Ustadha Farhat Ahmed Shamsi began her journey with the Qur’an after she first began feeling a sense of frustration at not being able to understand the Speech of Allah. Her frustration stemmed from having a filter of someone else’s choice of words between her and God. By the Grace of Allah she was guided to a course of knowledge which centered on the language and understanding of every single ayah and surah in the Divine Revelation. A personally challenging journey began in a turbulent time for Muslims in America. Her journey became a passion and source of fulfillment; she had never imagined teaching anyone else what she was learning, except perhaps sharing it with her family. One day a friend requested Farhat Ahmed to teach her whatever she was learning, and then the student also became a teacher. Her adult study circles grew as she also brought in Islamic educational reforms in her local community and introduced Qur’an tafseer classes for high school and college students. Having studied under highly regarded world- renowned scholars Farhat Ahmed continues as a student of knowledge, instructor and public speaker with students here in the U.S.A. and abroad.

Suzanne Itani

Export Business; Founder & CEO of Taiba- Women Empowering Women

Farhat, one of the foremost influential women in my life, has enriched my heart with the most precious of treasures, the understanding of the Quran and I am forever indebted.



A life changing experience!
I am a full-time working physician and I joined sister Farhat’s class when I started delving deeper into Islam and Quran before we decided to go to hajj in 2013.  From the very first day that I attended sister Farhat’s class , I have not looked back since then.I have only gotten more and more mature religiously. Her sweet and humble way of explaining the Quran makes you get in love with it. The best part of this class is the way she relates Quranic verses to our current life’s implications. It has really made me understand how this book sent more than 1400 years ago can be a manual for human lives forever to come .
This class has really been a life-changing experience for me!!! 
May Allah gives us all the opportunity to attach ourselves to the Quran and put lots of barakah in this class , ameen



Ustadha Farhat helps the student to relate to the verses on a more personal level. I truly enjoy the Food for the Soul Quran class as it has taught me many impactful lessons that have resonated with me beyond the classroom.[Her] style of teaching is warm and comprehensive in that she covers each surah, discussing the meanings and lessons behind every ayah, and sparks an illustrious discussion of the context surrounding the revelation that ensures a greater understanding, I love the assignments that involve learning the Arabic root words and I get really excited when I see the words repeated in other parts of the Quran that I can now understand. My family reverted to Islam when I was a young child, but this is the first time in my life where I’ve felt such a deep and meaningful connection with the Quran. This class has helped me look at the words of Allah as a source of energy for my heart and soul. I would definitely recommend anyone who is looking to add substance to their life to take this class, whether online or in person. It is a gem that you do not want to miss out on

Neda Khan

Creative Director MHK Creativity

Reading the Quran and its translation is no doubt rewarding but being in Sr. Farhat’s class, learning and discussing the meaning and supporting hadith has been immensely beneficial to me. I joined the “Food for the Soul… Quran” class when Sr. Farhat was teaching Surah An-Noor (The Light). I was deeply moved by the Surah and its Tafseer. Sr. Farhat’s approach to teaching the Quran is completely relatable. She makes contemporary connections to our everyday domestic, professional and global lives. Everything just makes so much sense! May Allah fill our hearts with His Light and reward Sr. Farhat for her diligent work. Ameen.



… it has been a life changing experience for
me. Ustadha Farhat’s style of teaching is simple and her words resonate
with me as Allah SWT has blessed her with a unique way of teaching that touches my heart.

I have been studying Quran Tafsir with Ustadha Farhat since the class began 4 years ago. Even though I knew how to recite the Quran in Arabic, unfortunately I never read it with meaning. I did always want to know what Allah’s words actually meant. By the grace of Allah SWT I came across this class and I can’t tell you how blessed I feel.The Quran is a living miracle of Allah SWT and this journey that I am taking with my teacher is only the beginning towards understanding the vast ocean of Hidaya that it contains.



My passion is “Quran” and I have been fortunate to attend Sister
Farhat’s tafseer class for almost four years. I look forward to
Sunday’s class as it really quenches thirst for my soul. I feel
rejuvenated after every single session
. I come back and re-read my
notes for insights and try to reflect on lessons learned in the class.I am a student of knowledge and have studied with several scholars. As
I acquire more knowledge, I realize how deficient and limited my
comprehension is and how weak my faith and obedience is. I always
strive to learn more until my Lord calls me back, Inshallah.

Journey through Quran is an amazing journey of life. Quran is the eternal, living reality, No matter how many times you read tafseer or learn the translation, it seems like you learn something new every time. It is as though this is your first time to discover this particular aspect of a word or ayah. May Allah (swt) raise me among “Ahl al Quran” (people of Quran) and always keep us connected to His book, the ultimate living reality. “The Quran is either an argument for or against you” (Sahih Muslim). 


Insurance Consultant

I have been a student of Farhat Shamsi’s Quran class since she first began teaching. She is an inspiration for all to strive to gain more knowledge of our Deen. Not only is she eloquent in her explanation of the tafseer, but she is also able to relay in a manner which is easy to understand. I have learned so much from this class and am excited to continue inshaAllah



    Mishkah University ,Bachelors in Islamic Studies, December 2017


    Shariah Program Canada , One Year Intensive. Classical Arabic and Grammar 2010


    Fiqh and Uloom ul Hadeeth courses with Alhuda
    University, Houston and Arees Institute.


    Alhuda International Institute Canada, Certificate
    Saheeh al-Bukhari, Translation and Fiqh


    Alhuda International Institute Canada, Diploma in Islamic Studies. Two-year Intensive. Areas of concentration: Complete Tafseer of the Qur’an, Quranic Arabic and Grammar, Tajweed, Seerah Fiqh and Manners 2005-06


    University of Houston, Texas. bachelors of Science Degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management. Magna cum laude. 1995


    St. Joseph’s College Karachi, Pakistan
    Undergraduate Bachelors of Art Degree English
    Literature, Political Science, Psychology

Continuing Education


    Annual Teachers’ Training In-Service ISGH NW Zone Islamic Center Maryam Islamic Center Training in -Service by Dr. Hamed Ghazali, Professor, Alhuda University, Texas 2012


Teacher of the Year, Islamic Society of Greater Houston, NW Zone 2011 – 2012

Ustadha Farhat is a Founding Member and worked as Chairperson of the Education Committee at ISGH NW Zone Islamic Weekend school 2007-2011 where she initiated the development of a permanent committee to establish a structured curriculum for the Weekend School. She restructured and developed a comprehensive, age appropriate curriculum from KG to High School Level and also initiated and supervised editing and corrections of in-home textbooks developed for teaching Salah and Dua. She also trained teachers and developed teaching manuals.

Ustadha Farhat began the first youth committee at their Islamic Center, and initiated its first newsletter, its first Qur’an tafseer and Sciences of Hadeeth classes.

Ustadha has taught two-year courses on Classical Arabic Grammar, teaches Qur’an tafseer and language and holds public seminars on a regular basis.