Islamic Institute of Toronto

Instructor’s bio

Shaikh Ahmad Kutty

M.A. in Islamic Studies, University of Toronto

Bio Details

Born in Kerala State, India (1946) Nationality: Canadian

Educational background

  • 1975-1980: McGill University, Montreal: Doctoral Studies; Specialized in Shariah Thought.
  • 1972-1973: University of Toronto: Masters in Islamic Studies.
  • 1968-1972: Islamic University of Madinah, Saudi Arabia: Licentiate in Usul al-Ddeen (first rank).
  • 1957-1967: Islamiyya College: Graduated in the Traditional Islamic Sciences and received the Ijazah (title) of al-Faqih fi al-ddeen (first rank).


Scholarly papers/works/publications, etc.

  1. Shah Waliullahs Concept of Harmony (tatbiq) of Reason, Revelation and Intuition in the Light of Hujjat Allah al-Balighah (Under Preparation).
  2. Human Rights: The Western & Islamic Perspectives (Work in progress)
  3. Translation of al-aqeedah al-tahawiyyah (2002)
  4. An analytical study of Ibn Taymiyyahs al-Aqidat al-Wasitiyyah (1978)
  5. Translation of al-Insaf fi bayan asbab al-ikhtilaf (1981)
  6. An analytical study of Ibn Khalduns Shifa al-sail fi tahdhib al-masaail (1976)
  7. Al-Nass wa al-ikhtiyaar fi al-khilafah: A Comparative Study of the Sunni and the Shiah Theories of Khilafah/Imamah (1982)
  8. Kitab al-Tawhid of Abu Mansur al-Maturidi (d. 944): A report on his work with reference to his role in the development of Kalam (1978)
  9. Abolition of Khilafah and the reaction of the Muslim world (1976)
  10. Muhammad b. Abd al-Wahhab: His life & Reformist Ideas (1976)
  11. Shah Waliullahs Concept of Shariah (1979)
  12. Ibn Taymiyyahs Attitude towards Sufism (1979)
  13. Ramadan: Blessings and Rules (1990)
  14. Islamic Funeral Rites (1991)
  15. Social Justice in Islam: A translation of Sayyid Qutbs al-adalatul ijtimaiyyah fi al-islam into Malayalam (4th edition, 1987)
  16. Miscellaneous articles published in various newspapers/magazines

Courses taught

  1. Evolution of Fiqh and the Emergence of the Schools of Jurisprudence
  2. Fiqh al-Hadith: A Study of Bulugh al-Maraam
  3. Readings in Sahih al-Bukhari
  4. Islamic Ethics: Readings in Riyad al-Saliheen
  5. Fiqh of Priorities
  6. Islamic Ethics and Morals
  7. Studies in Islamic Spirituality based on Imam Ghazzalis Ihya ulum al-Ddeen
  8. Islamic Aqeedah Level One
  9. Islamic Aqeedah Level Two
  10. Marriage and Family in Islam
  11. Comparative Religions
  12. Sects and Sectarianism in Islam
  13. Fiqh al-Zzakah
  14. Principles of Islamic Jurisprudence (Usul al-Fiqh)



  1. Presently: Senior Lecturer/Imam at the Islamic Institute of Toronto & and a non-resident Imam/Khatib (orator) at the following centers/mosques in Toronto: Islamic Center of Canada, Islamic Center of Canada, Bosnian Islamic Center, and Ansar Mosque
  2. 1984-1994: Director/Imam Islamic Foundation of Toronto
  3. 1979-1982: Director/Imam: Islamic Center of Toronto
  4. 1973-1975: Assistant Director: Islamic Center of Toronto

Participation in Seminars/Symposia, etc.

  1. Participated as a presenter in numerous seminars, conferences, and symposiums (from1975 onwards).
  2. Participated on a regular basis in the ISNA conferences as a speaker & as a participant in Fiqh Sessions (1975 onwards).
  3. Presentations on Islam in various churches/ inter-faith gatherings/hospitals, etc.
  4. Gave numerous interviews to newspapers/ television (both local and national) on various issues affecting Islam and Muslims.