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Anwar Shah Arkani is two-times refugee, a lifelong activist and human rights defender for Rohingya people.
In 1998 Anwar was resettled in Canada as a government sponsored refugee. He was also awarded a scholarship by the United State Information Agency [for Burmese Students] to study at Indiana University. He graduated with Bachelor of Science in December 2002.
In 2006-7 Anwar rescued and helped thousands of stranded Rohingya at the Thai-Burma border. Anwar has been invited by NGOs to talk at the United Nations, Geneva, about the Rohingya’s plights; first time in March 2009 at the UNHRC, and the second time in April 2009 at Durban Review Conference, UN Geneva.
Anwar is the founder and president of the Rohingya Association of Canada [RAC]. He has been engaged in helping with post settlement work for the newly resettled Rohingya in Kitchener since their arrival in 2007. He has been a frequent speaker at conferences and seminars related to Rohingya’s current issue
Dr Mohsina Chaklader is a community gastroenterologist working in Toronto. She is Fellow of the American College of Physicians and Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada.
As gastroenterologist Dr Chaklader brings deep research experience in nutrition, gastroenterology, and internal medicine, as well as extensive volunteer.” experience in clinics serving the homeless, refugees and immigrants.
Recently she has been volunteering for Medical services at Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh.
Saifullah Muhammad is a Rohingyain youth activist and one of the co-founders of Canadian Rohingya Development Initiative. He has been a refugee in Bangladesh, Thailand and Malaysia before he arrived in Canada in 2016. Since his arrival in Canada, he advocates for the Rohingya people along with friends from Rohingya and non-Rohingya communities. He currently studies Journalism at Conestoga College, Kitchener.
Br. Tahir Alvi has been elected as President of Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA Canada) by the members of General Assembly after an election held in July 2017.
The new President Br. Tahir Alvi lives in Calgary and is a Geologist by profession. He is currently serving the Calgary community in the health sector with his business entrepreneurial skills.
He has been elected member of Board of Directors of ICNA Canada several times.
Brother Alvi has been a Vice President of ICNA Canada and the President of Western Region of ICNA Canada in the past.
He has also been a member of the board of directors at MCC serving the Muslim Council of Calgary.
Dr. Zulfiqar Ali Shah is the Executive Director of the Fiqh Council of North America and Director Religious Affairs of the Islamic Society of Milwaukee. He received his Ph. D. (Theology and Religious Studies) from the University of Wales, U. K., obtained his M.A. (Hons), (Islamic Studies: Usuluddin with specialization in Comparative Religions) from the International Islamic University, Islamabad, Pakistan and B. A. (Hons), (Islamic Studies: Usuluddin) from the same university. He is Hafiz of al-Qur’an. He has taught at the International Islamic University Islamabad, University of Wales, University of Northeast Florida and St. Thomas University. He is the former president of the Sharia’ Scholars Association of North America (SSANA) and Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA).
He has authored many scholarly articles and several books on a variety of subjects. His books include the “Astronomical Calculations and Ramadan: A Fiqhi Discourse” and “A Study of Anthropomorphism and Transcendence in the Bible and Qur’an: Scripture & God in the Judeo-Christian & Islamic Tradition”. His areas of interests are Comparative Religions, Tafseer, Islamic Theology, Islamic Philosophy, Comparative Fiqh, Islamic History and Islamic Civilization.
Clinical Professor, Department of Medicine, Divisions of Endocrinology and Metabolism and Geriatric Medicine
Director, Calcium Disorders Clinic, St. Joseph’s Healthcare, McMaster University
Chair, International Osteonecrosis of Jaw Task Force
Chair, Rapid Response Committee, Osteoporosis Canada
Past Chair of the International Society of Clinical Densitometry (ISCD) Certification Council and Founding Chair of the Canadian Panel ISCD
Dr. Khan has published more than 100 scientific papers on osteoporosis, parathyroid disease and skeletal health assessment. She has written numerous book chapters and is the Co-Editor of the Handbook of Parathyroid Disease published by Springer 2012.
Dr. Mohammed Iqbal Masood Al-Nadvi is a well-known Islamic scholar in Canada, one of few who have the authority to confer an Islamic legal ruling (fatwa). He holds a Ph.D. in Islamic Shariah (law), with specialization in jurisprudence (Fiqh) and taught the Islamic Shariah and Jurisprudence subjects in King Saud University, Saudi Arabia, for six years and dealt with various topics such as principles of jurisprudence (Usool Al-Fiqh), Islamic Culture, Islamic Political Thought, Islamic movements and Fiqh of Organization. He has memorized the whole Qur’an.
Sheikh Alnadvi is also serving as Chairperson of Canadian Council of Imams.
Dr. Al-Nadvi also served as Director of Al-Falah Islamic School in Oakville, Ontario from 2004 to 2011, prior to which he served as Imam of Muslim Association of Calgary Islamic Center from 1998-2004. Mohammed Iqbal Al-Nadvi also served as a member of the University of Calgary chaplaincy team. His role at the U of C was to provide spiritual and moral guidance for Muslims on campus as well as help facilitate cultural understanding.
Mr. Baig previously served as President of Islamic Circle of North America for three terms and on the Majlis Ash-Shura from 2010-2012. He is currently the ICNA Vice President for Public Affairs and the Executive Director of the ICNA Council for Social Justice. He is also the Chairman of the National Coalition to Protect Civil Freedoms (NCPCF) and the American Muslim Taskforce (AMT), an umbrella body of 10 national American Muslim organizations.
He currently serves on the board of Interfaith Workers Justice and co-chairs the National Muslim-Christian
Initiative. He is also a member of the Taskforce on Global Initiative on Faith, Health and Development. He additionally worked as a consultant on the “Study on Christian-Muslim Relations,” sponsored by the Department of Interfaith Relations of the Presbyterian Church (USA).
A family physician, Dr. Fozia Alvi has served multiple communities in the Calgary area with her medical expertise. After the current Rohingya crisis started in 2017, Dr. Alvi volunteered with a team of female doctors that went directly to the Rohingya camps to provide medical aid, treatment, and to give a first hand account of the troubles being faced in Cox’s Bazar. Since then, she has been deeply attached to this cause advocating for it at various national and international forums.
This year, Dr. Alvi went to the Rohingya camps again with journalists and a camera crew to capture first hand testimony.
Dr. Alvi has spoken at the Women in the World conferences in New York and Toronto, and has recently also given testimony at the United Nations summit. Dr. Alvi has taken on this task of activism to fight for the rights of the Rohingya people, and has been actively involved with ICNA Relief Canada’s efforts to alleviate the suffering faced by the Rohingya.
One of ISNA Islamic School’s first graduates, Angie Hindy became a Civil Engineer. After 11 years in the industry, she changed career direction and joined the Safa & Marwa Islamic School team, eventually moving her way up to her current role as Assistant Principal. In her spare time, Angie runs @leenashijabs, a company empowering and inspiring young girls to wear the hijab.
She is currently working on the upcoming Tawheed Community Centre project, featuring an Islamic Cultural Centre and the first Muslim swimming pool.
Otherwise, you can find Angie spending time with her eight kids or playing golf with her husband.
Taha Ghayyur is a writer, public speaker, Khatib, community organizer, and leadership trainer in Toronto, Canada.
Rt. Hon. Lord Ahmed of Rotherham is a member of the House of Lords, and was appointed by Prime Minister Tony Blair in 1998. He was the first Muslim Peer and is currently an Independent Member of the House of Lords.
He is listed as one of the 500 most influential Muslims in the world for the last 5 years. He founded the British Muslim Councillors’ Forum. In 1998 he was appointed to the House of Lords as Baron Ahmed of Rotherham in the County of South Yorkshire. He led the first delegation on behalf of the British Government on the Muslim pilgrimage, the Hajj.
At home, he speaks on wider equality issues, and has spoken several times on issues of race, religion and gender; he has advocated legislation against religious discrimination and forced marriage. Lord Ahmed secured the release of British School teacher Gillian Gibbons from Sudan and led the British Peace and reconciliation initiative in Darfur and has been active in international peace projects.
Ustadh AbdelRahman Murphy is an instructor at Qalam Institute and the director of Roots DFW. Born and raised in Chicago, Ustadh AbdelRahman has a Bachelor’s Degree in Education and a Masters in Mental Health Counseling. He has pursued traditional Islamic studies at the Alimiyah level over the last decade with numerous teachers, primarily under the mentorship of Shaykh AbdulNasir Jangda. He has been serving the community in a full-time capacity in various roles such as a youth director, Islamic Studies teacher, chaplain, and imam.
Ustadh AbdelRahman currently resides in Dallas, TX with his wife and son. Along with his community programs, you can benefit from him by accompanying him on one of the Qalam Travel trips or attending a workshop conducted by him, such as the Faith Intensive.
Dubbed the “voice of a generation,” Boonaa Mohammed is a critically acclaimed award winning writer and performer with accolades including a playwright residency at Theatre Passe Muraille, a short story published in a Penguin Canada anthology called “Piece by Piece” and various slam poetry titles credits including winner of the 2007 CBC Poetry Face-Off “Best New Artist” award.
His popular Youtube videos have received Millions of views to date, and as an Artist he has toured and traveled across the world, speaking alongside some of the most influential scholars and entertainers of our time. He frequently conducts writing workshops and seminars, sharing his experience and expertise in Spoken Word story-telling with mainly youth from all walks of life.
Linda Sarsour is a workingwoman, racial justice and civil rights activist, every Islamophobe’s worst nightmare, and mother of three. Ambitious, outspoken and independent, Linda shatters stereotypes of Muslim women while also treasuring her religious and ethnic heritage. She is a Palestinian Muslim American and a self-proclaimed “pure New Yorker, born and raised in Brooklyn!” She is the Executive Director of the Arab American Association of New York and co-founder of the first Muslim online organizing platform, MPOWER Change. Linda has been at the forefront of major civil rights campaigns including calling for an end to unwarranted surveillance of New York’s Muslim communities and ending police policies like stop and frisk. In wake of the police murder of Mike Brown, she co-founded Muslims for Ferguson to build solidarity amongst American Muslim communities and encourage work against police brutality. She is a member of the Justice League NYC, a leading NYC force of activists, formerly incarcerated individuals, and artists working to reform the New York Police Department and the criminal justice system.
Dr. Katherine Bullock completed her PhD in Political Science at the University of Toronto, in 1999. She has taught a course on the “Politics of Islam” at the University of Toronto for the last several years. She is the founder and president at the Tessellate Institute.
She is the Editor of the American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences. Her books include Muslim Women Activists in North America: Speaking for Ourselves (University of Texas Press, 2005) and Rethinking Muslim Women and the Veil: Challenging Historical and Modern Stereotypes (IIIT Press, 2003). She has also published articles on Muslim women and the media, and Islam and political theory.
She is a community activist and lectures frequently, both to Muslim and non-Muslim groups. She has worked for the Islamic Society of North America as a media spokesperson and is a founding member of the Federation of Muslim Women, and Beacon, a group dedicated to supporting new Muslims. Originally from Australia, she now lives in Mississauga, Canada, with her husband and children. She embraced Islam in 1994.
Shaykh Abdalla Idris Ali is a well-known North American Muslim public speaker, Imam, and leader in the community. Shaykh Abdalla has a background of International Relations from the University of Toronto as well his religious knowledge in the areas of tafseer, shariah, and counselling. As a community leader, he served as ISNA’s President for 5 years, and as the ISNA Canada Islamic< !–more–> School principal for 10 years, where he was integral in implementing Islamic and Arab studies syllabuses for elementary and junior high students. He is currently a board member on the Board of Trustees for the Islamic Teaching Center and North American Islamic Trust. Additionally, he serves on the Board of Advisors of the American Muslim Council and was a past-Board member of the Council of Islamic Schools in North America. Abdalla Idris Ali is a native of the Sudan and is currently the Secretary General of ISNA Canada.
Sheikh Yassir Fazaga is an inspiring, multi-lingual speaker sought-after from USA through Canada to the Middle and Far East. He was born in Eritrea in Northeast Africa and moved to the United States at the age of 15; has a Bachelors Degree in Islamic Studies from the Institute of Islamic and Arabic Sciences in Virginia; and received a Masters Degree
in Marriage and Family Counseling from the California State University of Long Beach.
Sheikh Yassir serves as the Religious Leader of Orange County Islamic Foundation (OCIF) in Mission Viejo, California. He is the Director of Mental Health Department at Access California Social Services Agency in Anaheim, where he helps families with different challenges in life which include: domestic violence issues, communication problems, marital matters, generational gap, difficult teens, some mental and personality disorders, divorce, grief, and single parenting, among others.
Sheikh Yassir has been teaching the Arabic language and Islamic Sciences and offering Islamic courses on Scriptural Exegesis, and Islamic financial contracts for American Open University. He oversees the OCIF youth group in many of their educational, spiritual and recreational activities and participates on behalf of the OCIF in many outreach and interfaith events.
Sheikh Yassir currently lives in Mission Viejo, CA with his wife and twin boys – Ibrahim and Zayed. He enjoys playing volleyball on Sundays and riding his bike.
Shaykh Navaid Aziz is AlMaghrib’s Director of Public Relations and Instructor dedicated to reviving the Muslim mindset on spirituality, morality, education, and mutual respect.
Shaykh Navaid completed an Associate’s degree in Commerce and Social Sciences before heading to the illustrious Islamic University of Madinah. He went on to complete a diploma in the Arabic language as well as a Bachelor’s in Islamic Law, with a specialization in Fiqh and Usul Al-Fiqh.
Shaykh Abdul Nasir Jangda was born and raised in Dallas, Texas and at the age of 10 began the road to knowledge by moving to Karachi, Pakistan, and memorizing the entire Qur’an in less than one year.
After graduating from high school, he continued his studies abroad at the renowned Jamia Binoria and graduated from its demanding seven year program in 2002 at the top of his class with numerous licenses to teach in various Islamic Sciences. Along with the Alim Course he concurrently completed a B.A. and M.A. in Arabic from Karachi University. He also obtained a Masters in Islamic Studies from the University of Sindh. He taught Arabic at the University of Texas at Arlington from 2005 to 2007. He served as the Imam at the Colleyville Masjid in the Dallas area for three years. He is a founding member and chairman of Mansfield Islamic Center.
Siraj Wahaj, Imam of Masjid Taqwa in New York is well known among Muslims in North America as a dynamic speaker and tireless supporter of Islamic causes. Imam Siraj Wahhaj, currently the Imam of Masjid Al-Taqwa in Brookyn, New York, accepted Islam in 1969. He received Imam training at Ummul Qura University of Makkah in 1978 and has gone on to become a national and international speaker on Islam.