Ali Selim: Profile
Ali Selim was born in Egypt where he lived while he pursued his education and achieved a BA in Comparative Theology from the renowned Al-Azhar University of Cairo in 1993. He is acclaimed in his skills of translation, English to Arabic and vice-versa, and has spent time working in this field. Ali moved to Ireland where he studied Ecumenics and obtained his Masters in this field from Trinity College Dublin. He is an employee at the Islamic Cultural centre of Ireland since 1999. Throughout his years in Ireland Ali has worked as a teacher in the Muslim National School, and as an official translator especially in areas of theology and religious presentations. Presently Ali is the private secretary to Imam Sheikh Halawa at the Islamic Cultural Centre and a resident theologian therein. He continues to work in the educational field, in particular he travels to schools and colleges across Ireland to educate the students on Islam and create awareness of the religion and its culture. He also facilitates workshops on Islam and Islamic etiquette at the Centre for service providers and NGO’s, and also is a commanding speaker and lecturer on Islam and comparative religions. He is also a member of the three-faith forum in Ireland. Ali has throughout his life in Egypt worked as a tour guide where he utilized his command for the English language to his great benefit. He continued to use this ability as a tour guide during visits made by students of theology to the Islamic Cultural Centre of Ireland. Ali is married and a father of three children and he takes his duty as a father one of considerable trust, a trust awarded to him by God Almighty.