My name is Samir Hussain. A few people have asked me to produce a short autobiographical sketch of myself to produce trust in themselves for what I say. It is an understandable concern, and here is my attempt to oblige without destroying my sincerity while still conveying a sense of my qualifications (or lack thereof).
I started studying Islam part-time in 2007. This was while I was in McMaster University where I completed an honors degree in the life sciences (mostly biology) and the equivalent of a minor in political science and anthropology. I was also part of the Origins Research Institute for one year.
My initial studies in Islam were in the English language and mostly through local scholars and institutes. My thirst and curiosity for the inner workings of Usul-ul-Fiqh made me realize that I could move no further without studying in Arabic. I then travelled abroad to study in KSA and Egypt where I completed texts (and obtained ijazah to teach them) in sciences such as Nahw, Sarf, Balaghah, Shafii fiqh, Shafii Usul, Kalam and Hadith. Since almost all of my studies took place in private, one on one settings, my teachers are mostly unknown except to a few seekers of knowledge studying abroad and I have previously shared some information on my personal Facebook page about them (Look at June 26th 2019 on my personal page, not the blog’s page).
Since I returned to Canada in 2017, I have been teaching Islamic Studies and Islamic History full time at an Islamic school for which I built and am running a completely new curriculum from scratch. Previously I taught English for six years in a Gulf university.
My current research interests are focused on the nexus of classical Islamic theology/kalam, contemporary philosophy, and the natural sciences. I eventually hope to move on from this research interest to a greater focus on tafsir and fiqh in the near future, but not until I complete some writings on my current research interests – which so far due to personal reasons have been my core focus and concern in my study of Islam.
Out of pragmatism rather than humility, I do not consider myself a scholar, rather a student who has been advised by some of his teachers to share his thoughts and knowledge with others. As such I am doing so. Please correct me if I err, but do not forget the adab of advising when doing so.