Our Founders

Imam Fode Drame
Imam Fode Drame

Imam Fode Drame is the president and resident Imam of Zawiyah Foundation, a study and learning centre in Vancouver, BC, Canada. Imam Fode descends from the Jakhanke tribe of the Senegambian region of West Africa, which is primarily known for its distinctive method of introducing the study of Quran to young children and for producing erudite and distinguished scholars. Imam Fode earned the formal recitation and memorization of the Quran at a very early age and was fully immersed in all his formal studies of Islamic Jurisprudence, Arabic Grammar, Language Acquisition, and Quranic Exegesis. Imam Fode studied linguistics from the University of Quebec in Montreal (UQAM) and is well acquainted with multiple languages including Latin, Greek and Hebrew. He is the first Muslim leader to partake in interfaith action in Vancouver and was a board member of the Multi-faith Action Society. With 6 books published, he continues to write, teach, counsel and lead prayers and inter-spiritual dialogues.

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Shaykha Ieasha Prime

Ieasha Prime is a Scholar in Residence and Chaplain at New York University, where she lectures on religion, race and gender.  She is the Director of Women's Programming at Dar Al Hijrah. She pursued education after serving as a youth Ambassador to Morrocco and Senegal.  She studied Arabic, and Quran at the Fajr Institute in Cairo, Egypt. Later, she moved to Hadramaut, Yemen and enrolled in Dar al Zahra, an Islamic University for Women. There she studied Aqeedah, Quran, Hadith, Arabic, Jurisprudence (Fiqh), Islamic law, Purification of the Heart and other religious related learning. She has received several scholarly licenses (ijaza). She is the most passionate about the development of integrated programs that give students the opportunity to experience true success and freedom.

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Brother Joshua Martin

Joshua Martin is an International Toast Master's Gold. He has spent the better of 20 year's developing Small businesses to produce luxury services to high clientele. In addition, Joshua Martin facilitates training and development in the field of professional presentation. His international clientele include some of Washington DC's political elite. He is the Chief Executive of TONSORIAL LOGISTICS INTERNATIONAL, where he serves as an advisor to shop start-ups and teaches technical skills with unwavering professionalism world wide.