Principal (High School) and Business Technology Department Head – Mrs. Kiflien Shaikh
Mrs. Kiflien grew up in India and pursued a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science Technology from the renowned SNDT University in Mumbai, India. Upon completing the program, she started a tax consultancy practice and grew it into a successful business. However, with her educational background in Computer Science, she also felt a growing need in her community of avenues providing quality education to students intending to pursue higher education in the Computer Sciences. In her spare time, she started coaching students on Applied Math, Computer Management, Data Structures, and Algorithms. These coaching sessions soon developed into a passion for teaching and Mrs. Kiflien found herself coaching a diverse range of students, from grades 5 through 12, for almost a decade. In 2016, she moved to Canada and continued teaching at a local Islamic school in the GTA. During her time there, Mrs. Kiflien successfully proposed the introduction of Computer Science as a subject at the elementary level keeping in view the rapidly changing technological landscape. She reasoned that it would help her students better prepare themselves for higher education as well as future careers. Additionally, through that experience, she was exposed to the inner workings of the Ontario curriculum and developed a strong understanding of the system. A few years later, today, it is evident that all her past experiences would eventually lead to her securing the final approvals for Al Manarat High School, from the Ontario Ministry of Education, as their Principal.
Mrs. Kiflien feels passionately about enriching young minds with the love for Allah (SWT), the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), and the deen of Islam. She would like to see the younger generation grow closer to their deen, get educated and attain all the necessary IT and business skills to then be able to start their own businesses in the future. She wants to reinforce the belief that Muslim children must attain academic knowledge in the light of Islam and at Al Manarat High School she believes that the children are provided with exactly that atmosphere. She is committed to the betterment of the high school and upholding its educational standards.
When she is not teaching or coaching students, Mrs. Kiflien spends her time with her family and her two children.
Vice Principal and Math Department Head – Mr. Syed Hassan
Mr. Hassan grew up in Toronto and studied theoretical Mathematics at the University of Waterloo. He also holds a BA and a graduate certification in Psychology from York University. He currently serves as the Dean of Academics and the Head of the Mathematics Faculty at Al Manarat High School along with being the Vice-Principal and Liberal Arts teacher at Al Manarat Heights Middle School. With his love for mathematics and psychology, Mr. Hassan has developed interesting ways of bonding over math with his students, utilizing his psychological knowledge. He understands the students’ moods and learning patterns and makes learning and teaching math a delightful experience for all.
Apart from his academic pursuits, he has spent a considerable amount of time and effort in gaining Islamic knowledge. He received his ijazat al-Tadris (license to transmit the Islamic academic tradition) in 2012 and has been serving as an active Imam in the community for about a decade. He has also acquired a traditional license to teach the science of Aqidah (theology), Hadith (prophetic narrations), Islamic Spirituality, the ten Qira’āt of the Qur’ān, etc.
When he is not busy with Al Manarat High School, he heads his own academy, The Taqwa Academy, which strives to produce the next generation of Islamic scholars and students rooted in the tradition and steeped in erudition. He also serves as Head of Operations for Bukhari Academy for higher Hadith Studies.
English Department Head – Ms. Ureeba Rehan
Ms. Ureeba Rehan grew up in Toronto and has received her BA in English with minors in history and religion, as well as a Master of Teaching, all from the University of Toronto. She is currently pursuing an education in the Islamic Sciences from Mathabah Institute. Over the course of her education, she has gained ample knowledge and exposure to the social sciences and the humanities. She believes that the humanities play a vital role in a student’s holistic education and tries to integrate relevant concepts of humanities in her teaching. With two years of experience teaching English and History at the public high schools in the city, Ms. Ureeba is in a unique position to bring together Islamic aspects with the provincial requirements of the English curriculum.
When she is not teaching, Ms. Ureeba writes poetry and prose and is a published writer, MashaAllah! Her works contain Islamic undertones, and she hopes to bring along these faith-based perspectives in her English language teaching at Al Manarat High School.
Arabic Department Head – Mr. Junaid Ali
Mr. Junaid Ali was born in Chennai, India, and moved to Canada at the age of 14. Under the guidance of his inspirational mother, he completed the memorization of the Quran at the age of 18. Soon thereafter, he went to attend the University of Toronto, where he received his BSc (Hons) degree in Biology along with minors in Linguistics and Professional Writing. Along with his memorization of the Holy Quran, Mr. Junaid also pursued Arabic studies which then led him to attend the Bayyinah Institute’s Dream Program in TX, USA. He graduated at the top of his class from this program and decided to build his career in teaching and learning Arabic. Over the past 9 years, Mr. Junaid has MashaAllah taught Arabic to over a thousand students from around the world. He will be sharing his subject expertise with the students in his Sacred Arabic classes while also taking care of their physical, mental, and spiritual lessons through PhysEd classes.
When he is not teaching, Junaid is serving as the Vice President of Al Manarat Islamic Schools and is working on his family’s vision of founding an Islamic university in the future, inshaAllah. With Allah (SWT)’s blessing, he hopes to establish Al Manarat’s legacy in Canada as a full-fledged premier Islamic institution. Mr. Junaid is also a student of Mathabah Insitute, where he is pursuing an Alim course with specialization in the Islamic Sciences, Arabic, and Tafsir. He is also a khateeb who leads Friday (Jumuah) prayers in the local masajids and is quite active in counselling the local Muslim youth.
Science Department Head – Mrs. Maliha Bawahab
Mrs. Maliha Bawahab hails from Pakistan and has received her Master of Science degree from Karachi University. She is a veteran teacher with more than 30 years of experience teaching school students in Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, and Canada. She moved to Canada in 2017 and has since been teaching grade 8 at Al Manarat Heights School. She is well-versed in her subject and has held several academic and non-academic positions through her teaching career. Mrs. Maliha has a unique way of teaching science to her students. She envisions it as a cooperative journey of both the student and their teacher into the established principles, facts of life, and the unknowns of nature around us. She believes that it is more important to inspire a lifelong love for learning in her students than just blindly focusing on completing the required syllabus. She does this by creating unique lessons that are exciting, authentic, engaging, and highly relevant to the students’ lives. Additionally, she loves to encourage her students to think with open minds and utilize their creativity while approaching the different topics in class.
At Al Manarat High School, Mrs. Maliha wishes to instill confidence in her students to lead exceptional lives in our technologically advanced world with an ability to take scientifically informed decisions in all matters of life.