Imam Tahir Anwar is the Imam and Director for Religious Services at the South Bay Islamic Association, in San Jose, California. He is also the Head of the Islamic Studies Department at Granada Islamic School, a full-time Islamic school in the heart of the Silicon Valley. Imam Tahir has previously published and compiled a CD on the practical aspects of Hajj, titled: Performing Hajj- A Practical Guide to the Journey of a Lifetime. Much of his time is dedicated to teaching Islamic Shari'a, which he teaches at the world-renowned Zaytuna Institute. Imam Tahir frequently lectures at various mosques and universities around the world, and has recently delivered a series of lectures in the UK, including Oxford.
With his passion in outreach, he has been featured on many TV stations, such as CNN, ABC, and national newspapers, such as the New York Times. He was also the official Imam for CNN International during Hajj 2005. Born in London, England, he moved to San Francisco Bay Area in 1983. He committed the entire Qur'an to memory, and earned a BA in Islamic Theology in 1999, after which he has spent all his time portraying a positive message about Islam and Muslims around the world. He speaks 5 languages fluently, and was recently the recipient of the Community Service Award from NISA (North American Islamic Shelter for the Abused).