118. Sheikh Yassir Farzaga (Scholar, OCIF)

Sheikh Yassir Fazaga is an inspiring, multi-lingual speaker sought-after from USA through Canada to the Middle and Far East. He was born in Eritrea in Northeast Africa and moved to the United States at the age of 15; has a Bachelors Degree in Islamic Studies from the Institute of Islamic and Arabic Sciences in Virginia; and received a Masters Degree in Marriage and Family Counseling from the California State University of Long Beach.

Sheikh Yassir serves as the Religious Leader of Orange County Islamic Foundation (OCIF) in Mission Viejo, California. He is the Director of Mental Health Department at Access California Social Services Agency in Anaheim, where he helps families with different challenges in life which include: domestic violence issues, communication problems, marital matters, generational gap, difficult teens, some mental and personality disorders, divorce, grief, and single parenting, among others.

Sheikh Yassir has been teaching the Arabic language and Islamic Sciences and offering Islamic courses on Scriptural Exegesis, and Islamic financial contracts for American Open University.  He oversees the OCIF youth group in many of their educational, spiritual and recreational activities and participates on behalf of the OCIF in many outreach and interfaith events.

http://www.ocif.org/about-ocif/sheikh-yassir-fazaga

http://www.infocusnews.net/content/view/754/179

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/06/01/us/01imam.html

http://www.ilmquest.org/c-88-yassir-fazaga.aspx

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