Speakers

Shaykh Sulaiman Moola [may Allah preserve him] began studying the sacred sciences at an early age. After having completed the memorization of the Quran at the age of 14 in 1989, for the next seven years he went on to study the Islamic sciences which include Arabic [and all its related sciences becoming especially fluent in Arabic poetry], Tafsir, Hadith, Aqidah and Fiqh [specializing in the Hanafi School].

Having studied under senior ulama from South Africa and the Indian Subcontinent and receiving ijazah from them, he went on to teach at various Madaris in South Africa including Dar al-Uloom Zakariyya.

Shaykh Sulaiman Moola currently lives in South Africa and has travelled extensively throughout the Muslim world and the West for the purpose of Dawah and teaching. Some of the countries he has visited include various Central African nations, the Middle East, United Kingdom, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, India, Pakistan, Australia, Canada, West Indies and the U.S. His travels and lectures have been a means of great inspiration to many across the globe.

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.

He was born in Whittier, California, and lived in Southern California until the age of ten when he moved to Blaine, Washington. After graduating from Blaine High School, he went on to attend the University of Washington and in 2004 completed a Bachelors of Science in Biochemistry and a Bachelors of Arts in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations.

During his study at the university he was active on campus, serving as the president of the UW Muslim Students Association, which was and is one of the largest and most active student groups on campus, as serving for two years as a student senator, and the Senate- appointed member of special funding committee, which disbursed tens of thousands of dollars to student groups on campus to help fund student-run events. After 9/11 he was also listed by the University of Washington as an expert on Islam and was invited to address various groups from all walks of life from universities to high schools to community groups as well as all forms of media (TV, Radio, Newspaper, Internet).

After graduation Shaykh Hamzah went on to pursue traditional Islamic studies, which took him to a number of countries, including Syria and Egypt where he studied the Arabic language, Morocco, Mauritania, and UAE, where he studied the madhab of Imam Malik, grammar, usul al-hadith, and the two renditions of the qira’ah of Imam Nafi’, Warsh and Qalun, and finally Pakistan where he had the opportunity to study tafsir, usul al-hadith, hadith, ‘ilm al-rijal and Hanafi fiqh.

All of these studies culminated in him receiving an ijazat al-tadris, literally meaning “a license to teach” which is the equivalent in Pakistani Islamic seminaries to a MA in Arabic and Islamic studies, as well as an unbroken chain of transmission by which to narrate the hadith of such books as the Muwatta of Imam Malik, the Sihah al-Sittah (Bukhari, Muslim, Abu Dawud, Tirmidhi, Nasa’i and Ibn Majah), and the Sharh Ma’ani al-Athar of Imam al-Tahawi.

After his return to the United States, Shaykh Hamzah spent five years as the resident scholar of the Thawr Institute, a non-profit religious and educational organization based in Seattle, Washington, teaching, giving khutbahs in local masajid, and travelling through America promoting the knowledge and practice of the sunnah. In parallel with his work at Thawr, he was worked closely with Islamic Relief, CAIR Seattle, and a number of other non-profit organizations that serve the Muslim Community.

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.

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 is currently a full time hifz class teacher at Jamiyah Islamiyyah 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.


Sister Speakers

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.