Imam Asal was born on August 27, 1977 in the Menoufiya province of Egypt. He began his education in public school, then joined Al-Azhar middle school at the age of 12 and continued his study at Al-Azhar through high school. Upon completion of high school, Imam Asal was accepted to Al-Azhar University in the college of Languages and Translation and selected Islamic Studies in English as his major.
Graduating in 2000, he ranked first in his class with a general grade of Excellent with Honors. After graduating, he was appointed as a graduate teaching assistant in the Islamic Studies in English department of Al-Azhar University. Following this he joined post graduates studies and finished two preliminary years preceding a Masters in 2002. Afterwards he received a Masters in Islamic Studies in 2006. He then became an Assistant Lecturer at Al-Azhar University.
During much of his time at Al-Azhar, Imam Asal worked in the field of Translation; mainly Islamic translation. He has translated several works into English. He has worked in this capacity as Translation Manager at Huda TV, an Islamic Channel targeting English speaking Muslims and non-Muslims.
At 22 years of age, Imam Asal worked as an Imam at a large Masjid in one of the districts of Cairo. After a year and a half he took the position of teaching assistant at Al-Azhar University, teaching Islamic subjects in English. At the same time, Imam Asal worked as a volunteer Imam giving sermons and lectures at different Masjids.
In July 2003, Imam Asal participated in American Studies Summer Institute in Cairo that was held in Cairo by the Fulbright Commission in collaboration with George Washington University (GWU).
In October 2006, Imam Asal traveled to Denver, Colorado in response to an invitation extended to him by Colorado Muslim Society (CMS) to lead the Taraweeh prayers and participate in Dawah programs during the month of Ramadan.
In November 2006, Imam Asal represented Al-Azhar University in Interfaith Dialogue with the Anglican Church in London, and spent one month at Ridley Hall, Cambridge University. He gave several presentations about Islam at Ridley Hall and also at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford.
In July 2007, Imam Asal was invited by Dr. Samy Abdul-Baky, the Chairman of the Islamic Association of Raleigh (IAR) to lead the Taraweeh prayer and participate in Dawah activities during the month of Ramadan, 1428 A.H/September 2007. Right after the month of Ramadan, he was offered the position of Imam at the Islamic Center of Raleigh, which he accepted.
Imam Asal enjoys sports, especially soccer and volleyball. He also loves to run and stay fit. Fishing is one of his favorite hobbies and he has been fishing since he was 7 years old.
A quote by Imam Asal
It is my pleasure to work for the Islamic Association of Raleigh and serve the Muslim community in Raleigh. Since the first day of my work at the Islamic Center of Raleigh, I had the feeling that I am bearing a great responsibility in front of Allah (SWT) to benefit the Muslim community with the knowledge that He gifted me with. This community has so many good brothers and sisters who are energetic and active in giving Dawah and serving their deen; I pray that Allah grants them sincerity for His sake and favors them with acceptance. Also I am impressed with the youth of the IAR, who are loving for their deen and anxious to learn more about it. I pray to Allah (SWT) to bless them, protect them from all evils, make them righteous servant of His, and make them beneficial for themselves, their families, and the whole Muslim Ummah in general.