Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi
Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi is a world-renowned scholar of Indian origin, who has resided in England for an extensive time. After receiving in-depth training to an advanced level in the traditional Islamic disciplines at Nadwat al-Ulama, Lucknow, India, and receiving a PhD in Arabic literature from Lucknow University, he became a research fellow at the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, where he conducted research for a number of years (including topics of Hadith and Sufi orders in India). He has published widely in Urdu, Persian, Arabic and English, including translations (like his work on Shah Wali Allah), editions of Arabic texts (such as a renowned critical edition of Usul al-Shashi in Hanafi jurisprudence), and original monographs (on Islamic law, women hadith narrators and such figures as Abu Hanifa and Sayyid Abul Hasan Ali Nadwi).
Shaykh Dr al-Shareef Hatim ibn ‘Arif Al-Awni
Umm Al-Qura University, Saudi Arabia
Born in Ta’if, Saudi Arabia, from the descendants of the Holy Prophet, peace be upon him, Shaykh Hatim has a doctorate in Islamic shari’ah from Umm al-Qura University in Makkah, and is currently a Professor in Islamic Shari’ah at Umm al-Qura.
Shaykh Hatim has written over 40 published books and academic papers. Full details of his academic work can be found on his website as follows: http://www.dr-alawni.com/about.php?show=biography.
Dr. Muhammad Mansur Ali
Dr. Mansur Ali studied classical Islamic studies and Arabic at Darul Uloom Bury, UK and Al-Azhar University Cairo, Egypt. He then completed his postgraduate studies in Middle Eastern Studies (Hadith studies) at the University of Manchester researching for a PhD dissertation on the ‘Importance of the Isnad in Al-Tirmidhi’s Sunan’. He is interested in Hadith studies as well as applied Islamic theology and ethics. He has authored a number of books and academic journal articles on the subject of Hadith, chaplaincy, drug addiction and Islamic theology, and practical theology. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a Khatib at the Darul Isra Mosque, Cardiff, UK. He is also recipient of the 2015 BISCA awards (http://www.biscaawards.org/bisca-2015-awardees-2/)
You can read more here: http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/people/view/72994-ali-muhammad-mansur
Mufti Abdul Qadir Barkatullah
Mufti Abdul Qadir Barkatulla is a prominent Sharia scholar with a strong background in economics and finance. He is a member of the Sharia Supervisory Committees of several Islamic financial institutions including United National Bank, Alburaq of Arab Banking Corporation London and Lloyds TSB. He is also a member of the Islamic Sharia Council.
Mufti Barkatulla initially graduated in Islamic Studies at the famous Darul Uloom, Deoband, India where he was also trained as a Mufti (qualified to issue Islamic authoritative edicts) in 1974. Moving to London in 1979, he pursued his studies and attained both B.Sc. (1985) and M Phil (1992)
As one of the Sharia Judges at the Islamic Sharia Council, Mufti Barkatulla has wide experience of dealing with socio-cultural issues affecting Muslims living in the UK.
Shaykh Shams Ad-Duha Muhammad
Shaykh Shams Ad-Duha Muhammad was brought up in East London. He is hafiz of the Qur’an which he memorised partly in his own locality and then completed at the famous Darul Uloom in Dewsbury (Institute of Islamic Education). He then continued at the same institute and studied Arabic language, Tajweed, Fiqh and other subjects in the early years of the traditional Darul Uloom curriculum. He then moved to Al-Jamia al-Islamia in Nottingham to continue his advanced studies with shuyukh like Shaykh Fazlur Raheem, Shaykh Abdul Haq (both students of the great Shaykh Hussain Ahmad Madani) among others, from whom he studied, advanced Fiqh, Usul al-Fiqh, Ulumul hadith, Hadith and Tafsir. To complete his Darul Uloom studies he travelled to Bangladesh in 1997 to study hadith texts and receive ijaza under the late Shaykh Abdul Aziz Doyamiri and the late Shaykh Nuruddin Goharpuri (Allah have mercy on them both) and other shuyukh, where he also came first in his graduation class. Shaykh Shams also holds a Masters in Islamic studies from the University of London.
Since graduation, the Shaykh initially focussed his work on improving maktab education for children. To this end he worked with Safar Academy in North London and the Burdett Estate masjid in East London where he was also Imam and Khateeb. In September 2000, the Shaykh helped found the Mazahirul Uloom Secondary school where he was appointed as the Vice-Principal. In December 2002, along with other respected Ulama Shaykh Shams founded Ebrahim College and is currently serving as Director and Principal and lectures on various Islamic sciences.
The Shaykh is a well-known speaker on a wide range of topics. His works on Arabic Language and Grammar and Islamic creed and theology are taught at Ebrahim College and will soon be published. He has also edited the translation of Ibn Rajab Hanbali’s Jami’ al-Uloom wa al-Hikam, published by Turath Publishing, and is currently working on the translations of Sharh Ma’ani al-Athar of Imam Abu Ja’far al-Tahawi, and the Qawaid fi Uloom al-Hadith and the Qawaid fi Usul al-Fiqh, of Shaykh Zafar Ahmad Uthmani. These will also be published by Turath Publishing inshaAllah.
Shaykh Mujahid Ali
Shaykh Mujahid Ali came to England at a young age and was brought up in the North of England. During his teens he started his Islamic studies at the Institute of Islamic Education in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire where he studied the Islamic sciences according to the Dars Nizami curriculum.
In 2002 he completed his hadith studies under Shaykhul Hadith Mufti Muslihuddin, Shaykh Yusuf Darwan, Shaykh Mufti Musa Badat and Shaykh Abul Qasim, from whom he received ijazah. He then travelled to Syria for further studies in Hadith under several mashayikh (scholars) such as Shaykh Mohammad Asa’d Saeed As-Sagarji Ad- Dimashqi, and also studied advanced Arabic at Ma’had al-Lugah a branch of Damascus University.
Since 2004 the Shaykh has been a teacher at Ebrahim College. Whilst teaching both these subjects he has compiled an anthology of Arabic literature as a literature textbook, and written a commentary on al-Muqaddamah al-Jazariyyah in tajweed, both of which will soon be published. He is currently the Head of Arabic Language at EC. The Shaykh also has ijaazah in al-Qira’aatal-Sab’ from the Institute of Islamic Education, Dewsbury. He is also one of the judges for the National Qira’at competition.
Mufti Khalidul Haq
Mufti Khalidul Haq began memorising the Qur’an in Jami`a Islamiyya (Tunbridge Wells, Kent) and completed it in Darul Uloom London (Chislehurst, Kent). Thereafter, he began the Alimiyya programme and completed it in Madrasa Arabia Islamiyya (Johannesburg) where he also persued a specialisation in Fiqh under Mufti Muhammad Sa`id Mutara and Hadith under Shaykh Fadlur-Rahman al-A`zami. After graduating, he served as an Imam in Shah Jalal Mosque (Manor Park) and Poplar Mosque & Cultural Centre (Poplar). Currently, he teaches Tafsir, Hadith and Fiqh at the college.
Shaykh Mohammad Sbini
Shaykh Mohammad Sbini was born in 1967 in Damascus (Syria). He studied Shariah under the Grand Mufti of Syria Shaykh Ahmad Keftaro (RA) for about 15 years, at the Shariah Institute for Dawah and Guidance (Abu An-noor).
After he graduated he continued his education in The International Faculty for Dawah ( Damascus). He came to England in 1992 and has been involved in different Islamic activities and taught several different Islamic subjects such as Arabic, Usul Al-Fiqh, Shafe’e Fiqh, Aqeedah, and Seerah.
In 2002 he began lecturing at Ebrahim College and he has taught Arabic and Aqeedah. He currently teaches Seerah of The Prophet Muhmmad (SAW), the Stories of The Prophets (Qasas Al-Anbiya), Ulumul Hadith (Science of Hadith) and Usulul Fiqh (Principles of Jurisprudence).
Shaykh Ashraf Zaman
Shaykh Ashraf Zaman was born in Bangladesh and brought up in the UK. During his teens Shaykh Ashraf went away to West Yorkshire to study at the Institute of Islamic Education, Dewsbury, where he studied the Islamic sciences according to the Dars Nizami system. He then travelled to Pakstan and continued his studies at the renowned Darul-Uloom Karachi under some of the greatest scholars of the world such as Mufti Muhammad Taqi and Rafi Usmani, may Allah (SWT) protect them both.
He graduated from Darul-Uloom Karachi in 1996 with ijazah from his shuyukh. After graduation Shaykh Ashraf was devoted to helping the youth in East London, organizing lectures, study circles and other youth activities.
In 1999 he founded a media organization named An-Najm which propagated knowledge through the production and distribution of Islamic media products.
In 2003 Shaykh Ashraf became a Fiqh (Islamic jurisprudence) teacher at Ebrahim College and the head of the Fiqh department. He has also taught Balaghah (Rhetoric) and Tajweed. He has also compiled various resources on the subjects which he is continuing to develop for publication insha-Allah.
Shaykh Muhammad Bhuta