Dr. Mohammad Qatanani Senior Imam

Dr. Mohammad Qatanani has been the Imam of the Islamic Center of Passaic County since 1996. Dr. Qatanani received a bachelor’s degree in Islamic Legislation and Jurisprudence in 1985 from the University of Jordan as well a master’s degree in Islamic Jurisprudence in 1989. He also received a Ph.D. in Islamic Jurisprudence from the University of Jordan in 1996. Dr. Qatanani has completed numerous researches and studies and published several books in the fields of Jurisprudence of Minorities, Outreach, Interfaith, Marriage, Family, Muslim Character and Quranic Tajweed. Dr. Qatanani is a member of the Fiqh Council of North America and a founding member of the Imams Council of Tri-State Area and WAFAA house (Women Against Family Abuse). He holds appointments as Professor of Islamic Studies at the Graduate Theological Seminary, Professor at the Islamic American University, and Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies at Montclair State University where he has been recognized as one of the top teachers in America by “Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers.” Dr. Qatanani has received many awards and recognitions, including the “Ambassador for Peace” award by The Inter-religious and International Federation for World Peace and a Special Commendation from the City of Paterson and County of Passaic, New Jersey. He is a member of several interfaith outreach and dialogue organizations and founder of “Muslim-Christian Dialogue of New Jersey.”

General Areas of Interest

  • Interfaith issues
  • Islamic jurisprudence

Specialized Areas

  • Jurisprudence of minorities
  • Marriage and family
  • Muslim-Christian dialogue
  • Quranic Tajweed

Selected Publications

  • “The Effect of Differences Throughout Time on the Change of Rulings.” Masters thesis submitted to University of Jordan
  • “Justice and its implementation in Islamic Jurisprudence.” Doctoral thesis submitted to University of Jordan
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