Ekram and Mohammed Rida Beshir are the founders of several prominent Islamic schools in Ottawa, Canada. Both are the recipients of the Director's Citation Award of the 2000 Ottawa-Carleton District School Board for their contribution as the best educators from among 7000 local educators. Dr. and Mr. Beshir have been very active with the Canadian Muslim community in Ottawa in the areas of study circles, children and youth camps, women's programs, and marriage counseling. Together, the husband-wife team co-authored two prominent parenting books in North America: Meeting the Challenge of Parenting in the West, an Islamic Perspective and Muslim Teens, Today's Worry, Tomorrow's Hope: A Practical Islamic Parenting Guide along with many other parenting books. Currently, both are teaching the same two courses at the Islamic American University. Both are members of the editorial board of The American Muslim Magazine; as well as regular contributors to its family section. They have also written numerous articles for Islamic Horizons and The Message. For the last five years, Dr. and Mr. Beshir have been delivering parenting workshops to various Muslim communities in North America, Europe and South Africa and are regular speakers at ISNA, ICNA, MAS, and MAYA Conventions on family issues and other parenting subjects.