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Itinerant scholar & historian, world
traveller, religious leader

University of Toronto

Ph.D History, West African
Islamic History; MA

  • MA in African History, U of T.
  • 1995 Ph.D History Department, U of T, West African Islamic History
  • Aspects of Social Intellectual History in Hausaland; 1774 – 1804 Shaykh Uthman Ibn Fudi
  • Did research in Northern Nigeria (Sokoto, Kano, Kaduna, Zaria; all in Nigeria among others) – brought 37 original Arabic manuscripts back to Canada; translated and analysed them to understand his thoughts. Consulted writings of leading historians in major archival centers of Nigeria.
  • Professor Martin Klein, Thesis Examiner: John Hunwick, a leading African Arabic historian in the world (head of African studies program in North Western University in Chicago, the university has largest collection of African authored Arabic documents (from Africa) in North America

Islamic University of Madinah

1979 BA Islamic Sciences & Da’wah (outreach), Saudi Arabia

Accepted an invitation to study at the Islamic University of Madinah. As one of the first two scholarships ever given to Canada, he graduated in the top 10% of his class.

AlMaghrib Institute

Senior Lecturer & Historian, Head of History Department, (2010 – present)

Head of AlMaghrib’s Sīrah and Islamic History Department. Taught over 10,000 students across the US, Canada, UK, Malaysia, and Singapore. Lifetime Achievement Award for “pioneering work dedicated to empowerment, legacy, history, and rediscovery,” May, 2019

Islamic Institute of Toronto (IIT)

Senior Lecturer (May 2012 – present)

Resident Scholar Taught miracles of the Qur’an, the life of the Prophet (PBUH), the Journey of Life. Designed and conducted courses for new muslims and the hearing impaired, youth workshops, and Islamic History Month seminars and exhibits, and more.

Ontario Science Center


Consultant to Ontario Science Center for the “Science “whose truth” project”, showing science from around the world

Honorary Chief

Sierra Leone

Honorary Chief of the Northern Province of the Republic of Sierra Leone (Title: Chief Haidara Konorfili), presented by Ambassador Dawuda Kamara, Hon. Minister of Interior and Local Government, Freetown, Sierra Leone, April 14, 2008

Order of Arctic Adventurers

Honorary Member

Presented by Denny Rodgers, Mayor of Inuvik, Northwest Territories of Canada

Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal

February 24, 2013

Received in recognition of contributions to Canada, Governor General of Canada, Scarborough, Ontario
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The All American African:
Childhood Roots

Born June 25, 1949 in Boston, Massachusetts

The All American African: Childhood Roots
Born June 25, 1949 in Boston, Massachusetts

• Grew up in a housing project, Washington Elms, near M.I.T. in Cambridge, Mass.
• Father, Earl Grey Quick, an African American with possible indigenous Mohawk ancestry. US Military police, served in WW2, landing in Algeria and going through Europe fighting fascism.
• Mother: She was an educated African American woman who attained a MA. Her mother came from Barbados, W.I. Her grandfather was Charles Bourne White British businessman who married Mary Bynoe, a Black Barbadian.

From Scholar Athlete to Social Activist

Dr. Quick’s evolution from a Cambridge MA
public school to Bucknell University,
Lewisburg PA

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1963 - 1968
From Scholar Athlete to Social Activist
Athletics and Academia

• In 6th grade, was placed in an “Academically Talented” program that brought together the brightest minds of Cambridge MA.
• 1963: Entered Cambridge High and Latin School where he maintained an honors grade throughout.
• Selected as the Captain of the Basketball and Tennis teams.
• December, 1967: Recognized as City of Cambridge’s Scholar-Athlete.
• Awarded a N.N.S.F scholarship to Bucknell University in Lewisburg, PA.
• Awarded full scholarship to Reed College in Portland, Oregon.

60’s Social Activism – Tackling the Vietnam War and Black American Rights

• Became an anti-war activist at Bucknell U.
• Joined the Black Student Union of Reed College that successfully won the right to have a Black Studies Program.
• 1969: Left Reed College, returned home to the Anti War and Black Consciousness Movement .
• Refusing to participate in the Vietnam War, he eventually left USA for Canada.

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A western seeker and the Arabian Invitation

North America to the Sacred City of Medinah

A western seeker and an Arabian Invitation

Took up residence in Canada. Accepted Islam at the Islamic Foundation in Toronto. Dr Ahmad Sakr of the MSA witnessed the conversion to Islam.

1971: During social activism work in Canada, met Charmaine Patricia Harris (now, Kareema Ameena Quick). The two married in 1972 and have been together ever since.

Accepted an invitation to study at the Islamic University of Madinah as one of the first two scholarships ever given to Canada.

Brought young wife and first child to Al-Madina. Over the next 5 years, completed the (Arabic) language Dept. and the College of Dawah and Islamic Sciences.

While studying in Medinah, he was pardoned by President Jimmy Carter and was allowed to return to America; he opted to complete his studies in Medinah.

Studied in Riyadh, earning a Diploma in Teaching Arabic to non-Arabic speaking people.

From: Arabia
To: Around The World

A new scholar addresses a
global audience

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A new scholar addresses a global classroom

• Left Saudia Arabia and travelled throughout the English speaking territories of Central America and the Caribbean Region.
• 1980: Took up residence in Los Angeles CA at Masjid Mu’min, teaching and inviting to Islam.
• 1981: Left California and migrated to Jamaica, W.I., taking up residence and teaching their Muslim community for almost four years.
• Helped establish the Association of Islamic Communities of the Caribbean and Latin America. Travelled to Trinidad, Guyana, Belize, Bahamas and other places, assisting the Muslim community and teaching the public about Islam.

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A Return to Western Roots

Canadian homecoming

The Canadian Homecoming

•1985: Returned to Toronto as Imam (Director) of the Jami Masjid, one of the largest masjids in Canada.
•1990: Left the Jami Mosque and opened I.S.S.R.A., the first bonafide Islamic Social Service organization in Canada, counseling thousands of people, primarily Muslims immigrating into Canada searching for a better life.
•1997: Attended a Islamic Medical Association A.I.D.S conference in Johannesburg, South Africa. After touring the country, realized a need to leverage his Afro American roots for helping underserved African communities in South Africa and surrounding region.

Deaf Muslim students, Toronto ON, 1991

NBA superstar Hakeem Olajuwon

Outreach and Development in Africa

Outreach for folks in hard to reach places

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Outreach and Development in Africa

• 1998: Moved to Cape Town on the personal sponsorship of Shaykh Nazim Muhammad of the Muslim Judicial Council. Established the Dawah Department and got busy in the local African townships.
• 2000's: Formed the Dawah Coordinating Forum with national Dawah agencies and became its first Amir. With Br. Rafeek Hasan (IPCI) and others, formed a special Dawah (outreach) team and visited 35 cities in South Africa speaking to the public and training Muslims in Dawah.
• 2000’s: Initiated the Discover Islam Center, an all-purpose Dawah facility to train people, produce literature, initiate open houses, and coordinate Dawah work, locally, nationally and internationally.
• Anchored and co-produced two documentaries (Untold Ethiopia and Journey to The Empire of Knowledge: Timbuktu) and taught a series of related workshops.

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From Arabian Sands to
Canadian Snow

Global Scholar returns to home base in Canada

Global Scholar makes home base in Canada

• 2008: Left South Africa for Bahrain where, along with Muhammad Qadeer (Discover Islam America), engaged in outreach activities in Bahrain. Hired by the Ministry of Islamic Affairs of Bahrain to lead outreach activities at Masjid Al Fateh, in the city of Manama.
• 2009-2010: Returned to Canada and joined Al Maghrib Institute (Head of the History Department) and the Islamic Institute of Toronto (locally).
• 2011: Became the Director of Outreach for the Canadian Council of Imams (to the present).

Robert Lovelace, former First Nations Chief; lecturer at Queen's University (Kingston ON)


All Over The Place

Dr. Quick’s research, outreach, and education work spans across 62 countries and counting.

USA and Canada, Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, Costa Rica, Panama, Curacao, Guyana, Brazil, Jamaica, Bahamas, Bermuda, Turks and Caicos, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands Barbados, Trinidad, Tobago, Cayman Islands, Morocco, Lybia, Tunisia, Egypt, Sudan, Nigeria, Mali, Sierra Leone, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique, Lesotho, Swaziland, South Africa (35 cities), Mauritius, Seychelles, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Palestine, Oman, Syria, Jordan, Turkey, Spain, Switzerland, Germany, U.K., The Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Kuwait, Ireland, Scotland, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Australia and Singapore.