Shaykh Shams Ad-Duha Muhammad
(Founding Director and Principal)
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.
Mufti Abdul Qadir Barkatulla
Mufti 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 Mujahid Ali
(Arabic Language, Arabic Literature and Hadith)
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.
Shaykh Ashraf Az-Zaman
(Fiqh and Tajweed)
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 Mohammad Sbini
(Ulumul Hadith, Usulul Fiqh & Islamic History)
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).
Dr. Mohammad Akram Nadwi
Dr. Mohammad Akram Nadwi is an Islamic scholar from the Indian city of Jaunpur and a graduate of the world renowned Nadwatul Ulama (India) where he studied and taught Shariah.
Shaykh Akram is a Muhaddith of the highest calibre who has specialised in Ilm ul Rijal [the study of the narrators of Hadith]. He has Ijaza (licenses) from many of the most renowned scholars of our time including Shaykh Abul Hasan Ali Al-Nadwi, Shaykh Abdul-Fattah Abu Ghuddah and Shaykh Yusuf Al-Qaradawi. Shaykh Akram Nadwi has a doctorate in Arabic Language and has authored and translated over 25 titles on Language, Jurisprudence, Qur’an and Hadith.
In May 2010, he completed a monumental 57-volume work on the lives of female scholars of Hadith in Islamic History. Also now available in English is Madrasah Life (2007) the translation (from Urdu) of his personal memoir of a student’s day at Nadwat al-Ulama.
His al-Fiqh al-Islami vol1 published by Angelwing Media is an original compilation of the fiqh (the codified legal rulings) of Imam Abu Hanifah and his school. For the first time in the English language, the detailed rulings of this school are presented together with the evidence on which they are based; every argument is fully and carefully referenced. Also, the author has taken present day circumstances into consideration, making al-Fiqh al-Islami the first authentic, reliable and relevant account of Hanafi practice in the English language.
Shaykh Akram is the recipient of the Allama Iqbal prize for contribution to Islamic thought. As a leading scholar steeped in traditional Islamic learning and in modern academia, Shaykh Akram is currently a research fellow at the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, Oxford.
Dr. Mansur Ali
Shaykh Dr. Mansur Ali completed his classical Islamic studies (Scholar/Alim course) at Darul-Uloom Bury, UK and then further graduated from Al-Azhar University, Egypt.
Upon his return, the Shaykh completed his Master in Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Manchester. His dissertation was on ‘The methodology of western scholars in the study of hadith literature’.
His academic pursuits then lead him to complete a PhD at the University of Manchester, writing a thesis on the ‘Importance of the Isnad in Imam Tirmidhi’s Sunan’.
Shaykh Dr. Masur Ali is currently a lecturer at Cardiff University, where he also supervises several PhD students.
In addition to this, the Shaykh pursues his research in diverse areas, including, Hadith studies as well as Applied Ethics. To this end he has authored a number of books and academic journals on Hadith, Chaplaincy, drug addiction and practical Theology, etc, in addition to several book reviews (See list below).
The Shaykh is also a:
•Vising lecturer at Cambridge Muslim college (working alongside Shaykh Abdul Hakim Murad)
•Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
•Khateeb at the Darul Isra Mosque, Cardiff, UK.
Shaykh Dr. Mansur is also a recipient of the 2015 BISCA awards (http://www.biscaawards.org/bisca-2015-awardees-2/).
Shaykh Dr. Mansur enjoys meaningful discussions on various Islamic topics, especially contemporary ethics and he is amongst very few classically-trained Islamic scholars, in the west, who effectively engage with challenging questions raised by Atheism.
In addition to his academic endeavours, the Shaykh enjoys playing squash, cycling, swimming, playing video games & spending time with his family. He is currently living with his wife and 3 children in Cardiff. The Shaykh is also blessed with a very good sense of humour, which is often reflected in his formal & informal sittings.
- Blog: Mansys.blogspot.com
- Academia edu: http://cardiff.academia.edu/MuhammadMansurAli
Shaykh Muhammad Shafi Chowdhury
Shaykh Muhammad Shafi Chowdhury graduated from one of the oldest Islamic seminaries in the UK where he studied Islamic sciences with Isnad (unbroken chains of transmission to classical masters) in the fields of Qur’anic recitations and exegesis, Hadith studies and narration of the six canonical texts, Fiqh, Aqeedah, and Arabic Language.
After graduating he embarked on a year-long tour of South Asia, the Middle East, and Western Europe, where he was engaged extensively in dawah work within a wide range of Muslim communities.
He has been involved in extensive community work and teaching maintaining an open minded approach and building bridges between communities. He is an easy to approach scholar that works at grass-roots level.
Currently Shaykh is a Muslim Chaplain in the Prison Service and consultant to NOMS (National Offender Management Service) on developing programmes for Islamic spiritual learning. Shaykh has participated in many national conferences, radio shows, university speaker tours.
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 Uwais Namazi
(Arabic Literature and Hadith)
Shaykh Uwais began his studies in the conventional Maktabs scattered across England. During his secondary school, he enrolled in the newly established Jamiat al-Ilm Wa al-Huda in Blackburn. There he learnt tajweed and went on to study the ‘Alim course for another two years. After completing his initial studies, he decided to travel to India where he toured all the renowned Islamic seminaries. He settled in Lucknow and spent the next 5-6 years studying at the world renowned Nadwat al-Ulama where he completed his ‘Alimiyyah in Islamic Studies and Arabic Literature, and his Postgraduate in Hadith Studies. He travelled extensively to meet and learn from prominent luminaries, the likes of Shaykh ul Hadith Shaykh Yunus in Saharanpur, Mufti Abdul Khaliq Madrasi in Deoband, Mawlana Nur al-Hasan in Kandhla, and Shaykh Abu Mahfuz al-Ma’sumi in Calcutta, amongst others. Upon his return from India, Shaykh Uwais enrolled in a postgraduate Islamic Studies course at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), from which he graduated in the year 2008, His final dissertation, ‘Text Criticism (Naqd al-Mutun) in light of Imam Muslim’s Kitab al-Tamyiz’, reflects his primary interests.
In 2011 he began lecturing at Ebrahim College. He is an Arabic Literature teacher and Hadith teacher for the advanced Alimiyyah classes. He also teaches, in the Adult Part Time programme, Arabic language.
Shaykh Muhammad Bhuta
Shaykh Muhammad Bhuta was born into a scholarly family in West Sussex. He grew up in London under the guidance of his father, Shaykh Ismail Bhuta and his elder brother Shaykh Abdul Mateen. He started learning Islam at a young age. After completing his secondary school education and basic Islamic studies, he travelled to South Africa and enrolled at the distinguished Islamic seminary, Dar al-UloomAzaadville. He undertook a six year Intensive study of various traditional Islamic sciences including Arabic language and literature,Aqidah, Tajweed and Qira’ah, Hadith, Tafsir and Fiqh. He was fortunate to study with Ulama such as ShaykhFadl al-Rahman Azami, Mufti Saeed Motara, Shaykh Hasan Docrat, Shaykh Muhammad Mohammedy and ShaykhEbrahim Muhammad. After returning to the UK in 2005, he travelled to Damascus, Syria where he furthered his knowledge and experience.He benefited from the academic lectures of many scholars there, such as Shaykh Saeed Ramadan al-Buti, ShaykhNur al-Din Itr and ShaykhNaeemAraqsusi.
He has previously served as the head Imam of al-Medinah Masjid in Brighton UK and as the head teacher at the Seven Kings Islamic centre madrasa.
Moulana Muhammad Husain Kazi
Encouraged by his parents, Muhammad Husain Kazi, born and raised in London, started memorising the Qur’an under local scholars, completing it, by the grace of Allah, in 2004 at a traditional Islamic seminary in Bury. Since, he has been blessed to lead the tarawih (night-vigil) prayers yearly, both locally and abroad. Six years later, he graduated from the same seminary with a Distinction in the Islamic sciences. Among the many teachers he studied under and took inspiration from there were Shaykh Yusuf Motala, Shaykh Hashim Patel and Shaykh Bilal Bawa.
After graduation, he taught some of the Islamic sciences at a local seminary, whilst also serving his community as an Imam. His desire to further his studies, and in particular Qur’anic exegesis and the Arabic language, led him to continue his studies in Jordan for the next two years under the guidance of Shaykh ‘Ali Hani. There, among other things, Muhamad Husain also obtained an ijaza in the Qur’anic recitation of Hafs under Shaykh Salah al-Kurdi, and benefitted from the lessons of Shaykh Nuh Keller. Additionally, he taught some courses online for SeekersHub.
His time in Jordan was followed by a year in Cambridge, where he completed a Diploma in Contextual Islamic Studies & Leadership at the Cambridge Muslim College. Currently, Muhammad Husain divides his time between teaching at Ebrahim College in London, and studying for a Masters at SOAS.
Ustadh Ibrahim Lawson
I have been working in education since 1982, first as a teacher of English as a foreign language, then a volunteer in the local mosque school project. After graduating from Cambridge as an RE teacher, I spent several years as a class teacher and head of department in a large inner-city comprehensive school. I also worked as a school advisor and teacher trainer for Section IX, the ethnic minority provision.
Following 3 years as the head teacher of an independent Islamic school, I worked for the National College for School Leadership as a researcher. I moved to London to help set up Ebrahim College in 2003 and became the Director of National Qualifications.
Following a year in the UAE as the principal of a large Islamic school, I returned to London on 2006 and continued working for Ebrahim College while also being the head teacher of Al Risalah Islamic secondary school in South London.
In 2010, I left Al Risalah to work on a PhD in the philosophy of Islamic education; I have continued to work at Ebrahim College in a variety of roles since then.
Throughout the last 30 years, I have been active in Islamic community affairs, running supplementary schools, participating in Islamic radio stations, giving talks, running summer schools, contributing to community publications and so on. I have also been on radio (including Radio 4 and the BBC World Service) and television regarding themes in Islamic education.
Dr Ramon (Ibrahim) Harvey
Dr Harvey received his MA and then PhD in Islamic Studies from SOAS, University of London, specialising in linguistic and thematic interpretation of the Qur’an under the supervision of Professor M. A. S. Abdel Haleem. Alongside his academic training, he has spent a number of years studying with Muslim scholars in the UK, as well as intensive programmes at Al-Azhar in Cairo and the Hijaz. He received his ‘alimiyya from Al-Salam Institute in London after examination by Shaykh Akram Nadwi. He has previously worked as a Senior Teaching Fellow at SOAS, lecturing in Qur’an and Hadith, and as a Research Fellow at the Cambridge Muslim College. He has published on the history of Qur’anic qira’at and is completing his first book entitled The Qur’an and the Just Society with Edinburgh University Press. His current research interests are Qur’anic hermeneutics, Maturidi theology and legal theory, contemporary ethical theory and political philosophy.
At Ebrahim College, Dr Harvey lectures on early Muslim sects, Western approaches to the Qur’an and Hadith, and the history of political philosophy, as well as teaching academic writing and research methods. He is also closely involved with the academic development of the College and its research division.
Ustadh Ali Amjad
Ustadh Amjad studied the Islamic Sciences Programme at Ebrahim College for six years. Having completed his studies at EC he went on to complete his studies in Hadith (dawrah) at The Institue of Islamic Education, Dewsbury, under the tutelage of Mufti Sayed Muslih al-Deen, Maulana Yusuf Darwan, Mufti Badat and many others receiving ijazahs for the 6 major hadith texts and more. He is also fortunate enough to have received ijazah in Qira’aatal-Sab’ from Maulana Mujahid at EC and Maulana Imtiyaz and also completed ‘Asharah under the latter in Dewsbury.
He is currently a lecturer at EC, teaching Nahw (Grammar), Tajweed and Hadith.
He has taught at Safar Academy for over 10 years and currently Is the head of the Edmonton Branch. He was one of the main co-authors of their published Islamic Studies syllabus series.
For the past 3 years he has been delivering the Friday sermon at Hoxton Mosque.
Ustadh Mohammad Zillur Rahman
Ustadh Mohammad Zillur Rahman was born and raised in England. He began his Alimiyyah at the Institute of Islamic Education in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire where he studied the Islamic sciences and Hadith literature under renowned scholars such as: Sheikh Mufti Muslihuddin, Sheikh Yusuf Darwan, Sheikh Mufti Musa Badat and Sheikh Abul Qasim, from whom he also received ijazah.
Thereafter he completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Islamic Studies and a Masters in Islam: Politics and Society at the University of London.
Mohammad Zillur Rahman has been involved with Ebrahim College since 2008 and is currently a lecturer for the Alimiyyah and Arabic Intensive Programme.
Shaykh Abdul Aziz Khepi
Shaykh Abdul Aziz Khepi was born and raised in London. He began Islamic studies as a child with his father Shaykh Waliullah Khepi. After starting Hifz at the Islamic Centre Upton Park he went onto complete Hifz in Leicester at IDA. He then went on and travelled to South Africa to study the Alim Course at University Arabia Islamia, Azaadville. Here the Shaykh studied Islamic Sciences over a period of 6 years, under the patronage of ShaykhFadhl-ur-Rahman Al-A’zami and many other renowned Scholars. He also studies traditional sciences such as Nahw, Sarf, Aqeedah, Hadith, Fiqh, Usoolul Fiqh and Tafseer, together with History, Geography, Middle Eastern culture and civilizations, Comparative religion, Exegesis of manuscripts, Logic and Philosophy.
Upon graduation the Shaykh went on to Cairo, Egypt, where he studied Arabic Language and Arabic Media at Markaz Fajr, college for learning and specialising in Arabic language and he underwent further studies with Shuyookh in Cairo.
Currently Shaykh Abdul Aziz serves as Healthcare Chaplain and is a lecturer at the College in Arabic Language and Literature.
Bilkis was born and brought up in East London. She is a Tajweed teacher at Ebrahim College. She also teaches the Access to Arabic course for beginners and is a Teaching Assistant for the Ebrahim College Arabic Intensive course. She has been teaching Tajweed classes for children and adult females since 2009. Bilkis studied the science of Tajweed at Habiba Institute and Utrujj Foundation in London, and she has undertaken teacher training with Habiba Institute. She is currently continuing further studies in Tajweed and Arabic. Some of her teachers include Ustadha Muhsina Thahera, Ustadha Amina Khatun, Shaykh Haytham Tamim, Shaykh Marwan Ghayalini and Shaykh Ahmad Saad. She holds a Bachelors’ and Masters degree in Economics from University College London and SOAS, and she is also a teacher at Habiba Institute and Al Futuwwa Secondary School.
Ustadha Amina Sultana
Amina studied a 3 year Arabic Language & Islamic Studies Programme at Jamia Al Hudaa (Nottingham). Thereafter she began teaching Tajweed to both adults and children alongside studying a BEd, in Primary Education & QTS. She continued her studies of Tajweed further in Jordan and Syria and received Ijazah in the Qira’ah of the Qur’an from Shaykh Al-Kurdi of Damascus.
Currently at EC, she is teaching Tajweed to students on the Full-time Intensive programme and the evening Adult Part Time Courses.
In the weekends she is a Quran Teacher for Habiba Institute and Palmers Green Masjid in North London.
Ustadha Rabia Barkatulla
Rabia completed her BA at SOAS of the University of London in Arabic Cultural Studies and went on to gain credit in Literature Studies from Kellogg College, University of Oxford. She taught Arabic at the Ribat Institute in Surrey and then went to further studies in Arabic at the Higher Language Institute at the University of Damascus in Syria and also studied tajweed under Anisa Mayaz and Anisa Mukarram, receiving Ijazah in the Qira’ah of the Qur’an from Shaykh Al-Kurdi. Rabia began as a teaching assistant with Ebrahim College in 2012, then went on to read Balaghat al-Wadihat in Cairo and studied elementary tafseer with Dr. Marwa Abdul Munim Basheer of al-Azhar University, returning to Ebrahim College to teach tajweed and spoken Arabic. Rabia is currently reading an MA in Arabic Literature at SOAS.