Imam Kemal Cecunjanin was born in Brooklyn, New York. In 1999, he traveled to the Middle East for ten years and studied Arabic at the University of Damascus, Syria. He then moved to Amman, Jordan to study with Sheikh Nuh Ha Mim Keller. While in Amman, Imam Kemal completed the Classical Arabic program at the Qasid Language Institute. 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. Later he moved to Tarim, Yemen and attended classes at Dar Al-Mostafa and Ribat Tarim. He attended the lectures of Habib Umar Ibn Hafiz and Habib Salim Al-Shatiri.
Imam Kemal was the Imam at the Islamic Unity Mosque in Astoria, New York. He taught at Jesus Son of Mary Mosque in Stratford, Connecticut and was the lecturer (khatib) and Director of the Iqra Qur’an program at Masjid Al -Noor in Bridgeport, Connecticut. He has also taught at the M.E.C.C.A. Center in New York City for several years. He has traveled extensively to the Middle East, Europe, Malaysia, and Indonesia.
Currently, Imam Kemal is the Imam at Jamia-al-Karam, in Monroe Connecticut and is continuing his education at Yale University in New Haven, CT.