In November 2001, Peter 'Omar' Kovacik became Muslim at Masjid al-Qur’an in Milwaukee, WI. At the time of his conversion he was studying jazz improvisation at Cardinal Stritch University. However, after becoming Muslim, he began to dedicate more time towards learning the foundational Islamic studies with Hafiz M. Shafique at the masjid. After being exposed to traditional Islamic learning, he traveled to Amman, Jordan for 21 months to study Classical Arabic at Qasid Institute and attend lessons with traditional scholars.
Afterwards, he returned to the United States to study Linguistics at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee while continuing to study the Islamic sciences through various online programs such as Qibla (formerly SunniPath) and Toronto Shariah Program. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics in 2009 and completed certificates in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) and Teaching Test Preparation in early 2010 before undertaking short trips to Yemen and Turkey where he taught English to non-native speakers.
In 2014, he began to take private online lessons with Mawlana Syed Javed Ali Shah in subjects such as Arabic Grammar consisting of Syntax and Morphology, Grammatical Analysis of the Holy Qur’an, Hadith Methodology, Islamic Legal Theory, and Islamic Jurisprudence.. He continues to study the Darse Nizami curriculum with Mawlana Syed Javed Ali Shah and is pursuing an M.A. in Translation and Interpreting Studies with an emphasis on Arabic language.
Ustadh Omar Kovacik
Ustadh Omar Kovacik, B.A. Linguisitics, M.A. Candidate in Translation and Interpreting Studies
Co-founder of Feeling Muslim
Classical Arabic Translator & Educator
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