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Shaikh Mamdouh was exempted from the age limit to join the first grade in one of the Al-Azhar institutes and was able to attend the first grade while he was only 4. He finished memorizing Qura’n when he was 10 and graduated from Al-Azhar high school in 1990 finishing his basic Islamic Studies including Fiqh (in the Mathhab of Imam Abu Hanifah) spanning almost 7 years.
He joined Al-Azhar University in Cairo to study Arabic and English Literature, in addition to extensive Islamic Studies courses. He graduated in 1994 with a B.A. in Islamic Studies and English Literature. His course work included the following:
After his graduation, he worked as a teacher in Al-Azhar High School for one year and visited Houston, Texas in 1996 to lead the Taraweeh prayers. Then he moved to the United States and served as the Imam at the Islamic Society of Greater Houston (South-East Masjid) from 1996 to 2001. During this period, he also worked as a volunteer Muslim Chaplain in the Texas prison system and as a contract Imam with the Federal Bureau of Prisons in the United States Penitentiary in Beaumont, Texas. He also served as a part-time Imam with the Islamic Society of Lafayette, Louisiana till 2002. In addition, he taught Arabic courses for adults, and Quranic recitation for children, at various locations in Houston. From 2002-2003, he worked as the Imam and Director of Galveston Islamic Center. From 2006-2009, he served as the Imam and Director of the Eden Prairie Islamic Community Center in Minnesota. Sh. Mamdouh is is currently the manager of Sharia Academy of America- Houston branch and the Imam of masjid Al-Ansar serving the Woodlands and Conroe, TX.
Shaikh Mamdouh Mustafa Mahmoud was born on Monday, 6th. of Rabi’ AlAwal 1393 Hijri, corresponding to April 9th 1973 CE, in Alqiratiyeen – one of the small towns of Greater Cairo-Egypt. Shaikh Mamdouh was raised in a practicing Muslim family and he started memorizing Qura’n at the age of 4 under the supervision of his father, Shaikh Moustafa Mahmoud, who is currently the Imam of the Islamic Society of Greater Houston, North Zone Masjid in Texas.