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Wendy Diaz

MA Islamic Studies

Embrace Scholarship

Catonsville, MD


"Being a student at Bayan is helping me grow immensely as a person of faith and student of sacred knowledge, Alhamdulillah. The administrative staff, courses, professors, and students at Bayan are excellent. I am grateful and proud to be the recipient of the Embrace scholarship that seeks to empower Muslim converts by providing them with the tools they need to become leaders and educators in their respective communities."

Wendy Diaz

 Islamic Studies

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Ashir Kirk

MDiv Islamic Chaplaincy, Class of 2023

Muhammad Ali Scholarshiop 

Memphis, TN

"Receiving the Muhammad Ali Scholarship from Bayan has been a life-changing experience for me. Without it, I'm not sure at what point I would have pursued my Masters due to not being able to pay the cost of doing so out of pocket. Here I am preparing to be the first person in my family to receive a graduate-level degree. In addition to more traditional institutions of Islamic learning, the American Muslim community needs institutions like Bayan to continue to spread hope and invest in our future leaders here in America."

Ust. Ashir Kirk

Islamic Chaplaincy 

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Tamer Abdelaziz

MDiv Islamic Chaplaincy

Muhammad Ali Scholarship

Minneapolis, MN


“I didn't perceive that a further academic education would be in my future after my Bachelor’s in Islamic Studies. Bayan offered me the opportunity to afford a Master’s in Islamic Chaplaincy through the Muhammad Ali Scholarship. I fell into prostration to Allah and cried many tears of joy when I received the news that I was accepted into the MDiv program. Insha Allah, I will be the first in my family to receive a higher education degree, and this means a lot to me. What joy this brings to my parents, wife and family who are all alive to witness this and have supported me throughout my journey as a student. Bayan has endowed me with the skills and knowledge to further my career visiting with Muslims patients, which is something that I truly enjoy. I have found the work that I love and the guidance from my professors to enhance these encounters day in and day out. ”

Ch. Tamer Abdelaziz

Islamic Chaplaincy 


New Imams, Chaplains, Teachers and Changemakers
for Muslim American Communities By 2028!

2023 Was A Milestone Year

In the Fall of 2023, Bayan achieved the milestone of over 100 students enrolled! In only a year, this was a 44% increase in enrollment.

With your
support and 81 graduates thus far, Bayan is training and graduating 500 leaders for Muslim American communities by 2028.


"Muslims need institutions, spaces and sites of direct encounter that sustain the practices and engagements that refine and educate Muslim souls."

Dr. Sherman Jackson

Bayan Visiting Faculty Member

Distinguished Professor, USC 

Bayan educates and trains Muslim leaders who serve their communities as Chaplains, Imams, Teachers, Scholars, and Non-profit Leaders - uplifting the communities they serve and helping ensure they understand Islam's relevance in every generation.



What Bayan Scholarship Recipients Say 

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