Sheikh Azhar Nasser Sheikh Azhar Nasser was born and raised in Michigan and has a degree in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Michigan. After completing his academic studies, he pursued his religious studies at the Hawza of Najaf under the tutelage of Grand Ayatollah Sistani and Grand Ayatollah Hakim. In addition to his extensive study of classical religious texts, he has also taught introductory courses to western students at the seminary. Sheikh Azhar has a deep passion for the study of the Holy Quran which is evident from his lectures and discussions. Sheikh Azhar is the religious director of CBE which specializes in the production of short spiritually uplifting videos. He is also the founder and head instructor of Tasneem Institute, which is an organization that offers on-site, weekend crash courses on a wide range of Islamic sciences to Muslim communities worldwide.