Shaykh Shams Adduha Muhammad is co-founder and director of Ebrahim College, an Islamic seminary in East London that trains Muslim faith leaders of the future. Shaykh Shams and his colleagues set up Ebrahim College in 2003. Since then it has grown to a leading contemporary Muslim seminary and one of the largest adult Islamic education providers in the UK. Alongside EC’s strategically important full-time faith leadership programmes, each year, EC runs a comprehensive range of short courses on various Islamic topics on-campus and online which thousands of students attend. It also has its own research centre, The Centre for Islamic Research and Education (CIRE) which was set up in 2016. EC is thus one of the most important institutions in the Muslim community that produces future faith leaders, engages current faith leaders, and has a large community footprint through its adult Islamic education provision. Furthermore, Shaykh Shams has successfully put together a faculty of some of the most important scholars and leaders in the Muslim community.
Shaykh Shams himself studied in traditional Islamic seminaries in the UK such as the Jamia Taleemul Islam in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, and he studied the canonical texts of hadith in Bangladesh. He also has a Masters in Islamic studies from the University of London.
He has worked as an Imam in East London, and continues working as a faith leader in the community alongside his work at Ebrahim College. He is a well-known speaker in the community and is also a regular guest on a Muslim TV channel called TVONE.
Shaykh Shams is particularly interested in contextualising traditional Islamic studies for British Muslims and faith leaders. He also lectures in Islamic theology, hadith studies, and Islamic jurisprudence at Ebrahim College and has worked on several books and publications.