Imam Mohammed Badat is currently the Imam of Masjid Bilal in Orleans. Imam Mohammed Badat was born and raised in Toronto, Canada. He moved to the Ottawa area in 2000. While going to school, he completed his initial studies of the Qur’an at the local masjid in Toronto. In 1989, he traveled to Gujarat, India where he enrolled in a traditional Islamic University. For the next 3 years he engaged himself in an intensive Quran study curriculum that comprised of the memorization of the Quran. Upon completion of the memorization of the Quran he traveled to South Africa where he was enrolled in an intensive religious educational program at Darul Uloom Zakariyah, consisting of the comprehensive study of the Arabic language, the study of Prophetic Traditions, the study of the translation, and tafseer of the Qur’an, and the study of Islamic Jurisprudence. In recognition of his academic achievements at this institution, he has earned a masters degree in Islamic Theology and has received (ijazah) authorizations in Hadith. After graduating in 1999, Imam Mohammed has been serving as the Imam and Head of Religious Affairs at the Islamic Society of Cumberland (Masjid Bilal) in Ottawa, Canada. Imam Mohammed Badat is also an Ontario registered minister of religion & licensed marriage officer. He also holds a degree in Computer System Support Specialist from CompTIA (Computing Technology Industry Association). Imam Mohammed is also a active associate founding member of the Ottawa-Gatineau Imam’s Council (OGIC) which is a team of official Imams who serve the Ottawa/Gatineau region and work together to help Ottawa-Gatineau (Canadian) Muslims maintain their Islamic identity as well as settle and contribute constructively and effectively to the larger Canadian society – our homeland.