Shafiq Hudda was born in Uganda, East Africa, and was exiled with his parents and thousands of others at the age of 5 in 1973. The family came to Canada and settled in the city of Kitchener, where Shaykh Shafiq completed his primary and secondary studies. Following completion of high school and further education by correspondence, Shaykh Shafiq went to Qum in the late 1980s. He founded a charity called Islamic Humanitarian Service and has been serving since that time. He travels to various Muslim and non-Muslim communities all over the world, and answers questions that non-Muslims have about Islam. He is a human rights activist and a social volunteer in many institutions.