Position Details: Salaried | Full-Time with benefits
The Islamic Association of Raleigh (IAR) seeks a Resident Scholar who will be the in-house
Islamic scholar for our organization and the community. They will provide oversight and strategy
for religious programs occurring at the IAR while developing quality educational content. The
ideal candidate has strong communication and organizational skills, will work alongside and
report to the Lead Imam under the IAR Office of the Imam.
As Resident Scholar they will guide the community, including youth, in religious matters in
conjunction with the Imam and CEO of IAR with programs, khutbas, classes, community
engagement, outreach and thought leadership with most of these offered in person.
- Educated through a recognized Islamic academic institution OR a recognized Aalim
and/or Mufti program, with a fundamental understanding of Islamic Sciences and Arabic.
- Ability to interact and build bridges within a multi-ethnic multi-madhab Muslim community
and be inclusive and welcoming of all major Sunni schools of thought.
- Must communicate effectively through various means to a wide audience set within the
community in written and spoken English language.
- Strong familiarity with popular American culture, public ethics, history and current affairs.
The ability to connect through the knowledge of these means to a broad audience.
- Ability to teach Islamic sciences and concepts to suit the needs of a diverse community.
- Prior experience teaching classes.
- Must relocate to the Raleigh/Durham greater area.
- Have a bachelors degree from an accredited university.
- Hafidh of the Quran.
- Be proficient in programs such as Microsoft Office, PowerPoint or equivalent.
Key Activities and Responsibilities
- Educational Strategy and Curriculum Development:
a. Develop a curriculum for educational programming across all religious
b. Formulate and drive a structured approach for building religious and spiritual
- Religious and Spiritual Guidance:
a. Education and outreach to the local Muslim community and community at large.
b. Develop Islamic educational programs in both structured (classes, workshops)
and non-structured (post prayer khatira) settings.
c. Work with the Office of the Imam to identify and train local khateebs as well as
participate in giving Jummah Khutba on a regular basis.
d. Develop programs for new Muslims to Islam in coordination with Dawah
e. Support and contribute to Ramadan and Eid programs.
f. Provide consultation to Lead Imam on religious matters and community
g. Participate in important interfaith local faith-based programs representing IAR.
h. Participate in news media interviews and documentary in faith-based programs.
a. The resident scholar is allowed to pursue professional engagements outside of
IAR with the understanding that the IAR community is their primary focus.
b. Be a team player, listen to the opinion of others and be tolerant in dealing with
c. Prompt with internal and external communication (email, messaging) and be
generally available and present on campus.
d. When the main Imams are unavailable, fill in for leading congregational prayers,
funeral prayers and marriages