah from the Islamic University of Madinah, along with a Bachelors in Chemistry from the University of North Carolina—Charlotte.
He brings a wealth of knowledge in both secular and religious education. In addition to his double bachelors, Sheikh Ibrahim holds Ijaza in Hafs (certificate of mastery in memorization of the Quran and Tajweed) and Ijazas in the six books of Hadiths, al-Muharrar, Alfiyyah of ibn Malik, and Umdatul Ahkam.
In his previous experience as an Imam at Islamic Society of Greater Charlotte, Sheikh Ibrahim led prayers, nightly lectures, and classes in Tafseer, Arabic, and Quran. He delivered weekly Jummah khutbas, planned fund-raising activities and gave keynote speeches at multiple community-wide events. Moreover, he has extensive experience in establishing strong relationships with other Masajid in the community and has already established good relations with the MSA at UNC Charlotte.
Sheikh Ibrahim has led Taraweeh at multiple masaajids in the North Carolina, New Jersey, and the New York area. He has also done many programs for those communities, such as fund-raising for multiple community projects, organizing halaqas geared towards youth development, sisters-only events and talks, Jummah khutbas, Arabic and Quran classes, and coordinating youth activities.
Sheikh Ibrahim enjoys adventures, reading, soccer, swimming, coffee and a good conversation. Upon reflection, the ayah of the Quran that comes first to his mind is, “Indeed, this Quran guides to that which is best and gives good tidings to the believers who do righteous deeds that they will have a great reward.” (17:9)
Sheikh Ibrahim is capable of developing strong relationships with everyone he meets and will be a great addition to our MCC Community. He’ll help bridge the gap between our youth and elders and ensure that MCC stays in the path of the Quran and Sunnah. In Sha Allah, he will begin in January of 2019 at our MCC Elston location and will make his rounds between all three locations to meet the rich and diverse communities that make up the MCC Ummah.
Imam Search Committee