Our Instructors

Dr. Abdalla Idris Ali

Dr. Abdalla Idris Ali served as imam and director, and founded the first full-time Islamic school in Toronto, Canada. He served as the principal of ISNA Islamic Community School for 17 years. He also served on ISNA’s Executive Council, Majlis Ash-Shura, Youth and Education Committee and as president of ISNA for two terms. He is the chair of the Islamic Media Foundation, a member of NAIT Board, a founding member of CISNA, and chair of ISNA Education Forum. Sheikh Abdalla was appointed director for CIENA in Kansas City, Missouri. He served on the board of trustees of IBERR, which serves minority communities. He is currently working as the executive director of ISNA Canada.

Dr. Amjad Qourshah

Associate Prof. in Comparative Religions and Christian-Muslim Relations.

A former lecturer at the Faculty of Shari’ah (Islamic Studies), Jordan University from 2003–2018.
From 2019–present, a resident scholar, lecturer, trainer and family spiritual issues consultant at Al-Dar Foundation, Oakville, Ontario, Canada.

He obtained his MA Degree in Qur’anic Exegeses (Interpretation) from Jordan University in 1997, and his PhD in Comparative Religions and Christian-Muslim Relations from Birmingham University, UK, 2003.


Dr. Khurram Khan

Dr. Khurram Khan served on the board of directors and executive committee of MAC in several capacities. His focus is on working with youth and young adults to achieve their professional and personal goals. He is also an adviser to Islamic organizations and an Islamic lecturer in the community. Professionally, he is an Associate Professor of Medicine at McMaster University. He has a Masters in Epidemiology and has published many peer-reviewed research articles in the specialty area of Digestive diseases. He enjoys studying history, playing sports, and spending time with his family.

Dr. Monzer Kahf

Dr. Monzer Kahf is a Syrian American professor of Islamic Economics and Finance. He received his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Utah in 1975. He has made significant contributions to Islamic Economics and Finance. His contributions include being a collaborating expert at the Islamic Fiqh Academy, and IMF Consultant on Islamic Finance. Dr. Monzer also served as the Head of Research in IRTI-IDB, Senior Research Economist, Director of Finance in the Islamic Society of North America, and a few other positions.

Dr. Abdulazeem Abozaid

Dr. Abdulazeem holds Ph.D. and Master in Islamic Financial Law. He also holds three BAs in Islamic Law, Arabic language, and English Literature; two higher studies diplomas in Islamic Law and Human Sciences.

He has extensive working experience as a Lecturer at Damascus University since 1998, then at International Islamic University Malaysia, specializing in Islamic Financial Law. He has conducted many workshops and training courses at several Islamic banks, financial institutions and universities.


Dr. Jamal Badawi

Dr. Jamal Badawi is a Muslim Canadian, well-known author, activist, preacher and speaker on Islam.

Dr. Badawi completed his undergraduate studies in Cairo, Egypt and obtained his Masters and Ph.D. in Business Administration at Indiana University. He is a former professor of both the Religious Studies and Business Management departments at the Sobey School of Business at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.


Sh. Ahmed Khalil

Sheikh Ahmed Khalil is a second-generation Canadian Muslim, inspirational speaker, imam, and da’wah coordinator. He is the manager of the MAC Islamic Centre in Ottawa, ON, where he also serves as the imam and khateeb. He has more than 20 years of experience in da’wah and Islamic activism.

He has a B.Eng. in Computer Engineering, from Carleton University, where he served with the MSA. He also has a diploma in Film Production from Vancouver, where he worked on integrating da’wah through the media.


Sh. Mohammad Z. Aboughoda

Mohammad Zahid Aboughoda is a well-grounded, frequent khatib and speaker across Canada. Studied at the hand of his late father Sheikh Abdul Fattah Aboughoda, a great scholar and dai’ya.


Dr. Ahmed Abdel Meguid

Dr. Ahmed Abdel Meguid has been an Assistant Professor of Religion at Syracuse University since 2011. He received his Ph.D. from the Department of Philosophy at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, in the same year.

His areas of specialization include the history of philosophy and philosophy of religion with a special focus on late 18th, 19th and early 20th-century German philosophy, as well as Islamic philosophy, theology, and mysticism.


Dr. Jasser Auda

Professor Jasser Auda is a scholar of Islamic legal theory, especially the higher purposes (maqasid) of the Islamic law. He is the President of Maqasid Institute Global, a think tank registered in the USA, UK, Malaysia and Indonesia, a Visiting Professor at the Centre for the Study of Islam at Carleton University, Canada, a Visiting Professor at the Rule of Law Institute, Faculty of Law, Loyola University Chicago, and Al-Shatibi Chair for Maqasid Studies at the International Peace University in South Africa.

Sh. Mahdi Tirkawi

Mahdi Tirkawi est Imam à la mosquée Al-Rawdah (Montréal, Québec). Après l’obtention de son baccalauréat en France, il s’est dirigé vers Le Caire pour suivre des études de droit musulman à l’université Al-Azhar.

En 2012, il s’installe à Montréal pour continuer ses études d’une part (à l’UdeM, maîtrise en science des religions et à l’UQÀM, certificat pour formateurs) et exercer en tant qu’Imam à la mosquée Al-Rawdah, Centre Communautaire Laurentien.

À travers l’exercice de ses fonctions, il cherche à faire le lien entre le spirituel et le développement personnel.


Dr. Ali Al-Halawani

Dr. Ali is a lifelong student of the world-renowned Al-Azhar Al-Sharif. In his youth, he completed the intermediate/high school curriculum of Al-Azhar. Then moved on to complete his Bachelor’s degree and graduate studies there as well. He obtained a Master’s degree in linguistics and the translation of Islamic and shari’ah-based terms. He completed a PhD in Computational Linguistics and Translation of the Meanings of the Quran (Qur’anic Studies).