Resident Alim

Sayyid Muhammad Rizvi

Jaffari Community Center (JCC)
: (905) 707-0982
Office hours at JCC:
Monday – Thursday: 11:00am – 2:00pm
Friday: After Friday Prayers until 3:00pm


Born in India, raised in Tanzania, and presently works in Canada.

1972-1982 Islamic studies: Hawza-e ‘Ilmiyya (the Islamic Seminary),
1991 MA in History: Simon Fraser University, Vancouver

1983-1991 Resident ‘Alim & Imam, Shí‘a Muslim Community of BC, Vancouver.
1991-1996 Executive Directior, Islamic Education & Information Centre, Toronto
1996- Resident ‘Alim & Imam, Ja‘fari Islamic Centre, Toronto
Authored and translated more than 15 publications such as An Explanatory Translation of the Qur’ãn in six volumes (1984-); Ritual & Spiritual Purity (1989); Marriage & Morals in Islam (1990); Making An Islamic Will (1993); Islam: Faith, Practice & History (2004); Business Ethics in Islam (2007). Some of these have been translated in Spanish, French, Italian, Kosovan, Turkish, Swahili, Urdu, Indonesian, Japanese and Farsi languages also.
He has written many articles on various Islamic topics in English, Urdu and Arabic.
He has traveled to most cities in Canada and U.S.A.; as well as to Australia, Guyana, Trinidad, United Kingdom, Dubai, Pakistan, Tanzania and Kenya for lectures.

Sr. Tahera Kassamali

Ladies Religious Advisor
Office hours at JCC:
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Sr. Tahera Kassamali provides religious guidance for women based on the Islamic Shariah and Ja’fari Madhhab tenets. Originally from Kenya, Sr Tahera studied at the Islamic seminary in Iran before migrating to Canada. She has a B.A. with Honours in English literature from the University of Alberta and a B.Ed from the University of British Columbia. Sr. Tahera has worked as a teacher at the az-Zahraa Islamic Academy in Richmond B.C (2005-2006). and as the Islamic Studies Guide at the as-Sadiq Islamic school in Toronto (2008-2015). Apart from her work at ISIJ, she presently works as the Outreach coordinator and Instructor at the Academy for Learning Islam. She has also published a series of Du’a books for various occasions under Tayyiba Publishers.

Sr. Tahera has spoken at many different communities around the world and brings many years of experience as a lecturer and teacher.

Shaykh Jaffer H. Jaffer

Masumeen Islamic Center (MIC)
 (647) 478-9944
Office hours at MIC:
Monday – Friday: 11 AM – 2 PM

Sheikh Jaffer H Jaffer joined ISIJ as the Assistant Resident Alim to Syed Muhammad Rizvi and as the full-time Alim at Masumeen Islamic Center in 2011. He graduated from the Hawza Ilmiya in Syeda Zaynab AS, Damascus in 2011 and has a Masters Degree in Islamic Education from Winchester University.

Syed Saghir Hussain Shah

Razavi Community Centre (RCC)
(416) 786-7473 (cell)