Imam Suhail Mulla will tell the story of his personal journey as a Muslim cleric Thursday, Oct. 31, at 12 noon in the Surfboard Room at Payson Library, Malibu.
Mulla grew up in Los Angeles and received a bachelor's degree from CSU Northridge in African-American studies and a Master's in Social Work from UCLA. He then spent ten years as a social worker with the Los Angeles Unified School District before attending Al-Azhar University in Cairo, where he studied under renowned Azhari scholars and received a second bachelor's degree in Shari'ah (Islamic Law). He currently serves as the assistant religious director at the Islamic Society of Orange County. Mulla has received ijazas—authorizations to teach—in various sciences and texts, including hadith and tajweed.
His presentation is part of series of talks which support the "Muslim Journeys Bookshelf," a grant awarded to Pepperdine University Libraries by the National Endowment of the Humanities and the American Library Association. Librarian Sally Bryant directs the project, and the lead scholar is Dr. David Simonowitz. The Muslim Journeys Bookshelf, a group of books and DVDs that explore the Muslim experience, is available at Payson Library.
Mulla has been an active member of the Southern California Muslim community for many years. He has lectured at educational and religious institutions, conducted numerous classes, and served as a mentor and online counselor for Muslim youth. He has also served as the Imam at the Islamic Center of Glendale and is currently on the Board of Directors of the South Coast Interfaith Council.
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