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In August, Ta'leef Collective was honored to host Habib Hussein Al Saqqaf & Syed Umar bin Hamid Al Haddad at our Fremont and Chicago campuses for a series of auspicious events, gathering hundreds of community members, along with Founding Director, Usama Canon, Executive Director, Diane Stair and special guests, Brother Ali, Amir Sulaiman, Amjad Tarsin,  Yahya Rhodus, Khalid Latif, and Hisham Mahmoud. Thank you to everyone who joined us!

About Ta'leef Collective

Ta’leef Collective began as an outreach program in 2005 and was established as a 501c3 (72-1528691) nonprofit organization in 2009. Out of our unwavering dedication to serving the youth, assisting new comers to Islam and welcoming guests, a dynamic community has grown with locations in Fremont, Ca. and Chicago, Il.

We provide the ideal experience for anyone curious to learn about Islam and offer a safe and friendly environment for newcomers and old friends. Our mantra “Come as you are, to Islam as it is” says it all. We don’t discriminate or judge and believe that dialogue, education and fellowship are integral to individual and collective growth.

In addition to our Community Care and educational programs we offer a series of training courses and are grateful to lead the increasingly important conversation around community leadership, cultural relevance and overall sustainability.



Ta’leef Collective is a 501c3 (72-1528691) public benefit nonprofit organization. We are Zakat eligible and all donations are tax-deductible.

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Ta’leef Collective’s programming is for anyone curious to learn about Islam in a safe and friendly environment. Our mantra “Come as you are, to Islam as it is” says it all. We don’t discriminate or judge and believe that dialogue, education and fellowship are integral to individual and collective growth.



The CCC (Convert Continuum of Care) is a full-scale system providing step-by-step assistance from the point of a seeker’s active interest, until the establishment of sustainable conversion and holistic practice of Islam.  The CCC offers hands on, one-on-one consultation with our professionally trained staff, courses specifically tailored for seekers, and the support network crucial upon conversion.  The ‘welcome to the fold’ program fosters regular opportunities for new Muslims to engage their peers, share both challenges and successes, and reap the beneficial fruits that only the tree of good company can bear.  Upon completion of the program, participants are trained to become mentors to other newcomers.  Since it’s inception, the CCC has assisted over 500 people in embracing Islam.



Inheritors is a series of programmatic offerings for ages 13-30 to maximize Ta’leef Collective’s impact as a positive force in the life of young people while working toward a sustainable community.

By offering mentorship, community discussions, edutainment and fellowship to high school age youth and emerging adults, the Inheritors program is actively working to engage and invite the youth of this generation.




“Living and Learning” is an initiative intended to compliment our CCC and Inheritors programs, which seeks to answer the question naturally asked upon embracing Islam: “what’s next?” Designed to be a unique approach to education, inclusive of the sacred sciences and enriched by an engagement with arts and culture, students embark upon a tailored learning curriculum geared toward a holistic practice of Islam.

Toward attaining this goal, we offer the following continuous courses:

  • Being Muslim.
  • Speaking Arabic.
  • Knowing the Prophet.
  • Living Right.

We also offer workshops and seminars throughout the year.


Ta'leef Academy

Building on our existing leadership in training with MMP (180+ graduates, in 4 continents, 20 cities), Ta'leef Academy provides a unique hands-on training experience, offering community care providers with the practical tools for a life of service.

Ta'leef Academy, is a more focused, expansive offering to fit the growing needs of a complex community, with multiple levels of programming and four specialization streams. Refining the Core is the mandatory foundational course and streams include: Conveying the Message, Mastering Media, Caring for People, and Intentional Community.

The program offers empowering, meaningful, and defining learning opportunities that awaken a sense of purpose, love, and confidence amongst trainees. We value authenticity, faith & tradition, and strive to embody a sense of fortitude, beauty, and substance in delivering high quality content.

Come as you are... to Islam as it is.

Imam Zaid Shakir - Ta'leef Collective Chairman of the Board


  • Founder’s Footsteps

    As salam alaikum — All praise is due to Allah, the most Gracious, the most Merciful. Since the news of my diagnosis, hundreds of messages and prayers have poured in, with love and support from people and communities around the world. My family and the entire team at Ta’leef are overwhelmed with gratitude and renewed energy to be relentless in our service to one another…

  • Message from the Board of Directors

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    Asalamalaikum, It is our honor and privilege to write to you on behalf of our Founding Director, Usama Canon. We are indebted to him for his service and contributions over the past 12 years to Ta’leef Collective and the broader community. It is with great appreciation that we announce that Usama will be taking a one-year sabbatical from Ta’leef beginning December 2017.  This is in…

  • Ramadan Kareem!

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    As salam alaikum, I pray this message finds you in high hopes and good health. I count my blessings and give sincere thanks to Allah for another year of Ramadan upon us. With two campuses in Fremont and Chicago, and an ever growing community, we are humbled at Ta’leef to be a source of solace for so many seeking a sound understanding of Islam. Over…


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