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Nouman Ali Khan is the director of the Bayyinah Institute. He is well known for his contributions in the fields of Arabic and Quranic studies - most recently starting a full time on-campus institute for this purpose in Dallas, TX.



  1. SaqibSaab

    September 10, 2009 at 10:01 AM

    I like how you can see Shaykh Yaser Birjas and other walking around in the background. :)

    • Abu Abdillah

      September 16, 2009 at 1:32 AM

      Is American Islam all about celebrities?

      I can see Shaikh Fulaan (who’s actually just a small student of knowledge in Islam) WOW! Who cares?

  2. abu abdAllah Tariq Ahmed

    September 10, 2009 at 10:51 AM

    IlmSummit — the Summit that keeps on giving you Ilm… :)
    Great questions, Siraaj, mashaAllah. Less pencil-thumping please, unless you are thumping the interviewee like a hifdh student. ;)

  3. MR

    September 10, 2009 at 10:54 AM

    How is it live? :-D

  4. Siraaj Muhammad

    September 10, 2009 at 11:30 AM

    @AbuAbdullaah: Ahhh! That mic is ridiculously sensitive!

    @MR: It’s LIVE in the sense that you see us rather than reading our writing (which is typical for a blog), but it’s certainly not live in the sense of happening right now :D


    • abu abdAllah Tariq Ahmed

      September 10, 2009 at 11:52 AM

      [wistfully] I wouldn’t mind if it were live, being at IlmSummit right now… at least until ‘Itikaaf starts. :)

      • AbuMisbah

        September 13, 2009 at 2:34 PM

        Assalam alaikum Br.Siraj,

        Please change the picture you’ve with your name, please. It doesnt look good. please. From the bottom of my heart.

        Hope u got it ) Jazak Allah Khair

        • Siraaj Muhammad

          September 13, 2009 at 5:54 PM

          Heh, you don’t like the bald guy with the big beard? He looked like a kindred spirit :D Insha’Allah I’ll change my gravatar when I head home and use my real photo.


          • Abu Abdillah

            September 16, 2009 at 1:42 AM

            What ulamaa do you have on your “Ilm Summit” or is it just advertising speak – b/c nowadays “da’wah” is all about copying Tony Robbins, NLP and Advertising Agencies!

            “Ilm Summits” without Ulamaa – mashaAllaah!

            Little baby students wanting to be Imams – the Imams used to study for decades and still didn’t claim “Ilm Summits”!

            Wake up people – stop this celeb-following – can’t you see it’s the same stuff that’s done by the non-Muslims in your society? You’ve just made up your Muslim versions of poster-boys!

            Heck you’ve even got da’ees listing “I am studying for NLP Master Practitioner” as a da’wah qualification.

            Funny how we survived the era of the Salafi without NLP and Tony Robbins and American Advertising Agency tricks. Do you think Allaah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aalaa) is pleased with these tricks?

          • Man

            September 21, 2009 at 12:46 PM

            Bro, all of the sheikhs call themselves students of knowledge, and not great scholars. But mashAAllah, they have done a great deal of good with the knowledge they do have. Even a little bit of knowledge is Ilm.

            Please be realistic.

  5. Amatullah

    September 10, 2009 at 11:33 AM

    mashaAllah that was awesome.

    Can’t wait for the SISTERS campus inshaAllah :)

    • Abu Abdillah

      September 16, 2009 at 1:43 AM

      Yeah Yeah! Woo-hoo!!!!

      • Amatullah

        September 16, 2009 at 11:24 AM

        yep, can’t wait :)

      • AbdelRahman

        September 18, 2009 at 5:44 AM

        I love your enthusiasm, brother! :-D You should come to IlmSummit next year and teach, we can make you the next poster boy!!

      • Someone

        September 20, 2009 at 4:21 AM

        Brother, if you have better knowledge and style then by Allaah you should be able to surpass Brother Nouman and the likes of him in no time.

        However, if you haven’t anything for the sake of this Ummah apart from ridiculing your brothers and their efforts in da’wah, then shame upon you.

  6. imran

    September 10, 2009 at 12:03 PM


    Awesome conversation. That pen of yours, br Siraaj, is quite annoying though..

    • Algebra

      September 10, 2009 at 5:56 PM

      That pen of yours, br Siraaj, is quite annoying though..
      However, the interview was nice

      • Siraaj Muhammad

        September 11, 2009 at 12:19 PM

        Thanks for re-emphasizing, I’ll be sure to make a note of it.


  7. Abu Yunus

    September 10, 2009 at 12:39 PM

    As far as I know, following is the best site rebutting christian missionary doubts concerning the textual integrity [among other things] of the Qur’an:

    Btw, this site has been around for over a decade – right around when internet became popular among the masses. It would be nice to see Nouman Ali Khan contribute to that site and help the brothers out in their attempts to defend Islam.

    • Amatullah

      September 10, 2009 at 12:47 PM

      Br Nouman has recommended that site many times and says it’s one of the best out there.

    • Siraaj Muhammad

      September 10, 2009 at 12:47 PM

      Salaam alaykum Abu Yunus,

      I used to visit that site back when it first arrived on the scene, and my consistent gripe with the site is that they set up many talking points to discuss, and never got to them. Alhamdulillaah, looks like they’ve put a lot more material up, but if you’ll look to the internal contradictions section, for example, there are still many gaps that one decade later, they’ve left untouched. It would be great if they could finish up for the benefit of all of us :D


      • Abu Yunus

        September 10, 2009 at 2:58 PM

        wa alaykum salaam wa Rahmatullaah.

        I guess brother M.S.M Saifullah is almost a one man army. He does have helpers here and there, but he does need more help to fill the gaps you are referring to. Perhaps, brother Nouman can come into the picture from here. Brother Siraaj, did every try contacting the brother @ Islamic Awarness?

        Abu Yunus

    • Px

      September 10, 2009 at 7:02 PM

      In this regard also see the following site by Br. Hamza Tzortzis. It does a good job too:

  8. AbuZakariyya

    September 10, 2009 at 2:09 PM

    pen snapping makes you seem “nervous”, which is the last thing I’d expect from you

    • Siraaj Muhammad

      September 11, 2009 at 12:13 PM

      It wasn’t nervousness, it was my version of, “uh, um, etc”


  9. Ibn Masood

    September 10, 2009 at 2:59 PM


    I think Bayyinah institute’s project is the most sadaqa-worthy educational-project in all of North America. InshaAllah look forward to helping out and then attending :)

  10. Arshada

    September 10, 2009 at 4:32 PM

    So, why is it called LIVE! when it really isn’t live ? :)

    P.S. Awesome interview, look fwd to more LIVE content

    • Siraaj Muhammad

      September 11, 2009 at 12:14 PM

      It just SOUNDED more high energy when I was thinking for a title – sometimes, it doesn’t have to make sense, it just need to convey a feeling :)


      • Someone

        September 11, 2009 at 6:30 PM

        Maybe you could add a more lively title for that.. LIVE ILMSUMMIT :D

  11. Faiez

    September 10, 2009 at 6:06 PM

    Massive pen for a massive man with a massive beard

  12. Someone

    September 11, 2009 at 6:35 PM

    Okay, so this was awesome. The pen didn’t bother me, it felt energetic and showed your spirit was into it (too much reading into it I guess..), it could even be your trademark!

    And there were 2 handshakes in the end, lol

  13. med-talibilm

    September 11, 2009 at 7:14 PM


    what’s the name of his teacher again? wasnt clear….

  14. Maaz Khan

    September 12, 2009 at 8:58 AM


    props… look forward to more, inshaAllah.

  15. Amad

    September 12, 2009 at 2:28 PM

    All the while I was thinking… how I wouldn’t want to be that pen :)

    just kidding… mashallah, cooool interview

  16. Mercy

    September 13, 2009 at 5:47 PM

    Assalama ‘Alaykum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuhu,

    Awesome interview. Topic on Balagh is truly inspiring as well the teaching styles. I like this a lot, and can relate ” As a teacher you should be more engaged in a conversation and not a speech”. For those who give halaqats or teach often, this really plays a crucial role in changing and effecting the minds of your audience. If you study and observe the many shayook out there, the best of the best of them are those who vocalize their speech in a way that captivates their audience, i.e a live conversation. Just to add, the ‘Divine Speech’ literary characteristics of the Quran from Bayyinah, is by far one of the most amazing classes I’ve taken. Learning Balaagh really gives a beautiful insight and a more deeper dimension into the book of Allah Azza wa jala that is unforgettable. I took it when it came to Columbus, and my 35 page notes is an account of my journey, so insha’Allah if it comes to a city near you, go for it! I ask Allah Azza wa jala to bless brother Nouman and the institute with only goodness.

    Wa’alaykuma Salam Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuhu,

  17. Siraaj Muhammad

    September 16, 2009 at 1:51 AM

    Abu Abdillah,

    I’m not sure what’s more troubling, that you’ve yet to point out something wrong that anyone has said, or that you’re trolling MM’s comment area in the last third of the night.


    • Amad

      September 16, 2009 at 5:59 AM

      Seems he mistakenly typed in mm instead of

      no time to waste with trolls… br. Abi Abdullah can enjoy his time in our spam box from now on…

  18. Man

    September 21, 2009 at 12:41 PM

    No need for a mansion. A dorm is fine. But great idea mashaAllah

  19. somayah

    March 27, 2010 at 3:21 AM

    Assalamu alaikum,
    I found it very helpful to me, for I have established an Arabic center three years back, and am struggling to find the right instructors who can understand the non-Arabic mentality and interact with them in English to make Arabic language easy and understandable. I could have some who are good and some who couldn’t deliver the message properly, exactly as brother Nouman explained about studying Arabic in the Arab world. Until recently when I had to take over one beginners class and teach them, I found them loving Arabic and understanding each and every word, al-hamduli-Allah
    I also agree with brother Nouman regarding teaching the applicable balaghah, I had this experience, too. Throughout tafseer of Juz’ 26 from the Qur’an, I could deliver the meaning of the original Arabic in English by translating tafseer at-Tahreer wat-Tanweer. I could see the impact of these meanings on the average Muslim ladies who joined the class for more than a year. It’s really a good method and much more beneficial that just teaching the theory. This is also applicable on teaching tawheed throughout giving profound tafseer of Juz’ `Amma and other Makkan surahs, I believe it enforces the concept of faith directly from the Qur’an.

    Masha-Allah wonderful job, you are doing in establishing al-Bayyinah institute, I wish you success and acceptance of your good deeds by Allah. May He multiply your reward.

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