Imam Seyed Ali Ghazvini received his BA in Political Science from Tehran University, Iran (1990), followed by his Certificate (equivalent to Master) in Islamic Theology from the Seminary of Qum, Iran (1994). He subsequently completed an MBA at University of La Verne, California (2003).

Imam Ghazvini speaks three languages: English, Farsi and Arabic. He is married and has four children and six grand children. He is the founder and director, The Assadiq Foundation (a Muslim community center) in Southern California (1996-2004), Founder and President of the Development and Relief Foundation (DRF), a non-profit organization dedicated to help women and children, and offer quality education and health services in Iraq. (since 2004,, Board member of the American Medical Overseas Relief, a non-profit organization dedicated to improve health status in Afghanistan and elsewhere. (since 2008,, Official ICCF Representative, Muslim Advisory Council of Central California, Member, Board to Trustees, The Ahlul Bait University, Karbala , Iraq – a private university established 2003, Former Co-Chair of the Interfaith Alliance of Central California (

Since May 2004, Imam Ghazvini has served as the imam* at the Islamic Cultural Center of Fresno. He leads Friday Prayer at the center as well as Tafseer (Interpretation) classes of the Holy Qur’an. He is a strong advocate of interfaith dialogue and co-operation for the protection of the family, the environment and for peace awareness.

Areas of Research:

    Islam and international relations Islam and contemporary politics and ethics Political history of Islam – early stages
    Islamic Studies with focus on early history, ethics, Muslims and non-Muslims relation and environment Professional Affiliations

Source: Accessed March 1, 2016.