Shaykh Alaa Elsayed
Shaykh Alaa was born in Cairo and currently lives in Toronto, Canada. He has studied for his Bachelors in Sharīʿah from the American International University, and has earned a scholarship from the Shari’ah Academy in Egypt/Florida. Shaykh Alaa has also received his ijāzah of Qurʾan recitation for Ḥafṣ ʿan ʿĀṣim, studied comparative religion for five years through the IPCI in South Africa, and was on the board of directors of the World Assembly of Muslim Youth.
Shaykh Alaa is a member of the Canadian Council of Imams as well as a member of Horizon Interfaith Communication Media Council.
Shaykh Alaa was a member of the Calgary Multi-Faith Committee, and a member of the Muslim Christian Dialogue Committee. Sheikh Alaa received the Alberta Centennial award by the Alberta Government in 2005, granted to him for his outstanding service to the Alberta community.
Currently Shaykh Alaa is the Director of Religious Affairs for the Islamic Centre of Canada-ISNA. Prior to that, he was the Executive Director for the Canadian Islamic Congress. Shaykh Alaa is also a tutor with AlKauthar Institute and works closely with Mercy Mission’s projects worldwide.