A well-known and prominent Muslim in the Scarborough community, Faisal Kutty wears many hats. He’s a professor, a lawyer, a writer, a human rights activist, a public speaker, and the son of the learned Islamic scholar Imam Ahmad Kutty. Overcoming many hardships early in his education career, Faisal found a path to study law at the University of Ottawa and continued on to York University where he completed a Masters of Laws. Today he is an associate professor and director of the International LL.M. Program at the Valparaiso University Law School in Indiana. He also serves as an adjunct professor at Osgoode Hall Law School.
After law school, Faisal started the Canadian Muslim Civil Liberties Association and co-founded the Canadian Council on American-Islamic Relations, now called the National Council on Canadian Muslims. He is devotes himself to civil rights and community advocacy. Since 9/11, Faisal speaks and writes extensively on national security, Islamic law, legal pluralism, religion and law and human rights. He has been selected for inclusion in The Muslim 500: The World’s Most Influential Muslims for the past seven consecutive years, and his work appears regularly in The Toronto Star, The Huffington Post, AlJazeera and the Middle East Eye.
Faisal works tirelessly for local residents and maintains a strong affinity and connection with his roots in Malvern and Scarborough where he maintains a home and which is the base of the law office he co-founded, KSM Law. Last year, he received an Award of Excellence for his outstanding contribution to the promotion of human rights and justice from the Council of Agencies Serving South Asians.