Sheikh Haisam Farache, sometimes known as the “Surfer Sheikh” due to his active lifestyle, visited Canberra on 13 October for a series of talks and discussions.

In his first talk, he leveraged his background as a Sydney lawyer and qualifications in shariah, to present a talk on Shariah Law: What is it and How is it implemented? in the JG Crawford Building at the Australian National University (ANU).  

His second talk was a change of direction and focused on Spiritual Development in Modern Times.

A third discussion on Madhabs (Islamic Legal Schools of Thought): Past, Present and Future was held in a more intimate atmosphere to allow for more detailed discussion.

Born and raised on Sydney’s North Shore, Sheikh Haisam attended Marist College North Sydney and commenced his undergraduate university studies at the University of Montana, USA. He attained a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Western Sydney, a Diploma in Shariah (Hons) Dar al Mustafa, Yemen and a Master of Applied Family Law from the College of Law, Sydney.

Sheikh Haisam holds numerous Ijazas (Licenses) in Islamic Law from scholars in Yemen, Syria, Tunisia, Lebanon and Saudi Arabia.

Previously he has held posts as an Imam at Imam Ali Mosque (Lakemba Mosque) and Artarmon Mosque.

Currently, Sheikh Haisam is the principal solicitor at Garrison Lawyers predominantly practicing in family law. He also teaches at Charles Sturt University, Arts Faculty in Islamic Studies, a Minister of Religion (Islam) and is an accredited Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner.

Sheikh Haisam has played semi-professional rugby league and college basketball in the USA, and, of course, he is a keen surfer.