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).

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 Masjid-e-Jannah, as well as weekly Friday sermons.

Shaykh Ahmad Ali [may Allah preserve him] emigrated from Pakistan to the United Kingdom at an early age. After completing his secular studies, he enrolled at Darul Uloom Al-Arabiya Al-Islamiya, a madrasa located in Northern England. There, he successfully completed the traditional Islamic studies course under the guidance of some of the best scholars in England.Shaykh Ahmad Ali focused his attention on the sciences of aqidah, fiqh, hadith and tafseer. After graduating, Shaykh Ahmad Ali established the al-Mahad Al-Islami in Bradford, England. This institution provides Islamic counseling, education and guidance to youth and university-age students in the area.  Shaykh Ahmad Ali has also authored a number of books, given lectures at numerous institutions, including a special series on the signs of the Day of Judgment. Popular for his dynamic style of speaking, Shaykh Ahmad Ali has traveled across the United Kingdom and to the West Indies to spread the message of Islam.

Moulana Kasim Ingar was born and raised in Gujarat, India and began his pursuit of knowledge completing his Hifz in the Darul Uloom, Falaah e Darain, Tadkeshwar. He went on to complete the Alim course in this world renowned institution. Moulana spent time specializing in Tafseer after graduating from Falaah e Darain. Moulana has Ijazah in Qira'ah from Famous Qurraa, Qari Abbas and Qari Muhammad Saleh.

After graduating, he went to South Africa for a couple of years and served as an Imam and a Teacher. He returned to India in 1984 and was appointed as the Principal in the same institution he studied in. He served as the Principal for 6 years, until 1990.

Moulana moved to Canada in 1990 and has been serving the Muslim community of the Greater Toronto Area since. Moulana has been the head Imam of Jame Abu Bakr Siddique Masjid (SMA) for over 25 years. Moulana is currently the Principal and Shaykhul Hadith of SMA’s full time Darul Uloom, Jamiah Islamiyah Abu Bakr, in Toronto, Canada.

Muhammad Zakariyya Panchbhaya is born and raised in Ontario, Canada. After schooling in Mississauga, he travelled to the UK where he enrolled in the well known seminary, Institute of Islamic Education in Dewsbury.

Muhammad Zakariyya memorized the Holy Quran and mastered the Islamic sciences of Arabic, Hanafi Fiqh, Hadith, Tafseer and Islamic History with honors role during his entire study period of 10 years.

He also earned ijazah in Iftaa under the tutelage of Mufti Mohammed Saeed Motara in the Islamic university in Azaadville, South Africa. Since his arrival back to Canada, after the completion of his intense training and studies in the Islamic sciences, he is currently the imam of Masjid Huzaifa in Scarborough, where he resides with his family.

Mufti Abdullah Mangera was born and raised in Toronto, Canada. His path to knowledge spread across three continents in North America, Europe and Asia. He went on to complete the Hifz-ul-Quraan and the Alim course in the world renowned institution, Jamiah Islamiah Dabhel. Mufti Abdullah also completed his Iftaa course and has Ijaazah from the same institution.

After graduating, Mufti saab returned to Canada and served as an Imam and a teacher of Hadith. He returned to India in 2008 to study and was granted the status of a Qadhi (Judge).

Mufti saab resides with his family in the Greater Toronto Area and currently teaches books of Ahaadith at Jamiah Islamiyah Abu Bakr.

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Shaykhah Amena Shaikh was raised in Toronto, Canada. Her higher Islamic education happened in India where she studied from 1985-1991 at Jameah Islamiah, Malegaon, where she qualified as an Alimah.

Since her return to Canada, Shaykhah has served the Muslim community in many areas. She has taught at the Islamic Foundation of Toronto and children in the evenings at Jamiah Islamiyah Abu Bakr since the early 90’s and also now serves as a VP in the evening Madrassah. Shaykhah is also an advisor to the Abu Bakr Education Academy.

Zakiyah Gangat was born here in Canada. At the tender age of 9, her whole family made the bold step of moving to India to pursue Islamic studies. In India, Zakiyah completed her Alimiyat before returning to Canada at the age of 16. Since her return, she commenced teaching at Islamic Foundation of Toronto. Alongside teaching, she embarked on the catch up of her academic education. She completed her high school and then a BSc in Psychology and Religion from the University of Toronto. Zakiyah spent the past five years in England after getting married. In England, She completed the Diploma in Contextual Islamic Studies and Leadership at the Cambridge Muslim College run by Shaikh Abdal Hakim Murad. This course enabled her to work alongside members of different faiths as a Muslim Chaplain in the hospital setting. Alongside this, Zakiyah continued teaching at various institutes in London. Currently she resides here in Toronto with her Husband and 3 children of which the youngest is 3 weeks old.

Shaykha Saleha Gangat was born and raised in Montreal, Quebec. She travelled to India at the age of 12, where she spent 8 years of rigorous study mastering the Islamic sciences ie Fiqh, Hadeeth, Tafseer, Arabic Language, Aqeedah, and its associated sciences. She completed the memorization of the Holy Quran in 2001. For the past 10 years Shaykha Saleha has taught at various institutes within the GTA to students of various age groups, but primarily focusing on the youth. She holds an Honors BSc. degree with High Distinction from the University of Toronto, majoring in Neuroscience and Psychology.

Shaykha Saleha is currently residing in Montreal, Quebec with her husband and two children where she is studying medicine at McGill University.

Shaykha. Saleh’s passion is to help the youth integrate their Islamic and Canadian identities in a coherent manner that allows them to be successful Muslim Canadians.

Shaykhah Naeema Koya was born and raised in Toronto. She completed her complete Aalimah program at Al-ashraf islamic school. She currently teaches at Islamic Foundation of Toronto in the full time hifz as well as evening madressa department.