Islamic Online University Instructors
Abdoul Karim Diaw is currently the managing director of Al-Itqan Conseil et Formation en Finance Islamique (ACOFFIS), which is a consulting firm based in Senegal. He completed his PhD in Islamic finance at the International Centre for Education in Islamic Finance (INCEIF) where he used to be a teaching/research assistant. He holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Islamic Banking and Finance (International Islamic University Malaysia), a Master and Bachelor degrees in Mathematics (Cheikh Anta Diop University of Dakar-Senegal). He has also received a Brevet d'arabe litteral (Diploma in literal Arabic - Universite de la Sorbonne Nouvelle /France).
Dr Diaw has been published in refereed journals and has presented several papers at international conferences on Islamic finance.
Born in Freetown Sierra Leone in 1968, he completed his primary and secondary educations in English language in the government schools in Freetown, while studying the Holy Quran with his father who was a Quranic teacher.
He started his Islamic education proper in the Islamic University in Madinah in 1993 and ended with a PhD in Aqeedah in the year 2010. He has worked as a data processor in the central Bank of Sierra Leone and as an English translator and preacher with the General Presidency of the Promotion of Virtues and Prevention of Vices in Madinah al Munawarrah.
Other achievements include:earning an International Computer Driving Licene (ICDL) Diploma in Neurolinguistic programme, well as brain management, time management, optimizing skills, educational management, fortification of the Sunnah, principles in the translation of Islamic content, dialogue and negotiations management.
He participated in the first National Scientific Conference for students of higher studies in Saudi Arabia(2010) with his research paper "sweetness of the Holy Quran" At present, he is the Deputy Chief Imam and Khatib of the Jam'iyatul Haq Mosque in Sierra Leone. He is also a member of the Office of the Sierra Leone Hajj affairs and an Aqeedah lecturer at the Ansarul Islamic college as well as the voice of Islam radio station. Additionally, he is the chairman operational of the committee for the Islamic Center for Education Da'wah and Research in Sierra Leone.
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.
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 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.
Professor Jones holds a Doctor of Ministry (D.Min) degree in Christian- Muslim relations from Hartford Seminary. He also has a Masters in Religion from Yale University Divinity School, and a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education (History) from Hampton University.
He has been active in a number of interfaith efforts in the United States, as well as internationally. He has lectured at, taught in, or consulted for institutions in Bahrain, Bosnia, Bermuda, Egypt, India, Jerusalem, Trinidad-Tobago, Saudi Arabia, United Kingdom and the United Arab Emirates.
Dr. Jones has been teaching at Manhattanville for 20 years in the World Religions Department, and is also a visiting Professor at the Graduate School of Islamic and Social Sciences (Ashburn VA).
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 Sutan Emir is an assistant professor and academic advisor for Islamic Banking and Finance at the University College of Bahrain (UCB). At the UCB, Dr. Hidayat is also a member of the Academic Research Committee (ARC) and Examination Committee (EC). He joined UCB in September 2007 after spending two academic years at the International Islamic College Malaysia (IIC) as the lecturer and subject coordinator for Islamic Finance courses. In addition, Dr. Hidayat is also a part time lecturer for Islamic Accounting Standards (AAOIFI) at the Centre of Islamic Finance, Bahrain Institute of Banking and Finance (BIBF). In BIBF, Dr. Hidayat also serves as a member of the advisory committee for the Centre of Islamic Finance and External Research Associates.
Dr. Hidayat obtained both his PhD in Islamic Banking and Finance in 2013 and his MBA in Islamic Banking and Finance in 2005 both from the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM). Dr. Hidayat is actively engaged with academic research in his field. He has presented several papers at international conferences held by the Islamic Research and Training Institute (IRTI) of the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) (2007, 2008, 2011), Qatar Foundation (2011), AAOIFI - World Bank Annual Conference on Islamic Banking and Finance (2011 and 2012), GRM 2012 at University of Cambridge, UK and other reputable conferences. In 2014, one of his co-authored research papers was accepted for presentation at the 11th University Forum on Islamic Finance which was held on April 25-27, 2014 at Harvard Law School, Massachusetts, the USA. Dr. Hidayat also writes articles that regularly appear in the Islamic Finance News (IFN-Red Money), and one of his articles was also published in the Global Islamic Finance Magazine, UK and The Bahrain Banker (Winter 2012). He is also a sector correspondent for Takaful and Retakaful, IFN (Red Money).
Dr. Hidayat has published several research papers in peer reviewed international journals. Among them are the Journal of Economics and Finance, CCSE, the International Research Journal of Finance and Economics, the International SAMANM Journal of Finance and Accounting, the Journal of US-China Public Administration, the Journal of Pedagogical and Innovations and other reputable journals. In addition, he is also a reviewer for the International Journal of Islamic and Middle Eastern Finance and Management, Emerald Publishing Ltd, UK and a member of the editorial board of SAMANM Group research publications.
During his academic career, he also contributed chapters to three books entitled "Issues in Islamic Management: Theories and Practices" (IIUM Press, 2011), "Muhammadiyah dan tantangan abad baru" (Matan press, KL, 2010) and "Islamic Capital Markets, Products, Regulation and Development" (IRTI-IDB, 2008). He has also contributed articles to reputable Indonesian newspapers. During his stay in Bahrain, Dr. Hidayat managed to completely supervise 8 MBA theses and 5 graduation projects (NYIT-Bahrain) and examined 5 MBA theses and 3 graduation projects both as an Internal and external examiners.
In early 2013, Dr. Hidayat was contributed to developing examination questions for CIPA professional certificates offered by the Accounting and Auditing Organization for Islamic Financial Institutions (AAOIFI). In addition, he also worked with the External Validation Committee for Advanced Diploma in Islamic Commercial Jurisprudence at BIBF. Furthermore, he is an active member of the Indonesian community serving as the Vice-President of Indonesian Community in Bahrain (Nov 2012-Oct20013) and a commissioner of the special task force for the 2014 Indonesian general election to be held in Bahrain. He also teaches part time at the Islamic Online University (IOU) and the New York Institute of Technology (NYIT)-Bahrain. Lastly, He is currently the chairman for the Association of Indonesian Islamic Economists (IAEI)-Bahrain Chapter.
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
Ahmad Abdel-Wahab has a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Maryland. In 2005, he was accepted into the Islamic University of Madeenah, and began his B.A in the College of Islamic Law.
He memorized the Qur'an whilst in America, with Tajweed and mastery under the guidance of his noble teacher, Shaykh Muhammad al-Raaee. He studied the Qur’an and the classical texts in the masjids from the scholars of Madeenah, and received an Ijaaza in Qur'an and Tajweed from his noble teacher, Shaykh Salaah Shabaana- a teacher of Qur'an in the Prophet's Masjid. He studied the book 'Umdat al-Fiqh by Ibn Qudaama under the guidance of his noble teacher, Shaykh Abdul-Khaliq Naaqru- one of the major students of Shaykh Muhammad ibn Muhammad al-Mukhtaar ash-Shanqeetee.
Currently Ahmad Abdel-Wahab teaches Qur'an and Tajweed in the Prophet's Masjid in Madeenah. He also teaches Fiqh classes to students in Saudi Arabia and the United States.
Alieu Gibba, is a Gambian by nationality and a full-time lecturer in the School of Business & Public Administration, Department of Economics and Management Sciences, The University of The Gambia.
A born Muslim and currently blessed with two children, he has devoted much time in seeking of both Islamic and conventional knowledge. After the completion of his master's degree in the field of Agricultural Economics, from Taiwan's most prestigious and comprehensive university, National Taiwan University, he has devoted his time to Da'wah and presenting Islamic Lectures in The Gambia and beyond.
Altijani Hussin has a Masters degree in Economics from the University of North Carolina.
He is currently the Manager for Health Economics with the Supreme Council of Health, Ministry of Health in Qatar.
Ayesha Muhammad Basheer is from Islamabad, Islamic Republic of Pakistan. She completed her basic Islamic and Arabic education from the Institute of Arabic Language, in Pakistan. She earned a bachelor's degree from the University of the Punjab, Pakistan. In 2008 she completed her M-Phil degree in Hadeeth & Its Sciences with distinction from the Department of Hadeeth, Faculty of Usulud Din, International Islamic University in Islamabad Pakistan.
She is currently pursuing her doctorate in Hadeeth & Sciences of Hadeeth from IIUI Pakistan where she worked as part time visiting faculty member from 2006 to 2013. In 2014 she joined Islamic Online University as an instructor.
Edo Omercevic has gone through more than a decade of training in economics and finance. He started his tertiary education at the International Islamic University in Malaysia where he obtained his Bachelor in Economics (Hons) as well as his Master of Economics degree.
He is currently a Ph.D. in Economics candidate at the International University of Sarajevo. His interest and specialization lies in the field of money and banking, with special reference to complementary and alternative currencies and monetary systems.
Mr Omercevic is presently a lecturer at the American University in Bosnia and Herzegovina and he is a co-founder of the Center for Advancement of Free Enterprise (Centar za poslovnu afirmaciju) that is promoting free market ideas in the region
Fashola Olayinka Nurudeen holds a Master's degree in Information Technology and an MBA in Management from the University of Lagos. He has the following qualifications: Six Sigma Black Belt Professional (SSBB), Business Process Management Professional (BPMP), Information Technology Service Management (ITSM), and Microsoft Certified Solution Developer (MCSD). Br. Fashola has an extensive experience in product specialization and development, process design and implementation, software development and database administration as well as IT training. Br. Fashola is currently working as a manager of product development at the EMTS – Etisalat Nigeria Ltd.
Born in Bangladesh,Fatema Zohora completed her Bachelor in Business Administration from North South University, Dhaka, Bangladesh. Then she migrated to USA for her higher education and completed Master's degree in Finance in 2008 and earned an MBA in 2010 from Texas A & M University-Commerce. After completing her Master's she came back to Bangladesh and became a Lecturer in the Business School at North South University. She taught entry level Management and Finance courses while there. After working about a year in Bangladesh she migrated to Canada with her husband in 2011. She worked as a Contractual Financial Analyst in Hudson Bay, Toronto at Canadian Tire, Toronto for few months.
Currently she prefers teaching as her ultimate career and is working towards Canadian Colleges. In the near future her plan is to pursue a PhD in Business Administration and to become a Business Professor, and while gaining more knowledge about Islam. She hopes to engage in dawah and fulfill charity work in the name of Islam
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.
Francesca has a PhD in Systemic Neuroscience, a Master in Neuro-Cognitive Psychology and a Bachelor in Cognitive Science. She has worked in scientific research in the USA, UK and Europe. A Muslim since 2010, she is interested in teaching modern scientific topics while keeping in mind the classical Islamic wisdom.
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.
Gora Faal is currently a Program Developer and Trainer at Khamsys Technologies Ltd. He is a Certified Instructor/Trainer, (certified by the U.S. Dept. of Defense) a Scholar, (Social Scientist) an Engineer, (Sound Designer) and a former military leader (US Army) who has acquired a vast range of training & instructing experiences from various professional assignments handling classes of up to 100 personnel. During 8 years of military service, (active duty) he had the opportunity to train personnel (new recruits & seasoned team members) in the fields of Professionalism, Management, Leadership, Physical Training, Risk Management, Environmental Safety/Awareness, and Career Counseling. After only 3 years out of an 8-year service, Gora Faal was appointed as a military leader, to lead troops in Germany. Due to his professionalism and with a stellar approach to operation orders and mission, he was awarded the US Army Commendation Medal, for service in Macedonia & Kosovo. Prior to this recognition, Gora Faal was also awarded the Vanguard Soldier of the Year Award, that also earned him the Iron-Man Trophy, it is only awarded to one personnel member, annually, in recognition of their high level of professionalism, out of a battalion of 800 professional troops.
Besides a very successful military career, Gora Faal also had the opportunity to explore the civil-sector work environment, gaining useful knowledge and experiences in insurance, (sales) security, and filmmaking (as a sound engineer).
His formal education is composed of Military Science, to Media, Culture, and Communication. He holds a Master's Degree from New York University, and a Bachelors Degree from The Art Institute of Atlanta. Additionally, he is the developer of the PDMLT Program, (Professional Development, Management & Leadership Training Program) a Professional Development Program that addresses the issues of Professionalism, Management and Leadership, to demystifying misnomers, and highlight the unique relationship that ties them together. The program was developed with an insightful stratified system that brings well defined, concepts to the minds of individuals on the issues of Professionalism, Management, and Leadership, to arm them with sharp tools to plough through the challenging fields of a globalized work force, and provide the potential drive (vehicle) to reach the pinnacle of Professionalism, Management & Leadership.
Hooman Keshavarzi has a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology, and is currently pursuing his doctorate in Psychology. His area of speciality lies in working towards uncovering Islamic theoretical perspectives on psychology and the psycho-social issues as well as the implications/applications on Muslim minorities in the West.
He is the founder/director of the Khalil Center, which is a community mental health center based out of Chicago. He is also a fellow at the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding at the Global Health Center, which conducts research on topics related to Muslims and Mental Health. Hooman Keshavarzi is a national public speaker and trainer serving as a former Clinical supervisor at the Village of Hoffman Estates. He also delivers seminars on specialized topics, like multiculturalism and psychology.
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.
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.
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.
Muhammad Nubee is an American-born citizen who reverted to Islam in 1976. Brother Muhammad is a lecturer, motivational speaker and life coach. Upon his reversion, he became actively involved in dawah by volunteering in the prisons to teach Islam to prison inmates. He eventually became one of the first full-time Islamic Prison Chaplains in the United States. In addition, he served as Imam of a local mosque in the US for several years as well as served on mosque and Muslim school Boards of Directors.
In 2001, Muhammad moved his family to the United Arab Emirates. While in the Emirates, he became actively involved in Islamic learning programs, lecturing in various dawah centers, giving the Friday sermons to English speaking congregations and hosting an Islamic program on Sharjah TV. Most notably, in 2006 brother Muhammad co-founded Muslim Life Coaching and in 2009 developed and delivered a course on Islamic Management in Doha, Qatar, now an online course for the Islamic Online University.
In addition to active involvement in Islamic projects and activities, he also held professional positions in US governmental agencies as well as several US Fortune 500 companies. Currently, he is Principal of Al Resalah American International School, Sharjah and CEO of Orange Education and Management Training, Dubai.
Sh. Muneer Abduroaf was born in Cape Town, South Africa. He is one of the instructors of the Islamic Online University, Masters Programme. He is also an Imaam, lecturer, and educator at Masjidur-Raoof and Madrasatur-Raoof based in Cape Town. He is a registered and admitted attorney of the High Court of South Africa. He is also a registered and admitted sworn translator of the High Court of South Africa. He holds the position as lecturer at the University of the Western Cape, South Africa (Department of Criminal Justice and Crime Prevention). He also currently holds the position of executive council member of the Muslim Judicial Council, South Africa.
Sh. Muneer Abduroaf obtained his initial Islamic studies by sitting in the classes of his father Sh. Abduroaf Abduroaf, who is a graduate from the Islamic University of Madinah. He then furthered his studies when he travelled to Damascus, Syria after completing his high school career. He was introduced to the sciences of Islamic jurisprudence and Quran. He thereafter travelled to Madinah, Saudi Arabia where he completed a Diploma in Arabic Studies and an LLB Degree in Shariah Law at the Islamic University of Madinah. He later returned to South Africa and earned a South African LLB law degree at the University of the Western Cape, where he currently holds the position as a full time lecturer. Sh. Muneer then registered for an LLM Masters in law degree at the University of Humboldt University, Germany. The mode of his Master's degree was transitional justice and crime prevention. Sh. Muneer is currently registered for an LLD doctorate in law degree at the university where he currently lectures. The title of his thesis is ‘The Impact of South African Law on the Islamic Law of Succession’. Sh. Muneer is happily married to his wife Zainab and currently lives in Surrey Estate, Cape Town with his wife and daughter, Hudaa.
Rasheedah Abdul-Hakeem was born in the USA. She has a Master's degree in Education with a specialization in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages), and Reading/Writing/Literacy from the University of Pennsylvania.
She has been a teacher since 1986, teaching many different subjects (English, ESL, reading, Arabic, Islamic Studies, classroom teacher, Spanish) and has taught in a variety of settings, both in the USA and abroad. Additionally, she has studied at different Islamic universities- online, correspondence, as well as on-site (overseas). She is currently pursuing a bachelor's degree in Shariah.
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.
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.
Wissam El- Tom has a Master's degree in Islamic Studies from Makasid University in Lebanon, in addition to his Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science.
He has the highest certificates in Qur'an Qiraa'at (all 10 ways of reading Qur'an in the original Arabic language with melodies and phonetics) and Quran studies from the Institute of Qur’an Qiraa’at at Al-Azhar Al-Sharif in Egypt. He has the "Sanad" (ijazah) -linked to the Prophet (sallallahualayhiwasallam in ten Qiraa'at sugra and kubra from the leading scholars in Egypt of this field internationally. He was the winner of the International Quran Recitation and Memorization Competition held amongst 125 countries which was organized by Al-Azhar Al-Sharif and the Awkaf Ministry in Egypt.
He has authored many books in the ten Qiraa’at of Quran, and has also composed a poem in the original Arabic language comprising of 1175 verses on an area of Quranic studies. He speaks three languages - English, French and Arabic.
Wissam El- Tom lives in Montreal, Canada where he has been an Imam for several mosques and is the director of the Attibyan Institute for ten Qiraa’at and Quran studies. He is also working towards gaining a Ph.D in Islamic Studies.
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.