Canada has a total population of 35 Million million people. Muslims have been immigrating emigrating to Canada for decades, particularly beginning largely in the 1990’s. Today it is estimated there are about 1 million Muslims living in Canada, and; approximately 50% of them live in Toronto (GTA)Greater Toronto Area. The vast majority of these such Muslims are either first or second generation Canadians. This increase of population comes with problems; Canadian problems that require Canadian solutions. It is estimated that 50% of new Muslims eventually leave Islam due to lack of ongoing social, religious and moral support. First generation Muslim Canadians face very similar challenges. P4E was founded in order to help guide our brothers and sisters through these challenges.
P4E is a not-for-profit social services organization based in Toronto Canada. We provide services for newly accepting and in some cases newly practicing Muslims coming from socially disadvantageous situations and who have at one time or another been heavily involved with substance abuse. They tend to come from dysfunctional homes, they can be mentally unstable, and many of them feel alienated from the community.
These are people who want to change their lives and they have turned to Islam as a result. Our job is to facilitate them in their pursuit, and help the ones who have lost their way get back on track by giving them a community to belong to. Because of our collective, first hand experience, over the past decade, in a wide range of situations, we have developed specialized expertise in working with this particular demographic successfully making them productive members of society.
Muhammad Robert Heft – President/Executive Director – is from Milton, Ontario and converted to Islam in 1998. Muhammad officially founded P4E in 2004. Muhammad is a well-known community leader in the Greater Toronto Area where he is famous for his work with New Muslims and building bridges between Muslims and Canadians. Today Muhammad lives in Markham Ontario with his wife and two sons where he continues to do work with the community from the grassroots level to liaising and/or consultation for a variety of projects.
Abdus Shakur Brooks – Vice-President – is from Toronto, Ontario and converted to Islam in 1998. In 2001 he began his pursuit of Islamic knowledge. He spent seven years of full-time study from 2004-2011 in Egypt where he attained mastery of a variety of Islamic sciences under the tutelage of learned scholars from all over the world. Abdul Shakur has been actively involved in the global Muslim community since 2009 where he teaches and answers Islamic legal questions. Abdul Shakur joined P4E in 2008. Today Abdus Shakur lives in South Africa with his wife where he continues his studies.
Abdullah Braun – Treasurer – is from Brodhead, Wisconsin and converted to Islam in 1995. Abdullah has a B.A in Psychology and a Masters in Exercise and Health Studies. Abdullah began studying traditional Islamic sciences in 2003 in the UAE, Yemen and Egypt. He joined P4E in 2006 and is President of the P4E American branch. Abdullah lives in Egypt with his wife where he continues to pursue Islamic knowledge.
Abu Bakr Tiano – Director – is from Toronto, Ontario and converted to Islam 2003. In 2005 he became involved with P4E and in 2006 became a member of its Board of Directors. In 2007 Abu Bakr travelled to Egypt to study Arabic. He began his studies in 2009 and is now a fourth year student in an honors specialist degree program in Public Administration specializing in law, justice, and public policy. Abu Bakr currently lives in Toronto with his wife and three children.
The Coordinators are the front line of the organization. They coordinate, application and development of all P4E services.
Muhammad Heft (President & General Manager)
Abdus Shakur Brooks (Vice President/Islamic Educational Director)
Abdullah Braun (Secretary/Fundraising Consultant)
Abu Bakr Tiano (Treasurer/Secular Educational Consultant)
Emad Ali (Assistant Secretary/Dawah& Interfaith Co-ordinator)