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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.

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.

Shaykh Aslam Piprawala

Shaykh Aslam




Shaykh Aslam Piprawala is a graduate of Darul Uloom Al-Arabiya Al-Islamiya, also known as Darul Uloom Bury, located in the UK. There, he studied Islamic Theology as well as Advanced Islamic Jurisprudence which consists of comprehensive study of the Arabic language, the study of prophetic traditions (Ahaadith), the study of the translation and tafseer of the Holy Quran as well as intensive study of Islamic Jurisprudence (Fiqh). After graduating, Shaykh Aslam served as the Imam of the Lethbridge Muslim Association for a period of 3 years. Shaykh Aslam is now a teacher at Al-Ansaar Islamic Foundation in Calgary.

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