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Ustadha Egbal was raised in a deep-rooted Islamic learning environment in a family from Ahlul Bayt where she was educated in the Islamic sciences of Quran, Hadith, Fiqh and ‘Aqidah, as well as the Arabic linguistic sciences of Nahw, Sarf and Balaaghah. She studied under her uncle the renowned Dr. Murtadha Almahatwary (rahimahu Allah), earning an ijazah in Uloom ul–Arabiyyah. This background allowed her passion for learning and teaching Arabic to manifest early in life; by the age of thirteen, she was already teaching Quran, Tajwid and the Ajrumiyyah in the halaqa setting.
Ustadha Egbal’s teaching experience spans a wide range of Arabic styles and classroom settings in both Yemen and the U.S. As a result, her teaching style is a uniquely tailored methodology that incorporates both classical Quranic Arabic and Modern Standard Arabic (Fusħa only) in a structural and interactive pedagogy. Her students in the Usul ud-Dinprogram combine their instruction with practical application and comprehension of complex theological texts such as Al-‘Aqidah al-Tahawiyyah.
Aside from teaching, Ustadha Egbal also worked in editing and annotating manuscripts for two years at Badr Educational and Cultural Center in Sana’a, Yemen. The experience allowed her to familiarize with much of the Islamic lexical and literary canon, annotating works such as Misbahu Arraghib wa Miftahu Haqaeqi Alma’arib Sharhu Kafiati ibni lhajeb, a commentary on Kafiatu ibn Ihajeb, one of the most important grammatical texts in the Arabic language.
He has worked in various mosques of Cape Town as Imam and teacher in the past, and currently lectures in the subjects Tafsīr and Hadīth at the International Peace College of Southern Africa, and teaches various texts in Hadith, Tazkiyah, Usul al-Fiqh and History for the Madina Institute.
He holds a degree (Ijaza)in Shari’a and Usul ad-Din by the European Faculty of Islamic Sciences (France). He has studied Islamic Sciences in the traditional way with various ‘ulama like Shaykh Muhammad al-Kassbi (Morocco), Sidi ‘Abd al-Salam Afkir (Morocco), Shaykh Muhammad al-Naifar (Tunisia), Sheykh Muhammad al-Lakhwa (Tunisia), Sidi Muhammad al-Wazzani (Morocco), holding ijazat from some of them.
He has translated into Spanish and commented the Risala of Ibn Abi Zaid al-Qairawani, the Hikam of Ibn ‘Ataillah, the Ajurrumiya of Ibn Ajurrum, the Dala’il al-Khairat of Al-Jazuli, the Burda of Al-Busayri. He is also the author of The Practical Guidebook (a commentary on the Al-Murshid al-Mu’in of Ibn ‘Ashir), ‘Aqida–Two treatises on Muslim Creed, A commentary on Surat al-Fatiha, An Introduction to the Science of Tasawwuf, A Treatise on Islamic Governance and a number of other works.
Under the guidance of Shaykh Abdulqadir as-Sufi, he has lived and taught in South Africa, Spain, the USA and the United Kingdom. He has been Imam Khatib in Newark NJ (USA), Madrid (Spain), the Jami’a Mosque of Cape Town (South Africa) and lecturer in Islamic Studies there at the Dallas College. He has been Imam Khatib at the Ihsan Mosque in Norwich where he taught Tafsir, Ash’ari Aqida and Maliki fiqh.
He currently holds the position of Main Teacher and Adviser of The Meem Institute, an institution established in Leicester in 2011 in order to transmit the three aspects of the Deen, Islam, Iman and Ihsan.
The Madina Institute is honored to have Shaykh Laraki as an instructor in Usul al-Fiqh, Maliki Fiqh & Sirah.
Shaykh Didmar is frequently invited to lecture at events and conferences held in the United States and abroad and he is an active participant in, and organizer of, multi-faith activities in the Phoenix metropolitan area. The focus of his work is teaching traditional Islam in accordance with the four schools of ahl al-sunnah wa jama’ah, with emphasis on the Hanafīschool. He particularly enjoys training students in the art of Qur’anic recitation and is the founder of Arizona’s annual Qur’an Competition.
Shaykh Didmar completed his primary Islamic education in the city of his birth, Shkodër, Albania, while attending the Haxhi Sheh Shamia. He completed his secondary education in Istanbul, Turkey where also earned authorization to be an imām and khaṭīb. He completed his post-secondary education in the United States, earning a Bachelor’s in Islamic Studies. His studies have focused on ma’qūl wa manqūl(Islamic speculative and traditional knowledge). He received ijāzāt in fatwā and other Islamic disciplines from the Mufti and the Imam of Abū Hanīfa Mosque of Baghdad, Shaykh Watheq Alobaidi. Throughout his life, he has been blessed to study under well-qualified and righteous scholars of various backgrounds, including Albanians, Kurds, Turks and Arabs.
He is the author of Shprehi Dhuntitë e Zotit Tënd! (Express the Gifts of You Your Lord!) (2012), an edited anthology of Albanian-language sermons delivered on various Islamic topics, andShpjegimi i Dyzet e Dy Thënieve Profetike(Commentary on the Forty-Two Prophetic Statements) (2014), an Albanian-language translation and commentary of Al-Arba’īn of Imam Al-Nawawi. He has published articles on various Islamic topics in several magazines and newspapers in the United States and Albania (in both English and Albanian).
Shaykh Didmar previously served as the imām of the Albanian American Islamic Center of Arizona – Greenway Masjid (2004 – 2014) and taught Qur’an and Islamic Studies at the Arizona Cultural Academy (2002 – 2009), a full-time Islamic school in Phoenix, Arizona. He is a member of the Arizona Police Reports. He is fluent in Albanian, English, Arabic and Turkish.
Since 1997 he has been studying and teaching the Islamic sciences in Muslim countries as well as Europe and North America. He has been blessed to study with such luminaries as Shaykh Ahmad Taha Rayyan, Shaykh Ali Gomaa, Shaykh Saeed al-Bouti, Shaykh Kurayyim Rajih, Shaykh Bakri al-Tarabishi, among others. From 2005 to 2011 he worked with the Tabah Foundation in Abu Dhabi as the Cultural and Education Projects Manager, where he developed educational initiatives to address the needs of new Muslims, as well as initiatives to foster cross-cultural and interfaith understanding.
He has lectured on various topics of interest, including Muslims as minorities, interfaith understanding, and the importance of purification and spirituality in addressing the human condition. He has taught and lectured in the US, Canada, Trinidad, Guyana, the UK, France, Belgium, Denmark, Spain, Singapore, Malaysia, Kenya, India, Bahrain, Jordan, Sudan, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Egypt, and the UAE. The Madina Institute is proud to have Shaykh Walead Mosaad as an instructor in Ash’ari ‘Aqidah.
Shaykh Zaid Ibnu Riad Fataar Al-Azhari grew up and started his studies in Egypt Cairo at the age of 6. Going through the Egyptian Al-Azhar school and college where he achieved a Diploma in Islamic sciences and completed his memorization of the Holy Quran. He then furthered his studies at the Al-Azhar University in the field of Theology specializing in the sciences of Aqidah (Belief) and Philosophy receiving a B.A in Islamic Theology. Also privately studied under various scholars in Egypt receiving Ijazaat (Authority) in Hadith and Aqidah. Shaykh Zaid is appointed officially by the minister of home affairs as a marriage officer and commissioner of Oaths. He Travels in and out South Africa delivering lectures, inspirational talks and classes concentrating especially on the youth. He is a regular guest speaker on radio stations such as the voice of the cape, radio Al-Ansaar. He also has his own show on Star sat satellite which features on DeenTv called Prophetic Breezes concentrating on Fiqh As-Seerah, and he features on other satellite network stations such as ITV. Also a member of the Muslim Judicial Council, and assistant Dean and H.O.D of Aqidah at the Madina Institute. Because Shaykh is young by age,his approach with students and people are very enthusiastic, vibrant, warm and respectful never to leave someone without a smile.
Courses taught: Aqidah, Logic, Tafseer, Ulum Al-Quran and Usul Al-Fiqh.