Shaykh Mukhtar Ahmed, a Hafiz al-Quran, is a graduate (with honors) of the Faculty of Arabic & Shariah at the Islamic University of Al-Madinah al-Munawwarah. He holds a Masters degree in Semitics from Rand Afrikaans University and his special area of research was on the well-renowned scholar Imam Jalaluddin Al-Suyuti. Shaykh Mukhtar spent some time teaching various topics at ICOSA, lectured in Hadith, Arabic and Quranic Literature at the University of the Western Cape at both undergraduate and post- graduate levels. He also taught Qur’anic studies and Arabic at a local Muslim high school. Shaykh Mukhtar’s commitment to continuous community development and education manifested in a number of community classes including Hifz, Arabic studies, Tajwid, Fiqh and Hadith. He currently teaches Arabic and Tafseer classes at the Madina Institute.