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About Institute of Knowledge

We are a unique integrated primary through secondary school and Institute for Higher Islamic learning encompassing a full-time school (TK-10th grade with CHSPE Prep), Weekend School, Full-time Hifdh Al-Quran program for males and females, a part-time and full-time Seminary and a la carte Quran, Arabic and Islamic Studies classes.

Our Mission and Vision

The Institute aims to foster youthful Muslim minds through a variety of programs catering to varying levels of learners that promotes the traditional religious sciences. Our vision is to inspire students in achieving excellence in both dimensions of knowledge; traditional religious and contemporary academic sciences, enabling them to become relevant, spiritual and scholarly leaders and professionals who embody an upright and noble character.

Board of Directors

Shaykh Nomaan Baig
Mr. Imtiaz Mohammady
Mr. Taher Dadabhoy

Shaykh Nomaan Baig

Board President

He is the founder and director of the Institute of Knowledge. He grew up in southern California since the age of 5 where he completed his elementary and middle school. At the age of 13 he excelled in his memorization and committed the entire Quran to memory within 1.5 years. After graduating from high school in the US, he went to Karachi, Pakistan to study the Alim Course at Jamia Binoria. He graduated from the rigorous seven-year program in 1997 at the top of his class and with numerous Ijaazaat (religious licenses) in various Islamic Sciences. He also received equivalent MA degrees from the University of Sindh. Upon his return to the US, he pursued education in the fields of information technology and business consulting. He has worked as a computer support and tele-radiology engineer at the Imaging and Informatics department at UCLA. He has also worked as a Customer Relationship Management (CRM) functional and technical consultant with the prestigious professional services firm, Deloitte & Touche. Shaykh Nomaan has used his diversified educational background and experience to benefit the Southern California community at large. After leaving his lucrative professional career, he has committed himself to establishing a model institution, the Institute of Knowledge (IOK), which uniquely integrates a primary through secondary educational school and a religious institute for higher Islamic learning.

Mr. Imtiaz Mohammady

Board President

Mr. Imtiaz is the CEO and President of Nisum Technologies, a global digital transformation company. Prior to serving in his current role, Imtiaz worked for many known industry leading companies such as NCR, AT&T, Oracle, and eToys. He holds a MS degree in Computer Science from USC and a BS degree in Computer Science and Engineering from UCLA. Imtiaz has a passion to be involved with community development and educational organizations and has served on multiple boards of non-profits such as UPLIFT Charity. His eldest son, Umair attended IOK School and graduated from the middle and high school programs during which he also completed the memorization of the Quran and achieved the noble recognition of becoming a Hafidh.

Mr. Taher Dadabhoy

Board President

Mr. Taher is a British-born American businessman who is the managing director of AST Sportswear Inc. and sits on the boards of five other companies. Taher has been awarded and honored for his leadership role and accomplishments of keeping and creating jobs in Southern California. As an inspiring community leader, he wants everyone around him to thrive and succeed. Growing up as a teen in the Walnut/Diamond Bar area and graduating from the local Walnut High School, he aspired to become a doctor. However, he followed in his father’s footsteps and pursued a career in business. As part of his commitment to help various community efforts, he has previously served on committees with multiple non-profit organizations in Southern California such as the Islamic Institute of Orange County (IIOC). His eldest son, Talha attended IOK School and graduated from the elementary, middle, and high school programs during which he also completed the memorization of the Quran and achieved the noble recognition of becoming a Hafidh.
  • “I really admire and respect Shaykh Nomaan Baig and his staff members for running the Institute of Knowledge. They are helping children and teenagers memorize Qur’an and understand the Islamic Sciences. IOK is certainly producing the future leaders, Imams and scholars of America. I really admire them because I see them every day and I want to associate myself with them till the Day of Judgment.”
    — Dr. Ahmad Sakr
  • “It is critical for Muslims to appreciate, support, and supplicate for valuable efforts that seek to make the Islamic landscape richer in our country. The Institute of Knowledge isn’t just one such valuable effort, it is a reason for our collective pride. Its professionalism, enriching environment, cooperative spirit and well articulated vision are both ahead of their time and long overdue!”
    — Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan
  • “The Institute of Knowledge is a unique effort that fuses together Islamic and secular academics. It is a very unfortunate reality in modern times that Islamic knowledge and the secular sciences are considered to be separate and exclusive of each other. This is contrary to our history. Great scholars in classical times were not only Mufassiroon, Muhaddithoon, Fuqaha, etc but were also doctors, astronomers, and poets. The Institute of Knowledge is needed for our times and more importantly for our future generations. My prayers are with IOK and I am always at its service.”
    — Shaykh Abdul Nasir Jangda
  • “In this age of Muslim schools opening up in every community, IOK has proven to be a leader in its innovative method of integrating academic and Islamic studies. Its graduates are leaders in their communities, who selflessly serve Muslims and non-Muslims alike. I personally know the IOK, and support it wholeheartedly. I ask Allah for its success and humbly request the community to support this amazing cause.”
    — Imam Tahir Anwar
  • “It’s remarkable how IOK’s concept has produced so much and so many, long before the project was fully completed. That says a lot about the concept, its potential, and the people behind it. This shows how desperately IOK is needed in our Community.”
    — Shaykh Mohammad Faqih
  • “IOK is not just a structural landmark but a symbol of Islamic progress for all of America and the Muslim world. It has developed and implemented an unprecedented system of harmoniously combining Islamic and secular education in a way that neither are compromised. This unique endeavor has already produced a number of outstanding individuals that fill a great leadership schism in our community. I am honored to be part of this project in the capacity of a teacher, adviser and well wisher. May Allah Ta’ala assist and protect this Institute. Ameen.”
    — Shaykh Juniad Kharsany
  • “Sh. Nomaan Baig’s efforts in creating a unique curriculum for our youth – one that combines essential aspects of Arabic, tajweed, and other sciences while keeping in mind our youth’s Western upbringing – is a necessary and commendable effort. I wish him and his Institute all the best and pray that his students go on to become leaders in their respective communities.”
    — Shaykh Yasir Qadhi
  • “The Institute of Knowledge is clearly an idea whose time has come. As we begin to envision institutes of higher learning in our community we will have to start thinking seriously about meaningful preparatory programs. The Institute of Knowledge has translated that thought into action. This is an initiative the entire community must support.”
    — Imam Zaid Shakir
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