Ahmed Tijani Ben Omar

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Ahmed Tijani Ben Omar
Title Shaykh
Born (1950-01-30) January 30, 1950 (age 67)
Accra, Ghana
Nationality Ghanaian-American
Ethnicity Ghanaian
Era Modern
Region North America
Occupation Islamic scholar, Imam
Religion Islam
Denomination Sunni (Sufism)
Alma mater Kulliyat Athakaffah Al Arabiyah
Methodist Missionary High School
Sufi order Tijaniyyah
Website www.ahmedtijani.com

Ahmed Tijani Ben Omar (Arabic: أحمد تيجاني بن عمر‎‎; born January 30, 1950) is a Ghanaian-born American Islamic scholar and Imam.


Tijani was born in Accra, Ghana. His hometown is Asamankese, West Akim Municipal District, Ghana. He specialised in Islamic Law and Jurisprudence, including comparative religion, astronomy, spiritual science and healing, divine poetry and chanting, fine arts and culture.[1]

He took Arabic and Islamic Studies at the Kulliyat Athakaffah Al Arabiyah in Ghana and studied Biblical Science and History through the Methodist Missionary High School in Ghana. He specialised in media-broadcasting and mass-communications and also obtained masters in comparative religion. He studied and memorized the Qur'an at the age of 15 and the Bible by the age of 20.[1]


Tijani is a leader of the Tijaniyyah, which came to the United States in the 1980s.[2] He is also the National Advisor International Association of Sufism USA; Advisor Islamic Studies and Research Association ISSRA USA; President and Imam Universal Islamic Center USA; Member of the World Council of Religious Leaders under the auspices of The United Nations Millennium World Peace Summit.[3]

He has traveled to over 115 countries worldwide giving numerous lectures and presentations at conferences, universities and public gatherings around the world. Hosted and directed several national and international Islamic conferences for peace.[4]

Tijani spends his time between the United States and Africa. He has been involved in peacemaking work in Chicago's inner cities and inter-faith activity across the world. He is an ardent public opponent of literalism and extreme Wahhabi theology.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Tijani has two sons, Abul Feid-Ahmed Tijani and Muhammed Salis-Ahmed Tijani.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Shaykh Ahmed Tijani Ben Omar". Radical Middle Way. August 19, 2010. Retrieved March 15, 2012. 
  2. ^ Cesari, Jocelyne (2007). Encyclopedia of Islam in the United States. Greenwood Press. p. 607. ISBN 978-0313336256. 
  3. ^ "Erudite scholar Shaykh Ahmed Tijani Ben Omar at Jamiyah Singapore". Jamiyah. 2011. Retrieved March 15, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b "Shaykh Ahmed Tijani". Gateway To Divine Mercy. June 25, 2006. Retrieved March 15, 2012. 

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