Sheikh Alaa is the Director of Religious Affairs for the Islamic Centre of Canada-ISNA. Prior to that, he was the Executive Director for the Canadian Islamic Congress. He is tutor with AlKauthar and director of internal and external affairs for Mercy Mission world. During his youth in Egypt he was goalie for the Junior National Team. In the late 1970s, he moved to Canada, where he’s been Vice-President of Business Development for an international company. He’s a member of Canadian Council of Imams and of Horizon Interfaith Communication Media Council. Previously he was an Imam for Muslim Council of Calgary and its media spokesperson. He’s hosted Vision of Islam, a weekly television show in Alberta. He’s also been a speaker about Islam on various television channels. He was a member of the Calgary Multi-Faith Committee, and a member of the Muslim-Christian Dialogue Committee. In 2005, he received the Alberta Government Centennial Award for outstanding service to the Alberta community.