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Dr Abu Ameenah Bilal Philips

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Dr Abu Ameenah Bilal Philips is a Jamaican Canadian Islamic Scholar who converted to Islam in the early seventies after journeying politically and intellectually from Chiristianity to Communinsm. Shortly after his reversion to Islam, he embarked on a spiritual academic journey to the other side of the world seeking Islamic knowledge. This jouney took him to Saudi Arabia where he completed a BA in Islamic Studies in Madeenah, and an MA in Islamic Theology in Riyadh, then to the University of Wales, UK, where he completed a PhD in Islamic Theology in the early nineties.

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Abu Abdissalam
ABU ABDISSALAM
Abu Abdissalam
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Abu Abdissalam was born in the central English town of Coventry, and raised in London.  He graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science from the City University in London.  He obtained his degree in Islamic Studies, specializing in Hadeeth and its Sciences from Dar Al-Hadeeth Al-Khayriyyah in the blessed city of Makkah.  

In the course of his studies he has acquired ijāzas for all of the six major books of Ḥadeeth (al-BukhārÄ«, Muslim, al-TirmidhÄ«, AbÅ« DāwÅ«d, al-Nasāʾī and Ibn Mājah).  In addition to this, he has obtained ijāzas for the Sharḥ of Ê¿AqÄ«dah Ṭaḥāwiyyah of Ibn Ê¿Abd al-Ê¿Izz al-Ḥanafi, Shaykh Muḥammmad AmÄ«n al-Harari's Sharḥ of theMuqadimmah of Muslim and Nuzhat al-Naẓr Sharḥ Nukhbat al-Fikr of Ibn Ḥajar.

Abu Abdissalam has translated a number of Islamic texts from Arabic into English for the benefit of the English speaking Muslims around the world.  He is actively involved in many spheres of Dawah in the UK and is also an instructor for Al- Kauthar.  He appears regularly on the Islam Channel, and has also appeared on Huda TV, Islamic Network TV, Ramadan TV, and Iqra TV Channel.

Abu Umar
ABU UMAR
Abu Umar
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Sheikh Abu Umar is famous for his passion of teaching and learning.He is more famous for his moving and emotional khutbas (Friday sermons) and lectures. He migrated to Toronto with his family around 15 years ago. Even though he completed his certificate and training in ‘building maintenance & supervision’, his interest in learning and excelling in Islamic knowledge was always greater.

He travelled to his main teacher Sheikh Dr. Abduladheem Badawi in a village in Egypt where he was the only foreigner! Turned out to be the best moments of his life, and consequently he benefitted a lot studying in an ideal environment and gaining the personal attention of his Shaykh who was more like a father.While in Egypt he also travelled extensively and met with other scholars whom he benefitted from.

Sheikh Abu Umar holds several ijaazah’s in famous classical books with chains that go directly back to the Noble Prophet: Sahih al-Bukhari (with a very high chain), Sahih Muslim, 40 Hadeeth Nawawi, Muwatta of Imam Maalik, Waraqat of Imam Juwayni, and many more.

Sheikh Abu Umar is recognized as one of the best translators of Arabic to English, a task which has led him to meet and benefit from over 50 different scholars, professors, and propagators of Islamic knowledge from different countries of the world.

Sheikh Abu Umar has featured numerous times on the international English channel: Al-Huda TV, on programs like: The Straight Path, Book Review (where he was interviewed on his different books and authorship), and his 26 episode program, which is still being aired: ‘The Way to Bliss: How to Achieve Happiness.’ He also has featured on GuideUS TV which is based in the United States. He also has done programs in Swahili for Africa TV and Radio Salaam.

The Sheikh is also involved in comparative religion studies and activities. He lectures at different higher learning institutions, and travels to spread the call of peace in Arabic, English and Swahili.

He has been involved with multiple Islamic centres in Canada for the last ten years, and is famously known for his open-door policy where everyone is welcomed to his office. 

Three years ago, he formed The Clear Arabic Institute, a premier institute of teaching the Arabic language to both Arabs and non-Arabs. Sheikh Abu Umar still considers himself a student of knowledge.

To contact the sheikh:

Personal email: ustadhabdulazeez@gmail.com

List of Published Books:

  • The Excellence of The Qur’an & The Companion of the Qur’an, compilation & translation, 2007
  • The Excellence of ‘Aisha (The Mother of the Believers), compilation & translation, 2008
  • 60 Questions on the Blood of the Women, Sheikh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen, translation, 2009. The book was reviewed and approved by the Ibn Uthaymeen Charity Organization.
  • The Hijaab (Jilbaab) of the Muslim Woman as in the Qur’an & Sunnah, Sheikh Al-Albaani, translation, 2009
  • The Aqeedah of Imam Abul Hasan al-Ash’ari, Sheikh Hammad al-Ansari, translation, 2010
  • The Aqeedah of Ahlu-Sunnah on the Mahdi, Sheikh Abdulmuhsin al-Abbad, translation, 2010
  • The 1st Call, The 1st Order and The 1stProhibition of the Qur’an, authored 2012
  • How to Protect yourself from Shaytan (the devil) and Sihr (magic), compilation & translation 2013
  • The Accepted Du’a & Du’as from the Qur’an & Sunnah, Sheikh Hamad & Sheikh Said Wahf Qahtani, translation, 2013
  • The ISIS crisis, An academic refutation, 2015
  • Diseases of the Heart and their Cures, 2017
Assim al-Hakeem
ASSIM AL-HAKEEM
Assim al-Hakeem
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Shaykh Assim al-Hakeem is a Saudi national from Al Khobar.  In 1987 he obtained his B.A in Linguistics  from King Abdul-Aziz University in Jeddah.  He later graduated with a High Diploma in Islamic Studies from Umm al-Qura University in Makkah, Saudi Arabia in 1998.  The Shaykh also had close personal contact for several years with the great scholar Shaykh Salih Ibn Uthaymeen.
 
He is active in delivering Islamic programs for the media in both Arabic and English by participating regularly on both Islamic radio and television programs to spread the authentic teachings of the Qur'aan and Sunnah.  This includes the popular weekly Q&A session he holds on Huda TV, as well as appearing on Peace TV.

Shaykh Assim is an Imam of a masjid in Jeddah, a role which he has held for the past 20 years.  He delivers the weekly Friday sermons and lectures on various Islamic Sciences.

Dr. Abdullah al-Farsi
DR. ABDULLAH AL-FARSI
Dr. Abdullah al-Farsi
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Dr. Abdullah al-Farsi has a Ph.D in Mechanical Engineering, from Cleveland State University, U.S.A.  He has studied many books under senior students from the Islamic University of Madeenah, and has been encouraged by them to teach the books of Aqeedah in English.

He was known to Shaikh Ibn Baaz and has an honorary tazkeeyah (recommendation) from Shaikh Badiuddin Shah Sindhi.  He is also known to major scholars such as; Shaikh Saaleh aal-Shaikh and Shaikh Saleh ibn al-Fawzan.

Dr Abdullah has been active in the field of dawah since 1980.  This has mostly been in America and Europe, and he has also taught many Aqeedah books in Kuwait.  He has done extensive personal research on books of Tafseer, explanations of Hadeeth and the writings of Shaikhul-Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah

Dr. Bilal Philips
DR. BILAL PHILIPS
Dr. Bilal Philips
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Dr. Abu Ameenah Bilal Philips was born in Jamaica, but grew up in Canada.  He is an Islamic Scholar who accepted the message of Islam in 1972. He completed a B.A in Islamic Studies at the University of Madeenah, and an MA in Islamic Theology in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.  In 1994 Dr. Bilal completed a Ph.D in Islamic Theology in the department of Islamic Studies at the University of Wales, UK.

He has written, translated and commented on over 50 published books on various Islamic topics, as well as edited and published the 56-book Eemaan reading series for children.  He has also presented Islamic programs for many years on; Riyadh Channel 2 TV, Sharjah TV, Peace TV, Huda TV, Islam Channel, and the Deen Show.

Dr. Bilal is the Dean of the Islamic Online University.  He is also the Director of PERF (Professional Education and Research Foundation), and Supervising Director of Preston International College (www.prestonchennai.ac.in) and Al-Fajr International School (www.al-fajrinternational.com), Chennai, India.

Imran Asif
IMRAN ASIF
Imran Asif
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Imran Asif holds an MSc in Applied Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition from the University of Oxford, Department of Education.
He is currently a science curriculum specialist with the Supreme Educational Council, in Doha, Qatar, where he monitors and oversees the implementation of curriculum standards, provides support and direction to teachers, and carries out school inspections.

Imtiyaz Damiel
IMTIYAZ DAMIEL
Imtiyaz Damiel
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Imtiyaz Damiel was born in Blackburn.  He completed five years of an Alim training course in his hometown before going on to complete a B.A Honours degree in Arabic and Islamic studies at the University of Leeds.  In 2003 he completed a diploma in Arabic, and then went on to further study another B.A Honours degree in Islamic studies, specialising in Hadeeth & Tafseer at King Saud University in Riyadh. He later completed his Master's program in Hadeeth & Tafseer from the same University.

Shaykh Imtiyaz Damiel's other areas of study include educational and child psychology, orientalism, and comparative religions.

He has worked as Chief Editor for a number of organisations, and written over 30 articles and research papers to date.  At present he is an instructor at Knowledge International University, and Al-Kauthar.

Saleem Al Amry
SALEEM AL AMRY
Saleem Al Amry
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Salem al-Amry is from the United Arab Emirates.  He has two degrees to his credit; one in electronic engineering and the other in computer science.

He studied Islam under various scholars in the traditional way for many years including; Sheikh Ali Khash-shan (one of the senior students of Sheikh Albani), Sheikh Mahmood 'Atiyyah (also one of the senior students of Sheikh Albani), Sheikh Abdul-Bary As-Salafi, Sheikh Hamad bin Aqil, Sheikh Saad Ash-Shalaby, Sheikh Mustafa Al-Makki Al-Azhari, Sheikh Al Maimoni Al-Maghribi, Sheikh Ahmad Salah Al-Masri, Sheikh Muhammad Samy Moqbil, and Sheikh Sayed Hadi Bin Ahmad Al-Haddar.

He has obtained knowledge of the different sciences of Islam including Aqeedah, Usool, Hadeeth, Fiqh, Tafseer, Arabic language and more.  Shaykh Salem al-Amry is an active Da’ee and has appeared on Peace TV and Huda TV.

Shaykh Abdur Rauf Shakir
SHAYKH ABDUR RAUF SHAKIR
Shaykh Abdur Rauf Shakir
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Abu Muhammad Abdur Ra'uf Shakir was born and raised in New York City.  He embraced the religion of Islam in 1975.  After completing his Arabic Studies in Madeenah, Saudi Arabia in 1991 he went on to obtain his B.A degree from the College of Hadeeth and Islamic Studies at the University of Madeenah in 1995.

He has participated in the translation (from Arabic to English) and editing of a number of valuable essays and Fataawaa of contemporary Muslim scholars, including that of the three Imaams of the People of Sunnah of this era; Shaykh Abdul-'Azeez Ibn Baaz, Shaykh Muhammad Naasiruddeen Al-Albaanee, and Shaykh Muhammad Ibn Saalih al-'Uthaimeen.

For many years Shaykh Abdur Ra’uf has worked in the field of da'wah to teach new Muslims.  This has included the Ministry of Endowments and Islamic Affairs in Qatar, and more recently with the Shaykh Eid Bin Muhammad al-Thani Charity Association

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