Wall Street Journal reporter Tamara Audi sheds light on the fact that the number of qualified imams is being outpaced by the growth of the Muslim American population. The quantitative challenge is coupled with concerns regarding imam preparation – young Muslims in particular are looking for knowledgeable religious authorities who can provide guidance on the issues they face, in a way that connects with them.

President Jihad Turk is quoted in the piece, and Bayan’s role in leadership development through its affiliation with Claremont School of Theology is mentioned. Imam Suhaib Webb, one of Bayan’s visiting faculty members, is also referenced for his relatable approach to religious education.