Assalaamualaykum from Br. Ebrahim Dhooma.
I was born in Durban, South Africa, where I spent my early years and completed my primary education. My family immigrated to Canada when I was in my early teens.
I was raised in Toronto (Go Blue Jays!!) where I completed my high school and university education. By the grace of Allah (SWT) I had the privilege of attending the American Islamic College in Chicago in the early days of this pioneering institution. I also was blessed with the opportunity to attend the Islamic University of Madina where I obtained a diploma in Arabic language and Islamic Studies. This multicultural background and experience in diverse learning environments allows me to understand and appreciate the challenges and aspirations of the Muslim-immigrant community in Canada.
Over the course of my career I had the privilege of serving a number of Islamic schools, including some in the Greater Toronto Area. Most recently I served as an administrator with the Fort McMurray Public School district during the course of which I had the opportunity to serve as the first Muslim principal of the local Islamic school. Indeed, serving Islamic education runs in my family. My father was a teacher and administrator of Islamic schools in South Africa as well as Canada. I had the privilege of studying and working with some of the leading scholars of the Muslim community, including the well known pioneer of Islamic education in North America, Sh. Abdalla Idris.
I am married with four children and a proud companion of the cutest cat in the world (my very biased opinion!). I enjoy reading, cycling and the outdoors.
I look forward to serving the MAC Islamic School and the Edmonton Muslim community. May Allah (SWT) accept from us our efforts in His way, Ameen.
Your brother in Islam,
Ebrahim H. Dhooma
M.Ed; B.Ed; B.A. (Hons.); Dipl. (Arabic/Isl. Studies)