The Mothers of the Nation

Their Personalities, Challenges & Controversies

  • 21 July 2018
  • 9:00am to 8:00pm
  • Toronto - Canada
  • ES 1050 Earth Sciences Centre (ES), 5 Bancroft Ave, M5S 3J1
The Mothers of the Nation

Price: C$50.00

Ramadan Discount ($10 Off) - Code: RAMADAN10 - Expires on 17th June

  • Course Notes:
    Free folder with course notes complete with Quran and Hadith references
  • Course Audio:
    Free MP3 audio of each tutor session available to download
  • Breaks & Refreshments:
    Free refreshments provided during frequently held breaks throughout the course.
  • Q&A Session:
    Courses include Question and Answer session. Sisters only Q&A also available
  • Student Participation:
    Students encouraged to enhance learning via case based studies.

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The trials of a Muslimah trying to affirm her Islamic Identity in a century where she is burdened by society’s perception of how she should look, think and act is no easy feat. The role of being a mother, wife, student and career woman in the present-day world, is undoubtedly accompanied by the feeling of inadequacy and self-doubt. The 21st century woman finds herself in a constant struggle with herself.

How does a brother, husband and colleague address a Muslimah in the secular world, in light of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam? By understanding the world of the unseen, the psyche of the Muslimah. A study of how the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam dealt with the Mothers of the Believers, finding joy and comfort in them whilst simultaneously nurturing them. This is an opportunity to be the best father, husband and son towards our mothers, wives and daughters.

In this course the modern Muslimah reflects on the lives of the wives of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam understanding the numerous challenges she is faced with and finding practical solutions to help her navigate through the perils of the contemporary world.


  1. To reconnect with your mother
  2. To learn about yourself as a woman from the lives of the best of all women
  3. To learn about how the Prophet dealt with his wives
  4. To discuss some of the most controversial issues relating to women in Islam and resolving these misconceptions
  5. To find the secret of a happy and successful marriage through learning of the Prophetic example.
  6. To learn of the important role women play in shaping the Muslim society
  7. To become the best to your families

Through the back drop of the lives of the mothers of the believers, we will address:

  • The rights of women in marriage and divorce
  • Gender roles
  • Her contribution in shaping her family and her society
  • Questions around Polygamy
  • Feminine sexuality
  • Female slavery
Alaa Elsayed

Alaa Elsayed

Sheikh Alaa was born in Cairo and lived in Egypt until he was 15 years old. During his youth, he spent his time as the goalie for the Junior National Team and moved to Toronto, Canada in the late 1970’s.

Sheikh Alaa worked as Vice-President of Business Development for an international company and during this time he competed and was placed first in the 1992 Bermuda Triathlon. He also trained in conflict resolution, crisis management, six sigma, communication skills, advance train the trainer, and inclusion training. He teaches Home Sweet Home and Parenting Matters courses for AlKauthar Institute around the world.

Sheikh Alaa studied for his Bachelors in Shariah from the American International University and earned a scholarship from the Shari'ah Academy/Mishkah University in Florida. Sheikh Alaa has also received his ijazah of Quran recitation for Hafs an Asim and studied comparative religion for five years through the IPCI in South Africa. He was on the board of directors of the World Assembly of Muslim Youth.

Sheikh Alaa currently lives in GTA (Greater Toronto Area) with his wife and three children. He is a member of the Canadian Council of Imams as well as a member of Horizon Interfaith Communication Media Council. Prior to this, he was an Imam for the Muslim Council of Calgary and acted as its media spokesperson. He has hosted Vision of Islam, a weekly television show which runs throughout Alberta, Canada. He has also appeared as a speaker on Islam on various television channels, including Peace TV.

Sheikh 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 and he also received recognition from the city of Mississauga and the Members of Council for his Leadership role in 2015.


Currently Sheikh 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. Sheikh Alaa is a favourite tutor with AlKauthar Institute and Director of Public Relations for Mercy Mission World.

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