Shamira Chothia Ahmed
Born to immigrant parents from South Africa and raised in California’s Central Valley, Shamira Chothia Ahmed is an emerging female scholar of the traditional Islamic sciences. Having graduated as valedictorian from a large public high school, her studies led her — following a brief soul-searching stint at Georgetown University — to seek sacred knowledge from scholars on three continents — Africa, Europe, and Asia.
Shamira attended Dar-ul-Uloom Mu’eenal Islam, a women’s seminary in South Africa, and Jamia Al-Imam Mohammed Zakariyya, one of Britain’s most renowned Islamic universities for women, where she completed the five-year, traditional, “Dars Nizami” curriculum. She studied the authentic ahadith collection of the Sihah Sittah and received her ijaazah (authorization) in Sahih al-Bukhari with experienced Hanafi scholars.
Thereafter, Shamira was able to continue her studies in Damascus, Syria where she obtained an ijaazah in tajwid (cantillation) of the Hafs recitation from the late eminent Syrian scholar, Shaykh Abu Hassan al-Kurdi. In addition, she furthered her Arabic studies at the Abu-Noor Institute and took classes in fiqh (jurisprudence), aqidah (creed) and sirah (prophetic history) at Damascus’s Masjid Zaid. In 2008, she earned a Master’s Degree in Demographics and Social Analysis from the University of California at Irvine, focusing on the identity formation of the Muslim-American population.
Shamira is also one of the co-founders of the Rahmah Foundation, an empowering American-based women-to-women organization dedicated to providing qualified scholars to spread fardh al ‘ayn knowledge. Her latest endeavors include her popular “Blessed Birthings” seminar on natural childbirth in Islam, and “Nursing Your Baby Naturally”, a course based on her qualification as a certified lactation educator/counselor. Currently, Shamira is specializing in the detailed rulings of menstruation, lochia, and abnormal discharge under the direction of Mufti Abdur Rahman Ibn Yusuf Mangera. Shamira is both a wife and mother, and she enjoys giving interactive and uplifting talks to sisters across the U.S.