Algebra Society

Meet Mohamad Jebara

Algebra Society’s Educational Coordinator

Mohamad Jebara serves 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 the forthcoming biography “Muhammad the World-Changer” to be published in October by St. Martin’s Press. Known as the “Cycling Cleric” for his annual charity bike ride, Jebara previously served as Chief Imam at the Cordova Center. He is also a self-taught calligraphy 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. At age 15, 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.  After completing the pilgrimage to Mecca, Jebara began collecting rare books on Arabic linguistics and Quran sciences.

At 25, Jebara studied in Damascus under renowned scholars 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. In Damascus, Jebara earned an Ijazah (formal Islamic academic certifications) 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, earning additional Ijazah at Fez’s Al-Qarawiyyin University, the world’s oldest institution of higher learning.

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.

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 Forthcoming 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.

In October, St. Martin’s Press will publish Jebara’s “Muhammad the World-Changer” – 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. For a taste of Mohamad Jebara’s educational approach, see this excerpt from his lecture series on the iconic prayer “Al-Fatihah”: