Professor, Lawyer, Writer, Human Rights

Activist and Public Speaker











Faisal Kutty

Faisal Kutty is a Muslim lawyer, law professor, writer and public speaker. A proper and nuanced understanding of Islam and Muslims is vital in today’s world. Faisal's unique background, experience, and education provide a fresh approach in understanding the basics of Islam and its relevance to the world around you, be it your school, workplace, or society in general.

Faisal was born in India and grew up in Montreal, Ottawa and Toronto. He attended French Catholic grade schools, public middle and high school, and studied at three different institutions of higher learning. He practiced law in Toronto servicing the unique needs of the growing Muslim population, and he currently teaches law at Valparaiso University Law School in Indiana (a Lutheran affiliated institution) and at Canada’s largest law school, Osgoode Hall Law School of York University.


Awards & Recognitions

For the past six consecutive years Faisal has been included in The Muslim 500: The World’s Most Influential Muslims, an annual compilation published by The Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Institute which is affiliated with the Royal Aal al-Bayt Institute for Islamic Thought headquartered in Amman, Jordan.

In 2015, he was awarded the Distinguished Teaching Award by the Valparaiso University Alumni Association.

In 2012, he was awarded the iCair Civil Rights Award from the Cleveland chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) for his work in advancing human rights globally.

In 2007, he was awarded the Maher Arar and Monia Award in Civil and Human Rights from Maher Arar/Monia Mazigh and the Canadian Muslim Network for his work in advancing civil and human rights in Canada.


In 2004, he was awarded the Professional Excellence Award by the American Federation of Muslims from India.


In 2003, he was awarded the Community Service Award from the Toronto Community Resources Consultants for his work in advancing human rights in Toronto.




Featured Publications

Why anti-Muslim hate statistics don’t tell the full story

American Islamophobia passes the ammunition to terrorists

Harper policies undermine deradicalization

Deradicalization, or disengagement from violence?

Let’s stand with all, not just some, terrorized people

Time to overhaul Canada’s no-fly program

Question Mark Zuckerberg’s Motives But Don’t Judge His Charity

Five Truths You Should Know About Terrorism And Islam

The Kim Davis Debacle Exposes the Limits of Religious Liberty

Black History Month: Celebration or tokenism?

The Miseducation of Ontario's New Sex Ed Curriculum

I Am Not a Terrorist, Despite What My Critics Told a Senate Committee

Do Canadians know what they just voted for?


The drone 'blowback'

GUEST COMMENTARY: Hajj brings inner peace, indispensable values

Those living in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones

Time for Egypt to allow Khaled al-Qazzaz to return home

Secular fanatics and religious police: Just let us live our lives in peace


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