Abdullahi Jaranow serves as imam and counselor at the OBK Islamic Center. He was born in Somalia and grew up in Seattle, Washington. Shaikh Abdullahi Jaranow has over a decade of expereince working as an imam, counselor, teacher and school principal in the Seattle region. His passion is to help young men and women find support and direction through a holistic approach, including education, spiritual and mental health services, and community building.
Shaykh Abdullahi Jaranow began his pursuit of Islamic knowledge in Seattle, WA, studying under local scholars, then traveled to Yemen at the age of 19 to further pursue sacred knowledge. He completed his Arabic language studies in one year, then his BA in Islamic Law (Shari’ah) at Al-Eman University in Yemen. He studied under numerous Islamic scholars in Yemen and Egypt from 2006-to 2013 and has received many formal certifications (ijazat). Shaikh Abdullahi Jaranow is a licensed Mental Health Counselor Assoicate (LMCH-A) in Washington state with BA degree in psychology and MA in Applied Adolescent and Child Psychology from the University of Washington.