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 company of his father, Imām enrolled into a four year ‘Ālim program taught by Muftī Ādam Koya (Professor of Islamic Studies, http://www.smacanada.ca/) in 2005.
It was always 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, Imām’s love for Islam prompted him to memorize and understand other rigorous religious texts and thereby motivated him to enrol in other extracurricular activities. This included, but was not limited to, Imām travelling to various cities/countries and getting practical experience in religious fields under prominent scholars, such as, Shaykh Hamzah Wald Maqbul (Instructor, http://darulqasim.org/), Imām S’ad Baig (Director of Religious Affairs, (http://www.icqconline.org/) and Shaykh Habīb ‘Alī (Idrf.ca).
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 the Islamic Sciences, which included higher faculty courses such as, Arabic Morphology/Syntax, Poetry, Exegesis of the Holy Qur’ān (Tafsīr), Islamic Theology and Ḥadīth Sciences. He 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 (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 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 inspired to leave the big city life, and move to Kamloops, British Colombia to dedicate his services for the Muslim community there.
Currently, Imām Mazhar serves as the Director of Religious Affairs at the Kamloops Islamic Association (http://ayeshamosque.com/), Muslim Chaplain at Thompson Rivers University, Kamloops (http://www.tru.ca/), and is a Writer at Mathābah Institute, under the scholarly guidance of Shaykh Yusuf Badat (Founder and Director, http://mathabah.org , Imām, http://www.islamicfoundation.ca/) and Shaykh Omar Subedar (Dean of Academics, http://mathabah.org, Imām, http://www.bramptonmakkimasjid.com/).
Imām Mazhar is also an active member of the interfaith community in Kamloops. He frequently lectures at conferences, seminars, and universities in and out of North America, and often makes appearances on news radio.