Imam Kemal Cecunjanin was born in Brooklyn, New York. In 1999 he traveled to the Middle East where he lived and studied for ten years. He first traveled to Damascus, Syria where he began studying Arabic at the University of Damascus, then moved to Amman, Jordan to study under Sheikh Nuh Ha Mim Keller.
While in Amman, Imam Kemal completed the Classical Arabic program at the Qasid Language Institute and he also studied Shafi jurisprudence, logic and theology with Sheikh Qusay Abu S’id; Hanafi jurisprudence with Sheikh Faraz Rabbani; and Arabic and Qur’an with Sheikh Ali Hani. He also studied in Tarim, Yemen at Dar Al-Mostafa and Ribat Tarim and attended lessons with Habib Umar Ibn Hafiz and Habib Salim Al-Shatiri.
Imam Kemal was the Imam at the Islamic Unity Mosque in Astoria, New York and is the founder of mimber.org. Imam Kemal currently teaches at Jesus Son of Mary Mosque in Stratford, Connecticut and the M.E.C.C.A. Center in New York City, and is also the director of the Iqra Qur’an program at Masjid Al -Noor in Bridgeport, Connecticut.