Islamic institute of Atlanta (IIA) is a non-profit organization that endeavors to provide a world class Islamic Scholarship program for students from the United States and abroad.
IIA hopes to add to the Atlanta Muslim community by developing and implementing many educational programs, including: an intensive seminary program (6-year course), a Quran memorization program, weekend intensive programs, and other youth-centered activities. Both the intensive seminary (6-year course) and Quran memorization programs will include secular academics. Our Islamic curriculum will cover the traditional Islamic Sciences of Tajweed, Islamic Literature, Tafseer Al-Qur’an, Hadith, Islamic Law (Fiqh), and Islamic History. IIA was founded by resident scholar Mufti Mohammed Samir Wahid in the month of Ramadan 1435 (2014). IIA sits on a 30,000 sqft building and 4.1 acres which is about 10 minutes from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Airport. 


Mufti Samir was born in Atlanta, Georgia, where he completed his initial schooling. Inspired by the beautiful recitation of the Holy Quran at a local masjid, he decided to commit the entire Quran to memory. He enrolled in Darul Uloom Atlanta and completed his memorization of Quran (Hifz) there. Thereafter, he enrolled in the prestigious seminary Darul Uloom Al-Madania in Buffalo to commence on a six year intensive study of the core disciplines of a traditional Islamic education such as Arabic, Tafseer (Quranic Exegesis), Hadith (Prophetic Traditions), Fiqh (Jurisprudence) and other related disciplines.

As the new branch of the seminary opened in Chatham, Ontario by the name of Darul Uloom Canada, he relocated to it and completed his graduation there, gaining Ijazas or authorizations to teach the various subjects, most notably, the six most authentic books of Hadith, namely, Sahih Bukhari, Sahih Muslim, Sunan At-Tirmidhi, Sunan an-Nasai, Sunan ibn Majah and Sunan Abu Dawud.

His teachers include Shaykhul Hadith Abdul Moiz, Shaykh Mansoor Memon Madani, Shaykh Ibrahim Memon Madani, Mufti Husain Ahmed, and Shaykh Asim Ahmed.

In 2014, he completed a post-graduate specialization program in Islamic Law and Legal Verdicts (Iftaa) which trains scholars to issue formal Islamic legal opinions (Fatwa).  He was an instructor for eAlim, the online distance learning shariah program of Darul Uloom Canada and Darul Uloom Al-Madania, and has given engaging and thought-provoking lectures and khutbahs in various masajid. Apart from academics, he takes keen interest in organizing sports or extracurricular events in order to positively engage the youth.

Being an Atlanta native, Mufti Samir understands the unique community and is committed to providing the community opportunities for the Atlanta Muslim community to access traditional knowledge in a modern context. Mufti Samir has experience serving the Atlanta community, particularly the youth, through programs such as weekly MSA halaqahs, seminars, events, and retreats.

In 2012, he relaunched Servants of Allah: Ibadur Rahman, which was re-branded to Najam Institute in 2017.