Shaykh Musa Sugapong is the co-founder and president of Knowman Learning, an organization established in the Greater Cleveland area to provide education and services based on Islamic knowledge and values, rooted in sound traditions from those with an uninterrupted link back to the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ.
Along with his commitment to Knowman Learning, Shaykh Musa also serves as a Religious Consultant for the Khalil Center, a psychological and spiritual community wellness center advancing the professional practice of psychology rooted in Islamic theology.
Shaykh Musa worked as a faculty member for the Darul Qasim Institute for over 10 years. He also served as an assistant Imam and youth coordinator for the West Cleveland Muslim Association and the Islamic Center of Cleveland.
Shaykh Musa embraced Islam as a nineteen-year-old university student. He became proficient in Arabic grammar and morphology studying with local scholars while completing his BA in Sociology from San Diego State University with a minor in Religious Studies. Thereafter, he set out to study overseas in Damascus, Syria. He enrolled in Damascus University’s Department of Language and completed the course’s highest module, receiving a certificate of proficiency in the Arabic language. He then enrolled at the Institute of Arabic for Foreigners where he also completed their course’s highest module. A certificate of proficiency was attained from that institution as well.
In 2006, he moved to Elgin, Illinois and enrolled at The Institute of Islamic Education. He studied the various Islamic sciences there for two and half years until finally traveling to Madrasah Inaamiyyah in Camperdown, South Africa, in order to complete his Islamic Studies degree. It was there that he was granted authorizations in the six authentic collections of hadith (ṣiḥāḥ sittah), the two Muwaṭṭas (of Imam Mālik and Imam Muḥammad), and the Sharḥ al-Maʿānī al-Āthār of Imām al-Ṭaḥāwī.
Currently, Shaykh Musa resides in Cleveland, Ohio with his wife and four kids. He enjoys traveling, spending time with family, and occasionally participating in pastimes known as basketball and football.