Resident Quranic Arabic and Islamic Studies Instructor
Muhammad Adeyinka Mendes currently serves as Founding Director of SacredService for Human Liberation, Lead Arabic Instructor for Fawakih Institute Atlanta, and as a Lecturer and Assistant Imam at Madina Institute USA. He was born in the United States and reared there, as well as in Nigeria. In Texas, at the age of 17, he embraced the Universal Religion of the Prophets, Islam, after a life changing journey to Israel just a few weeks before his high school graduation.
Along with specializing in Arabic at the university level, Muhammad Mendes has been trained for over two decades in the classical Islamic sciences by notable scholars from around the world. He is invited to deliver Friday sermons, present at conferences, speak at universities, teach at spiritual and educational retreats, and lecture on Classical and Modern Standard Arabic, the Sacred Sciences, and African Diasporic History at national and international venues. In addition to establishing the Annual Rawdah in 2003, a grassroots Islamic educational initiative, he has focused on translating and teaching rare Arabic manuscripts from Black Africa concerning theology, jurisprudence, ethics, spirituality, medicine, and metaphysics, authored by her greatest spiritual and intellectual giants.
Muhammad Mendes teaches a radically non-sectarian methodology of Islam rooted in its classical and intuitive traditions, positively engaged with modernity, and appreciative of human diversity, that is empowering to women and youth. As a student and passionate advocate of Permaculture, Sacred Economics, Islamic Gift Economics, Liberation Therapy, and intentional community building, he hopes to practically contribute to the healing of our world at every level. He and his family reside in Atlanta, Georgia, where he can sometimes be found composing a poem atop Stone Mountain or playing ping pong at Madina Institute.