Writers, Editors & Researchers

Aamena Janmohamed

Aamena is a dentist by profession. She finds common perplexities to be an important project as it answers fundamental questions many youth – Muslims and non Muslims alike – have today. She hopes that the some of the answers to these questions will help strengthen the faith of the readers in this beautiful religion.

Aliyyah Rizvi-Bokhari

Whether she’s editing articles or teaching English, Aliyyah loves the written word. Aliyyah graduated with a B.A. in English Literature, and is a certified ESL teacher (TESOL, OCELT, ICTEAL). She is currently working on an M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction, with a concentration in Special Education. Aliyyah is passionate about Islamic literature for all ages. Whether she’s editing fiction or nonfiction, she believes in visions like the one of Common Perplexities.
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Fatema Khimji

Fatema completed her BSc in Kinesiology and Health Science at York University. She went on to now complete a Master’s degree in the same field, along with a graduate diploma in Neuroscience. Fatema is passionate about this project as it emphasizes the importance of asking questions as a means to understanding the religion. Faith-based questions that youth have often remain unanswered, leaving these questions to the interpretation of non-Islamic paradigms. Fatema sees this initiative as an opportunity to present true logical Islamic answers to such questions as presented by the AhlulBayt (as).

Sakeena Panju

Sakeena is a Software Engineer who has worked at various technology companies in Toronto, Canada. She actively volunteers at her local madrasah and was previously a volunteer at her local hospital. Sakeena is passionate about continuous learning and challenging your assumptions, which was what inspired her to take part in this project.

Sana Abbas

Sana is a first year student at the University Of Toronto. She aims to complete her major in political science with a double minor in education and Canadian studies. She is always looking for new opportunities to learn and educate herself. She is grateful and excited to be a part of this amazing initiative that continues to make an impact on youths eager to learn more about their religion. Sana is looking forward to highlighting the beauty of Islam and portraying it in a positive light.

Sarah Maklai

Sarah has completed her undergraduate degree in French Studies and Sociology and is now pursuing her Bachelor of Education from Glendon, York University. Sarah is a big believer in life-long learning and the sharing of knowledge to others, which is why she was inspired to join this initiative. She is looking forward to being able to contribute back to the Islamic community in a meaningful and impactful way, while also embarking on a self-development journey herself. 

Sarah Manek

Sarah is in her last year at Ryerson studying Biomedical Science. In her journey to discover more about Islam, she was lucky to come across the Common Perplexities initiative. For her, this opportunity has been about learning and sharing her findings with other curious minds. May Allah (s) aid us in our journey to finding Him.

Tahiyah Hussein

After having completed her undergraduate studies, Tahiyah is currently pursuing her Masters of Teaching at the University of Toronto. This project is unique in that it emphasizes the value of maintaining an open dialogue to better understand existing notions in Islam according to authentic Islamic teachings, and our role as Shia Muslims. Tahiyah is passionate about this initiative because it does exactly that. By providing a platform that encourages continuous Islamic learning, this project provides an opportunity to ask and answer questions that clarify common misunderstandings and misconceptions about Islam.

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