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.
An Electronics & Communication engineer by professional training who opted to spread the word of Allah”, would be an apt description of this 32 year old public speaker & trainer, who’s 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 and this 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 has been a faculty in the IRF Da’wah Training Programme conducted in 2004 and also conducted Da’wah Training Programme organized by the IPCI, Birmingham (UK).
Dr. Muhammad Anwar Sahib Almadani is a Fiji born, kiwi (New Zealand) Islamic scholar. He started to study at Madeenah Islamic University at the age of 14. After completing Arabic language course and high school he completed his BA in Islamic studies. Later on he completed his masters and PhD (1999) in Quranic science from the same university. He has authored a few books in Arabic and English that are yet to be published. He has presented Islamic programs on Voice of Islam, New Zealand and various radio channels.
He has coordinated many Islamic courses in various countries: New Zealand, Australia, Fiji and Papua New Guinea. He has attended many conferences locally and aboard. He is a founder member and chairman of AtTaqwa Trust, Auckland, New Zealand. His roles include that of Imaam, Khateeb and religious advisor. He is also the Secretary for the Ulama board of New Zealand and advisor for Halaal issues to the NZ government.
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 was born and raised in Toronto, Canada. At the age of 19, he traveled to Egypt where he started studying the Arabic language. Thereafter, he traveled to Saudi Arabia where he spent time in the company of the late Shaykh ‘Abdullah bin Jibreen in Riyadh.
He was then admitted to the Islamic University of Madeenah, completing a university diploma in the Arabic language, and then graduated with a bachelors degree from the faculty of Sharee‘ah. He went on to complete a post-graduate diploma in Da‘wah from the faculty of Da‘wah & Usool-ud-Deen.
He currently resides in the Qaseem Region of Saudi Arabia where he is pursuing a masters degree in ‘Aqeedah from Qaseem University.
Laja Yasini was born and bred in Zimbabwe. He started his study of Islam at a very early age of 7 at the local Madressah in Gweru Zimbabwe where he later became an Imaam. In 2002 he was accepted to study at the main Darool Uloom in Zimbabwe: Darool Uloom Waterfalls.
In 2005 he got a scholarship to continue his studies at the Islamic University of Medinah where he got a Diploma in Arabic,Thaanawiya certificate and a Bachelor Degree in Sharia.
Currently He is busy with his L.L.B Degree (Bachelor of Laws) at the University of South Africa. He is also a site operator on a da’wah online site called chatislamonline.org and is actively involved in Da’wah activities under the Siyafunda Trust which is a Da’wah organization in South Africa.
Mukhtar Raban was born in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. He is a graduate of the Islamic University of Madinah, where he completed 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 masters 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 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 features on various Islamic radio stations.
Rosana Gulzar Mohd started her career as a financial journalist in Singapore. She then joined HSBC and worked in Singapore and Dubai. The stint gave her valuable exposure to Islamic finance. During her time with HSBC, she also completed Chartered Financial Analyst exam level 1 and CIMA’s Diploma in Islamic Finance.
Her three years in Dubai was also spent learning Islam with AlHuda Sisters, an Islamic da’awah group for women all over the world. Inspired by the knowledge, Rosana has now completed almost 20 courses in IOU’s Bachelor of Arts in Islamic Studies. This is also the fourth semester that she is teaching Islamic Economics at IOU.
A Second Upper Class Honours graduate in Communications Studies from Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University, she is currently pursuing her Master of Science in Islamic Finance at INCEIF, the global university of Islamic finance, in Malaysia. Rosana is having absolute fun teaching and learning Islamic finance, given that they take her closer to her dream of realising an Islamic economy and within it, a truer Islamic banking and finance sector. With this aspiration, she also looks forward to pursuing her PhD in Islamic finance.
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 of the Ardbennie Mosque in Harare, Zimbabwe. Afterward, 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 translation of the Islamic books into English.
Umm Eesa holds a Masters degree in Psychology, a Bachelors in Islamic Studies and is a Certified Cognitive Behavior Therapist with training under a fellow of the Albert Ellis Institute in New York.
Soha has worked as a school counselor at Al-Mu’minah, teacher and Head of Department of Islamic Studies at Unity Public School. She has conducted workshops for women of all age groups and has written books and articles on topics related to Islam. Having worked at counselling clinics, she has counselled people from various walks of life and those with a variety of presenting issues. Her clients describe her as an ‘kind, understanding and non-judgmental counselor ’.
Additionally, she has attended several workshops on skills in Psychology- like Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy, Assertiveness training, Study Skills, Aggression, Suicidal tendencies, Bereavement Counseling and has even conducted many workshops for sisters.
She is currently working with the IOU as a Counseling Psychologist, and is a Tutorial Assistant of Psychology courses. She is also a trainer in Public Speaking, and the founder of ‘Speak Up!’, an academy which trains women in oratory skills
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 lessons of many of the Ulamah in cairo at the various masajied of Jamaat Ansaru Sunah Al Muhamadeyah amongst 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 works.
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 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. He is an instructor at the Al huda foundation which offers short courses on various topics.
Abu Yahya Mansoor Danish holds a 8 year work experience in the financial services sector. His longest stint was with HSBC Bank where he won several accolades for his performance. In 2012, he took a break from his work life to pursue higher studies and did his MBA from the prestigious Globsyn Business School, Kolkata. At GBS, he won the Best Speaker award in 2013 and in the same year was conferred with the title ‘ Best Manager‘ by India‘s oldest and reputed business school-IISWBM amidst competition from participants representing XLRI Jamshedpur and IIM Kolkata. His dissertation is on Conventional Banking and Islamic Banking which he is undertaken under Professor Dr. Prithwiraj Banerjee.
In addition to the above, he is a student at IOU and received his public speaking and da‘wah skills training under Shaykh Arshad Basheer Madani (AskIslampedia) and Brother Ateeq Ahmed, a student of Dr. Zakir Naik.
Mansoor is actively involved in Islamic activities and is on the advisory board of Al-Iman Education Foundation, Delhi. He is an active proponent of organisations adopting an Islamic Social Responsibility model or the ISR model (much like the CSR or Corporate Social Responsibility) focusing on relentless social service and creating a platform for doing da‘wah. His lectures focus on the youth, discussing with them about youth issues and how to develop Islamic etiquette. He also conducts a unique workshop entitled ‘Heroes of Islam‘ focusing on motivating the youth and helping them find a right role model. This is a series of workshop which also focuses on building eeman and making a Muslim feel proud of his identity.
Mansoor was recently awarded with a ‘Certificate of Appreciation‘ for his da‘wah pursuit by the Ministry of Islamic Affairs and Charitable Distribution, Dubai.
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.
Hamida Mubasshera, a Bangladeshi by born has completed her Master degree in Finance (majoring in Islamic finance) in 2014 from International Islamic University Malaysia. Before that she did her Bachelor in Business Administration (majoring in finance) from Institute of Business Administration (IBA), University of Dhaka. Currently she is living in Lubbock, Texas, USA.
During her stay at Malaysia she worked with several professors of IIUM as Teaching assistant and Research assistant and co-authored various papers with them which will be published soon inshaAllah. She has also attended and presented papers in two international conferences on Islamic finance. Within Islamic finance, her field of specialization is monetary economics from Islamic perspective and wants to work on complementary currencies. Her Master research paper was on the shariah compliant model of a conventional complementary currency, namely commercial credit circuit (C3). She has the plan to pursue her Phd very soon and disseminate the basic knowledge of Islamic finance among the mass people of her country in her local language.
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.
He travelled extensively in search of knowledge and wisdom, and as a researcher, he authored many scholastic works such as The Explanation of Narrations, 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.
Br. Wanly memorized Quran with different ijazat in its memorization and recitation methods, 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.
Br. 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, and others.
Currently, he is pursuing a Master of Theology in Islamic Studies from the Graduate Theological Foundation; an educational system involved with Oxford University.