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Shaykha Shazia Ahmed, Guest Contributor

Shazia Ahmad grew up in upstate New York and studied with local scholar and teacher Dr. Mokhtar Maghraoui before beginning her studies overseas. She then studied in Syria, where she completed a program in Arabic and Islamic Studies at Abu Nour University. She also studied in a number of private classes and attained her ijaza in Qur’anic recitation from the late Sh. Muhiyudin al-Kurdi (rahimahullah). She then spent the following six years in Cairo, Egypt furthering her education through private lessons and study. She has ijazaat in a number of introductory texts in various Islamic subjects and has written on Islam for Jannah.Org,, Al-Madina Institute, and various other blogs and publications. She also holds a B.A. in Psychology and History from the State University of New York.