About the Imam

Shaykh Faisal Hamid Abdur-Razak lives in Brampton, Canada. From 1977 to 1986 he studied in Saudi Arabia, first at Umm Al-Qurra University in Makkah, then at King Abdulaziz University in Jeddah. He also studied at York University, Toronto, Canada.

Shaykh Faisal Hamid Abdur-Razak is the Founder, President, and Spiritual Leader of the Islamic Forum of Canada for 50 years. He is the founder of the Al-Faisaliyyah Foundation (AFF) spiritual movement in many North and South American cities, promoting Ahlus Sunnah among locals and a return to Mahabbatur Rasūl, Love of the Messenger of Allah. He is the Ameer (Spiritual Leader) of the Ahlus Sunnah Council of Canada (CCAS). He Founded the Sufi Council of Canada and serves as President and served as Vice President of Islamic Council of Imams in Canada (CCI). He has also founded the Al-Faisaliyyah Madrasah which has been consistently educating local Muslims for 30 years.

Shaykh Faisal Hamid Abdur-Razak has been recognized for his work in building peace and harmony, and better understanding between different religious groups. He has been recognized on a global stage by the former Prime Minister of Malaysia, Dr. Mahathir Muhammad, who awarded him the Global Islamic Personality Award, The Most Prominent Scholar of Tasawwuf. He is the Spiritual Leader and Guide in the Shadhili Tariqa, accepting and guiding students from all around the world. He has received Ijāzah of Irshad in many Ṭarīqahs including the Shadhili, Qadiri, Naqshbandi, Chishtiyyah, and Suhrawardiyyah Ṭarīqahs, and he has been a Khateeb for over 50 years. Additionally, Shaykh Faisal has spoken to hundreds of gatherings in countries throughout the world, including:

  • Canada, America, England,
  • Scotland, Germany, Norway,
  • Malaysia, Singapore,
  • Surinam, Trinidad, Guyana,
  • Bangladesh, India, Pakistan,
  • Kenya, and South Africa

After completing his studies in Saudi Arabia in 1986, he returned to Canada where he became actively involved in Islamic Da`wah and Education. He served as Imam and Khateeb of several Masjids and Islamic Centers including the Islamic Forum of Canada, the Islamic Society of Peel, the Islamic Centre of Brampton, and the Toronto And Region Islamic Centre (TARIC). He played a consistent role in reviving Ahlus Sunnah and a return to Mahabbatur Rasūl in Canada and worldwide since the 80’s. He was selected on numerous occasions to give the keynote address on behalf of Canadian Muslims during Federal, Provincial, and Municipal interfaith gatherings. Shaykh Faisal has been chosen as the lead religious authority on a delegation sent by the Association of Progressive Muslims Canada (APMC) to engage in interfaith dialogue with His Holy Father, Pope Francis, in Vatican City. Shaykh Faisal is a strong proponent of Islam’s relevancy to the Canadian public, and a leader in establishing Canadian Muslim identity and culture. These include the Canada Day Mawlid to commemorate the National Day of Canada, and the Grand Mawlid to welcome the New Year with the Canadian Public.

He has been interviewed on topics of interfaith dialogue, Ahlus Sunnah, and social activism on countless TV programs including those in North America, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom, Norway, India, Pakistan, Malaysia, and the Middle East. He hosts a weekly TV Program on Canadian Television (Message of Mercy), and his programs are televised in several countries, as well as on the Internet.

Shaykh Faisal Hamid Abdur-Razak is a prolific Writer of Islamic Books. His published books cover a wide range of subjects including: Qur’anic Sciences, Hadith, Arabic Language, Seerah, Fiqh, `Aqidah, and Tasawwuf. Some examples from a non-exhaustive list of published works are:

  • Tafsīr Surah al-Fātiḥah
  • Tafsīr al-Qurʾān al-Karīm
  • Tajwīd al-Qurʾān al-Karīm
  • Teach Yourself Arabic Reading
  • Teach Yourself Arabic Calligraphy
  • Help Yourself to Read Qurʾān
  • Arabic Language for Beginners (Level One)
  • Arabic Language for Beginners (Level Two)
  • Gems of Prophetic Wisdom
  • Actions are by Intentions
  • Sharh al-ʿAqīdah aṭ-Ṭaḥāwiyya (Commentary of the ʿAqīdah of Imam aṭ-Ṭaḥāwi)
  • Nūr al-Iḍāḥ (The Clarifying Light): A Manual of Ḥanafī Fiqh
  • Kitāb aṣ-Ṣalāh (A Manual of Prayer)
  • Kitāb al-Mawt (The Book of Death)
  • Kitāb al-Ṭahāra (The Book of Purity)
  • Kitāb an-Nikāḥ (The Book of Marriage)
  • Kitāb al-Ḥajj (A Manual of Ḥajj and ʿUmrah)
  • Kitāb ad-Duʿāʾ (Manual of Supplications)
  • Ramaḍān Companion: Spiritual Reflections
  • Dhikrullāh: The Remembrance of Allah
  • Sīrah Muḥammadur Rasūlullah: Life of the Messenger of Allah ﷺ
  • Miʿrāj al-Nabī ﷺ
  • -Milād an-Nabī ﷺ
  • On Love and Marriage

In compliment to his formal education, he received knowledge of the Deen in its various Sacred Sciences from the great Scholars including, but not limited to: al-ʿAllāmah Shaykh as-Sayyid al-Sharīf Muḥammad ʾAbul Huda ibn Ibrāhīm al-Yaqoubi al-Ḥasani al-Idrīsī, as-Sayyid Shaykh Muḥammad ibn ʿAlawī al-Mālikī al-Ḥasani, as well as:

  • Shaykh Muḥammad ʿAlī al-Sābūnī,
  • Shaykh Ḥasan Ayūb,
  • Shaykh Muḥammad al-Ghazālī
  • Shaykh Muḥammad Qutb,
  • Shaykh ʿAbdur-Raḥman Barood
  • Shaykh Muḥammad al-Wasfi
  • Shaykh Farooq al-Batal
  • Shaykh ʿAbdullah Nasih ʿAlwan
  • Shaykh Mawʾil Ezziddin al-Samuraʾee,
  • and many other distinguished scholars.

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