Mohamed Baianonie was born September 23, 1952 in Allipo, Syria. For as long as he can remember he has always wanted to study shariah. "I first started to study shariah in the seventh grade," recalled Baianonie. "The school that I attended taught all the basic subjects one learns in public school but added in other subjects such as Shariah and Tafseer."
In November of 1985, Imam Baianonie was invited by the MSA (Muslim Student Association) of NC State University to spend a weekend in Raleigh. He met with the MSA president and other members who requested him to move to Raleigh to fulfill the position of Imam. "When I first came to Raleigh they had not even finished building the first floor of the old masjid," remembered Imam Baianonie. "They had the foundation down, but the walls had not even been built yet."