Shaykh Ramzy Ajem
Shaykh Abu Shamsudin Ramzy ibn Mahmoud Ajem is of Tunisian descent and was born and raised in Toronto,
Canada. In 1995, he left Canada to begin his Islamic studies in Damascus, Syria. He completed the two
year pre-college program with honors at Abu-Nur Islamic Institute of Syria. While in Damascus, he had the
honor to meet and study with a number of scholars including Sh. Ramadan al-Bouti, Sh. Muhammad al-Yaqoubi,
Sh. Abd al-Rahman Kharsa, Sh. Nur al-din Ittir, Sh. Adib Kallas, Sh. Farid al-Jazairi, Sh. Abdul Mu`iz
al-Nafti, Sh. Muhammad Kaylash, Sh. Mu'min Al-Annan, and Sh. Jihad Hashim Brown.
In pursuit of the classical Islamic education, Shaykh Ramzy traveled to west Africa, where he was
amongst the first westerners to be accepted by the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Endowments of
Morocco to study at the Ancient Madrasah of Tanalat in the Atlas Mountains of Southern Morocco
(Madrassat al-Hajj Muhammad al-Habib). As a full-time student at the school, he studied some of the
known texts of the various Islamic sciences under its current director and teacher, Sidi Sheikh al-Haj
Muhammad al-Ghali, who is one of the foremost students of its very founder: the famous Shaykh,
al-Zahid, al-Wali, and Mujahid Sidi Muhammad al-Habib al-Susi (Allah have mercy on him).
After completing basic texts in Grammar, Morphology, Aqida, and Fiqh, he received permission from his
teacher Sidi Shaykh al-Haj Muhammad al-Ghali to teach in these fundamental fields of sacred knowledge.
Since his return to Toronto, Canada in 2001, Shaykh Ramzy has been deeply involved in serving the Muslim community. He teaches regularly at Risalah Foundation and at Dar al-Marifa, a program that offers homeschooled children weekday classes in Arabic and Islamic studies. He currently resides in Toronto with his wife and children.