Social Entrepreneur & IT Professional who is serving the Michigan Muslim community as a regional youth director, local Khatib, and community activist.
HAfiz Riduan Rafique
Co-Founder & Instructor
I was raised in Detroit MI and completed my Hifz at the age of 16. My Quran education is one that was both unique and privileged. I had multiple teachers from all different backgrounds that made me who I am today. Being a student of knowledge after graduating Hifz has tremendously shown me how important it is to have a solid & diverse Quranic education. To this day I remember my teachers and the sacrifice they made. Teaching Quran really is Sadaqah Jariyah, and it is something that should be done for free if possible. Having graduated from Wayne state and moving into my career as a business professional/entrepreneur soon after, made me realize that I had something to give back to my community. I knew that there were many other huffaz in the community that were professionals like myself & could provide part-time free Quranic education. All it required was some motivation and some like-minded brothers to get together. As an active youth director for the past 7 years, a Quran teacher for the last 5 years, and a Taraweeh Imam/ Kateeb at local institutions I had to do something to make this idea come to life. Alhamdulilah by the mercy of Allah some local Huffaz and professionals in metro-Detroit came on board as soon as the call was given. We hope to take this model and increase our membership throughout the nation; creating a network of Huffaz and Quran Tutors that will be able to serve our communities. May Allah accept our efforts and make us sincere in our goals Inshallah.
Aspiring Doctor & Public Health Professional who has a passion for bringing Muslim communities together with bigger projects like AccessQuran.
HAFIz Mahfuz Haque
Co-Founder & Instructor
Growing up in Detroit at a young age, I had the fortune of being able to memorize the Quran and study under an amazing teacher. I remember telling my friends at school to join me in doing Hifz, but the first question they’d
always ask was, “Well, how much does it cost?” Becoming hafiz is a very challenging yet rewarding process and I wished my closest friends were right there with me. As time passed, I became thankful for this blessing, however, I realized that memorizing the Quran was a privilege, a privilege that many couldn’t afford. When I started teaching, this was truly noticeable. While our masjid thankfully took in those who couldn't pay, it seemed like we were doing these students a favor. Additionally, many parents never even asked for this favor because to them, it was shameful. A person’s youth is the best time to learn the Quran, but many, like my friends, have never given Hifz a thought. This pleasure of reciting the Quran from any ayah, at any time, was unknown to so many and why... because of money. Having a chance to memorize the Quran should be every child's basic right. After reaching out to my closest friends, I realized it was possible to create a system to address this need in the form of AccessQuran.
Chemical Engineer and active youth member helping with the initiative of providing free Quranic Education.
Hafiz Abid Imam
Assalamualaikum, my name is Abid Imam, I am 21 years old and currently attending my last year at Wayne state university. I am pursuing my degree in chemical engineering and hope to be done soon! Joining aQ was a no brainier for me. Quran is something we should live by and follow. I was able to complete my memorization through the hifz program in Tawheed center Farmington Hills alhamdulillah. I believe it impacts your personality and how you live your life. Quran is something that should be accessible to everyone which is what aQ is striving to do. I will be assisting in the admissions aspect of aQ and am excited for you to start your journey with the Quran.
Psychology & UX Researcher/Designer student helping with graphics & Social Media at AccessQuran
Graphics & Marketing
I was asked by a close friend to be apart of building this program, but initially, I assumed it was something else. Alhamdulillah found out later that this would be a hifz program, free for anyone currently or wanting to memorize the Quran. I dedicate myself to stay on board and help grow Access Quran into something big because my little brother is a huffaz Alhamdulillah. Fortunately, we were able to pay the hifz fees at our masjid, but seeing how much it was for my parents to spend on his classes each month, no doubt in my mind there are parents who are finically unable to support their kids in becoming a hafiz. With the help of AccessQuran, we can help change that and give their kids the opportunity to start or continue with there hifz to become a future huffaz inshAllah!!
Mechanical Engineer and helping with the initiative of providing free Quranic Education.
Marketing & Outreach
Salaam! My name is Saim Rehman and am a native of Southeast Michigan. I currently am an engineering student at Wayne State University and am an active member of various youth groups in the area. I joined accessQuran with the hope of assisting in the creation of a platform that would enable all individuals - regardless of background - to pursue their goal of memorizing the Holy Quran, and eventually becoming positive influences within their own respective communities. I plan on helping with logistics and marketing, and promotion of the accessQuran platform.
Active community organizer & aspiring doctor who is helping with the initiative of AccessQuran
Hafiz Mohammad Muntakim
Marketing & Outreach
Assalamualaikum, I am a rising senior attending Cass Technical High School. I am also focusing on Islamic Studies to enhance my knowledge about my faith. Upon graduation, I intend to study public health in the coming years. I remember my teacher emphasizing to me that the opportunity to memorize the Quran should be a right, not a privilege. His words resonated with me as I saw my parents work relentlessly to ensure me and my brothers could purse hifz. As we glance through our current community many families, especially immigrant families, do not have that privilege of sending their kids to further their islamic knowledge. Through AccessQuran, I hope we can help eliminate the need to be privileged in order to purse islamic education, specifically memorizing the Quran. I hope this initiative develops many huffaz and leaders in our communities.
Aspiring doctor and student of knowledge helping with the initiative of providing free Quranic Education
A friend of mine came to me with the idea for AccessQuran and asked me to help out. I was immediately interested as although I myself am not a hafiz, I have been lucky to be surrounded by a strong Muslim community my entire life and have seen the positive impact that huffaz can make. Becoming a hafiz is an amazing privilege, and finances should never be an obstacle when pursuing this path. I personally have worked with Muslim families who have come from disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds and have seen firsthand how they prioritize Quran for their children, even when it comes with a financial strain. AccessQuran will help alleviate these difficulties and also allow for a more widely accessible course. InshaAllah I hope to help build this program to become as widespread as possible and help as many Muslim youth as possible!