Dr. Zulfiqar Ali shah, PhD

Director of religious affairs

Dr. Zulfiqar Ali Shah is a leading voice in the realms of Islamic scholarship and academia. As an accomplished theologian, thinker, historian, jurist, and leader, he seamlessly integrates traditional Islamic heritage with contemporary knowledge, making him an influential Muslim voice both in the Muslim and Western world.

Professional Experience

Dr. Zulfiqar Ali Shah is a world-renowned, distinguished scholar with a Ph.D. in Theology and Religious Studies. He currently serves as the Executive Director and Secretary General of the Fiqh Council of North America. Dr. Shah was the Director of Religious Affairs at the Islamic Society of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the largest Islamic organization in Wisconsin with three masjids, a full-time K-12 Islamic School accredited by the State of Wisconsin with over 1000 students, well organized weekend schools, Quran and Arabic Institute, Youth Core Academy, strong interfaith program, a vibrant fulltime health clinic, elderly center, counseling center, refugee program, strong social service and Zakat distribution programs, food pantry and many other unique community programs.

Teaching Experience

Dr. Zulfiqar Ali Shah has taught classes about Islam and Comparative Religions at several prestigious universities, including the International Islamic University in Islamabad, University of Wales, University of North Florida, St. Thomas University, and Cardinal Stritch University.  He is also the former president of Sharia’ Scholars Association of North America (SSANA) and the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA). Dr. Shah has authored multiple books and articles on comparative religions: Islam, Christianity and Judaism. Dr. Shah has been a Hafiz of the Holy
Qur’an since his youth.

Role at IAGD

Dr. Zulfiqar Ali Shah will have the overall responsibility as the Director of Religious Affairs to develop and structure programs to make IAGD a premier Islamic Center in the country. He will also have the responsibility to re-organize, as necessary, the various IAGD Committees and supervise their work in consultation with the President and the Board of Directors. Additionally, he will interact with the many mosques/Islamic Centers in the Detroit Metro area and help keep IAGD in a supportive leadership role with them. As Imam of IAGD Masjid, Dr. Shah’s is responsible for responsibilities will organizing daily prayers, leading Jummah prayers and attending to the religious needs of our community.

With Dr. Shah’s guidance, we aim to make IAGD a leading Islamic Center in the country by offering scholarly programs that educate and enhance our knowledge of our religion. We are confident that his vast knowledge and experience will help us grow and strengthen our community.


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