- President of the Islamic Society of North America
- Member of the Shari’a Scholars Association of North America
Sheikh Muhammed Nur Abdullah is the former President of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA). Currently a member of ISNA’s Board of Directors, he also spent some time as Chairman of the organization’s Training Program for Imams. Abdullah has been a member of the Fiqh [Islamic jurisprudence] Council of North America since 1982, and for awhile served as its Chairman. Today he is the Imam and Director of the Islamic Foundation of Greater St. Louis; principal of the Al Salaam Day School in St. Louis; and a member of the Shari’a Scholars Association of North America.
Originally from Sudan, Abdullah received a bachelor’s degree in Sharia (Islamic Law) at the Islamic University in Medina and a master’s degree in Sharia at Ummal Qura University in Mecca. He then relocated to the United States in 1978, earning an M.A. in Islamic Studies from the University of Chicago.
Since completing his graduate studies, Abdullah has worked in numerous places around the world. From 1978 to 1982, he was a Representative of Kuwait’s Ministry of Awqaf (property ownership) to the American Muslim Mission (AMM). In addition, he has worked as: Instructor of Islamic Studies at American Islamic College in Chicago; AMM’s Director of Adult Education for Islamic Studies & Arabic; AMM’s Advisor to the Council of Imams; Advisor to the Bureau of Guidance for the Ministry of Awqaf & Islamic Affairs (in Yemen); Lecturer in fiqh at Masjid al-Rawdha mosque in Kuwait; and Lecturer in the Saudi Arabian cities of Medina and Mecca.
In October 1997 Abdullah was a guest speaker at the American Muslim Alliance national convention, whose slogan was “2,000 by the Year 2000” -- a reference to the goal of recruiting 2,000 Muslim candidates to run for elective office in U.S. political elections in the year 2000.
In April 2003, Abdullah was a featured speaker, along with numerous anti-American and anti-Israel extremists, at an Islamic Internet University conference in New York; the event was titled “Let’s Make this World a Better Place to Live.”
Abdullah has authored several articles on family in Islam, marriage and divorce, and the concept of Shura [consultation, particularly as regards to making major decisions or selecting a caliph] in Islam. He also works as a marriage counselor.