Born and raised in Toronto, Canada, Imām Mazhar always had a strong passion for learning and teaching about Islam. Imām Mazhar started studying the sciences of Al-Qur’ān under the esteemed guidance of his late father, Al-Qāri’ Maḥmood bin Aḥmad Sa’īd (may Allāh be pleased with them). After completing the memorization of Al-Qur’ān and mastering various forms of recitations (Qirā’at) in the companionship of his father, the Imām enrolled into a four year ‘Ālimiyyah program taught by Muftī Ādam Koya ( in 2005.

It was always the Imām’s passion to obtain the knowledge of Islamic Sciences wherever he found reliable Scholars. Aside from dedicating four solid years in the auspicious company of Muftī Ādam Koya studying Islamic studies, the Imām would dedicate a portion of his time to memorizing and understanding other classical religious texts. This motivated him to enrol in other extracurricular activities, such as travelling to various cities/countries and receiving professional experience in religious fields under prominent scholars, such as, Shaykh Hamzah Wald Maqbul,

Imām S’ad Baig, Shaykh Yusuf Badat and Shaykh Habīb ‘Alī. After graduating with honours in his secondary education Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) in Toronto, Canada and completing his Bachelors in Islamic Studies in 2009, Imām Mazhar travelled to Dārul ‘Uloom Zakariyya, South Africa, where he graduated with honours and achieved his Masters in Islamic Studies. This included higher faculty courses such as, Arabic Morphology/Syntax, Poetry, Exegesis of the Holy Qur’ān (Tafsīr), Islamic Theology and Ḥadīth Sciences. He has earned authorizations in Ḥadīth from many prominent Scholars, such as, the Grand Muftī of South Africa, Shaykh Ridhā-ul-Haq, Shaykh Sulaiman Choksī, Shaykh Muḥammad al ‘Awwāmah, the renowned Scholar of Ḥadīth in Madinah, and many others. Aside from his Islamic degrees, Imām Mazhar also holds diplomas in Astronomy and Counselling.

After returning to Canada from South Africa in 2012, Imām served as a teacher for Arabic, Islamic Studies, and Quranic Studies in various schools in Toronto. Two years later in 2014, Imām Mazhar was motivated to leave the big city life, and move to Western Canada to dedicate his services for the Muslim and the greater community there.

Imām Mazhar served there as the Director of Religious Affairs at the Ayesha Mosque and as a Muslim Chaplain at Thompson Rivers University aside from committing to various other endeavours in British Columbia and nation wide. Thereafter, the journey of life led the Imām to Alberta, Canada.

Currently, Imām Mazhar serves as the Director of Religious Affairs at the Lac La Biche Muslim Association (The Second Masjid established In Canada) and is a Writer at the prestigious Mathābah Institute. He is also an Arabic language instructor for the Northern Lights School Division (NLSD).

Imām Mazhar is also an active member of the interfaith community in the communities he resides in.  He frequently lectures at conferences, seminars, worship homes and universities in and out of North America, and often makes appearances on television and news radio.
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