Our Team

Meet the Imam

Sheikh Zahaib Sayeed

Sheikh Zahaib was raised in Edmonton, AB. After moving to Whitby ON at the age of 16, he began his journey in Islamic Sciences under the supervision of Maulana Nooruddin as a part-time student. After he completed high school, he enrolled as a full-time student at Darul Uloom Canada where he spent the next 6 years learning Hanafi Fiqh, Tafseer, the 6 books of Hadith, Aqida, and Islamic History. During his student days, he would also conduct Jumah Salah at various masjids in Edmonton, Toronto, and New Jersey. He would also assist Mufti Imran with Ramadan programs at Masjid Quba in Edmonton. Upon graduation from Darul Uloom Canada as an Alim in 2019, Sheikh Zahaib became the Imam of Masjid Ayesha in Southwest Edmonton. His roles include leading daily salah, delivering Jumah lectures and weekly programs, teaching Maktab classes to children, and providing religious counseling.

His passions include conducting programs and seminars for adult and the youth. He founded the Young Muslims of Edmonton organization in order to provide uniquely designed programs for the youth.

He can be contacted at imam@masjidayesha.ca

Other IMA Scholars

Molana Zafar Abid

Principal – Darul Quran Academy

Molana Zafar completed his hifz and Alim course at Darul Uloom Dahbail and Darul Uloom Hyderbad in India. He then went on to receive a Religious Minister Diploma in 1992.
Since then he has spent many years in India and Canada as a Hifz teacher, Quran teacher, and an Imam. A few of these roles include a Teacher and Imam at Jamia Islamia Tajweedul Quran in India, and a Quran teacher at the Islamic Academy of Canada in Surrey BC. In 2012, Molana Zafar founded Darul Quran Academy in Surrey, BC. He has since been the President and a teacher at Darul Quran Academy. Over 100 Huffaz have graduated from this seminary and many of which have went on to seek higher Islamic knowledge or establish their own Islamic institutions in Canada and USA.
His passions include dealing with the youth in our communities to help them become responsible and valuable members of society. Molana Zafar has also been an integral part of Falcon Travel’ religious Team by providing guidance catering predominantly in the Urdu and Hindi language to the Hujaj for over 10 years.

Hafiz Zubair Abid

Completion of memorization of the Qur’an with Maulana Zafar Abid and Shaykh Salahuddin. After his completion of Hifz, he is currently a part time teacher at Darul Quran Academy while being a student at the University of British Colombia.

Sheikh Qasim Ayub

Imam- West Shore Islamic Centre

Sheikh Qasim completed the memorization of the Quran in Lahore, Pakistan in 2008. After that, he had the desire to further seek higher Islamic knowledge and thus enrolled at the prominent madrasa Darul Uloom Azadville in South Africa. Shaikh Qasim studied there for 3 years and completed his Alim course at Qasiumul Uloom in Toronto under the supervision of Mufti Adam.
Upon graduating from his studies, Sheikh Qasim has spent his time as a teacher and Imam in and around the Toronto communities. He is currently the Imam at the West Shore Islamic Centre in Victoria BC. His roles include leading daily salah, delivering the Jumah khutba and weekly programs, teaching Maktab classes to children, and offering Islamic counselling.

Muftī Imran Farooq

Imam- Masjid Quba

Mufti Imran began his studies at Darul Uloom Rahmania, a school renowned throughout southern India with a focus on Qur’anic recitation and memorization, where he was blessed to memorize the Qur’an.
Thereafter, he transferred to Darul Uloom Hyderabad India , where he dedicated six years to studying the Islamic sciences. He completed this initial phase at the internationally acclaimed seminary, Darul Uloom Deoband, where, over the next two years, he engaged in an in-depth study of the major compilations of hadith under the greatest luminaries of the past century. Following his graduation, at the same institution, he devoted an additional three years to specializing in Qur’anic exegesis (tafsīr), Arabic literature (adab), and issuing legal verdicts (iftāʾ). Muftī Imran then dedicated a year travelling throughout India, gaining practical exposure serving communities in need and calling to Allah. After six years as an imam and education director in India , in 2006, he came to Masjid Quba in Edmonton, where he currently serves as an imam, counsellor, and teacher of Full time Quran memorization and the Islamic sciences.

Sheikh Abdi Hersy

Imam – Abubakr Islamic Centre

Sheikh Abdi finished his advanced Islamic studies in 1993. He went further on to memorize the Quran with the various forms of Qira’aat.
In 2001, he moved to the USA and started pursuing a degree in Respiratory Therapy and graduated with a Bachelors degree from the University of Minnesota. In 2013, he graduated with an MBA in IT Management from WGU. He is currently finishing his PHD in Graduate Theological Foundation with Shariah and Fiqh.
Sheikh Abdi has played various roles in many masjids across the USA and Canada. He was the Imam at Darul Hijrah Islamic Centre in Toronto, and the Imam at MCC in Calgary. His current role is serving as an Imam at Abubakr Islamic Centre in Calgary. He conducts various programs in the English, Arabic, and Somali languages.

Aalima Umme Osairam

Umme Osairam completed the equivalent of her Masters in Islamic Studies from Al Jamia-tul-Islamia Libanat-il-islam Gujarat, Pakistan. Prior to that she completed her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Bahauddin Zakariya University Multan, Pakistan. Her focus was on Persian, Arabic and Islamic Studies. Her work history includes being the Aalimah for noted universities such as Jamia Islamia Al-Khobar, Saudia Arabia and Jamia Qasim-Ul-Uloom, Multan, Pakistan. She is an accomplished Aalima and Hafiza with over 11 years of experience teaching numerous courses from basic to advance level across all ages and groups. She is also well versed in providing counseling services and responding to the spiritual needs of female congregation members.