Fatima Al-Fihri emigrated from present-day Tunisia to Fez, Morocco with her family in the early 9th century. Fatima and her sister Mariam were well-educated and wealthy women who wanted to use their wealth for the benefit of their community. In 859 CE, Fatima established the Al-Qarawiyyin Mosque and the University of Al-Qarawiyyin, the oldest university in [...]
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Named the Sports Personality of the Century by the BBC, the Greatest Athlete of the 20th Century by Sports Illustrated and Fighter of the Year six times by Ring Magazine, Muhammad Ali (1942-2016) will always be regarded as one of the world's greatest boxers. Celebrated not only for his athletic skills, his legendary stature continues [...]
Muhammad ibn Zakariya al-Razi was a physician born in al-Ray near Tehran (modern day Iran) in 251 H/ 865 CE. Among his many enduring and fundamental contributions, he was the first physician to detail the symptoms and signs of smallpox and measles and was a pioneer in the use of experimental medicine. Two of his [...]
Bill Gates, Google and AT&T recognize him as a hero. His organization has revolutionized the way education is spread across borders and to the masses, free of any cost to the student. With the mission to 'provide a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere', Khan Academy was founded by Salman Khan - a hero to the [...]
Ismail al-Jazari was a famous engineer and craftsman who was a master in automata and mechanical inventions. Born in 1136 CE, Al-Jazari would go on to become the chief engineer for the Turkish Artuqid Dynasty. In his book “A Compendium on the Theory and Useful Practice of the Mechanical Arts”, he describes in detail 50 [...]
Furakh Mir is a Canadian Muslim lawyer, currently practicing in Mississauga, Ontario. She obtained her Honours B.A. from the University of Toronto in 2002 and Bachelor of Laws, LL.B. from the University of Windsor in 2005. Presently, she acts as the principal lawyer at Mir Law Office, serving clients across the Greater Toronto Area. As a [...]
Benjie leads the Private Equity and Pension Plan Advisory practice and is located in Toronto. Benjie has more than 12 years experience assisting private equity funds and strategic buyers plan and execute on acquisitions, reorganizations and divestitures. Mr. Thomas is also a member of KPMG Canada’s board. In his over 14 years of Transaction Services experience, [...]
Soheila Esfahani grew up in Tehran, Iran, and moved to Canada in 1992. She has practiced as an artist and educator for more than a decade. She received her Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Western Ontario and her BA in Fine Arts from the University of Waterloo. She is a recipient of [...]
Shiraz Sheikh is a PhD candidate at York University’s Department of History, completing final requirements towards a PhD in Islamic Intellectual History, with a focus on knowledge and learning in the early Ottoman period. His dissertation topic is on the life and works of Molla Şemseddin Fenari (d. 1430), the first Grand Mufti of the Ottoman [...]
Maryam graduated from the University of Toronto with an Honours Bachelor of Science degree specializing in Developmental Biology. She received her Bachelor of Education degree from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. Maryam Hasan has been an educator with the Toronto District School Board for sixteen years. Focused on [...]