The diversity of our speakers at I.LEAD is what makes our Conference truly special within the city of Ottawa. Check out our list of speakers for 2017 below.
Shaykh Saad Tasleem was born and raised in the United States of America. He attained a Bachelor’s with a major in Design and a minor in Psychology from the University of Maryland (USA).
He then went on to study at the Islamic University of Madinah, Saudi Arabia. There he dedicated himself to the study of Islamic Sciences and attained a diploma in Arabic Language and a Bachelor’s in Islamic Law.
Since graduating from the University of Madinah Shaykh Saad has been extensively traveling all across the globe as an instructor for AlMaghrib Institute, a public speaker, and a lecturer.
He has a wide following amongst the youth all across the world as he has an uncanny ability to connect with the young generation. He is well known across various social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, and Tumblr.
Suhaib Webb is a Graduate of University of Central Oklahoma with a background in Education & Azhar University from the College of Shariah (Islamic Law & Jurisprudence).
Imam Suhaib has served a number of communities over the years in North America and is currently managing an Institute for training Imams in Washington DC.
Navaid Aziz is a Canadian Muslim public figure with a diverse academic and social background. He is currently focused on the education and integration of Muslim youth, with the hopes of eradicating radicalization. He was raised in Montreal, Quebec where he completed a diplome d’etudes collegiales (D.E.C.) in commerce and Social Sciences from Champlain College before heading to the Islamic University of Madinah where he completed an Associates Degree in Arabic Language and Literature and Bachelors in Islamic Law.
Upon returning home to Canada, Navaid began teaching for Al-Maghrib Institute. He has since transitioned to their Director of Public Relations. During this period, he volunteered as the Islamic Editor for Little Explorers Magazine and began his work as a youth and family counsellor. It was also during this time that he established himself as a sought after public speaker. He has lectured across four continents and eighteen countries thus far.
In 2012 Navaid moved to Calgary, Alberta to become the Director of Religious and Social Services for the Islamic Information Society of Calgary, a position he currently holds. He also began volunteered as a chaplain at S.A.I.T. from 2012 to 2015. In Calgary his youth counselling work extended further to include helping in the mitigation of criminal radicalization. This included the implementation of civic engagement opportunities for Muslim youth. Among the programs started were youth groups, volunteer programs at the local shelters, community cleanups, and tree planting days. In 2015 Navaid became the first ever Muslim chaplain with the Calgary Police Services. Through his involvement with CPS he consulted in the development of their world renowned redirect program. He is currently working on establishing further opportunities for preventing radicalization and enhancing youth integration.
Amal Kassir is a Syrian-American international spoken word poet. She is a 2012 Brave New Voices International Slam Champion with Denver’s Minor Disturbance & has been featured in LA Times, PBS Newshour, Colorado Public Radio, Westword Magazine and the Denver Post. Based in Denver, CO, she attends university full-time & teaches workshops to communities across Denver, performing nationally & internationally throughout the semester while picking up a shift or two from the family’s Damascus Restaurant.
Amal has performed in 8 countries and over 25 cities, from youth prisons to orphanages to refugee camps. Her work in the community involves humanitarian initiatives for Syria, speaking out and organizing against Islamophobia, and empowering the voice of the marginalized through writing & speaking. She organizes demonstrations, vigils, fundraisers & other educational events in Colorado & has spoken on several CO News Outlets.
Shaikh Musleh Khan was born in Madinah, Saudi Arabia. He was raised and is currently residing in Toronto, Canada. At college he studied computer programming and then went to work as a Fraud analyst.
In 2002 Shaikh Musleh was accepted at the Islamic University of Madinah where he completed a diploma in Arabic followed by a BA in Islamic Law from the faculty of Da'wah and Usool al-deen. He memorised the Qur'an with an ijaza and has completed a complete study of Sahih al-Bukhari.
Shaikh Musleh undertook a study of various Islamic books including those on Fiqh, Hadith, Aqidah, Tafsir. Futhermore, he took classes with various prominent scholars in the course of his time in Madinah, including Sheikh Mukhtar Al-Shanqiiti, Sheikh Muhsin Al-Abaad, Sheikh Abd al-Razak, and Sheikh Muhammad Shafi among others.
Upon graduating in 2011 he has returned to Canada and has plans to pursue a Masters at York University, Toronto. He has been very active in the Toronto vicinity for more than 10 years, having conducted khutbahs, classes, lectures and conferences, as well as various Islamic Intensive programs in the United States. Shaikh Musleh enjoys long-distance running and basketball. He loves to read and write in addition to spending time preparing for classes in Toronto where he and his wife reside.
Shaykh Daood Butt has always had a desire to learn and teach Islam. Following secondary studies, he obtained a degree in Automotive Technology and was nominated amongst Canada's Top Graduates of 2002.
During this time, he studied with local Imams and was hired as an Imam and Qur'an instructor at a local Mosque. 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's Degree in Theology and Islamic Da'wah from the Faculty of Da'wah and Usool Ad-Deen in 2010.
Upon returning to Montreal he was involved in various Da'wah activities including lectures and khutbah in English, French, and Arabic. With an eagerness to continue learning Islam, Shaykh Daood acquired a Master of Arts Degree in Islamic and Other Civilizations from the International Islamic University Malaysia. He is currently the Director of Religious Affairs at the Islamic Community Centre of Milton and resides in Toronto, Canada with his wife and two daughters.
"Asmaa Hussein is the author of “A Temporary Gift: Reflections on Love, Loss, and Healing,” a gripping memoir about widowhood.
She has authored several children’s books and is the creator of www.ruqayabookshelf.com, a website about the Islamic parenting experience. Asmaa was born and raised in Toronto, Canada and currently lives there with her family."