Shaykh Ahmed Abdo
Ahmed Abdo is a Sydney born Imam, a scholar and respected teacher of Islam. After nearly ten years studying Islam in the blessed city of Tarim in Yemen he returned to give back to the people of Australia, his country. He studied in Dar al-Mustafa, an Islamic Seminary in Tarim, Hadramawt, under the tutelage of its Founder and Dean, Habib Umar bin Hafiz, a direct descendant of the Prophet Muhammad and worldwide authority on Islamic Jurisprudence, Theology, and Spirituality.
During his course of studies in Dar al-Mustafa, Ahmed studied the core Islamic sciences including Arabic grammar, jurisprudence, theology, prophetic traditions and spiritual wayfaring, with a particular interest in the area of Islamic Jurisprudence.
He currently serves as an Honorary Chaplain, teaches Islamic Law and Spirituality courses through Shifa Institute which he founded to better inform people regarding the principles and teachings of Islam and how they apply in modern day society, particularly Australia. He has taught the “Foundations of Islamic Law”, and “Marvels of the Heart”, on spiritual excellence. His students are located in Perth, Melbourne, Brisbane as well as Sydney. They access his courses through an online learning platform currently being refined through Shifa Institute.
He has taught Arabic, Quran, and Islamic Studies at various schools in Sydney including Rissalah College and Australian International Academy.
Ahmed is also an accomplished Interpreter. He enjoys the challenge of listening to a message, absorbing it, then immediately communicating in a way that is appropriate and relevant to the target audience. He is actively involved in interfaith work, as well as within the Muslim community. He has conducted lessons at Auburn Gallipoli Mosque Youth Centre and Lakemba Mosque in the past.
He delivers Friday sermons in various Islamic centres and mosques.
Ustādha Genan Dadoun
Genan Dadoun completed her BA Communications degree with UTS in 2004 and then travelled to Tarim, Yemen where she was honoured to study the various Islamic Sciences at Daar Al-Zahraa under the tutelage of many great female scholars. In her 10 years abroad Genan had the honour of translating for many female scholars as well as teaching at Daar Al-Zahra. She has taught the biography of the Prophet Muhammad and co-ordinates a youth program called SAYIT, focusing on the Islamic Identity of young Muslim girls in Australia. In her private and public classes, she addresses many of the challenges that face Muslim women living in a pluralistic society.
Shaykh Omar Habbouche
Shaykh Omar Habbouche was born and raised in Sydney, Australia and graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Computer Science degree, and worked within the IT industry. During this time, Ustadh Omar attended various Islamic lessons and studied under a number of local Shaykhs from Sydney, as well as being a student in Daar Aisha.
In 2005, Shaykh Omar travelled to Hadramut Valley, Yemen, in search of sacred knowledge. Shaykh Omar enrolled at Daar Al-Mustafa School for Islamic Sciences and Purification, learning from its illustrious scholars. In Dar Al-Mustafa, Ustadh Omar studied Fiqh, Tajweed, Aqeedah, Seerah, Hadith, Mustalah Hadith, Tarbeyyah, Dawah Methodology, Tafseer, Arabic Grammar, Usool al Fiqh and Inheritance Law.
Since returning to Sydney in 2009, Shaykh Omar has been working in the field of dawah in a mentoring and teaching capacity. Shaykh Omar teaches various subjects as part of the Sydney Islamic College Shariah program as well as presenting regular classes at various mosques and prayer centres across Sydney in addition to working in the field of project management.
Ustādha Feda Abdo
Ustādha Feda Abdo was born and raised in Sydney, Australia and she has been teaching Islamic classes, aimed at women, children and youth, for over ten years. She has taught at various locations including Daar Aisha Shariah College, and the Muslim Women Association.
Ustādha Feda lived in Tarim, Yemen for three years. While in Tarim, she was enrolled at Dar Al-Zahra school for Islamic Sciences and Purification, learning from it’s illustrious scholars. There, Ustadha Feda studied subjects including Fiqh, Tajweed, Aqeedah, Seerah, Hadith, Mustalah Hadith, Tazkiyah, Dawah methodology, tafseer and arabic grammar.
Whilst in Tarim, Ustadha Feda has been privilaged to share audience with notable scholars including Al Habib Umar bin Salim bin Hafidh, Habib Ali Al-Jifri, Habib Kadhim al-Saqqaf and Sheikh Umar Al-Khateeb.
She holds a degree in Bachelor of Arts (Media and Communications, Government and International Relations, Jewish Civilisation Thought and Culture) from the University of Sydney and currently works in the field of Community Development.