Ustadha Shazia Ahmad was born and raised in Canada. She holds a bachelors of arts in Arabic and French from the University of Toronto and a Masters in Arabic from the University of Texas at Austin, where she wrote her thesis in Balagha in the Quran with Dr. Peter Abboud and Dr. Mohammed Mohammed. She also taught Arabic at the university under the supervision of Dr. Abboud. Before her masters, she completed the Arabic program for non-native speakers at the University of Damascus in 2001, where she also was part of high-level Arabic program between the University of Damascus and the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) London. In addition to her Arabic studies, she studied fiqh with Shaykh Shaykh Hussein al-Darwish and Aqida with Sheikh Jihad Brown. She received her ijaza in tajweed from Ustadha Hunada Sukkar, the daughter of the grand Sheikh of tajweed Muhammad Sukkar. She continued her studies of fiqh, aqida, usul, and other Islamic sciences in Amman, Jordan with Sheikh Akram Adbal Wahhab, Sheikh Ali Hani, Ustadha Hedaya Hartford, Ustadha Besa Krasniqi and Shaykh Hamza Karamali. She currently resides in Amman, Jordan with her husband and three children.