December 2018 Tour leaders

Shaykh Imran Ally (Toronto, Canada)

After completing his studies and earning his degree in Arabic language and various Islamic Sciences in Tripoli, Libya, Shaykh Imran returned to teach and counsel in his native country, Guyana. A few years, after he migrated to Canada where he married and settled in Brampton and has since called home with his wife and three kids. 


Since 2000 he has served as the Imam of the TARIC Islamic Centre. In addition to delivering weekly sermons, he is actively engaged in teaching and counseling at TARIC. In addition to being the Imam, he also serves as the Muslim Chaplin of the Peel Regional Police, and serves on several inter-faith, and Muslim consultative committees in the Greater Toronto Area.


Shaykh Imran has been leading Hajj and Umra groups for over a decade. His love for people, passion for spiritual growth, and his generous and giving personality, has brought us together to continue to serve pilgrims visiting Makkah and Madinah.

Shaykh Abdul Aziz Suraqa (Monroeville, USA)

For many years, Shaykh Abdul Aziz has been an intimate friend providing advice, guidance, and special translated resources for our groups to take to Makkah and Madinah. We are very honored that he will be joining our 2018 Winter Break Tour. 


He was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia and as a teenager, he began the study of the Arabic language, pursuing further studies in Yemen, Mauritania, and Morocco with a focus on theology, legal theory, Arabic grammar, rhetoric, and literature. 


Since 1998, he has been teaching Arabic and Islamic studies in institutes and private schools—translating a bit here and there. In 2005 he shifted his focus and began translating and editing full time, since then completing over sixty works, both large and small. He has taught Arabic and Islamic studies in numerous cities in Canada and the USA where he currently resides.

   

Shaykh Youssef Berrada (Ottawa, Canada)

Shaykh Youssef is one of Ottawa’s well-known speakers and khateebs. He began seeking knowledge at an early age and his passion for knowledge led to the City of the Prophet Mohammed ﷺ before returning to Ottawa. 


Shaykh Youssef spent 2 and a half years in the Islamic University of Medina in the early 1990’s, and has continued in the study of Maliki Fiqh and Suluk thereafter. In Medina, he has studied under Sheikh Ahmed Ibn Rashed Al Ruhaily who is now a Mufti in our Beloved Prophet's Mosque, May Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him. Sheikh Ahmed is also the top student of the renowned scholar of Usul, Sheikh Mohamed Mokhtar AlShingity. Shaykh Youssef has also studied Maliki Fiqh for many years under Dr. Ibrahim Ighliw who is a well-known personality in Ottawa, these are some of the teachers he has been blessed to meet through his quest for knowledge. 


Over the past 5 years, Shaykh Youssef has been a student of the renowned Moroccan scholar Sheikh Abdullah El-Haddad from Fez, Morocco who has been his spiritual teacher, May Allah preserve him.

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Additional Invited Guests

Qari Muwaffaq Sherlala

Qari Samir Belazie

Qari Muhammad Al-Fughi