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.
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
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.