Imam Rashad was one of the pioneering imams, and served as a principal leader for the Houston community in the 1990s. He was born in Egypt and earned a doctorate in Arabic literature from the University of Cairo where he served as a professor. He also served as a professor of Islamic Studies at King Saud University in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He came to Houston in 1989 and is considered to have played a pivotal role in the founding of Iman Academy and by de facto, the many institutions of Islamic education that followed suit.
After his passing, his legacy of leadership and education has been preserved and has become transcended through time by way of the Organic Imams: Rashad Scholarship, in which true leadership is cultivated.
Every month the student receives a $1,000 for his or her living expense. Organic Imams is committed to sponsoring students for 5-7 years in order for them to primarily gain proficiency in Classical Arabic and a bachelors degree in Islamic Studies from a reputable institution.