Imam of the Woodland Mosque
Imam Riaz Ahmad
Imam Riaz Ahmad was born in Pakistan, and commenced his memorization of the Holy Qur’an at the tender age of twelve. He completed his Inter in Shariah from Minhaj-ul-Quran Islamic University, Lahore, Pakistan. He has a Bachelor of Arts (B.A) Degree in Dars-e-Nizami (Islamic and Shariah Sciences) and Masters Degree in Islamic Studies with specialization in Quran & Tafseer from Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU), Islamabad, Pakistan. Upon completion of these extensive degrees of study, by the grace of Almighty Allah SWT, he graduated as a Scholar of Islamic Sciences with distinction. In order to complement his Islamic education, Imam Riaz Ahmad turned his focus towards further studies within academia.
He consequently studied Islamic Theology at University of Oxford, UK and he also completed his professional One Year extensive course in Islamic Chaplaincy from Marksfield Institute of Higher Education (MIHE) in Leicester, UK.
He has many years of experience in leading congregational prayers, educating Quran & Islamic Studies and conducting the Friday sermon at various locations around the world. He worked in the examination and academics department of National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST), Pakistan for seven years. He also delivered his extensive Friday Congregational Sermons on different religious topics at NUST, Pakistan.
He played his active role as Mosques Liaison Director at Hijaz College Islamic University, Nuneaton, Warwickshire, UK for several months. He was appointed as first ever Muslim Chaplain at the Staffordshire University, UK. Where he served more than four years. He worked at Keele University, UK as Faith Advisor voluntarily. He also delivered his lectures on different important topics at HM Prisons in UK and Friday Sermons at Royal Stoke University Hospital in UK on different occasions. Besides his ministerial responsibilities at the Staffordshire University and Keele University, he was also actively involved in teaching and mentoring within his local faith community as an Imam and Minister of Religion at the City Central Mosque, Stoke on Trent, UK and later on served as Director of Minhaj ul Quran International, Birmingham, UK.
Currently, he has been appointed as an Imam at the Central Mosque & Islamic Centre of Woodland, California, USA to serve & educate the local Muslim Community.