Shaykh Muhammad Saleem Dhorat was born on the 7th of November 1962 in Bhoria; a small, rural village in India and from a very young age displayed the signs of piety, trustworthiness, zeal for knowledge and concern for humanity for which he is now well known.
Shaykh Saleem Dhorat arrived in England in 1973 at the age of 11 with his mother and siblings to join his father, Hafidh Ibraheeem Dhorat. Shaykh’s father was serving as an Imam in Leicester.
In 1980, Shaykh Saleem Dhorat enrolled to study Islamic Theology at Darul Uloom Al Arabiyyah Al Islamiyyah, which is based in Bury, Lancashire and at that time it was the only institute of its kind in the United Kingdom.
After graduating with honours, Shaykh Saleem Dhorat remained at the Darul Uloom for a further five years as a lecturer: a testimony to his academic brilliance and capability. He taught books such as Usulus Shashi, Hidaayatun Nahw, Mirqaat, Hidaayah and the well known book of Hadith, Riyaadus Saliheen.
In 1991 Shaykh Saleem Dhorat founded the Islamic Dawah Academy to help people, especially the young, understand the teachings of Islam. Initially starting from his home, the Academy has now grown to provide religious guidance, information and courses, advice services, dawah amongst non-Muslims, youth activities and publications. It regularly holds talk and tours for visiting luminaries from around the world and is recognised for it’s monthly English journal, Riyadul Jannah. Shaykh’s regular discourses throughout the UK and around the world attract huge audiences and many of Shaykh’s thought provoking lectures are recorded and available via a range of media.
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 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 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.
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.
Aalimah Aamena Shaikh graduated from Jameat Us Saalihat in Malegoan, India in 1991. After coming to Canada in 1993 she started to provide her services to SMA. She was the first female teacher who started to teach teenage girls and since been teaching in Abu Bakr. She also teaches at Islamic Foundation of Toronto.
Saleha Gangat was born and raised in Montreal, Quebec and travelled with her family to India for the acquisition of Islamic studies. There she spent eight years completing the Aa'limiyat course in Panoli, Gujarat where she learnt the Islamic sciences of Tafseer, Hadith, Fiqh, and Hifz under the guidance of the late Qari Abdul Hameed Dhudhat Rahimahullah and obtained her ijazah. Thereafter, she has taught for over 15 years around the GTA mainly focusing on the youth. She has an Hounours BSc from the University of Toronto in psychology and Neuroscience and a medical degree from McGill University. She is a part time family doctor in Hamilton and A full time mother of four young children. She is the Co-Founder of Al-Fatihah Learning which is currently offering classes for adult sisters in Tajweed and Qirah. She is also a member of the Jamiatul Ulema of Canada. Her passion is for the youth to develop an integrated Muslim Canadian identity and to change the Muslim women stereotype.
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.
Fatima Mulla Panchbhaya, a mother of three and resident of Toronto, Canada, pursued her advanced Islamic education in the U.K, where she graduated from a six year Islamic theology and jurisprudence course. Over the course of the six years, she completed comprehensive studies of Hadith, Quran, tafseer, aqaa’id, fiqh, Arabic grammar and academics. She then went onto qualifying as a elementary school teacher in UK. Over the years she has been teaching Islamic studies to sisters of various age groups in different masajid.
Currently, she is teaching girls aalimiyah program at madresa amin ul uloom which she privately runs in malton and also helps with a small community Muslim youth club in her local area.
Bint Ismaeel Beelut was born in Canada. Her family moved to Mauritius for the sake of Deen when she was 2 years old. There she attended Islamic School. After elementary, they returned back where she then did the initial years of Dars Nizaami under Mufti Adam Koya Saheb and Ml Nazim Mangera saheb, boarding at Bowmanville. She then went on to Azaadville, South Africa to complete her final years.
Upon return, she taught at Al Qalam Institute in Windsor. She also had programs geared towards the youths and intensive courses for ladies. She has relocated to Toronto and has since been teaching under Mufti Ibrahim Kureshi Saheb. She is currently teaching at Al Khalil Institute.