The Mahdi

Our course with Instructor Shaykh Mahdi Rastani is being offered in the city of Toronto, Canada! Note: This is not an online event and is only in-person; a livestream or recording of the event will NOT be available. Register Below! 

Saturday, May 4
Registration: 9:30AM-9:55AM
Course Timings: 10:00AM-5:30PM

Jaffari Community Centre
9000 Bathurst St, Thornhill ON, L4J 8A7

Course Synopsis:
All Abrahamic faiths await the appearance of a Messianic figure who will bring justice and peace to the world after it has become full of oppression and injustice. Muslims however, and in particular the Shi’a, find in their literature the most detailed descriptions of this savior, namely his name, titles, family, signs of his return and what the world will look like after his reappearance.

In this course, Shaykh Mahdi Rastani discusses the following topics: 

The Savior in Judaism
The Savior in Christianity
The Savior in the Quran
The Mahdi in Shi’i Hadith
Similarities Between His Story and The Stories of Previous Prophets
Lessons to Be Learnt From The Different Titles Of The Mahdi
The Mahdi In Sunni Sources
Historical Details of His Birth
Proving The Birth
Events In The First Five Years of His Life
The Beginning of Occultation

Some questions we will cover:
1) What do Abrahamic faiths believe regarding the saviour?
2) What sources in Shi’i hadith speak of the Mahdi?
3) What similarities are found in the life of Imam Mahdi and stories of previous prophets?
4) What lessons can we learn from the different titles and names of the Imam?
5) What differences exist between Shias and Sunnis regarding the Mahdi?
6) Where was the mother of Imam Mahdi, Narjis, from? Was she a Roman princess?
7) Can the birth of Imam Mahdi be proven through Shi’a hadith literature?
8) Can we believe a human being to live thousands of years?
9) Who is Ja’far Kadhab and how did he oppose his nephew, Imam Mahdi?
10) What were the final moments of Imam Askari like?
11) What were the final words of the 12th Imam before occultation




Embark on a transformative journey through the sacred verses of the Qur’an with our comprehensive course, Qur’an 30/30. Over the course of 30 engaging sessions, participants will be introduced to the profound teachings and timeless wisdom encapsulated within the Qur’an’s pages. 

The Jaffari Tabligh Committee in collaboration with Mizan Institute is launching an exclusive sisters-only (ages 18+) hybrid in-person/online full-year course with Ustadha Fatemah. It is open exclusively for Toronto area residents. Students will receive a full 200+ pages textbook with juz summaries, in-person sessions and discussions every 2-3 months, and access to an online learning portal for recordings when there are no in-person sessions. 

For sisters interested in the online-only virtual version and who do NOT live in Toronto,  please click here to register for the online-only virtual class. 


This course will offer a hybrid format that combines both in-person and online elements to provide a comprehensive learning experience for those who live in the GTA (Greater Toronto Area). The course will primarily be conducted online via weekly recorded lectures and quizzes that can be accessed at any time. Additionally, there will be weekend in-person classes held every 2-3 months at the JCC (Jaffari Community Center) in Toronto. Sr. Fatemah will visit Toronto four times throughout the year to conduct these sessions. The introductory sessions will be at 7pm on Friday Sept 22nd, 2023, and then on Friday November 17th, and Sunday November 19th. 

All in-person classes will be announced at least 1-2 months in advance and will only take place 4-5x during the year at JCC (September, November & tentatively February and April, and June). Classes will take place on Friday, Saturday or Sunday evenings at 7pm when in-person. The total number of in-person sessions will not exceed eight for the entire year. This is very minimal commitment. Sisters who cannot commit to this are free to take the self paced online only version

During the in-person sessions, students will have the opportunity to engage in interactive sessions, ask questions, and participate in discussions. These sessions are designed to foster a collaborative learning environment and allow for real-time interaction with the instructor and fellow classmates. Attending the live sessions (which are only held a few times throughout the year) is mandatory. Students who will be absent will be required to get an excused absence from the instructor in advance to the session. Recordings for live in-person sessions will not be available. 

For the weeks that are not held in-person, sisters will be provided with the online learning portal and pre-recorded Juz summaries. 

For further support and engagement, students will be required to form study groups with other students in their local area to meet twice a month with assigned discussions when there are no in-person sessions. The timing of these sessions will be up to the local groups to determine.

By offering a combination of in-person classes and online resources, this hybrid format ensures flexibility and convenience for students, allowing them to access course materials and lectures at their own pace while also providing valuable face-to-face interactions and support during the in-person sessions.

To read more about the content of the course, please click the link below. 

Delve into the Qur’an with a 30-session course. Each session offers a comprehensive exploration of a ‘juz’ from the Qur’an.

  • Covering 1 juz per session, each lasting about 1 hour.
  • Students read 1 juz in English weekly, around 30 minutes, for a 30-week completion or 1 hour weekly for a 60-week option.
  • Detailed ‘juz’ sheets, notes, and resources provided in an online learning software
  • Computer & Mobile App support for the online learning platform
  • Comprehension quiz after each ‘juz’ for self-assessment.
  • Explores key Qur’anic themes: spiritual journey, prophet stories, historical context, and contentious topics.
  • Additional introductory lessons on these themes available.
  • Empowers a personal connection and familiarity with the Qur’an’s English translation as a stepping stone to deeper engagement.
  • Guided reading to ease the challenge of solitary Qur’an study and illuminate its wisdom.
  • Suitable for all levels, offering pathways for both casual understanding and deeper exploration. 
  • Exclusively for sisters, ages 18+ 


If you are facing financial constraints for the $300 CAD fee, payment instalments and subsidies will be available. Please contact [email protected] for assistance. 

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