The Founder

YMC was founded by Imam Taymullah in 2012. Imam Taymullah is a religious leader, educator and former chaplain at Harvard University.  He holds a diploma in Islamic Studies from Al Baseerah International Institute as well as classical license in Islamic theology. He also holds an M.A. in Global Inter-religious Leadership from Andover Newton Theological School.

He has been a Holocaust educator, and a professional development facilitator for high school teachers in the subjects of post-civil war Reconstruction, Race & Membership, Eugenics and News Literacy in a Digital Age.

After years of serving as imam for the Massachusetts Department of Correction and witnessing young men penalized with long prison sentences for not having the proper decision-making skills, he decided to try and counter that trend. In founding Young Merchants Club he hopes to help at-risk youth take their lives into their own hands and change the narrative.

He is the author of 44 Ways to Manhood (published by International Islamic Publishing House in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia) and host and executive producer of Exconversations podcast, streaming on TIDAL.



My name is Taymullah.


It is my life' s goal to manifest my faith in God by helping to prevent youth delinquency and to advocate on behalf of men who have been system-affected. For me, it's not about pointing fingers, it's about teaching through blindspots and shining a light on inequities.

In the two decades that I've been a pastoral care provider and educator, my most profound revelation has been to realize that the greatest gift anyone can give is to offer themselves up for a cause greater than the food they eat, the car they drive and the clothes they wear.

"O My servants who have transgressed against themselves, do not despair in the mercy of Allah" Quran 39:53