Sayed Moustafa Al-Qazwini,
and Director at the Islamic Educational Center of Orange County, California-USA
3194-B Airport Loop Dr. Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Tel: 714-432-0060 Fax: 714-432-0070
Sayed Moustafa Al-Qazwini is a charismatic leader who has achieved recognition
as a religious educator, leader and author. Born in the city
of Karbala, Iraq
. Imam Al-Qazwini traces his lineage forty-two
generations back to the holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).
his high moral values, modesty and spirituality, he provides the Muslim and
non-Muslim community with means of access to authentic knowledge and teachings
of Islam, which are deeply rooted in the holy Quran and the teachings of the Prophet
Muhammad and Ahlul-Bayt (the family of the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon
is recognized for his clear ideas and realistic solutions to issues of concern
to Muslims. His vision and teachings cover many aspects of Islam including
family, human rights, religious freedom, non-violence, tolerance and
forgiveness, debate and discussion, and democracy. Imam Sayed Moustafa
Al-Qazwini has developed a body of knowledge in his years of discernment,
reflection, study, and practice to educate the people of his community and the
world. All those who have had the benefit of encountering him can attest to his
devotion to teach others the visionary, historic, and pragmatic aspects of
Islam, specifically addressing that Islam and democracy are compatible.
Imam Al-Qazwini initiated his higher religious studies in
Qum, Iran where he was awarded with a B.A. and M.A. in
Islamic Studies in 1985. During
1987-1989 he served as professor of Islamic Studies at the Islamic seminary in Damascus, Syria. From 1989-1994 he contributed as associated imam
and professor of Islamic Studies at several Islamic centers and foundations in London, England.
Shortly after his
arrival in California in 1994, Imam Sayed Moustafa Al-Qazwini became
the founder and director of the Islamic Cultural Center of San Diego,
California. This center was the first
Shia mosque established in San Diego County for religious and social events.
His prosperity in San Diego paved the way for his next mission—a mosque in Orange County, California.
September 1996, he founded the Islamic Educational Center of Orange County
(IECOC), also the first Shia mosque to open in Orange County. Drawing on his 18 years of experience in Islamic Studies, he has
nurtured the center for educational, religious, and social events. As the founder
and director of IECOC, he serves as a mentor and facilitator for the Muslims.
Imam Al-Qazwini’s past associations has included:
being a co-founder of the council of Shia Muslim scholars of North
America. For the past six years, he has co-chaired the
West Coast Dialogue of Muslims and Catholics, and has been a senior advisor for
the United Muslim American Association for six years. He spends much of his
time lecturing across the world and nationally at churches, universities and on
panels with other parishioners.
Imam Al-Qazwini is married and
has five children and one grandchild.
To listen to his lectures and
read his books online, visit www.iecoc.org, he is also on other
various websites: www.ymaonline.org or