Imam Abdeljalil Mezgouri is currently serving as the imam of the Islamic Center of San Diego (ICSD). He is known as a prolific and dynamic speaker, dedicating himself as a tireless supporter of the Islamic cause. Imam Abdeljalil Mezgouri is known amongst Muslims in North America as a passionate supporter and speaker with Islamic Relief, Muslim American Society of San Diego (MASSD) and many other Islamic organizations.
In addition to leading the 5 daily prayers, Imam Abdeljalil Mezgouri is involved in:
- Counseling (family, marriage, etc)
- Performing Marriage
- Dawaah (Introduction to Islam) Programs
- Giving Fatwa (Juristic ruling concerning Islamic law)
Imam Mohamed Taha Hassane is currently serving as the Imam/Director of the Islamic Center of San Diego. He joined ICSD in September 2004 from the Colorado Muslim Youth Foundation where he served as a youth instructor.
Imam Taha graduated from Institute of Islamic Studies at the University of Algiers, Algeria, and served as a high school teacher and Imam in Ténès, Algeria for ten years before coming to the United States. Imam Taha also holds a Master degree of theology in Islamic studies from the Graduate Theological Foundation in South Bend, Indiana.
In addition to his regular duties at ICSD, Imam Taha is a:
- Preacher & lecturer at different Islamic Centers, schools, colleges, Churches, and synagogues around the US and abroad (Canada, Mexico, and Kuwait)
- Religious adviser of the Muslim Students Association at University of California San Diego since 2004.
- Board member of the Interfaith Center for Worker Justice of San Diego County since 2005.
- Board member of the Interfaith Worker Justice, based in Chicago, IL.
- Member of the west coast Catholic-Muslim dialogue since 2006.
- Chairman of the Islamic advisory Board of the San Diego Police Department
- Member of the Interfaith Advisory Board of the San Diego District Attorney Office.
- Former Vice Chairman of the Islamic Shura Council of Southern California.
- Volunteer Chaplin at San Diego prisons & hospitals.
- Recipient of several awards:
2010 Voices of Justice Award by the Interfaith Center for Worker Justice
2011 Community Leadership & Social Justice Advocacy Award by CAIR San Diego
2014 Outstanding Contribution Award by the Indian-American Muslim Council 2015 A Major Peace Maker Award in San Diego by the Rotary Club of La Jolla 2015 Spirit Award by the Somali Family Services Also recipient of Certificate of Recognition from: California Assembly Member Lorena Gonzales, California Assembly Member Shirley Weber, San Diego City Councilmember Marti Emerald, and the City of San Diego Human Relations Commission.