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Sheikh Kemal Cecunjanin


Imam Kemal Cecunjanin is an Eli Whitney Scholar who is a graduate of Yale University where he earned the following degree:  BA in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, and Arabic and Islamic Studies. Prior to his studies at Yale, he traveled to the Middle East and studied Arabic at the University of Damascus, Syria in 1999. He then moved to Amman, Jordan, where he completed the Classical Arabic program at the Qasid Institute for Classical and Modern Standard Arabic. He also studied Jurisprudence, Theology, Arabic, Sufism, Exegesis, and Hadith. Later he moved to Tarim, Yemen and attended classes at Dar Al-Mostafa Institute for Islamic Studies. He is fluent in English, Arabic, and Serbo-Croatian. He was born in New York and raised in Fairfield County, Connecticut. 

In addition to being a teacher and mentor to students at the Muslim Education and Converts Center of America (MECCA) in New York City, Imam Kemal Cecunjanin is a scholar at our Islamic Community of Fairfield County's Monroe Masjid. In universities, communities, and places of worship throughout the Northeast, he is a frequent guest lecturer on topics relating to Islamic sciences and ethics. He also serves as a Muslim Chaplain at Fairfield University.   

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