Yahya Sufi

Yahya Sufi, MA

Coordinator of ICNA Relief in the State of Washington @

Graduated from the Islamic University of Madinah and born in Somalia, Sh. Yahya Sufi moved to Seattle Washington as a teenager where- as one of the few members of the local community who had memorized the entire Qur’an- he was appointed to be the Imam of the Islamic Center of Tacoma, although he was still in high school.

After graduating from high school – Sh. Yahya Sufi decided to seek Islamic knowledge and began advancing his Islamic understanding by attending the Institute of Islamic and Arabic Sciences (IIASA) in Fairfax, Virginia (a campus of the Imam Muhammad ibn Saud University in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia) for 2 years.

From there he embarked on an 11 year journey of seeking Islamic knowledge in Madinah, Saudi Arabia. He initially graduated from the Islamic University of Madinah receiving an Associates in Advanced Arabic Sciences and then proceeded to obtain a Bachelor degree in Islamic law, with high honors from the Faculty of Sharia.

After this, he continued his studies to receive a Master’s degree in The Principles of Islamic Jurisprudence with the Master’s Thesis Titled “The Effects of Legal Maxims on Muslim Minority Law” with a recognition of high distinction from the faculty of Sharia.

Currently, he is the coordinator of ICNA Relief in the State of Washington and acts as the Resident Scholar of the Safinah Center located in Masjid A ‘Tawheed in West Seattle. He is also the Director of the Muslim American Youth Foundation (MAYF), which is a non-profit organization that is geared to create an accessible refuge to address the needs of the Muslim youth residing in the greater Seattle area and beyond.