Our Imam’s Bio
Imam John Ederer embraced Islam in 1998 after reading a translation of the Holy Quran. In the summer of 2002 he took a scholarship to go study at the Islamic American University in Michigan. In the fall of 2003 as one of the two top students he was invited along with 14 other national Muslim representatives to the United Nations in NY to meet with the US mission to the UN regarding policies affecting Muslims nationally and globally. In his 7 years of formal training, he travelled to Egypt and Kuwait studying the sacred sciences with many prominent scholars from different schools of thought. In Kuwait, he would work part time directing the English department of the Islam Presentation Committee as well as a consultant with the Ministry of Justice for convert and marriage issues.After attaining licenses in the mastery of the Arabic Sciences, the memorization and recitation of the Holy Quran and Islamic Jurisprudence; he returned to the US where he has been a full-time Imam for 8 years in Florida, Oklahoma and here in his hometown of Charlotte.
Imam John has written extensively for – http://www.virtualmosque.com/author/yahya-ederer/ and is an avid believer and dynamic preacher that the Muslims are in great need of embracing revivalist reform in order to solve our problems. This means that we are to be intellectual in our spirituality and that Islam is in its mainstream traditional form fully modernity capable.
A Message from the Imam
I pray you all be showered with God’s Peace, Blessings and Eternal Mercy. Islam is about an intimate connection with The Divine Truth. This means we must humble ourselves in our many imperfections and seek the help, guidance and forgiveness of God, The Perfect and Exalted. We have to be ready to struggle and strive for the betterment of our mind, body and soul as individuals, families and society. We live in a time in the world where socio-political and economic realities are filled with oppression and corruption. Truth is often seen as falsehood and vice versa. It takes work and sacrifice to reject materialism, embrace altruistic spirituality and build a coalition of social morality. Are you in???