Historically, our society has dedicated itself to the fight against various addictions. The DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) program enjoyed a long-standing relationship with schools across the country to help inform and educate students about the harms of drug abuse and addiction. Those lobbying against the tobacco industry have been successful in requiring labels stating the detriments and addictive nature of tobacco products on the product itself. In fact, early in the twentieth century, alcohol production and consumption were banned in the United States.
While such addictions still remain, a new addiction has reared its ugly head and has left almost no one unscathed. This addiction, pornography, is not the traditional addiction that people have fought. Yet, through modern technological advancements, it has found a way in almost every home in the West and across the world. Now, one of the most common complaints coming from Muslim homes — youth and adult, beginning and practicing, layman and otherwise — is that they have been caught in the grasp of pornography.
About the Speaker
Shaykh Sa’ad Quadri was born in Park Ridge, Illinois, a suburb of the city of Chicago. He completed his Bachelor’s degree in English and History at Northern Illinois University and his Master’s degree in Education at DePaul University. Prior to beginning college, Sa’ad formally began studying the Islamic sciences at the Institute of Islamic Education (IIE) and continued his studies with the Sacred Learning Individual Study Program. After studying part-time with teachers in the US for almost fifteen years, he traveled overseas to Lusaka, Zambia where he has completed his `alimiyya degree from Jamiah Islamiyyah.
In December of 2001, Sa’ad began training in the science of Islamic spirituality under Shaykh Husain Abdul Sattar (db), a senior representative, or khalifah, of Shaykh Zulfiqar Ahmad (db), a leading shaykh in this field. It was through the watchful eye and relentless efforts of Shaykh Zulfiqar (db) and Shaykh Husain (db) that Shaykh Sa’ad was formally authorized in this science, or given ijazah, in August of 2013.
Shaykh Sa’ad has worked in the Islamic school system as an English, Arabic, Islamic studies, and Qur’an teacher for nearly a decade and has continued to work for High Quality Education Consulting, with whom he has presented workshops on educational theory and practice, as well as co-authored books and articles related to Muslim social issues. Currently, Sa’ad serves as imam of Masjid al-Huda in Milwaukee, WI.