Imam Siraj Wahhaj

Imam Siraj Wahhaj

Imam Siraj is a globally recognized Islamic Leader with over 40 years experience of in sharing riveting messages that have sparked the minds and inspired the soul. His message is rooted in hope, faith, and the power of redemption.

Siraj Wahaj, Imam of Masjid Taqwa in New York is well known among Muslims in North America as a dynamic speaker and tireless supporter of Islamic causes. He received Imam training at the Ummul Qura University of Makkah in 1978 and has gone on to become a national and international speaker on Islam.

He studied with the Muslim World League in Chicago and at Umm Al-Qura University in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. He founded Masjid At-Taqwa in 1981. He was the first Muslim to give an opening prayer for the United States House of Representatives, in 1991; in 2004, he founded the Muslim Alliance in North America to advocate for Muslim Americans’ needs and civil rights. Wahhaj also served on the city’s Majlis Ash-Shura Islamic Leadership Council of New York, campaigned for New York City public schools to formally recognize Eid holidays, and represent Masjid At-Taqwa in the Raza v. City of New York lawsuit against the New York City Police Department for religiously motivated surveillance.