"You are not one of us!" - "They said as they removed me from the Masjid" - Bilal Ismail Shaykh Bilal Ismail was born in Durban, South Africa. He memorized the Qurʾan while studying at school and went on to complete high school in 1998. Bilal then went on to do a diploma in Computer Science in 1999, as well as qualifying as a Microsoft certified systems engineer. He was accepted into the Islamic University of Madinah in 2001 where he completed his Diploma in Arabic followed by a BA in Islamic Law from the faculty of Sharīʿah. Shaykh Tawfique Chowdhury says about him: “He was always one of the most studious people I have met and he never wasted time whilst in Madinah.” Also: “Shaykh Bilal is a personal friend of mine and I would describe him to be a true student of knowledge – someone who speaks with knowledge and is of the highest adab and morals.” After graduating, he returned to South Africa where he had been teaching Fiqh and Tafsīr weekly classes in Durban since the summer of 2007 and says he is “still a student of knowledge – and will always be!” He manages AlKauthar Institute South Africa and the Imam Development Project. Enjoy this episode - it was a really special one for us! If you interested in the Johannesburg Conference in 2018 ( 21 April) please pre-register here. AccidentalMuslims.com is self funded and a community one – so please share this episode – the more reach, the more impact. In collaboration with Proudly Muslims of South Africa - an organisation that aims to address the negative stigma associated with Muslims by highlighting the amazing humanitarian work that’s being carried out by Muslims in South Africa. Disclaimer: The views/opinions expressed on this podcast are those of our guests and may be different from yours, however AccidentalMuslims.com encourages respect for diversity of views. We are all different and in our differences there are opportunities to learn - Insha-Allah!