Dr. Saad Eldegwy holds a Ph.D. in Islamic Studies from Graduate Theological Foundation, South Bend, Indiana. He also graduated with an MA degree in Counseling from San Diego State University and a BA degree in Arabic Language and Islamic Studies from Dar El-Oloum Faculty in Cairo, Egypt.
Dr. Saad is a certified haafith of the Holy Quran. He has taught Quran and Islamic studies at Al-Azhar Al-Shareef Institute and Sheikh Alhusari Center in Cairo, as well as various mosques in San Diego County. Dr. Saad has worked as a full time imam at the Islamic Center of San Diego, Al-Rribat Islamic Center, and Masjid Al-Rahma. In addition to his duties as an imam, he also provided counseling and taught Fiqh, Tafseer, Hadith, Aqeedah, Seerah, Quran, Tajweed, and Arabic. Dr. Saad both taught and founded the Quranic and Arabic Studies Academy (QASA) of San Diego, a precursor to IQraa Academy of San Diego, which he co-founded in 2012.
Dr. Saad previously worked as an adjunct professor of Arabic Language and Middle Eastern History at San Diego State University and National University. He is a member of the North American Imams Federation (NAIF), Assembly of Muslim Jurists of America (AMJA), the Muslim Leadership Council of San Diego, and the Interfaith Coalition of East County, San Diego area. In addition, he is a motivational speaker for Islamic Relief USA, and a certified fundraising manager.
Currently, Dr. Saad works as the Imam and Director of the Islamic Center of San Diego-East County. He also continues to act as Director of IQraa Academy of San Diego, where he teaches Arabic, Quran, Fiqh and Tafseer in addition to his director duties. Dr. Saad continues to teach, motivate and impact the lives of Muslims in San Diego, including refugee and immigrant communities.