Our Teachers and Chaplains…

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SHEIKH HAMDI BEN AISSA studied Islamic Sciences in a traditional milieu in Tunisia with his Father, a Zaytuna University-trained scholar, and later with Habib Umar in one of the spiritual capitals of Islam: Tarim, Yemen. Habib Umar is Sheikh Hamdi’s Guide; upon granting Sheikh Hamdi his degrees in Islamic knowledge, Habib Umar asked Sheikh Hamdi to serve the community in Ottawa.  In addition to teaching, Sheikh Hamdi works as a chaplain in Montreal-area institutions. He is available for spiritual counselling, mentorship, and advice.

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IMAM YASIN DWYER was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba to parents of Jamaican heritage. He has served as a faith-based chaplain with the Correctional Service of Canada for the past 12 years. During that time Imam Yasin has also worked as a consultant and advisor with the Queen’s University chaplaincy team. He lectures extensively on topics of traditional Islamic spirituality, interfaith dialogue and the history of Muslims in the West. Imam Yasin offers counselling and mentorship as well as workshops and seminars on important social issues.

USTADHA HUDA has a degree in Sharia from the University of Damascus. She studied sacred knowledge with some of the most eminent scholars of Syria, and is qualified to teach Shāfiʿī jurisprudence (fiqh), Islamic theology (aqīda), Quranic sciences (tafsīr and tajwīd), the life of the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him (sīra) and classical methods of spiritual growth (tazkiya). 

USTADHA SHEHNAZ KARIM has studied with the foremost scholars of Syria, including Ustadha Tamara Gray. She received her ijāza in the recitation of Quran from the late Shaikh Muḥyī al-Dīn al-Kurdī in 1999. Ustadha Shehnaz has a degree in education from the University of BC; her expertise includes curriculum design and pedagogy from a holistic spiritual perspective. Ustadha Shehnaz is an instructor at our yearly women’s retreats.