Imam Aarij Anwer was born in Karachi, Pakistan and moved to Toronto at the age of 13. He graduated from Waterloo with a Bachelor of Computer Science in 2008. After a brief stint in IT, he began full time religious education in 2009 by learning Arabic in Alexandria, Egypt under Sh Muhammad Helmi. In 2010, he completed memorizing the Qur’an. Thereafter, he enrolled at the Al-Madinah International University (Malaysia) online, obtaining a BA in Fiqh and Usul in 2014. He also completed a Bachelor of Education from the University of Toronto in 2014.
In the past, he has served as the Director of the Tahfiz program at AlHuda Institute Canada and as the K-12 Curriculum Lead at Bayyinah Institute. Under his watch, Arabic With Husna for Schools was launched in 2014 as a pilot and completed in May 2016.
Presently, he serves as an Imam and Khatib at Masjid Khalid Bin Al-Walid in Toronto. He is also an instructor at Bayyinah for the Access program. He lives in Toronto with his wife and three daughters.