Valley Ranch Islamic Center

Imam

Our Imam Yasir Birjas

Our imam, Yaser Birjas

Yaser Birjas is originally from the holy land of Palestine and was born in Kuwait in 1970. He grew up in Kuwait visiting different mosques and leading different youth activities and programs. Upon completing high school in 1988, he moved to Ajman in the UAE  to study Electronic Engineering. While back in Kuwait in 1990 for a class in management and business administration, Iraq invaded Kuwait and his university career came to a halt due to the war.

In 1991, Yaser Birjas moved to Jordan were he stayed with family members for a year before going to Madinah in KSA to study Shariah. In Jordan, he attended some of the circles of knowledge with the renowned scholars of the area and other students of knowledge. At that time he had the difficult task of making a decision between continuing a secular education in Germany or studying Shariah in Madinah.

Having decided on a path of Islamic knowledge, he graduated as valedictorian of the class of 1996 from University of Madinah’s College of Shariah (Fiqh and Usul). He had the honor to interact and learn from a number of highly respected scholars such as Shaikh Ash-Shanqitee and Shaikh Al-Uthaimeen (rahimahumAllah).

After graduating, Sh. Yaser Birjas went on to work as a youth counselor and relief program aide in war-torn Bosnia. Thereafter, he immigrated to the U.S. where he served as an Imam (spiritual leader and advisor) at The Islamic Center in El Paso, Texas until 2009. He is currently serving as an Imam at Valley Ranch Islamic Center, Irving, Texas. Sh. Yaser continues to enhance his knowledge in various arenas and most recently obtained a Masters of Adult Education and Training from the University of Pheonix, Class of 2013.

In addition to his responsibilities as an Imam, he’s an instructor at AlMaghrib Institute, an organization that provides trademark double-weekend seminars leading its students towards a bachelor’s degree in Islamic Studies. His courses of instruction include but not limited to “The Code Evolved: The Evolution of Fiqh”, which focuses on learning the historical development of Islamic law, “Love Notes”, which deals primarily with the etiquette of engagement and marriage as well as the means of developing a deeper, more fulfilling and loving relationship with one’s spouse, and “Divine Link: Fiqh of Salat” which gives a full and vivid description of prayers with many contemporary scenarios of Salat discussed. Yaser Birjas also serves as the VP for EmanRush Press, which is the publishing wing of AlMaghrib Institute.

He is also a founding member and supervisor of Practimate.com, a program aimed at providing pre-marital training and matching for Muslim singles living in the West. Additionally, he works as a counselor, counseling people on a wide range of issues, especially marriage and marital life.

You may contact Sh. Yaser Birjas at imam@valleyranchmasjid.org