Imam Khalid Shahu was born in Meknes, Morocco, in 1971. He earned his B.A. in Arabo-Hispanic Linguistics & Literatures from Mohamed Ben Abdullah University, Fez, Morocco (1994); his M.A. in Arabo-Hispanic Linguistics from Mohamed V University, Rabat, Morocco (1995); another M.A. in Philosophy of Language (2011), and his Ph.D. in Sociology of Language, with a concentration on Language Policy & Planning in Post-Colonial North African Countries (2014), from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (GC-CUNY)
Professionally, Dr Shahu has served as a foreign language instructor with the NY BOE (1998-2006); as an Arabic language lecturer at Brooklyn College, NY (2003-2006). He has also served as lecturer of Arabic & Spanish languages and cultures at Durham Technical Community College (2007-2008) and North Carolina Central University (2008-2009). He finally served as a Teaching Assistant Professor of Arabic with the Asian Studies Department at UNC-CHAPEL HILL, where he taught and coordinated different levels of Arabic language and Culture (2011-2020).
In terms of his religious background, Imam Khalid is a student of Imam Abdessalam Yassine. His discipleship to Imam Yassine is what made of him a community leader. He is the main founder of Apex Mosque, in North Carolina, for which he served as an Imam from 2010-2020. During his stay at Apex Mosque, he launched a variety of community projects including Al-Ihssan Sunday School, Al-Manara Preschool, the Cross-Generations After School Qur’an Program, the Voyage Youth Program, the Annual Beloved Seerah Conference, the Annual Treasures of Quran, Leading Hajj & Umrah for more than 7 years, and much more.
Inspired by the teachings of Imam Yassine, Dr. Shahu hopes to make the Muslim Community in Knoxville spiritually oriented, well-organized, closely united and civically engaged in the American Society. On the scholarly level, he is working on a variety of projects, which he conceives as contributing to the raising of a Prophetic Community that can serve as a model for the Muslim Community, not only in the Knoxville Area, but also in other parts of the US.