The Imam's Corner

Imam Murad Abdul-Zahir

Imam Murad Abdul-ZahirMurad Abdul-Zahir, the resident Imam of Masjid Freehaven since 1999, first came to New Jersey in 1993 through an invitation to aid in the establishment of a Muslim masjid in historic Lawnside. Prior to coming to New Jersey he was the Amir and one of the founding members of The Association of Muslim Families, a family-oriented social organization based in Philadelphia.  During this time Imam Abdul-Zahir was also actively involved in the Majlis Ash Shura of the Delaware Valley, a governing organization of Islamic leaders in the Tri-State area.

Being a founding member of Masjidullah, a Muslim Mosque in the West Oak Lane section of Philadelphia, Imam Abdul-Zahir not only served as assistant Imam, but also was the Chairman of the Committee For the Removal Of All Images That Attempt To Portray The Divine.  A committee formed by Imam Wallace D. Mohammed, the leader of the then World Community of Al Islam in The West, now known as The Mosque Cares.

Early in his career, Imam Abdul-Zahir was part of the Islamic teaching staff at the Sister Clara Muhammad School in West Philadelphia. As a student at Temple University, he studied the religion of Al Islam under such scholars as Dr Ismail Faruqi and Dr Hassan Hanafi.  Imam Murad Abdul-Zahir continues to be a student of the renowned Islamic scholar, Imam Wallace D. Mohammed.

Imam Murad Abdul-Zahir is married and the father of four children.

Feel free to contact Imam Murad with any questions, issues or concerns.