Shaykh AbdurRahman Hashim Ahmad was born in 1977 in Lackawanna, New York. Both of his parents converted to Islam in the early seventies. At the age of 2, he moved with his parents and two brothers to the city of Makkah in Saudi Arabia and spent 6 years there. He began memorizing the Qur’an in the Masjid Al-Haram while his father was studying at Umm Al-Quraa University in Makkah.
At the age of 8 his family moved again, but this time to Karachi, Pakistan, where his father took up a post as professor of Arabic in Jamiat Uloomul Islamia in Binnori-Town, Karachi. At the age of 9, Shaykh AbdurRahman completed memorizing the Holy Qur’an and has been leading tarawih prayers since 1991. He then began his ‘Alimiyyah studies where he rigorously studied the sciences of Arabic, ‘Aqidah, Tafseer, Hadeeth, Fiqh, and other sciences under highly respected Islamic scholars and graduated in 2000 with a full ijazah to teach these Islamic sciences. Upon graduating, he continued his quest of gaining knowledge by enrolling into a specialized study of the Hadeeth sciences for an additional 2 years.
In 2002 he started teaching the sacred Islamic sciences such as Arabic, Hadeeth, Fiqh and other subjects in Karachi. In 2008, he took up a post as the Imam of Masjid As-Saaffaat in Trenton, NJ till August of 2015. Also, in 2013, he and his wife, Ustadhah Nadia Salma, founded the Nakhlah Institute as a means for disseminating the sacred Islamic sciences to dedicated students on an advanced and rigorous level. Currently he is the Imam and resident scholar at the ICNE in Sharon, MA.
He enjoys outdoor activities such as camping, hiking, swimming, observing nature, and occasionally skiing. At any given time if you ask him to make you a good cup of coffee he would graciously make you one.