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Sh Wasim Kempson

Wasim Kempson was born and raised in London U.K he accepted islam in 1994 then three years later he went on to study at Madinah University.He went on to study at the Islamic University of Madinah for seven years, during which he completed a Diploma in Arabic Language followed by a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Shariah in 2004.

Upon returning to the U.K he has been involved in many institutes and schools. He has worked with IQRA tv (Arabic & English), Islam Channel and Huda tv previously producing a number of Islamic series. Wasim Kempson is currently an Imam at West London Islamic Cultural Centre and is currently completing his MA in Islamic law from SOAS university.

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Sh Gyasi Mckinzie

Sh. Gyasi (Ja-see) Mckinzie was born in Washington D.C. and raised in Memphis, TN. He accepted Islam while in high school. He earned his B.A. from the College of Dawah and Usool Ad-Deen, and a diploma in Arabic from the Islamic University of Medina. He also has a Masters in Theological Studies from Vanderbilt University.

Sh. Gyasi has nearly 15 years of experience providing Islamic leadership to schools and organizations. Besides having served as Imam of the Muslim Society of Memphis and as chaplain at two federal prisons, he has been the Youth Director of the Youth and Dawah Center in Memphis, TN. He has also served as an Islamic Studies teacher and school counselor at Pleasant View School and the Islamic School of Irving respectively.

Currently, Sh. Gyasi works for Helping Hand for Relief and Development as the associate director of Marketing & Outreach for the US south central region. Sh. Gyasi also teaches classes at Al-Kauthar Institute.

Sh. Gyasi lives in Euless, TX with his family. When not spending time with the youth and volunteer activities, he loves reading and going fishing.

We ask Allah to bless his efforts.

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Sh Abdalla Idris Ali

Abdalla Idris Ali is a well-known American Muslim public speaker, successful fund-raiser and served as ISNA’s President from 1992-1997. Additionally, Sheikh Abdalla co-organized the Canadian Islamic Banking Conferences for 1996 and 1997. He also serves as a member on the Board of Trustees for the Islamic Teaching Center (ITC) and North American Islamic Trust (NAIT). Additionally, he is also on the Board of Advisors of the American Muslim Council (AMC) and past-Board member of the Council of Islamic Schools in North America. As an ISNA School principal, he developed and implemented Islamic and Arabic Studies curricula for elementary and junior high students. He has written various articles in Islamic Horizons and is a member of the ATP Editorial Board. His expertise is in the area of Islamic education in North America.

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Dr Zachariah Matthews

Dr Matthews studied  Quran memorisation in South Africa from a young age. He continued with Islamic Studies in South Africa, the USA and Australia. He completed B. Pharm (South Africa), B. Sc (Hons Pharmacol, South Africa), and Pharm. D (USA) degrees. Dr Matthews has been an educator in the Islamic Sciences for more than twenty years through forums such as seminars, workshops and  sermons. He lectured for seven years part-time at the University of Sydney’s Pharmacy School and also managed a hospital pharmacy department for eight years. For two years he was Head of Religious and Leadership Studies at an independent school. Dr Matthews actively focusses on leadership mentoring and development. He writes and publishes on subjects ranging from the ethics of disagreement to spirituality in the post-modern world.

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Sh Tawfique Chowdhury

Sheikh Tawfique Chowdhury is the Chairman and CEO of Mercy Mission. He has, from an early age, excelled in academic studies, consistently being awarded prizes and accolades for his various achievements.

Sheikh Tawfique is a graduate of Medicine from the University of Bond, Australia, as well as a graduate of the college of Shariah at the Islamic University of Madinah.

Being a prolific speaker, Sheikh Tawfique Chowdhury has travelled internationally, sharing his knowledge worldwide. He is renowned for specializing in Islamic Jurisprudence – particularly Islamic finance, Muslim Family Law and Islamic Medical Ethics.

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Sh Abubakr Zoud

Sheikh Abu Bakr Zoud is a graduate of the faculty of Quran at the Islamic University of Medinah. He specialises in Qiraat (about ten different recitations of the Quran) and Tafseer. He received several Ijazaat in Hafs, including one from the prominent Sheikh Ali Alhuthayfi (the Imaam of Masjid An-Nabawi). He then continued his Quranic studies in Egypt after his graduation. Apart from that, Sheikh Abu Bakr Zoud had attended several international Quran competitions along the way. Currently, he is a Tafseer teacher at the Islamic College of Australia.

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Muhammad Khodr & Kamal Saleh

Muhammad Khodr is an experienced and popular Da’ee involved in several community projects. He is also well known for his nasheed artistry and has worked on videos with the popular One 4 Kids Zaky productions and also as the host for the Little Explorers Kids TV Show on CH31.

Kamal Saleh has taken YouTube by storm becoming one of the biggest YouTube sensations for his Spoken Word talents. He has used his talent of spoken word in order to project the religion of Islam in a positive light.

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Dr. Sara Hassan

Dr Sara Hassan is currently a resident at the Austin Hospital in Melbourne.

She holds a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Immunology from the University of Melbourne, and completed a PhD in Paediatrics at the University of Melbourne in 2007, where she was involved in creating human engineered chromosomes for gene therapy in the Chromosome Research Laboratory of the Murdoch Children’s Children Institute.  She then completed her medical degree at the University of Melbourne in 2013.

Her current areas of interest are centred around mental health. She is also a strong advocate for autism education since the diagnosis of her daughter, founding the online forum the Australian Muslim Mother’s Autism Support group in 2012.

Sara has been a recurrent presenter Twins of Faith conferences, and was a speaker at the Inaugural Australian BeingMe conference in Sydney in 2013. She conducts monthly women’s classes with the Australian Albanian Islamic Society and has held various talks for women around Melbourne. Her main passion is the enlightenment of Muslim women through education, with a special focus on women’s rights in Islam.

Sara is married with two children. In her spare time she enjoys reading 19th century literature and is an avid baker and Essendon supporter.