Dr. Munir El-Kassem was born in Beirut, Lebanon in 1955. He was educated at Al-Maqasid Islamic Institute where the Foundation of his Islamic knowledge was established. He was the top student to be admitted to the Pre-medicine program at the American University of Beirut. He is married and blessed with five daughters and one son.
Following his migration to Canada, he continued his studies at Western University earning a Masters Degree in Medical Genetics thereafter joining the University of Toronto to graduate as a dental surgeon in 1986. After spending 15 years in general practice, he joined Western University as an assistant professor at the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry.
Since his arrival in Canada in 1976, Dr. El-Kassem has been very actively involved in Islamic Da’wah. He has visited a large number of Muslim communities across Canada, the Caribbean and the United States. He has also participated in interfaith dialogue and appeared on numerous radio and T.V. programs. Dr. El-Kassem has helped numerous Muslim communities fundraise for mosques, Islamic schools, and humanitarian projects all over the world. He is recognized as a passionate speaker, youth leadership trainer, and family counselor, and marriage officer. There is hardly a weekend where Dr. El-Kassem is not on the road visiting a community or speaking at a conference.
His audio and videotapes on various Islamic issues have been widely distributed. One series, in particular, (A Matter of Life and Death) has been quite popular worldwide and portions of it were shown on local T.V in many countries. He is the author of many Islamic books, namely: Mothers of Believers, Preparation for Eternity, and Fasting: Principles and Practices. Dr. El-Kassem is currently working on a few manuscripts: How to Become an Effective Khateeb in the West; 200 FAQ; Hajj and Umrah Made Easy. He was also a regular contributor to the London Free Press, writing on a variety of issues from an Islamic perspective. He also hosted a weekly radio show, Islamic Perspectives, on 1290 CJBK. Over the years, Dr. El-Kassem has written scores of articles that were published in reputable Islamic journals. Dr. El-Kassem is currently a visiting Imam at a number of Islamic Centers across Ontario, Canada. During his tenure at W.U, Dr. El-Kassem was a volunteer chaplain at the University, he was also appointed as a chaplain with the London Police Force.
Dr. El-Kassem is the recipient of many medals and awards. Recognized among them are the Diamond and Golden Jubilee awards and the outstanding volunteerism award in the Province of Ontario.