Shaykh Jaffer attained an MA degree in Islamic Studies (UK), with a concentration on early Islamic history, after his undergraduate degree in Political Science and Religious Studies from SUNY Stony Brook.

Pursuing the classical course of Islamic education, he studied in the Seminary of Karbala, Iraq, one of the most prominent centers for Islamic learning.  He currently continues his fieldwork as part of the Islamic Research Institute in New York.

As a faith leader and social activist, Shaykh Jaffer has lectured at various universities, seminars, and workshops across the United States, Canada, Europe, East Africa, and the Middle East. As a highly sought-after lecturer and religious leader, he regularly leads prayer services and delivers sermons across North America. Due to the political and social climate, he has been making strides in the greater New York area by taking part in several interfaith seminars and discussions with the goal of increasing dialogue with faith leaders.

Currently, he is the Research Scholar for the Islamic Center at New York University, an Associate Chaplain for the Center of Global & Spiritual Life at NYU, and an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Public Service of NYU’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, and his research has appeared in academic journals. Shaykh Jaffer is currently pursuing his doctorate in Higher Education at New York University’s school of Education.

He is a researcher and writer at I.M.A.M.


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