Speakers

Mohamed Hoblos, hailing from Sydney, Australia is best known for his ability to deliver passionate talks and short reminders on various topics regarding the Muslim of today. He is a regular on leading social media channels including ‘One Path Network’ and 'Living Muslim' and you may remember him from the ‘Last Chance’ movie, which was the first Islamic short film of its kind that has been shown in cinemas across the world.

With powerful reminders and a straight up “no-nonsense” approach, his words resonate with much of the Muslim community and in particular, with the youth. By emphasising the importance of putting knowledge into action, his lectures have had a major impact on the hearts of many.

Shaykh Shoaib Wardak was born in Afghanistan, and later emigrated to Canada. His commitment to the sacred sciences began early in his life when Allah blessed him with the ability, by age 14, to complete the memorization of the Holy Quran. He then pursued farther, and began his rigorous 6-year Alim course at Jaamiah-al-Uloom Al-Islamiyyaah in Ajax, Canada. He went on to complete the last two years of his Alimiya course at the renowned Dar-ul-Uloom Zakariyya, South Africa. Here, Shaykh had the oppurtunity to study under the guidance of the likes of Shaykh Mufti Radha-ul-Haq (D.B.), Qari Ayub Essack (D.B.), and Shaykh Sulaiman Moola (D.B.). His studies were based on the traditional Darse-Nizami curriculum of Islamic education. Upon completing his studies, Shaykh spent one year in the Indian Subcontinent (India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh) in tabligh, giving da'wah, calling all towards the work of deen. Since his return to Scarborough, Canada, Shaykh has been serving as a Teacher/Administrator at Al-Amanah Islamic Academy. Shaykh also conducts weekly tafseer at Jame Abu Bakr Siddique, as well as weekly Friday sermons.

Shaykh Mufti Muhammad ibn Adam al-Kawthari is a traditionally-trained Islamic scholar who has studied the Arabic language and various other traditional Islamic sciences including Qur’anic exegesis (tafsir), Hadith and Fiqh in different parts of the world including the UK, Pakistan and Syria. His Shuyukh/teachers include his father, Shaykh Mawlana Adam, Shaykh Yusuf Motala, Shaykh Mufti Muhammad Taqi Usmani, Shaykh Abd al-Razzaq al-Halabi and others. He has received authorizations (ijazahs) in various Islamic disciplines including the six major collections of Hadith and the science of issuing religious verdicts (Fatwa). His authored works include: Islamic Guide to Sexual Relations, Birth Control & Abortion in Islam, The Issue of Shares and Simplified Rules of Zakat, and is widely known for providing answers to people’s everyday issues and comprehensive fiqh related articles; which can be found at his website www.daruliftaa.com.

The Shaykh has taught many courses and lectured extensively on a range of topics, and continues to travel regularly teaching and lecturing both in the UK and abroad. Presently, he resides in Leicester, UK, where he is a teacher of various traditional Islamic sciences, and Director and researcher at the Institute of Islamic Jurisprudence (Darul Iftaa, www.daruliftaa.com).

Mufti Shoaib Ingar was born in India, in his hometown of Tadkeshwar and later moved to Scarborough, Canada at a young age.

Mufti Saheb completed the memorization of the holy Qur'an at Islamic Foundation of Toronto's full time hifz program, graduating amongst the first batch of students. He then enrolled in Al-Ashraf academy in Scarborough, embarking a journey of studying the higher Islamic Sciences under the tutelage of his respectable father, Mawlana Kasim Ingar Saheb, and Mufti Adam Koya Saheb. Mufti Saheb then took a journey to the United Kingdom, where he enrolled in Darul Uloom Al-Arabiyyah Al-Islamiyyah (better known as Darul Uloom Bury), to complete his final years of the Dars-e-Nizami curriculum. Here, he had the honour of studying under the likes of Hadhrat Mawlana Yusuf Motala Saheb, Mufti Shabbir Ahmed Saheb, Mawlana Abdur-Raheem Limbada Saheb, and many more. Mufti Saheb graduated in 2008 with outstanding positions. Then, Mufti Saheb spent one year at the renowned Islamic institute, Jamia'h Falah-e-Darain, (in his hometown Tadkeshwar, Gujarat) studying the science of Ifta (Islamic Jurisprudence and delivering verdicts on the rulings of Shariah) under the tutorship of Shaykh Shayr Ali (RA) and other luminaries.

Mufti Saheb has also received Ijazah to narrate hadith from his various tutors, aswell as other mashaikh including his honourable grandfather, Hadhrat Mawlana Abdullah Kapodrawi Saheb.

Mufti Saheb full time teacher of Hadith at Jamiyah Islamiyah Abu Bakr as well as a part time Alim/Alima class teacher. Along with his teaching duties, Mufti Saheb lectures at Masjid Abu Bakr at the Jummuah Salah, aswell as other local masajid occasionaly. He is also an executive member on the Pearls of Paradise team.

Shaykh Muhammad Zakariya ibn Ismail began his journey of seeking traditional knowledge at a very early age. Travelling to DarulUloom al-Arabiyyah al-Islamiyyah in the city of Holcombe, Bury in northern England, he would stay for over a decade beginning his studies with the memorization of the Holy Qur’an, which he completed at a tender age. Upon completing his memorization he began the study of Arabic, jurisprudence and other Islamic sciences comprising the madrassa syllabus. During his final year he completed the six canonical collections of hadith [Sihah al-Sitta] under the tutelage of several masters including Shaykh Yusuf ibn Sulayman Motala (db), Shaykh Islam ul-Haqq and, his uncle, Shaykh Hashim all senior students of the hadith master Shaykh Muhammad Zakariyya al-Kandhlawi rahimahullah.

Shaykh Zakariya grew up in a household of immense piety having had the honour of staying with and serving some of the leading ‘Ulema of the Indian sub-continent. During the course of his studies he also travelled to places throughout the Muslim world and was able to meet many of the foremost scholars from whom he derived great benefit such as his father in-law Shaykh Abdur Rahim ibn Sulayman Motala.

He currently resides in Toronto serving as the Imam of Masjid-ut-Taqwa where he holds lessons in Islamic spirituality as well as weekly gatherings of knowledge.

Shaykh Junaid Bhaiyat’s dedication to the sacred sciences started at an early age. After having completed the memorization of the Qur’an at the age of 12, he traveled to the renowned seminary Darul ‘Uloom Falah-e-Darain, India, to study the art of Tajweed and concurrently learnt the Urdu language. Therefter, he returned to Toronto and continued to study the traditional Dars-Nizami syllabus – a rigorous 7-year course – at Jamiyah Islamiyah Abu Bakr. His studies included, (but were not limited to) Arabic (Etymology), Morphology, Rhetoric) , Tafsir (Exegesis), Hadith, Aqidah (Theology) and Fiqh (Jurisprudence) [specializing in the Hanafi School]. Upon culmination, he received a sanad (chain of transmission) and Ijaazah (license to teach) in the six canonical books of Hadith. Sheikh has been delivering Khutbahs and lectures throughout various Masaajid in the GTA, and travels often, learning and teaching this noble faith, primarily visiting the San Francisco-Bay Area and other places across the globe. Shaykh is currently the resident scholar at IMO and also delivers weekly Tafsir at Masjid Quba, Ajax, a portion of which is available on YouTube. Most recently, Sheikh has completed a Masters degree at the International Islamic University of Malaysia, from the faculty of Islamic Revealed Knowledge, specializing in the Qur’an and Sunnah department. The thesis has recently been endorsed and published, and is an in depth study of the classical hadith work of the 13th century scholar, Imam Al-Qurtubi (May Allah swt be pleased with him).


Sister Speakers

Zaineb Bodhania was born and raised in Toronto. In 2010, she enrolled in the A'limiyyah program at Jaamiah Islaamiyah Scarborough where she completed a 6 year intensive study of Arabic, Tafseer, Ahadeeth and Fiqh in 2015. She currently teaches Arabic Grammar and Morphology, Fiqh, Arabic Literature and Seerah in the Aalimah program along with teaching the Grade 6 evening madrasah class at Masjid Darus Salaam.

Sister Zakera Jogiat was born and raised in South Africa and moved to Canada in 2005. She resides in Toronto with her two children and husband.

Sister Zakera studied Islamic studies in South Africa and India with local scholars for a brief period. Coupled with her passion to teach and portray the beauty of Islam in a progressive and engaging manner she has taught and engaged with youth and children at local organisations and Islamic schools for the past 15 years, both in South Africa and the GTA. She continues to offer private Islamic studies classes to youth and children, with focus on character building and love for the Quraan.

She currently is pursuing her studies in ilmul Qiraat and tahfeedh of the Qur’aan and has received ijaazah in the riwayah of Hafs an Aasim and Asharah Sughra.

Shaykhah graduated in 2010 from MMI - South Africa. She has been teaching, young and old, mostly Quran. She recently completed Ashara Sughra. She is a mother of two.

Sister Sobia Hussain is a storyteller, writer and entrepreneur for 10 years. She runs creative personal development workshops with diverse communities focusing on relationships, healing and growth. Sobia is also a marketing and communications consultant for businesses. She has three children from ages 11-18.

Aalimah Atiya was born and raised in Montreal. After completing high school, she had an interest in seeking islamic knowledge and she pursued aalimiyyah at Jame Abu Bakr and in South Africa. Aalimah Atiya has taught a wide range of students, from new muslims, to young children to teenagers and adults. She is currently a full time teacher of aalimah program at masjid Darussalam.