We all know the true pillars and foundations of this community started with the brothers and sisters that founded the Islamic Association of Cincinnati in 1969. They have dedicated 40 plus years of their lives to building this organization, and have graciously entrusted these spiritual leaders to continue to spread the dream that is the Clifton Mosque.


Shaykh Ismaeel Chartier, Imam

Imam Ismaeel Chartier is the spiritual leader of our Clifton community. He established Clifton Mosque as an archetypal Muslim community locally, nationally, and internationally. Under his leadership, we have accomplished many things, including: the largest, single, one-time donation to the Freestore Foodbank, created the Sacred Table Interfaith Luncheon Series, received declaration from the City of Cincinnati declaring Anti-Islamophobia, and has changed the opinion of the masses about Muslims in Southern Ohio and Northern Kentucky.

He has also established weekly lessons and multiple weekend seminars including: Misquoting God, Practical Rumi, and the Metaphysics of Prayer. He has made fundamental strides in engaging the other and creating new opportunities to explore interfaith within Cincinnati.

Imam Ismaeel would love to see all of the Muslims in Cincinnati working to make our community, our city, and our country a better place to live. Imam Ismaeel is building a theological seminary in Cincinnati.


Shaykh Mahmoud Khalil, Qari

Shaykh Mahmoud Khalil has been the long time Qari at Clifton Mosque. He has led taraweh, the daily prayers, and has taught Quran to children for many years. He currently teaches children of all ages and adults to memorize the Quran at Noor al Islam K-12 Co-Op and Islamic Weekend School of Clifton.

Shaykh Mahmoud offers Private Quran Lessons to children and men. If you are interested in signing up for weekly Quran Memorization classes, please email our Administrative Director at

Shaykh Mahmoud would like to start a full time Quran program in the Clifton Community and graduate students every year.