Imam John Yahya Ederer was born and raised in Oklahoma. In 2002 he began a journey seeking the sacred sciences. He first spent a couple years in Michigan at the Islamic American University where he focused on the Arabic language while studying introductory courses on Islamic Theology. In the fall of 2003 as one of the two top students he was invited along with 14 other national Muslim representatives to the United Nations in NY to meet with the US mission to the UN regarding policies affecting Muslims nationally and globally.
In 2004 he elected to continue his studies in Egypt. In 10 months he completed the 16 level program at the prestigious Al-Diwan Center where he was issued a diploma of mastery of the Arabic Sciences. During that time he spent his free time in the daily circles of classic texts led by Azhari scholars.
In 2005, he moved to Kuwait where he would work part time directing the English department of the Islam Presentation Committee as well as a consultant with the Ministry of Justice for convert and marriage issues. He spent the rest of his time with the countries top scholars studying classic texts in the Islamic Sciences. While in Kuwait, Imam John attained a diploma in Islamic Studies from the Cordoba Institute and was blessed with a Licence of Mastery in the memorization and recitation of the Holy Quran putting him 29th in the chain of narration going back to the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).
While in Kuwait, Imam John was a part time Imam working with the Ministry of Religious Endowments giving Friday sermons and leading regular circles of study. He moved back to the states in 2009 where he has been an Imam in Florida and North Carolina and has written extensively for www.virrtualmosque.com.
Imam John, his wife and 3 kids recently came back to his first congregation in hopes to share the many blessings he has received over the last 14 years.
Our Imam was blessed to take knowledge from many prominent scholars from diverse backgrounds. His idea of success is to be a means of inspiration for American Muslims to be a thriving integrated community of faith and scriptural values who are appreciated for their moral uprightness and many contributions to society.