Dr. Hatem (Elhagaly) al-Haj is Mishkah University’s dean in the College of Islamic Studies, English.
Raised in Alexandria, Egypt, he began his religious training at an early age and started delivering sermons at his local mosque at the age of 17.
After completing his medical degree at the University of Alexandria, he migrated to the US when he was 22 to work on his United States Medical Licensing Examination. During this time, he also served as the Imam of Masjid al-Birr in Astoria, New York.
He then completed his residency in pediatrics at the State University of New York (SUNY).
Dr. Hatem continued his Islamic education, attaining an M.A. in Sharia from the American Open University, and a PhD in Sharia from Al-Jinan University in Lebanon, graduating with the highest honors for both degrees.
He has published various academic works in both Arabic and English including