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Nabi Raza Abidi was born in Alipur, India. He moved to Iran at the age of 14 to pursue Islamic studies, He spent the first two years in Najafabad, and then spent 14 years in Qom where he studied at Hujjatiyyah, Fayḍiyyah, and the Institute of Imām Jaʿfar aṣ-Ṣādiq under Ayatollah Ja’far Subḥanī. Concurrently, he earned his PhD from the University of Tehran.

In 2002, Maulana Abidi moved to San Jose, CA to serve as the Resident ʿĀlim of SABA Islamic Center. He is the founder of Al-Kisa Foundation and its subsidiaries, including Islamic Beliefs.



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Shaykh Salim was born and raised in the United States. After completing his BS and MS in computer science from Stanford University in California, he worked in Silicon Valley as a software engineer and then as an engineering manager.

In 2004 he left his job and moved to Qum to study in the Hawzah, and completed his MA degree in 2014. From 2014 – 2019 he was a spiritual guide to a private full-time Islamic school in Ontario, Canada.

As of 2020, he is the Dean of Mission at RISE Academy and the assistant Resident Scholar of SABA Center in San Jose. In 2021, he completed a doctorate degree in educational leadership from Western University.



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Dr Ali Alsamail grew up and lives in Sydney, Australia. His Islamic studies qualifications include a Bachelor degree through the eHawza program and a Masters degree in Islamic Studies through the Islamic College, London. His passion is teaching youth about Islam and he has been involved in weekend Islamic schools teaching and curriculum development in Sydney and online since 2008. He works as a Medical Practitioner in Sydney, and graduated from medical school in 2009.



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Shaykh Saed Ali. Kulayni was born and raised in New York City. He converted to Shia Islam from Sunni Islam during his teenage years. He studied at the Hawza I.M.A.M Institute.

Since completing his studies, Shaykh Kulayni has served as the resident Alim of Islamic Centers in Atlanta, Georgia; Charlotte, North Carolina; and Tampa, Florida. He has also held the post of Islamic school principal, given lectures across America, written multiple articles on Islam, and published 3 books.



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Sister Sabika Mithani was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. Having spent more than a decade in the Hawza (Islamic Seminary), she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Islamic Studies from Hawzah, followed by two Masters, one in Qurʾanic Science and the other in Islamic Theology and Philosophy from Hawza. Sister Sabika presently resides in the Bay Area, where she serves SABA Islamic Center and Al-Kisa Foundation.



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Sister Naadira Muhibullah grew up in both the Caribbean and the United States. She has completed over 12 years of Howzah seminary studies , including a Bachelor’s degree from Hawzha in Qom. She is active in her local community of Austin, Texas, and serves as a lecturer there. She has also served as a principal, vice principal and teacher for multiple Islamic Weekend Schools. Her other projects include advising at the Al-Kisa Foundation as a spiritual guide.