International Open University

>Islamic studies Faculties.

Dr Abu Ameenah Bilal Philips

Founder: International Open University

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.

Department of Islamic studies

Faculties

Aashiq Hill
AASHIQ HILL
Aashiq Hill
AASHIQ HILL
Islamic Studies
DETAIL

Born on the 17th of August 1989 in Cape Town, South Africa, his love for knowledge began when he was a high school student and started attending classes at the masjid.

He enrolled at an institution for higher Islamic studies and studied all the basic Islamic sciences & graduated six years later (2006-2011) at the age of 21. Besides his formal studies, he also studied privately with various scholars around Cape Town as well as online. He covered the following subjects: Hadith, the science of Hadith, Aqeedah and Fiqh, Usul al-Fiqh and Seerah, with private teachers.

Currently, he is enrolled as a BAIS student at IOU whilst simultaneously completing a B.A (Hons) degree in Theology at the University of the Western Cape. He taught various Islamic sciences for three years at the institution where he graduated from. Apart from that he teaches various private classes (Hadith, Arabic, Fiqh, Aqeedah etc) at different venues around Cape Town. He is also a regular guest lecturer at different mosques in Cape Town and a lecturer for the Al-Huda foundation (an institution offering short courses, seminars and various classes).

Currently residing in Cape Town, he is married and has 2 daughters.

Ather Khan
ATHER KHAN
Ather Khan
ATHER KHAN
Islamic Studies
DETAIL

An electronics & communications engineer by professional training who opted to spread the word of Allah”, is an apt description of this 32 year old public speaker & trainer, His journey into the world of comparative religion & Da’wah started at the age of 21 as a participant of the Da’wah Training Programme conducted by Dr. Zakir Naik at IRF, Mumbai in the year 2001.
 
The zeal within him in clarifying misconceptions about Islam was kindled by Shaikh Ahmed Deedat & Dr. Zakir Naik. The exposure to these world renowned scholars resulted in him choosing Da’wah over engineering. Being a passionate full time Da’ee since 2002, specializing in inter-faith dialogues, Ather Khan has participated in numerous one-on-one sessions & group discussions with non-muslims and, (by the grace of Allah) has clarified a number of misconceptions about Islam amongst television viewers as well as live audiences in various parts of the globe.

He has been delivering talks on Islam and Comparative Religion for the last ten years.

Ather Khan is also an accomplished trainer with experience in imparting Da’wah training to students of comparative religion and was a faculty member in the IRF Da’wah Training Programme conducted in 2004 and he also conducted a Da’wah Training Programme organized by the IPCI, Birmingham (UK).

Dr. Abdoul Khadri Sillah
DR. ABDOUL KHADRI SILLAH
Dr. Abdoul Khadri Sillah
DR. ABDOUL KHADRI SILLAH
Islamic Studies
DETAIL

Dr. Abdoul Khadri Sillah is an Assistant Professor of Islamic Studies and Arabic Language at the University of the Gambia and also a deputy vice chancellor of Academic Affairs and Research in President Yahya Jammeh Islamic University in The Gambia.

He was born in Mandinary village, The Gambia, West Africa. He took his first Quranic recitation lessons from his Paternal Uncle, then from his father, and then from his brother. He did his first Arabic and Islamic jurisprudence in an Arabic school in Mandinary then completed his primary and secondary school levels in Banding Drammeh's Islamic Institute,Berikama, The Gambia, he did his high school in Sudan, then in Muritainia. He went to Islamic University of Madinah, K.S.A, where he obtained his BA, MA and PhD, specialized in Arabic Linguistics; in 1996, 2001, and 2007, respectively. He got Advanced English Language certificate in American Cultural center, Niamy, Niger.

In 2011, he went to English and Foreign Language University (EFLU) in Hyderabad , India, as an International Training Program (ITP) Participant (Advanced English language).

He is an Imam of Juma prayers (Friday prayers) in Quranic memorizing Complex In his village (Mandinary). He is An Islamic preacher in Local FM Radios, namely:( Hilltop FM, FALAHA FM)

He speaks and writes the following languages: Arabic. English. French and Mandinka (Local language). He wrote many research papers in both English and Arabic, he used to do translation in both languages for individuals, in Medina, K.S.A, he did Cooperate - in separate periods: 1996-2007- with King Fahad Quranic Complex in Medina in revising the meanings of The Quran in African languages. After his (P.H.D) DR. Sillah served as a lecturer in Islamic University in Niger under (O. I. C) for Three years from 2008 to 2010. Currently he is lecturing at the University of The Gambia and Prsident Yahya Jammeh University respectively.

Dr. Bilal Philips
DR. BILAL PHILIPS
Professor
Dr. Bilal Philips
DR. BILAL PHILIPS
Professor
Islamic Studies
DETAIL

DR. ABU AMEENAH BILAL PHILIPS is a Jamaican – Canadian Islamic scholar who converted to Islam in 1972. He completed a BA from the Islamic University of Medina, an M.A. from King Saud University in Riyadh, and a PhD in Islamic Theology from the University of Wales, UK (1994). 

Dr Bilal spent ten years teaching Islamic studies in an Islamic high school in Riyadh, and another 18 years lecturing in Arabic and Islamic studies in the American University in Dubai, UAE, the Islamic Studies Academy in Doha, Qatar, Knowledge International University of Riyadh, and Preston International College, Chennai, India.  

Dr Bilal Philips has written, translated and commented on over 50 published books on various Islamic topics and presented Islamic programs on Riyadh Channel 2TV, Sharjah TV, Peace TV, Huda TV, Islam Channel, UK, and the Deen Show, Chicago, USA and GuideUS TV, from Washington USA. 

But perhaps his greatest achievement, and the one for which he was listed in the Jordanian publication, among “The 500 Most Influential Muslims”, is his historic founding of the mega-university, the Islamic Online University, which has in only 7 years since its inception over 270,000 students registered from 228 different country around the world! 

 

Accomplishments

 

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.

 

1980 – 1990: Taught Arabic and Islamic Studies at Manaret Riyadh Secondary School in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

 

1986: Began the first translation of the Friday Sermon into English in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia at the Mosque of Dr Abdur Rahman Al-Luwaihiq.

 

1988: Participated in the establishment of the first Islamic Center in Bat’ha, Riyadh, and his book “The True Religion of God”, was among the first books used to propagate Islam among foreign workers.

 

1989: Published my first books: Polygamy in Islam, The Devils Deception, The Mirage in Iran, Khomeini: Moderate or Fanatical Shi’ite

 

1990: Published Islamic Studies Book 1, The Fundamentals of Tawheed, and The Evolution of Fiqh.

 

1991-2: Led a team of Islamic propagators which converted over 3,000 American soldiers in Khobar, Saudia Arabia, after the 1st Gulf War.

 

1993 – 2003: Taught Arabic and Islamic Studies at the American University in Dubai.

 

1993 – 2003: Set up and ran the first Islamic Center in the UAE for Dar al – Birr Charity, in Dubai.

 

2001: Established the first Friday sermon (Khutbah) in English in the UAE, at Qasbah Mosque, Sharjah, UAE.

 

1993 – 2002: Set up and ran the English Department of Dar al Fatah Islamic Press, in Sharjah, UAE. Published more than 80 books.

 

2001 – 2004: Dr Bilal established and headed the faculty of Islamic Studies at Preston University Ajman, UAE, and lectured in the University of Ajman.

 

2003 – 2010: Consulted for and lectured at the Qatar Guest Center of Sh Eid Al Thani Charity, Doha, Qatar 

 

2007 – Present: Launched and headed the Islamic Online University (IOU) Free Islamic Studies Diploma, online from Doha, Qatar.

 

2007 – 2011: Established and was Dean of the Islamic Studies Academy, affiliated with Omdurman Islamic University, Omdurman, Sudan.

 

2008 – 2009: Established and lectured in the English Islamic Studies section of Knowledge International University founded by Sh. Dr. Sa’d Al Shithri.

 

2009 – 2010: Director of PERF, and as Supervising Director he founded the first Islamic University in India “Preston International College (www.prestonchennai.ac.in)” and along with it, Al-Fajr International School (www.al-fajrinternational.com), in Chennai, India.

 

2010 – Present: Launched the BAIS (Bachelors of Arts in Islamic Studies) online. Affiliated IOU with Wishes University, Davao, Philippines.

 

2011: Affiliated IOU with Muhamadiyyah University, Sukabumi, Indonesia

.

2012: Established the first office of IOU in Hargeisa, Somaliland, and obtained accreditation for IOU from the Ministry of Education of Somaliland. Ranked among the 500 most influential Muslims in the world 

 

2013: Established the first learning Center for IOU in the Gambia and launched the IEC (Intensive English Course) for madrasah graduates as a bridge to IOU’s BAIS.

 

2014: Obtained accreditation for IOU from the Ministry of Education of Somalia, Mogadeshu.

 

2014 – Present: Launched the Bachelors of Arts in Education and Islamic Banking and Finance, and the Bachelors of Science in Psychology at IOU.

 

2015 - Present: Launched the Bachelors of Science in Business Administration and Information Technology. Also launched the Masters of Arts in Islamic Studies (MAIS). Obtained degree recognition and a license for operation for IOU in the Gambia. Launched the IEC in Somaliland in collaboration with the government. Established an IOU Learning Center in Sierra Leone.

 

2016: Established the official headquarters on the ground for IOU in Banjul, Gambia. Established an IOU a Learning Center and obtained provisional accreditation from the NCHE of Malawi, East Africa. Established an IOU Learning Center in Luzon, Philippines.

 

2017: Established an IOU Learning Center in Marawi City, Mindanao, Philippines.

 

Dr. Daud Abdullah
DR. DAUD ABDULLAH
Professor
Dr. Daud Abdullah
DR. DAUD ABDULLAH
Professor
Islamic Studies
DETAIL

Dr. Daud Abdullah was born in Grenada where he received his early education.  He obtained his first degree from the University of Guyana in 1981, and was awarded a scholarship to study Arabic language at King Saud University in Saudi Arabia. In 1984 he joined the University of Khartoum, Sudan to pursue postgraduate studies and was awarded his doctorate in 1989.
He has written and translated several works on Islam, and his last post in Saudi Arabia was as editor and translator at the Abul Qasim Publishing House in Jeddah.
At present he lectures in Islamic Studies at Birkbeck College, University of London.  He is also a khateeb at Masjid an Noor in west London, and the Deputy Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain.

Dr. Ebraheem Dawy
DR. EBRAHEEM DAWY
Professor
Dr. Ebraheem Dawy
DR. EBRAHEEM DAWY
Professor
Islamic Studies
DETAIL

Dr Ebraheem Dawy is from Egypt.  In 2003 he obtained a Master’s Degree from the Faculty of Arts at Menofia University, Egypt.  He then went on to study at Ain Shams University where he gained his PhD from the Arabic Department of the Faculty of Arts in 2008.
He is an Arabic teacher for the Ministry of Education, as well as a faculty member of the University of Netherlands which teaches Arabic online.

Dr. Hassan S. Rasheed
DR. HASSAN S. RASHEED
Associate Professor
Dr. Hassan S. Rasheed
DR. HASSAN S. RASHEED
Associate Professor
Islamic Studies
DETAIL

Dr. Hassan S. Rasheed is a PhD candidate in Computer Engineering from the University of Florida, U.S.A. Currently, he is an assistant professor and information security specialist at the College of Computing and Deanship of IT, Taif University, K.S.A. Various journals published his articles such as Data and Infrastructure Security Auditing in Cloud Computing Environment, or Performance Implications of Internet Based Information Technology in Value Chain Management.

Dr. Mohammad Monzur-E-Elahi
DR. MOHAMMAD MONZUR-E-ELAHI
Associate Professor
Dr. Mohammad Monzur-E-Elahi
DR. MOHAMMAD MONZUR-E-ELAHI
Associate Professor
Islamic Studies
DETAIL

Dr. Mohammad Monzur-E-Elahi has PhD in Islamic Shariah with specialization in Usulul Fiqh from Islamic University of Madinah, K.S.A. Currently, he is an assistant professor of Department of Islamic Studies at National University of Bangladesh, Gazipur. Many of Dr. Monzur-E-Elahi articles and books were published such as Analogical Reasoning in Islamic Worship, Islamic Rulings on Bribery, An Introduction to the Objectives of Islamic Law, and others.

Dr. Muhammad Ahsan
DR. MUHAMMAD AHSAN
Professor
Dr. Muhammad Ahsan
DR. MUHAMMAD AHSAN
Professor
Islamic Studies
DETAIL

Having graduated from four countries and worked in two continents, Professor Dr Muhammad Ahsan is a distinguished academic. He has over three decades’ experience of research, teaching and training. In the fields of social sciences, his research has gained wide recognition. In addition to authoring several books, Professor Ahsan has produced a large number of reports and research papers published in various refereed international journals.

His salient publications include: Writing Theses and Academic Articles: A Practical Handbook for Young Researchers; Academic Theories: A Handbook for Researchers; Academic Research, Writing and Publishing: A Practical Handbook for PhD Students; The Ummah and Contemporary Global Challenges; Muslim Heritage and the 21 st  Century; Education from an Islamic Perspective; Bilateral Aid and Educational Development; Post-Conflict Social Re-construction through Peace Education; Human Development in the Muslim World: From Theory to Practice; and, Women and Human Development in the Muslim World.

In addition to delivering numerous training packages on conducting academic research, Professor Ahsan has also examined a large number of PhD theses. He has extensively travelled and delivered lectures in many international conferences and seminars. It is noteworthy that his thoughts have significantly influenced in fixing priorities and directions for the Muslim World.

This can briefly be judged from the fact that some former heads of states, e.g., Malaysian Prime Minister Adbullah Badawi, Pakistan’s President Pervez Musharraf and Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz, as well as the OIC’s Secretary General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu and the Islamic Development Bank have benefited from his work.

Dr. Muhammad Anwar Sahib
DR. MUHAMMAD ANWAR SAHIB
Professor
Dr. Muhammad Anwar Sahib
DR. MUHAMMAD ANWAR SAHIB
Professor
Islamic Studies
DETAIL

Dr. Muhammad Anwar Sahib Almadani was born in Fiji and spent part of his life also studying there.  At the age of 14 he went to the Islamic University of Madeenah to study the Arabic language course.  He continued to study in the high school of the University which he graduated from in 1985, and then furthered his study in the Faculty of Islamic Creed and Dawah.  In 1989 he earned his B.A from this faculty, as well as acquired a special certificate in Dawah.  After enrolling in the Faculty of Quran he gained a Masters qualification in 1994, and then a doctorate in Quran exegesis in 1999.

He has presented Islamic programs on Voice of Islam, New Zealand and various radio channels as well as delivered lectures in various topics mostly in New Zealand, but also in Saudi Arabia, USA, Australia, Fiji, Malaysia, India, Qatar, Papua New Guinea, and Solomon Islands. He has also written books in Arabic and English that are yet to be published.

Additionally, he is a founding member and chairman of At-Taqwa Trust, Auckland, New Zealand.  His current roles include that of Imaam, Khateeb and religious advisor.  He is also the Secretary for the Ulama Board of New Zealand and advisor for halal issues to the NZ government.

Dr. Uvais Ahmed Qidwai
DR. UVAIS AHMED QIDWAI
Assistant Professor
Dr. Uvais Ahmed Qidwai
DR. UVAIS AHMED QIDWAI
Assistant Professor
Islamic Studies
DETAIL

Dr. Uvais Ahmed Qidwai attained his Bachelor of Science degree in 1994 from the NED University of Engineering and Technology in Pakistan.  He completed his Master’s degree in 1997 at the King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals in Saudi Arabia, and in 2001 completed his Ph.D(EE) from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in the USA.

He was the Assistant Professor for the EECS Department at Tulane University from 2001 to 2005.  He was also a Part Time Visiting Lecturer for the University of Massachusetts, and a Senior Design Supervisor at King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals.
 
He is an Associate Professor of Computer Engineering in the Computer Science & Engineering Department at Qatar University, and has been there since 2005

Fazeel Mohamed
FAZEEL MOHAMED
Fazeel Mohamed
FAZEEL MOHAMED
Islamic Studies
DETAIL

Fazeel Mohamed completed his secondary school in 1977 from St. George's College in Trinidad. He studied at the Islamic University of Madeenah from 1978 to 1986 and graduated with a B.A in Hadeeth and Islamic Studies.
After returning to Trinidad in 1986 he has been teaching Arabic at different levels at Darul Uloom. He is a senior lecturer, and the Head of the Counselling Department at Darul Uloom Institute, Trinidad.
 

Furqan Jabbar
FURQAN JABBAR
Furqan Jabbar
FURQAN JABBAR
Islamic Studies
DETAIL

Furqan Jabbar was born in Melbourne, Australia. Upon completing high school in Melbourne he studied Arabic and Islamic studies for one year in Karachi, Pakistan. He then went on to complete an associate diploma in Arabic, a Bachelor's degree in Islamic studies (specializing in fiqh and usul al-fiqh) from King Saud University (Riyadh) and a Master's degree in Islamic Banking and Finance from La Trobe University (Melbourne). In 2011, he was awarded an Islamic Finance Executive certificate by Ethica Institute of Islamic Finance.

Sheikh Furqan Jabbar has experience working for Islamic research institutes and Islamic Finance companies in the Middle East where his role included providing research and structuring in Shari'ah products. He currently serves as a Shari'ah advisory board member for the Australian Centre for Islamic Finance (AusCif). His interests include Islamic jurisprudence, Islamic legal theory and jurisprudential matters pertaining to financial transactions. He also enjoys teaching essential creedal issues, eschatology and tafseer in his locality. In his free time, he enjoys playing table-tennis and visiting family and friends. He currently resides in Canberra, Australia with his wife and two children.

Furqan Jabbar
FURQAN JABBAR
Furqan Jabbar
FURQAN JABBAR
Islamic Studies
DETAIL

Furqan Jabbar was born in Melbourne, Australia. Upon completing high school in Melbourne he studied Arabic and Islamic studies for one year in Karachi, Pakistan. He then went on to complete an associate diploma in Arabic, a Bachelor's degree in Islamic studies (specializing in fiqh and usul al-fiqh) from King Saud University (Riyadh) and a Master's degree in Islamic Banking and Finance from La Trobe University (Melbourne). In 2011, he was awarded an Islamic Finance Executive certificate by Ethica Institute of Islamic Finance.

Sheikh Furqan Jabbar has experience working for Islamic research institutes and Islamic Finance companies in the Middle East where his role included providing research and structuring in Shari'ah products. He currently serves as a Shari'ah advisory board member for the Australian Centre for Islamic Finance (AusCif). His interests include Islamic jurisprudence, Islamic legal theory and jurisprudential matters pertaining to financial transactions. He also enjoys teaching essential creedal issues, eschatology and tafseer in his locality. In his free time, he enjoys playing table-tennis and visiting family and friends. He currently resides in Canberra, Australia with his wife and two children.

Hunain Aijaz
HUNAIN AIJAZ
Lecturer
Hunain Aijaz
HUNAIN AIJAZ
Lecturer
Islamic Studies
DETAIL

Hunain Aijaz started his career in the Islamic Online University as a volunteer in 2008. He was the course creator and facilitator of various courses of the free Diploma section from 2008 to 2010.

He was appointed as the BAIS coordinator in February 2010 and later promoted to be the academic coordinator of the entire institution.

As an academic coordinator, Hunain Aijaz is primarily responsible for providing administrative support and planning required for the operation of the university's academic programs and services, providing training support for the new employees at all levels and liaising with the academic staff with respect to any academic issues.

He graduated from the University of Karachi in 2010 and majored in: Islamic Studies, Islamic History, and Political Science.

He completed his Masters in Islamic History also from the University of Karachi in 2013 and his majored subjects are:

Muslim Revivalist Movements
History of Muslim Jurisprudence
Muslim Political Thought
Islamic Historiography
Islamic Civilization and Culture

Apart from having knowledge of various Islamic subjects, Brother Hunain Aijaz holds an extensive experience and knowledge of online education, academic affairs, student support, LMS and system development, etc.

In March 2014, Brother Hunain Aijaz was awarded Star Award for Excellent Academic for preparation of Spring 2014 semester at the Islamic Online University by the vice chancellor, Sameer Khan.

Imad Lagardien
IMAD LAGARDIEN
Assistant Lecturer
Imad Lagardien
IMAD LAGARDIEN
Assistant Lecturer
Islamic Studies
DETAIL

Imad Lagardien holds a Bachelor degree in Islamic Studies from Islamic University of Madina, K.S.A. Currently, he is pursuing a Bachelor of Education from UNISA and teaching at Dar al Waqaf.

Imam Karim AbuZaid
IMAM KARIM ABUZAID
Imam Karim AbuZaid
IMAM KARIM ABUZAID
Islamic Studies
DETAIL

Imam Karim AbuZaid is a PhD candidate in Islamic Studies; Fundamentals of Islam, Quranic and Hadith Sciences with the American Open University, Cairo, Egypt. He is a hafiz Al-Qur'an; instructor of Islamic Creed "Al-Aqeedah Al-Islamyiah" at Mishkah University; and founder of (TAQI): Tafseer Al-Qur'an Institute FT Hifz, Arabic and Islamic Studies program with branches in Lanham, Maryland, Sharkia, Egypt and Denver Colorado. He is the director of religious affairs at Al-Minhaal Academy in South Jersey. Imam Karim AbuZaid was the host of GuideUs TV Show "Let's talk about it"; a question and answer TV show airing in the USA for the last 4 years, from 2010-2013. He is currently the host of "Aqeedah Matters" live show on Huda TV.

Imran Asif
IMRAN ASIF
Imran Asif
IMRAN ASIF
Islamic Studies
DETAIL

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.

Ismail Kamdar
ISMAIL KAMDAR
Ismail Kamdar
ISMAIL KAMDAR
Islamic Studies
DETAIL

Born on 1 September 1986 in Durban, South Africa, Abu Muawiyah began his study of Islam at the age of thirteen. After seven years in a Darul Uloom, Abu Muawiyah graduated at the age of twenty and continued his study of Islam under scholars from a variety of groups and math'habs.
In 2007, Abu Muawiyah joined the Islamic Online University as one of its first students. In this same year, he met Dr. Bilal Philips and became one of his students.
Abu Muawiyah has served as a Da'ee for IIFRI, and as an Islamic Studies, Arabic and Economics teacher at Ihsaan Boys College in 2008. In 2009, he taught Social Studies, English and Economics with an Islamized curriculum at the Al-Fajr International School in Chennai, India.
In 2010, he became one of the first Tutorial Assistants of the Islamic Online University's BAIS program. He is currently the TA for Fiqh, Arabic and Tafseer at IOU, as well as the Head Tutorial Assistant of IOU's BAIS and Higher Diploma Programs.
Abu Muawiyah is the author of "Having Fun the Halal Way: Entertainment in Islam" and hosts two weekly Radio Programs on Radio Al-Ansaar "The Divine Connection: Understanding the Quran" and "Dawah Dynamics".
Abu Muawiyah has lectured at various workshops, conferences and youth camps around South Africa and other countries, and is currently in his final year of his BA studies.
Abu Muawiyah is married, has four children, and currently resides in Durban, South Africa.

Kamil Ahmad
KAMIL AHMAD
Kamil Ahmad
KAMIL AHMAD
Islamic Studies
DETAIL

Kamil Ahmad holds a BA in Shariah from the Islamic University of Madinah, Saudi Arabia, and a post-graduate Diploma in Da`wah from the faculty of Da`wah & Usul-ud-Din. Currently, he is pursuing an MA in Aqeeda from Qassim University.

Kamil Ahmad
KAMIL AHMAD
Assistant Professor
Kamil Ahmad
KAMIL AHMAD
Assistant Professor
Islamic Studies
DETAIL

Kamil Ahmad holds a BA in Shariah from the Islamic University of Madinah, Saudi Arabia, and a post-graduate Diploma in Da`wah from the faculty of Da`wah & Usul-ud-Din. Currently, he is pursuing an MA in Aqeeda from Qassim University.

Khalid Mahamad
KHALID MAHAMAD
Lecturer
Khalid Mahamad
KHALID MAHAMAD
Lecturer
Islamic Studies
DETAIL

Khalid Mahamad received a Master of Science in Education and credited with an Ontario Teaching License and a New York State Teaching License. He has obtained an international TEFL license, certifying him to teach English as a foreign language to English Language Learners. He has previously been employed by the Waterloo Region District School Board and Abu Dhabi Education Council. Beyond these school boards, he has extensive experience within the private sector of education. Within the Greater Toronto Area he was entrusted to overlook the implementation of curriculum and modify curriculum to suit Muslim learners.

Laja Yasini
LAJA YASINI
Assistant Lecturer
Laja Yasini
LAJA YASINI
Assistant Lecturer
Islamic Studies
DETAIL

Laja Yasini began his studies of Islam at the age of 7 at the local madrasah in Gweru Zimbabwe where he later became an Imam. In 2002, he was accepted to study at the main Darool Uloom in Zimbabwe: Darool Uloom Waterfalls.

In 2005, he received a scholarship to continue his studies at the Islamic University of Madinah where he obtained a Diploma in Arabic, Thaanawiya certificate and a Bachelor’s Degree in Sharia.

He is active in da’wah both locally and internationally. He is a site operator for an online da’wah website (chatislamonline.org), head of the Da’wah Department of the Islamic Information Services of Zimbabwe, chairman for Gabriel of Hope Da’wah Foundation, Imaam and khateeb for the Zeenatoel Islam Masjid in Bulawayo Zimbabwe, and a member of the Bulawayo Muslim Association.

Currently, he is pursuing his L.L.B  Degree (Bachelor of Laws) at the University of South Africa while furthering his Sharia degree with a Master’s Degree in Islamic Studies (I.O.U).

Luqman Plato
LUQMAN PLATO
Assistant Lecturer
Luqman Plato
LUQMAN PLATO
Assistant Lecturer
Islamic Studies
DETAIL

 Luqman Plato hails from the shores of Cape Town, South Africa. He always had a sense of enthusiasm to study the religion of Islam. After completing his secondary education, he furthered his studies at the Darul Arqam Institute, where he learnt basic Islamic Studies and Arabic; it was at that point in time, he developed a love for the Arabic Language.

He studied at the Islamic University of Madina, completing the two-year Arabic diploma course, and thereafter graduated from the Faculty of Arabic Language in 2012.

He is currently an Arabic Instructor for the Ummul Qura Institute in Cape Town, and conducts classes in Fiqh, Hadeeth, Qur’ān Reading and Tafseer at various schools.

He is also a Khateeb and is well known for reciting the Qur’ān at mosques all around the Cape.

M.Abdussalam Mohmed Ghouse
M.ABDUSSALAM MOHMED GHOUSE
Lecturer
M.Abdussalam Mohmed Ghouse
M.ABDUSSALAM MOHMED GHOUSE
Lecturer
Islamic Studies
DETAIL

M. Abdussalam obtained a Bachelor's degree from the Islamic University of Madeenah in Saudi Arabia, and then went on to achieve a Master's degree in 1996 from the same University.
He has participated in the project of translation of Kutbus Sittah in English which was sponsored and published by Darus Salam, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.  His translated works in Urdu have been published in Saudi Arabia and India, as well as his research papers that are published in monthly magazines.  He was a regular Khateeb (in Arabic) at a mosque in Doha, Qatar from 1999-2009.
He is the Head of Department of Islamic Studies at Preston International College in Chennai. He is also involved in Dawah activities across many Islamic centres in the Gulf and India. He often serves as a lecturer, guest speaker, or consultant.

Mansoor Danish
MANSOOR DANISH
Professor
Mansoor Danish
MANSOOR DANISH
Professor
Islamic Studies
DETAIL

Mr. Mansoor Danish is the Acting-Head of the Department for the BBA Program with over 6 years of teaching experience with the International Open University.

Mr. Danish is also an experienced baking and finance professional having exceptional proficiency in the Islamic Banking sphere. He worked with the HSBC Bank, India for nearly 6 years and then worked for nearly 2 years with Idafa Investments (India)- a sub-broking firm.

After working for over 8 years, he decided to pursue his post-graduate studies in Business Management. His specialisation was in Finance and his dissertation was on Similarities between Islamic Banks and Conventional Banks (using technical analysis). He completed this under the supervision of (Late) Dr Prithviraj Banerjee.

Mr. Danish also works as a Independent Financial Consultant assisting his clients to plan their financial goals. He is also a trained public speaker and has conducted several workshops and programs in the field of Financial Management, Islamic Finance, Sales & Marketing, Communication, Public Speaking and other self-development topics.

Mansoor Danish
MANSOOR DANISH
Professor
Mansoor Danish
MANSOOR DANISH
Professor
Islamic Studies
DETAIL

Mr. Mansoor Danish is the Acting-Head of the Department for the BBA Program with over 6 years of teaching experience with the International Open University.

Mr. Danish is also an experienced baking and finance professional having exceptional proficiency in the Islamic Banking sphere. He worked with the HSBC Bank, India for nearly 6 years and then worked for nearly 2 years with Idafa Investments (India)- a sub-broking firm.

After working for over 8 years, he decided to pursue his post-graduate studies in Business Management. His specialisation was in Finance and his dissertation was on Similarities between Islamic Banks and Conventional Banks (using technical analysis). He completed this under the supervision of (Late) Dr Prithviraj Banerjee.

Mr. Danish also works as a Independent Financial Consultant assisting his clients to plan their financial goals. He is also a trained public speaker and has conducted several workshops and programs in the field of Financial Management, Islamic Finance, Sales & Marketing, Communication, Public Speaking and other self-development topics.

Mansoor Danish
MANSOOR DANISH
Professor
Mansoor Danish
MANSOOR DANISH
Professor
Islamic Studies
DETAIL

Mr. Mansoor Danish is the Acting-Head of the Department for the BBA Program with over 6 years of teaching experience with the International Open University.

Mr. Danish is also an experienced baking and finance professional having exceptional proficiency in the Islamic Banking sphere. He worked with the HSBC Bank, India for nearly 6 years and then worked for nearly 2 years with Idafa Investments (India)- a sub-broking firm.

After working for over 8 years, he decided to pursue his post-graduate studies in Business Management. His specialisation was in Finance and his dissertation was on Similarities between Islamic Banks and Conventional Banks (using technical analysis). He completed this under the supervision of (Late) Dr Prithviraj Banerjee.

Mr. Danish also works as a Independent Financial Consultant assisting his clients to plan their financial goals. He is also a trained public speaker and has conducted several workshops and programs in the field of Financial Management, Islamic Finance, Sales & Marketing, Communication, Public Speaking and other self-development topics.

Maqsood Siddiqui
MAQSOOD SIDDIQUI
Maqsood Siddiqui
MAQSOOD SIDDIQUI
Islamic Studies
DETAIL

Br. Maqsood holds a BA from the Al Imam Muhammad ibn Saud University. He received an ijazah in Musnad Ahmad and the six books of hadith. He is a khateeb, teacher and a student of knowledge. He studied under Sheikh Abdullah ibn Aqeel and Sheikh Khalil Al-Mudaifer. Currently, he is a khateeb for the Aspire Mosque and AlFanar Islamic Center. 

Md. Hossain
MD. HOSSAIN
Assistant Lecturer
Md. Hossain
MD. HOSSAIN
Assistant Lecturer
Islamic Studies
DETAIL

 Md. Hossain successfully memorized the noble Qur’an at a very tender age. He attended an international competition for the huffaz in Egypt as a representative of Bangladesh in 1994 and in 1998. 

Md. Hossain passed his Dakhil examination from Tahfizul Quranil Karim Fajil degree Madrasa in 2001 and his Alim examination from the same madrasa in 2003.

He received his ijaza in Hafs from Masjid Nabawi in Madina Munawwarah. 

Md. Hossain graduated in Islamic Studies from the Islamic University of Madinah Al-Munawwarah in Madinah in 2010-11, and completed his MA in the same subject from the Bangladesh Islamic University in 2012-13. 

While in Madinah, Saudi Arabia, he worked as a teacher of the Noble Qur’an at the Masjid Nabawi from 20 April 2008 to 24 May 2011.

Moaaz Alhawari
MOAAZ ALHAWARI
Moaaz Alhawari
MOAAZ ALHAWARI
Islamic Studies
DETAIL

Br. Moaaz received a BA in Islamic Sciences (Usulideen Al Hadith) from the Al Azhar University. He holds an ijazah in teaching al Qur‘an al Kareem in multiple recitations. He won the 1st place in the Qur‘an competition in Melbourne and participated in the International Qur‘an competition in Dubai. He also holds an award for teaching Qur‘an and Arabic language courses. He worked as a present acting head of counseling unit and an acting head of customer service at the Al Madinah International University. Currently, Br. Moaaz works as a Director for Alim center for training and development of Islamic education.

Muhammad Ashraf Petersen
MUHAMMAD ASHRAF PETERSEN
Muhammad Ashraf Petersen
MUHAMMAD ASHRAF PETERSEN
Islamic Studies
DETAIL

Muhammad Ashraf Petersen is from the beautiful city of Cape Town. After completing his schooling in South Africa he went travelling abroad in pursuit of knowledge. His first stop in his quest for knowledge was then known as the Arab Social Republic of Libya from where he did a diploma in Arabic. Thereafter he had the privileged of moving on to the renowned Al Azhar University where he completed the Al Azhar secondary school. After completing Al Azhar Secondary school, it was his dream come true when he got accepted at the prestige Islamic University of Madina. At the Islamic University of Madina he completed a Arabic diploma before he entered the facility of Shariah and graduated with a BA degree. After that he did a higher diploma in Qadaa wa Siya'sa as'Shariya at the same university.

Currently he os a second year masters degree student at the Islamic University of Madina majoring in comparative jurisprudence.

Muhammad Ashraf Petersen
MUHAMMAD ASHRAF PETERSEN
Lecturer
Muhammad Ashraf Petersen
MUHAMMAD ASHRAF PETERSEN
Lecturer
Islamic Studies
DETAIL

Muhammad Ashraf Petersen is from the beautiful city of Cape Town. After completing his schooling in South Africa he went travelling abroad in pursuit of knowledge. His first stop in his quest for knowledge was then known as the Arab Social Republic of Libya from where he did a diploma in Arabic. Thereafter he had the privileged of moving on to the renowned Al Azhar University where he completed the Al Azhar secondary school. After completing Al Azhar Secondary school, it was his dream come true when he got accepted at the prestige Islamic University of Madina. At the Islamic University of Madina he completed a Arabic diploma before he entered the facility of Shariah and graduated with a BA degree. After that he did a higher diploma in Qadaa wa Siya'sa as'Shariya at the same university.

Currently he os a second year masters degree student at the Islamic University of Madina majoring in comparative jurisprudence.

Mukhtar Raban
MUKHTAR RABAN
Mukhtar Raban
MUKHTAR RABAN
Islamic Studies
DETAIL


Mukhtar Raban was born in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. He is a graduate of the Islamic University of Madinah, where he earned a diploma in Arabic Language Studies and a degree in Shari’ah. He has taught for the Al Madinah Institute in Port Elizabeth and regularly conducts Islamic seminars, with a focus on Shari’ah-related topics. He has completed TESOL studies and taught English Studies at various colleges in Saudi Arabia. He is currently completing his master's degree in the field of Applied Linguistics. At present, he is a lecturer at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth, South Africa; leads the e-learning unit of the Department of Applied Language Studies and teaches Arabic short courses. He also serves as the Vice-President of the Council of Islamic Affairs and is a member of the Shar’iah Advisory Council in the Eastern Cape, South Africa. He presents short courses in Islamic Studies to his local community, is an established Khateeb and regularly is featured on various Islamic radio stations.

Riaz Ansary
RIAZ ANSARY
Assistant Professor
Riaz Ansary
RIAZ ANSARY
Assistant Professor
Islamic Studies
DETAIL

Riaz Ansary was born in Kabul, Afghanistan, and accepted Islam in 1979.  He graduated from the College of Sharee'ah at the Islamic University of Madeenah in 1993.  He completed his master's degree in Usool al-fiqh at the International Islamic University of Malaysia.
In 1997 he moved to the UAE where he worked as a translator and editor with Dr Bilal Philips, and then as a teacher of Arabic and Islamic studies at the New Muslim Center of Sharjah.  He has appeared frequently as a guest on Sharjah TV’s “Discover Islam Series”, then hosted a show by the same name on the Iqra satellite channel, as well as also appearing on Peace TV.  He has translated a number of Arabic books into English, including biographies of the companion Adee ibn Haatim, the scholar of hadeeth Aboo Daawood al-Sijistaanee, and Muhammad Hamidullah's compilation Political Documents of the Prophet (pbuh).  He is also the author of the book- A Search for Happiness, published by Dar ul-Huda in Chennai, India.
Dr. Riaz is currently in Malaysia pursuing a Ph.D. at the International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilization.

Sameh Lotfy Abdel Azeem Ibrahim
SAMEH LOTFY ABDEL AZEEM IBRAHIM
Assistant Lecturer
Sameh Lotfy Abdel Azeem Ibrahim
SAMEH LOTFY ABDEL AZEEM IBRAHIM
Assistant Lecturer
Islamic Studies
DETAIL

Br. Sameh Lotfy obtained his BA from the University of Al Azhar. He memorized the Qur‘an along with the rules of recitation by the age of 8. He was an imam of masjids in Egypt and Saudi Arabia. He was a teacher of the Qur‘an and tajweed rules. He participated in the first stage of the Competition of Laylat Al Qadr, the Competition of the Grand Imam of Al Azhar and in the advanced stage of the National Competition of Egypt. Br. Sameh currently works as a web publisher and as a teaching assistant of the Holy Qur‘an and His Science at the University of Al Azhar Al Shareef, Faculty of Islamic Sciences for International Students, eLearning Program.

 

Shafiq Flynn
SHAFIQ FLYNN
Lecturer
Shafiq Flynn
SHAFIQ FLYNN
Lecturer
Islamic Studies
DETAIL

Shafiq Flynn has a Masters degree in Usul al Deen.
He is part of the SLEU (Student Learning Enhancement Unit) which functions to assist students in their academic pursuit for excellence.  He designed and conducted a training camp aimed at endowing students with the right balance of life and academic skills.  This was within an all-embracing framework of spirituality so that routines at home and university are seen as being part of a wholesome and holistic life that enriches all of the body, mind, and spirit.
He is currently pursuing a PhD on the study of certain aspects of Ibn Taymiyyah's thoughts with a view to presenting its’ significance in relation to contemporary Muslim thought.

Shaibu Asali
SHAIBU ASALI
Shaibu Asali
SHAIBU ASALI
Islamic Studies
DETAIL

Shaibu Asali has an MA in Fiqh from the Hamad bin Khalifa University in Qatar. He graduated from the Islamic University of Medina with a degree in Sharee’ah. Br. Shaibu worked as an Imam at the Ardbennie Mosque in Harare, Zimbabwe. Then, he migrated to Lesotho where he worked as an Arabic-English translator at the Libyan embassy. Currently, he is involved in da’wah in his country, Zimbabwe. Moreover, he is engaged in online da’wah and works to translate Islamic books into English.

Tauheed-ullah Siddiqui
TAUHEED-ULLAH SIDDIQUI
Lecturer
Tauheed-ullah Siddiqui
TAUHEED-ULLAH SIDDIQUI
Lecturer
Islamic Studies
DETAIL

Tauheed-ullah Siddiqui holds a BA and LL.B. in Sharia and Law from the International Islamic University Islamabad, and an MA in Corporate Law and Islamic Law from the University of Karachi. He has extensive teaching and lecturing experience in various institutions in Pakistan, UAE, Saudi Arabia and Qatar. Brother Tauheed-ullah is currently teaching Business Law and Taxation at the Szabist Karachi campus, Pakistan Studies and Islamic Studies at the Hadmdard University, and Pakistan Studies and World History course at Generation’s.

Um Khadeegah
UM KHADEEGAH
Assistant Lecturer
Um Khadeegah
UM KHADEEGAH
Assistant Lecturer
Islamic Studies
DETAIL

Um Khadeegah is an Egyptian pharmacist who graduated from Cairo University in 2002 and then obtained a clinical diploma from Ein-Shams University .She also passed ICDL, preparatory TOEFL courses and many other courses in QA, GMP and statistical analysis. She started studying Tajweed at the Arrahmah center for the Noble Quran memorization with Tajweed in Cairo in the year 2003 and completed it in 2005 with the theoretical Tajweed courses in this period. She then went to the Khatemah level and finished the memorization at the year 2008 and started teaching Quran and Tajweed rules at the Quran Center for Arab and non-Arab students in KSA. She also passed the Alqayedah Annouraneyah and has taught non-Arabs since then in Ijazah

Yosof Wanly
YOSOF WANLY
Assistant Professor
Yosof Wanly
YOSOF WANLY
Assistant Professor
Islamic Studies
DETAIL

Yosof Wanly is a PhD candidate in the Sciences of Hadith (Ulum ul Hadith). He holds an MA in the Sciences of Hadith, and a BA in general Islamic Studies with an emphasis on the Sciences of Hadith from the Al-Madinah International University, and a BcS in Public Health: Health Management and Policy from Oregon State University. Furthermore, he holds a Master of Theology in Islamic Studies from Graduate Theological Foundation.

He traveled extensively in search of knowledge and wisdom, and as a researcher, he authored many scholastic works such as The Explanation of Narrations, A Philosophical Observations on God - An Islamic Perspective, Insightful Dreams of the Prophetic Realm,  The chain of Narrations and Traveling in its Search, The Authentic Compilation of the Sunnah, The Fabricated Narrations, The two signs: Contradiction and Individual Isolation, The Creed of the "Ashaira" in the Names and Attributes of God, The Theory of Abrogation in the Quran, and The Rulings of the Quran by the Qadi Ismael al-Maliki.

Prof. Wanly memorized Quran with different ijazat in its memorization and recitation methods. Furthermore, he has a number of Ijazaat in Prophetic traditions including ijaza in Isnad (chain of transmission).  He has studied numerous respected ahadith of the Prophet Muhammad with memorization of chain of transmitters, scholarly statements, plentiful historical Islamic accords and their dates, and ample scholarly poetry.

Prof.Wanly spent a considerable amount of time studying classical Islamic works in an organized fashion such as: Sahih Bukhari, Sahih Muslim, Sunan Abu Dawud, Sunan at-Tirmithi,  Muwata Imam Malik, Adab ul Mufrad, Bulugh ul Maram, Tafsir ul Qurtubi,Tafsir ibn Kathir, Bidaya wa Nihaya, Al-Istithkaar for Umar bin Abdul Bar, Seyar a`lam un-nubala  and others.

Currently, he is a Professor with Al-Huda University (USA), is a Khateeb and Imam of various Mosques, and is further pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy in Islamic Studies  with  the Graduate Theological Foundation; an educational system involved with Oxford University.

Yusuf Gassiep (Abu Hamza)
YUSUF GASSIEP (ABU HAMZA)
Assistant Lecturer
Yusuf Gassiep (Abu Hamza)
YUSUF GASSIEP (ABU HAMZA)
Assistant Lecturer
Islamic Studies
DETAIL

Yusuf Gassiep (Abu Hamza) was born in 1981 and raised in Manenberg on the Cape Flats. After completing high school he performed Hajj in 1999 and then travelled to Egypt to meet up with his hifth teacher from Cape Town who at the time was also in Egypt pursuing higher studies. It was in the dusty city of Cairo where he spent the following 9 years of his life enrolled at the Al Azhar Institute and later majored in Hadith at the Al Azhar University’s faculty of Usoolu Deen. He attended the classes of many of the Ulamah in cairo at the various mosques of Jamaat Ansaru Sunah Al Muhamadeyah. Some of his teachers are Dr Mohammed Yousri, Sheikh Shareef Husain Abdul Qadir, Sheikh Tariq ibn Iwadullah, Sheikh Osama Sulaiman ,and Dr Omar Abdul Azeez .He also attended the monthly lectures of Sheikh Mustafa Al Adawi.  

He had the opportunity of attending the lectures of Sheikh Safwat Nurudeen (rahimahu ALLAH) , Sheikh Abi Ishaq Al Huwaini and Sheikh Mohammed Hassan whenever they visited Cairo.

He also completed the Fajr Centre Arabic courses and pursued the Khitaba course offered by the Fajr Centre. One of the first books he ever bought as a student of knowledge was Sheikh ibn Uthaymeen’s (rahimahu ALLAH) Explanation of Al Aqeedah Al Wasitiyah and since then he developed a great love for Sheikh ibn Uthaymeens work's.

On his return to South Africa in 2008, he was offered a post as an English teacher in Buraidah Saudi Arabia. He then travelled to Saudi Arabia and worked there till January 2011. During his stay there he was involved with the Buraidah Dawa Centre and was a Hajj guide for new Muslims.

In 2011 he became the first Imam of the Town Centre Mosque in Cape Town South Africa. Currently, he is an instructor at the Al huda foundation which offers short courses on various topics.

WhatsApp us