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The Al-Ansaar Team


Shaykh Numan Goraya



Shaykh Numan Goraya completed his ḥifẓ of the Qur’ān in Ontario before joining the 6 year ‘Alimiyyah Program at Al-Ihsan Education Center in Surrey, BC. During his time at Al-Ihsan, Sh. Numan rigorously studied Arabic, Fiqh, Tafsīr, and Ḥadīth which included an in-depth study of the 6 primary books of Ḥadīth in the final year of the program. Shaykh Numan is the founder of Al-Ansaar Islamic Foundation as well as the Imām of Baitul-Mukarram Islamic Center of Calgary (BMICC)

Shaykh Umar Kholwadia

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Shaykh Umar Kholwadia memorized the Qur’ān at 13 years of age and embarked on a 12 year journey of seeking knowledge at the renowned Jamia Islamiah Talimuddin, also known as Darul-‘Ulūm Dabhel, located in Dabhel, India. For his last 2 years of study, Shaykh Umar was accepted along with a few other students to undergo additional special training in advanced Fiqh and the science of issuing religious verdicts (Iftā’). Shaykh Umar currently teaches ḥifẓ students at the Calgary Islamic School Omar Bin Al-Khattab campus and serves as the Imam of Al-Hedaya Islamic Center.

Imām Muhammad Patel

 Imām Muhammad Patel acquired his degree in Islāmic Theology as well as certification (ijazah) in the 7 modes of Qirā’ah in Durban, South Africa. He then pursued a post-graduate course at his alma mater, Madrasah Taaleemuddeen, Isipingo Beach for further experience in public speaking and authoring/translating articles. He is a member of the Jam’iyyatul Ulama Canada (Canadian Council of Muslim Theologians (CCMT)) and is the Imām at Red Deer Islamic Center.

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