Shaykh Ibrahim Memon Madani
Shaykh Ibrahim Memon Madani was born in the blessed city of Madina to a pious and scholarly household. He began his quest of knowledge with the memorization of the Holy Quran at an early age, and attended the lessons and lectures of the great Hadith Master Shaykh al-Hadith Muhammad Zakariyya ibn Yahya Kandhelwi (rahimahullah).
Upon the consultation of the noble Shaykh and other prominent scholars he enrolled at the prestigious Madrasah Arabiyya Islamiyya at Bury, England – the first Islamic seminary of its kind in Europe. He completed his memorization of the Holy Quran as well as an in-depth study of Classical Arabic, Quranic Exegesis (Tafsir), Jurisprudence (Fiqh), Prophetic Traditions (Hadith) and other related disciplines which form part of a traditional Islamic curriculum. His teachers included such luminaries as Shaykh al-Hadith Islam Haq (rahimahullah), Shaykh al-Hadith Yusuf Motala, and Shaykh HashimJogwari.
In 1987 he moved to Canada and served as the Imam of Waterloo Masjid for four years. In 1991 he established an Islamic seminary in Buffalo, the now famous Darul Uloom Al-Madania. In 2010 a new branch of the seminary by the name of Darul Uloom Canada was opened in Chatham, Ontario. He pioneered eAlim, an online distance education program which caters to those who want to seek authentic Islamic knowledge but are unable to attend a full-time seminary. Then in 2013 he started a new institution for the general public called “Ibadur Rahmaan: Servants of Allah”
According to his students he is an ardent bibliophile and erudite scholar withthorough grasp of the Islamic tradition, whether it is Quranic exegesis, Hadith scholarship, Islamic Jurisprudence, History and Biography, Theology, Heresiology or Spirituality. He is fluent in Arabic, Urdu and English and regularly accesses the vast amounts of Islamic literature that are available in these languages.
Currently, he is a senior lecturer and research scholar in Darul Uloom Canada. He teaches Sunan at-Tirmidhi, one of the six most authentic books of Hadith, to the final year students of the seminary. He has taught Sahih Bukhari in the past. He gives weekly Tafsir lessons which are broadcasted online. He has hundreds of audio recordings on various topics, including serialized Tafsir of the Holy Quran, biographies of the Prophet (sallallahu alaihe wa sallam), the Companions (radiallahu ta’ala anhum) and the Pious Predecessors, as well as various Islamic topics relevant to the spiritual and academic betterment of Muslims, freely downloadable from the Darul Uloom Al-Madania website. He has authored a number of works including, The Book of Purification, The Essentials of Jumma and The Preservation of Hadith.
His extensive national and international travel experience on lecture appointments,community and interfaith outreach events, or educational tours has given him valuable insights which his students and addressees regularly benefit from.
Mufti Mohammed Samir Wahid
Mufti Samir was born in Atlanta, Georgia, where he completed his initial schooling. Inspired by the beautiful recitation of the Holy Quran at a local masjid, he decided to commit the entire Quran to memory. He enrolled in Darul Uloom Atlanta and completed his memorization of Quran (Hifz) there. Thereafter, he enrolled in the prestigious seminary Darul Uloom Al-Madania in Buffalo to commence on a six year intensive study of the core disciplines of a traditional Islamic education such as Arabic, Tafseer (Quranic Exegesis), Hadith (Prophetic Traditions), Fiqh (Jurisprudence) and other related disciplines.
As the new branch of the seminary opened in Chatham, Ontario by the name of Darul Uloom Canada, he relocated to it and completed his graduation there, gaining Ijazas or authorizations to teach the various subjects, most notably, the six most authentic books of Hadith, namely, Sahih Bukhari, Sahih Muslim, Sunan At-Tirmidhi, Sunan an-Nasai, Sunan ibn Majah and Sunan Abu Dawud.
His teachers include Shaykhul Hadith Abdul Moiz, Shaykh Mansoor Memon Madani, Shaykh Ibrahim Memon Madani, Mufti Husain Ahmed, and Shaykh Asim Ahmed.
In 2014, he completed a post-graduate specialization program in Islamic Law and Legal Verdicts (Iftaa) which trains scholars to issue formal Islamic legal opinions (Fatwa), and he is the founder of Najam Institute. He was an instructor for eAlim, the online distance learning shariah program of Darul Uloom Canada and Darul Uloom Al-Madania, and has given engaging and thought-provoking lectures and khutbahs in various masajid. Apart from academics, he takes keen interest in organizing sports or extracurricular events in order to positively engage the youth.
Being an Atlanta native, Mufti Samir understands the unique community and is committed to providing the community opportunities for the Atlanta Muslim community to access traditional knowledge in a modern context. Mufti Samir has experience serving the Atlanta community, particularly the youth, through programs such as weekly MSA halaqahs, seminars, events, and retreats.