In 1989 three American converts to Islam joined together to form Saheeh International. Initially established to edit Islamic literature in English submitted by authors to Dar Abul-Qasim of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, shortly thereafter the group began to produce material of its own as well. Their most notable work was published in 1997 – a translation of the Qur’an’s meanings. Numerous scholars now regard it as one of the most accurate Qur’an translations available. Another highly acclaimed book by Saheeh International is Clear Your Doubts About Islam: 50 Answers to Common Questions, which is now being used as part of the da‘wah training program at GainPeace.com in the USA.
Executive Director: Amatullah J. Bantley was born in Rochester, Minnesota in 1966 and holds a degree in Business Management. She embraced Islam at the age of 20 and moved to Jeddah a year later. In 1995 she founded The Path to Knowledge, the exclusive distributor for Dar Abul-Qasim publications in the USA for five years. When the previous owner closed Dar Abul-Qasim in 2005 due to poor health, Amatullah aspired to reopen it in hopes of sharing the knowledge she had learned while working with the publisher. After overcoming many obstacles, she obtained ownership in 2007 and now hopes to bring Dar Abul-Qasim into the international arena, concentrating on authentic, well-written Islamic reading material.
Author & Translator: Umm Muhammad, Aminah Assami was born in southern California in 1940 and embraced Islam in 1974 in Syria after completing intensive Arabic language courses. In 1981 she moved to Saudi Arabia, and has taught classes in tafseer and basic fiqh at the Islamic Cultural Center in Jeddah since 1991. She has authored and/or revised more than 80 Islamic books in English, mostly for Dar Abul-Qasim. Her precise translation skills and effective writing style has gained her an impressive reputation appreciated by a dedicated reading audience. Some of her bestselling titles are The Global Messenger, Realities of Faith, The Path to Prayer, The Marriage Procedure in Islam, The Forty Hadith of al-Iman an-Nawawi (in which each hadith is accompanied by explanatory notes), and From the Guidance of Surah Ya Seen.
English Editor: Mary M. Kennedy was born in Orlando, Florida in 1965 and graduated from The Florida State University in 1986 with an English/Business Pre-Law major. She embraced Islam in 1985 and moved to Jeddah in early 1987, where she currently resides. Her expertise in the English language has been a valuable asset to the team’s production of appealing literature. Having been on leave for several years, she returned at the beginning of 2009 to continue her work with Saheeh International.