Our Speakers

  • Sayyid Muhammad Rizvi

    Sayyid Muhammad Rizvi

    Topic: “A Talk on Qur’anic Translation & Open Q&A on the Holy Qur’an”

    Schedule: Saturday April 16, 2022, 3:00 pm

    Short Biography:
    Educational Qualification:
    ❖ Islamic studies at Hawza-e ‘Ilmiyya of Qum 1972 to 1982. (Dars-e Kharij under the
    Grand Ayatullah Shaykh Wahid Khurasani.)
    ❖ MA (History) Simon Fraser University, B.C., Canada 1991

    Sayyid Muhammad Rizvi has authored many publications among which there are:
    1. An Explanatory Translation of the Qur’ãn in three volumes (1984; 1985; 1987).
    This covers half of the Qur’ãn; volumes 4 and 5 are ready. (The entire set of six volumes will go to print soon.)
    2. Imam Husayn: the Saviour of Islam. (1984)
    3. An Introduction to the Islamic Sharí‘ah. (1992) Reprinted in Iran also.
    Translated and published into Italian language in 2006 by Jami’atuz Zahra, Qum.
    Some chapters of this booklet have also been translated into Urdu for use as text books in the discussion groups of Al-Mehdi Association of Bombay.
    4. Khums: An Islamic Tax. (1984, 1993, 2016 revised & expanded) Reprinted in Iran also.
    Translated and published into Italian language in 2006 by Jami’atuz Zahra, Qum.
    Also translated in Kosovan language.
    5. Ritual & Spiritual Purity. (1989) Reprinted in Iran also (1990).
    Its Swahili translated version was published by Bilal Mission, Tanzania in 2003.

    He has traveled to most cities in Canada and USA; as well as to Australia, Guyana, Trinidad, UK, Dubai, Muscat, Pakistan, Tanzania and Kenya for lectures.
    He was the Imam of the Shi‘a Muslim Community of B.C., Canada from 1983 to 1991. From 1991-1996 he was Director of Islamic Education & Information Centre, Toronto. Since 1996, he is the Imam of Islamic Shia Ithna-‘Ashari Jamaat of Toronto

  • Dr. Mustafa Khattab

    Dr. Mustafa Khattab

    Topic: “How to make the Qur’an Accessible to a Non-Arab Speaking Audience”

    Schedule: Sunday April 17, 2022, 3:00 pm

    Publication:
    Title: The Clear Quran: A Thematic English Translation, Siraj Publications, 2015.

    Short Biography:
    With two decades of experience in Arabic-English Islamic translation, Dr. Mustafa Khattab is an authority on interpreting the Quran. He was a member of the first team that translated the Ramadan night prayers (Tarawîḥ) live from the Sacred Mosque in Mecca and the Prophet’s Mosque in Medina (2002-2005). His new translation, The Clear Quran, which is the first English translation of the Quran ever completed and published in Canada, has been officially approved by Al-Azhar and endorsed by the Canadian Council of Imams and ISNA. He memorized the entire Quran at a young age, and later obtained a professional ijâzah in the Ḥafṣ style of recitation with a chain of narrators going all the way to Prophet Muḥammad (ﷺ). Dr. Khattab received his Ph.D., M.A., and B.A. in Islamic Studies in English with Honors from Al-Azhar University’s Faculty of Languages & Translation. He lectured on Islam at Clemson University (OLLI Program, 2009-2010), held the position of Lecturer at Al-Azhar University for over a decade starting in 2003, and served as the Muslim Chaplain at Brock University (2014-2016). He is a member of the Canadian Council of Imams and a Fulbright Interfaith Scholar. He has served as an Imam in the U.S.A. and Canada since 2007 and is the author of The Nation of Islam (2011) and contributor to the Encyclopedia of Muslim American History (2010). His newest book is Outfoxing Fox News: A “Fair & Balanced” Study of the Network’s Coverage of Islam & Muslims After 9/11.