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Imam Mohamad Jebara

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Headmaster

Andalusia College
 
Background

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

Education

  • PhD thesis on Teaching Classical Arabic to Non-Speakers
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Cantor Daniel Benlolo and Imam ...
www.cjnews.com, 22 Mar 2013 [cached]
Cantor Daniel Benlolo and Imam Mohamed Jebara at Beth Shalom
OTTAWA - A group of Muslim students and congregants accompanied Imam Mohamed Jebara for a friendly and educational visit with his friend Cantor Daniel Benlolo at Congregation Beth Shalom earlier this month.
Jebara, the headmaster at Cordova Academy and Andalusia College, and his group were warmly welcomed to the synagogue March 10 by Benlolo for an afternoon of sharing, of both information and more tangible gifts.
Benlolo presented Jebara with a shofar, a menorah, a kiddush cup and a book about the history of Beth Shalom.
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Jebara gave Benlolo a carved wooden Qur'an holder and several copies of the Qur'an, as well as a prayer rug and a string of prayer beads.
"We are collecting Jewish artifacts and books, which will be used to educate our students at Andalusia College and Cordova Academy. We still need tfillin, a tallit and a yad for our display," said Jebara in an email to The CJN. (He had been suffering from a throat infection and was unable to speak at the event).
Benlolo and Jebara both emphasized the similarities between their two religions.
"The visit to the synagogue was a fascinating experience for all my students and members of my congregation who were present," Jebara said.
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Picnics, community service and joint charitable work are also in the forecast," Jebara said.
These visits are a joint endeavour ...
www.muslimlink.ca, 9 Dec 2013 [cached]
These visits are a joint endeavour between Imam Jebara of Cordova Academy and his friend, Chazzan Rishon Daniel Benlolo of Beth Shalom to foster understanding and friendship between their respective communities, especially the youth.
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That we don't all have to be the same to respect and love one another," shared Imam Jebara of Cordova Academy.
Imam Mohamad ...
www.cordovaacademy.com, 12 May 2012 [cached]
Imam Mohamad Jebara
Imam Mohamad Jebara serves as the Imam of the Cordova Spiritual Education Center, a non-Profit organization in the Ottawa region which offers both religious and social services.
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From his most outstanding contributions to the Ottawa community is the establishment of the Cordova Spiritual Education Centre, including its Academy for which Imam Jebara currently serves the role of headmaster.
Through Cordova Academy, the Imam offers classes on Classical Arabic, Qur'anic recitation ( tajwid), exegesis ( tafsir), and jurisprudence (fiqh) according to the four major schools of Sunni Islamic thought, with the addition of other Islamic sciences. Besides Cordova Academy's scholastic works, Imam Mohamad Jebara actively participates in improving the world through his collaboration with local and international charitable and non-profit organizations along with schools and youth groups throughout the world. He is also registered to solemnize civil and religious marriages in the province of Ontario.
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Imam `Abdul Rahman introduced him to the recitation of the Qur'an, as well as to fundamental creeds ( `aqida), jurisprudence ( fiqh), as well as the prophetic traditions of Islam.
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Despite his young age, it was Imam `Abdul Rahman who first encouraged Mohamad Jebara to start teaching.
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At the age of thirteen, Imam `Abdul Rahman introduced him to his second teacher, Salahuddin Al-Idlibi, who at the time functioned as Imam of Montreal's Dorval Mosque.
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At the age of thirteen, Imam `Abdul Rahman introduced him to his second teacher, Salahuddin Al-Idlibi, who at the time functioned as Imam of Montreal's Dorval Mosque.
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Imam Mohamad Jebara has also enjoyed the grace of scholars such as the world-renowned Shaykh `Abdul Rashid `Ali Sufi, who specializes in the various styles of Qur'anic recitation ( qira'at). He has likewise frequented Damascus to study at the feet of the eminent scholar `Abdul Razzaq Al-Halabi, a supreme authority in Hanafi jurisprudence who also bears one of the shortest chains of narration in the Qur'an. He has also been confirmed by Dr. `Abdul Salam Al-Harras of Fez, Morocco for his competency in Imam Warsh's style of Qur'anic recitation.
Works of Inspiration
To-date, Imam Mohamad Jebara has compiled and published well over 87 books on various Islamic topics. By his own admission, the Imam attributes his success in these works not to his own erudition, but to divine gifts of inspiration that have facilitated his work. In addition to 14 books in the science of Tajwid and 18 books in the instruction of Arabic letters and Grammar, Imam Jebara has published a large number of other books, including:
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As a result of his dedication, service, and community involvement, Imam Jebara has twice been nominated for the Order of Ontario. Below is the text of one of his nomination letters:
To: Advisory Council of The Order of Ontario
Subject: Testimonial letter
I am writing this letter in support of Imam Mohamad Jebara to the Order of Ontario. I have known Imam Mohamad Jebara for 2 years as a student of Cordova Academy, which is the Spiritual Education Center founded by him. I was impressed with the warmth and friendliness that he displayed towards me upon our first encounter while attending a seminar that he instructed. I was equally impressed by his scholarships while attending a seminar on Islamic Jurisprudence as the scope and level of detail that he presented was not only confined to the opinion of Islamic Jurists but also that of Western and Oriental Jurist.
Striving for excellence in all endeavors and being the agent of positive change that I wish to see in the world are the impact that Imam Mohamad Jebara has had on me in the short period of time that I have known him.
Every year, hundreds of applications are submitted to this council of worthy individuals who have demonstrated a high level of individual excellence as well as benefiting the people of Ontario. Imam Mohamad Jebara is deserving of this award because of his commitment to excellence and to the great contributions made in the Ottawa community, which can be summarized by his continuous effort of building a global community of people that have mastered Classical Arabic and thus have direct access to Classical Arabic sources, and can represent Islam, and its high ideals of respect, tolerance and peace in the best manner.
This vision has been exemplified through his involvement with Cordova Academy, ongoing community building initiatives and being an ambassador of Canadian values internationally.
Cordova Academy
•Intolerance is rooted in deficiency of knowledge; as such Cordova Academy was established by Imam Mohamad Jebara with the aim of reviving the spirit and values of Islamic scholars of Cordova, Spain. This period in time was known for its tolerance of all people, regardless of their beliefs and backgrounds and members of this society working towards the betterment of humanity.
•All Classical sacred Islamic texts are written in Classical Arabic, which is a major barrier and a source of misinterpretation. Imam Mohamad Jebara recognized the need to tailor Islamic education to an English speaking audience which served as the inspiration for his thesis.
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•Since inception more than 65,000 students have benefited from the courses offered by Imam Mohamad Jebara.
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Imam Mohamad Jebara is an accomplished individual at a relatively young age and is a standard bearer of excellence. Excellence begins with strong character and is exhibited through his enthusiastic energy and determination to make a positive change in the lives of individuals through education. He is deserving of this award because he has impacted others through his display of sincerity, integrity and has devoted his life to teaching and coaching others to achieve self actualization.
Arriving with smiles and brightly ...
www.mccncr.org, 16 Mar 2013 [cached]
Arriving with smiles and brightly coloured flowers, Imam Mohamed Jebara, founder of the Cordova Spiritual Education Centre, entered the lobby of the Beth Shalom Synagogue with members of the Muslim community. They offered the flowers to their new Jewish acquaintances as Cantor Daniel Benlolo welcomed the group.
"Imam Jebara and I want to make sure that we teach our young people," said Benlolo.
"If we teach young people how to interact with, understand and appreciate each other's communities, then we can hopefully build better communication and better understanding to live in harmony and in peace."
Jebara, who was unable to speak due to laryngitis, nodded as Benlolo said the purpose of the gift exchange was to promote learning between the two communities.
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Benlolo then presented Jebara with a shofar, which he described as a symbol of Abraham's sacrifice to God. Jebara also received a menorah, a Kiddush cup and a book of the history of the Beth Shalom Synagogue.
In return, Jebara gave Benlolo a carved wooden Qur'an holder, a hand-sewn prayer rug from Syria, handmade calligraphy of the Muslim declaration of faith, books teaching Arabic from the Cordova Academy, three Qur'ans and a long blue string of prayer beads.
Jebara said he hopes the event at the synagogue would be the first of many between the Jewish and Muslim communities in Ottawa.
"There are many interfaith dialogues, but they don't go any further than meeting and discussing issues," he said. "Our intention is to go beyond that. We would like to establish friendships that are long term."
Jebara said that building friendships with other faiths would lead to understanding, harmony and love between the different religious groups.
About Us | Muslim Coordinating Council
www.mccncr.org, 22 Dec 2012 [cached]
5. Cordova Spiritual Education Centre, Imam Mohamad Jebara, President
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