Talal Eid

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Imam Talal Eid (Arabic: إمام طلال عید) (born 1951) is an Imam from Lebanon who has combated the portrayal of Muslims as terrorists and served as Commissioner of the US Commission on International Religious Freedom.


Talal Eid was born in 1951 in Lebanon. He graduated with a degree in Islamic Law (sharia) from Jamia al-Azhar University in Cairo in 1974.[1][2] In 2005, he received his Doctor of Theology degree from Harvard Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts[3] where his thesis was entitled "Marriage, Divorce, and Child Custody as Experienced by American Muslims: Religious, Social, and Legal Considerations."[2]

After being unwilling to support the Lebanese war, he was nominated to the Muslim World League and was appointed a position in America. In 1982, Eid became the spiritual Director of the Islamic Center of New England, and as the Imam of Quincy Mosque in Quincy, Massachusetts. His duties included leading prayer, teaching school, participating in interfaith activities, performing burials, giving lectures, providing family counseling, and witnessing conversions and marriages.[4]

He left the mosque on July 30, 2005 due to a factional fight in which he resigned from the role. In 2005, Eid became the Imam and Executive Director of the Islamic Institute of Boston, holding the position until 2015.[5] He was also the Muslim chaplain at Brandeis University, the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, and the Brigham and Women Hospital in Boston.[5][6]

After the September 11 Attacks, Eid visited many high schools, churches, and community organizations to combat the portrayal of Muslims as terrorists.[7]

On 15 May 2007, he became the first Muslim cleric appointed to the US Commission on International Religious Freedom by President George W. Bush. He served as Commissioner until June 2011.[3][5]

In June 2015, he became Imam and Director of Religious Affairs of the Islamic Center of Greater Toledo.[5]


  1. ^ Eck, Diana L. "A Mosque in Massachusetts". Archived from the original on 2006-10-31.
  2. ^ a b "Imam Talal Eid | The Huffington Post". www.huffingtonpost.com. Retrieved 2016-11-16.
  3. ^ a b Abel, David (2007-05-16). "Quincy imam becomes first Muslim cleric on US religion panel". Boston Globe.
  4. ^ Pindyck, Shira (Winter–Spring 2013). "ISLAMIC RADICALIZATION IN MASSACHUSETTS" (PDF). International Institute for Counter-Terrorism. Retrieved 2016-11-16.
  5. ^ a b c d "The Imam | The Islamic Center". icgt.org. Retrieved 2016-11-16.
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-08-08. Retrieved 2009-05-08.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ Journal, Robert Tomsho Staff Reporter of The Wall Street (2001-09-19). "An Imam Fled Terror in Lebanon, But Now Fears Attacks in Quincy". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved 2016-11-16.
Preceded by
Quincy Mosque Imams
Imam Talal Eid
Succeeded by
Khalid Nasr