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HSYC Chairs

Omar Jamil

Omar Jamil is currently a medical student at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He was previously a high school science teacher at Golder College Prep, a Teach for America Corps Member and completed a Master's in Teaching (Secondary Education) from Dominican University. He graduated from Northwestern University in 2012, majoring in Biological Anthropology.  He has studied Arabic at the Qasid Insitute in Jordan, Northwestern University, and through various tutors. He has also studied tajweed with a teacher Amman, Jordan and completed coursework in  Fiqh, Aqeedah and Adab through Seekers Guidance and Al Maghrib Institute.  He was previously a Vice President of the Muslim-cultural Students Association at Northwestern and substitute teacher at MCC Full Time School. Omar Jamil can be reached at Chair@hsycore.com or Omar@hsycore.com.

Sidrah Hanif

Sidrah was raised in Aiken, SC and moved to the Chicago area in 2008. She graduated from Warren Township High School in 2012. At WTHS, she was the president of the Muslim Student's Association (MSA/2011-2012). She is currently pursing her degree in Nursing. Sidrah was the Amira of SSU Lake County (Sisters Steppin' Up) for 2 years. She is an active student at Al Maghrib Institute and has also been a student at HSYC. Sidrah can be reached at sidrah@hsycore.com


Shaykh Azfar Uddin

Shaykh Azfar Uddin graduated with a Bachelor's degree from Benedictine University. His degree is in Education with a minor in History. Shaykh Azfar graduated from Benedictine with distinction, maintaining high honors throughout his academic career. 

He completed his memorization of the Quran at the age of 12. He returned to the Institute of Islamic Education to pursue his goal in becoming an Islamic scholar and completed the ‘Alimiyyah Program which is a five-year, post-secondary program designed to train its students in the classical foundation of the Islamic sciences.  He completed the last two years of the ‘Alim program including the Dawrah al-Hadith year from Darul Uloom Online. He is currently obtaining a Masters in Islamic Theology from American Islāmic College. He has written research papers on “The ethics of playing sports”, “The misconceptions of Sufism”, “Is the prohibition of music in Islam a blanket statement for all types of music and songs during all situations?”, “Is the law of apostasy one of the non-negotiable aspects of Islamic law” and more.  Meanwhile, he has taught  ‘Aqidah, Fiqh, Sīrah, and Arabic to Middle school and High school students.

Shaykh Azfar has been awarded many awards for his leadership qualities, excellence in teaching, and his service to the community. In addition to delivering enlightening lectures at various mosques, high schools and universities, Shaykh Azfar is the CEO of Concise Advice, a YouTube channel geared towards teaching different aspects of Islam consisting of Muslim scholars, students of knowledge, doctors, lawyers and Muslim professionals.

Shaykh Azfar Uddin is the Imām and Resident Scholar at Islamic Foundation North. 


Abdullah Basith

Abdullah Basith attended Madrasah at ICCD early in his life.  While attending Warren Township High School he completed coursework in Fiqh, Aqeedah, Islamic History and Aqeedah at Darul- Hikmah Acadamy under the guidance of many of Chicago's local ulama. Previously studied Arabic through the Bayyinah Arabic program and completed study of tajweed with a teacher. Currently studies Neuroscience and Economics at Lake Forest College.