Sheikh Sa’dullah Khan, a figure synonymous with both educational leadership and the anti-apartheid movement, has a history of activism that traces back to his days as chairperson of the Muslim Students Association (MSA) at the University of Durban-Westville, now known as the University of KwaZulu-Natal. His early accomplishments include memorizing the Qur’an at the tender age of eight, under the tutelage of Shaykh Saleh Abadi.
Academic Pursuits and Global Recognition
Khan’s academic journey is as diverse as it is impressive, spanning multiple continents and fields of study. He has pursued law in South Africa, journalism in Britain, and Islamic studies in Egypt and the USA. His intellectual contributions have been recognized on international platforms, with his presentations at conferences across a multitude of countries including Malaysia, Belgium, and the United States, to name a few.
Contributions to Islamic Literature and Media Presence
As an author, Sheikh Khan has contributed to Islamic literature through works such as “Dimensions of the Qur’an” and has also played a role in translating pivotal classical Arabic texts. His expertise has not gone unnoticed in the media, with appearances on various television channels including SABC and NBC, and he has been instrumental in founding the Islamic College of Southern Africa, now rebranded as the International Peace College of South Africa.
A Champion for Youth and Education
Khan’s dedication to education extends beyond the confines of academia. For over twenty years, he has been at the forefront of youth development programs in both South Africa and the USA. His tenure as an educator and religious leader spans a quarter of a century, a period during which he has also been a source of inspiration and motivation.
Current Roles and Ongoing Impact
Currently, Sheikh Khan holds the position of CEO at Islamia College in Cape Town. His role extends to that of an education consultant and a motivational speaker, where he continues to influence and inspire.
A Beacon of Islamic Education
From his South African roots, Khan has been a beacon of leadership and scholarship. His early foray into public speaking at the age of twelve and his recitation of the Quran since six are testaments to his lifelong commitment to Islamic education. His academic credentials are further bolstered by his studies in law at the University of Durban, journalism in the UK, and Islamic studies at Al-Azhar University in Cairo, Egypt.
Educational and Religious Leadership
Khan’s influence has been felt in various educational and religious capacities. He co-founded the Islamic College of Southern Africa, where he also led the Quranic Sciences Department. His column “Ask the Imam” for Beliefnet.com and his lectures on Islamic Civilization at California State University, Dominguez Hills, have furthered his reach as an educator. His dynamic approach to teaching is evident in his role as a motivational speaker, addressing a wide range of topics from theology to youth empowerment.
A Diverse Service Record
Sheikh Khan’s extensive service record includes positions such as Director of Muslim Affairs at the University of Southern California and lecturer on Islam at the University of California, Los Angeles. His advisory roles have contributed to the development of post-graduate Islamic Studies programs and ethical frameworks within academic institutions.
Shaping Minds and Hearts
In his current capacity as CEO of Islamia College in Cape Town, Sheikh Sa’dullah Khan continues to shape minds and hearts, not just within the confines of the institution, but also through his weekly TV show “Wise Living,” which extends his reach from the streets of Los Angeles to a global audience.