Algebra Society

Meet Mohamad Jebara

Algebra Society’s Educational Coordinator

Mohamad Jebara serves pro bono as Educational Coordinator of The Algebra Society, where he develops self-improvement resources incorporating core principles of Islamic scholarship. A scholar of the Islamic arts, Jebara is the author of  “Muhammad the World-Changer” published by St. Martin’s Press. Known as the “Cycling Cleric” for his annual charity bike ride, Jebara is also a visual artist and poet.

Educational Journey of Mohamad Jebara

Mohamad Jebara grew up in North America not knowing who his namesake was leading him to embark on a journey to uncover the roots of his name and heritage. By age 12, Jebara had become a hafiz, having committed the entire Quran to memory. In his mid-teens, Jebara was introduced by his teachers to the study of Sirah; traditional Muslim scholarship on the life of the Prophet Muhammad.  At 21, Jebara performed the Hajj, journeying to Arabia to explore firsthand the environment where the dramatic moments of Muhammad’s life transpired. 

In his early twenties, Jebara studied in Damascus under several renowned scholars including Shaikh Abdur-Razzaq Al-Halabi, Shaikh Muhammad Sukkar,  top authorities in the field of Qur`anic studies with direct chains of transmission tracing back directly to the Prophet Muhammad.  Subsequently, Jebara earned formal Islamic academic certifications (Ijazah) in Arabic, Quran Studies, and various Mathahib (schools of Islamic jurisprudence). Jebara later traveled to North Africa to be trained in the Maghreb scholarly tradition.

A Classical Scholar Engaged with the Contemporary Community

Mohamad Jebara founded several professional language institutes that trained over 40,000 students in Tajwid (Quran elocution) and classical Arabic grammar. To empower his students, Jebara developed pioneering curricula and authored numerous textbooks, including “Arabic Grammar – The Gateway” and “Tajwid – An Elementary Course.”

Jebara has also delivered hundreds of lectures on diverse topics to audiences at universities and seminaries spanning the globe; from Morocco to Malaysia and beyond. Jebara has briefed dignitaries, diplomats, and civic leaders, including Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.  Jebara’s annual “Cycling Cleric” bike ride raises awareness about important health and social causes while raising funds for charities like the Red Cross.

For several years, Jebara had hosted the “Radio Islam” call-in show (97.9 FM) and has appeared on numerous TV and radio interviews. He has published articles in outlets like The Huffington Post and Globe & Mail.  Licensed to perform marriages, Jebara has officiated at over 1,200 weddings for people of diverse backgrounds, including many interfaith unions.

A Classical Scholar Engaged with the Contemporary Community

Mohamad Jebara founded Cordova Academy, a professional language institute that trained over 40,000 students in Tajwid (Quran elocution) and classical Arabic grammar. To empower his students, Jebara developed pioneering curricula and authored numerous textbooks, including “Arabic Grammar – The Gateway” and “Tajwid – An Elementary Course.”

Jebara has also delivered hundreds of lectures on diverse topics to audiences at universities and seminaries spanning the globe; from Morocco to Malaysia and beyond. Jebara has briefed dignitaries, diplomats, and civic leaders, including Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.  Jebara’s annual “Cycling Cleric” bike ride raises awareness about important health and social causes while raising funds for charities like the Red Cross.

For several years, Jebara had hosted the “Radio Islam” call-in show (97.9 FM) and has appeared on numerous TV and radio interviews. He has published articles in outlets like The Huffington Post and Globe & Mail.  Licensed to perform marriages, Jebara has officiated at over 1,200 weddings for people of diverse backgrounds, including many interfaith unions.

Mohamad Jebara’s Biography of Prophet Muhammad

One of Mohamad Jebara’s most popular lectures for the Algebra Society explores Prophet Muhammad as a dynamic entrepreneur in business, education, social enterprise, military affairs, and leadership. That lecture inspired Jebara to write a biography. Retracing the key moments Prophet’s life in Arabia, Jordan, and Syria, Jebara has assembled a compelling and inspiring human portrait of Islam’s founder.

Jebara’s “Muhammad the World-Changer” – is an accessible and fresh biography boldly arguing that Muhammad’s entrepreneurial mindset helped unleash the modern world. For the first time in Western literature, readers see Muhammad as a young orphan struggling to make his late-mother proud; a rebellious teenager bucking tradition; and an idyllic man striving to promote liberty and constitutional government a thousand years before the Age of Enlightenment. The biography also spotlights the women who acted as Muhammad’s advisors and mentors; the social outcasts who became his followers and supporters; and the old guard elite who opposed his every move.

Reviews of “Muhammad the World-Changer”:

An accessible biography of Muhammad, Islam’s founding prophet,
tracing his development from orphan to political leader and providing
insights into his personal life and tastes.” ―New York Times Book Review

“A joyous read, presenting the Prophet Muhammad both as human and humane. Insightful, thoughtful and thought provoking! ” ―Azar Nafisi, New York Times bestselling author of Reading Lolita in Tehran

“A beautifully written, immaculately researched meditation on the impact of the Prophet Muhammad on the modern world. I loved this book!” ―Reza Aslan, author of No God but God and Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth

A fresh telling of a familiar story…The result is a biography that reads like a novel.”  The Washington Post

“This excellent biography presents a unique and personal perspective.”
Booklist

“Accessible… Those looking for an introduction to the life of the Islamic prophet would do well to start here.”
Publishers Weekly

“This book is truly unique―in its enchanting prose, reverent secularity, and thought-provoking revisionism. For anyone curious about the amazing life and legacy of this seminal figure, this book is highly recommended―even for those who think they already know it well.
Mustafa Akyol, senior fellow at Cato Institute, author of Reopening Muslim Minds

“A vivid and beautifully written book that is both inspiring and well-researched. Readers will be in awe at how Jebara describes the Prophet Muhammad’s many inspiring and overlooked acts in service to humanity – as an entrepreneur, philosopher, statesman, husband, humanitarian, and father, among other roles.“
Dr. Craig Considine, author of The Humanity of Muhammad: A Christian View

“A rare literary treat…Jebara treats his namesake, the prophet Muhammad, as a human and historical figure, distilling a wealth of compelling information while deftly treading sensitive ground.”
Nadim Shehadi, Executive Director, Lebanese American University Academic Center, New York

“A religious icon long shrouded in both myth and stigma at last receives the biography he deserves. Jebara’s mastery of classical Arabic and Islamic scholarship enables him to reveal an authentic human narrative of Muhammad’s life.”
Captain Barbara Helms, first female Muslim military chaplain in the British commonwealth

“Jebara, a once-in-a-generation elucidator, brings his namesake’s visionary spirit to life as never before. Offers an inspiring portrait of Islam’s founder that serves as a vital tool for enhancing interfaith coexistence.”
Jason Guberman, American Sephardi Federation

“Jebara spotlights the many women who mentored Muhammad, including his mother, his wife Khadijah, and Barakah―the slave he emancipated at age six. Erudite and poetic, the narrative immerses readers in the Prophet’s life, leaving them craving to know more. A must-read.”
Rana Bokhari, former head of the Manitoba Liberal Party

“Via Jebara’s soaring prose, readers join Muhammad on an epic life journey that transforms how they view the world.”
Rev. Father Andre Boyer, Former Superior of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate

“Scholarly yet accessible, this book touches the heart and the mind–helping advance peacemaking our world so desperately needs.”
The Venerable Mavis Brownlee, Archdeacon in the Anglican Church of Canada (retired)

“Brings this icon to life as never before.”
Prof. Stuart Chambers, University of Ottawa

“This book will transport you to an ancient time, yet you will sense human emotions as contemporary as our own. This book inspires us to be world-changers.”
Rev. Takouhi Demirdjian-Petro, first Armenian woman minister ordained in Canada by the United Church