Itinerant scholar & historian, world
traveller, religious leader
Itinerant scholar &
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.
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)
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 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
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