Shaykh Shahid Ali was born and raised in Southern California. Currently he is the Islamic Society of Orange County’s (ISOC) Educational and Youth Director as well as an instructor at California Islamic University (CIU). He graduated from the prestigious Al-Azhar University in Cairo with a Bachelor’s Degree from the College of Islamic Studies and Arabic Language. He also holds a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from California State University, Long Beach and a B.S. from California State University, Pomona, and currently pursuing a Master’s in the Methodology of Islamic Legislation. With the Institute of Knowledge (IOK), Shaykh Shahid will be serving as an Associate Chaplain supporting the students at his Alma Mater, CalPoly Pomona and will also be a Researcher/Instructor with the IOK Seminary and IOK Extension Programs.