Shaykh Ruzwan Mohammed

Shaykh Ruzwan Mohammed is a Sunni theologian and scholar. A graduate in Geopolitics and Arabic from the University of Glasgow, in 1993 he left to travel and study with a wide array of leading scholars and theologians in various countries in the Muslim world. In the process, he studied the Turkish language at the University of Ankara and as part of his formal Islamic training, he graduated from the Fat’h Islamic Law College in Damascus, graduating from the prestigious 6-year program with a distinction of merit, achieving overall first position in his year of graduation from the college.

In the summer of 2009, he co-founded the Solas Foundation, which focuses on offering quality and transparent religious consultancy in the areas of Islamic ethics and education. He is the author and educational director the iSyllabus Islamic studies program.

He is a regular panellist on shows such as BBC One’s “The Big Question”, BBC radio 4’s religious analysis  programmes, and is a contributor to national Scottish newspapers and magazines. He is currently engaged in research into the effect of textual hermeneutics and environment on Islamic legal ethics, and is working on a study and translation of an early juristic text by the Spanish philosopher Averroes. He also serves as an advisor to various Muslim educational organisations in the United Kingdom and is actively involved in interfaith work, as well as wider social issues. He was tasked with the responsibility of drafting the 'Edinburgh Declaration', launched in 2018, on the shared ethical values between Christianity and Islam in the area of finance and wealth creation.

 

Both he and Shaykh Amer Jamil were awarded the 'Religious Advocate of the year Award' at the British Muslims awards in 2014.

Shaykh Amer Jamil

Shaykh Amer has been described by the Sunday herald as one of the Scotland’s most prominent and respected Muslim thinkers. He holds a (LLB) law degree from Strathclyde university and BA (Hons) in Islamic studies from the University of Wales. He spent 10 years studying the Islamic sciences including 6 years with distinguished scholars in the Middle East (Syria and Yemen), gaining him teaching licenses (ijaza) in various Islamic sciences.

His main field of interest is primarily Islamic family law; an area in which he has studied in depth having studied all four schools of Islamic jurisprudence. Currently, he is conducting a PhD research on the relationship between Islamic family law and Scots family law. He also has a certificate in counselling skills accredited by COSCA (Counselling & Psychotherapy in Scotland).

He is an Islamic family law consultant to a local Scottish law firm and a Family support consultant at Unity Family Services. Part of his role at Unity involves delivering pre-marital and post-marital courses UK wide (www.unityfamily.co.uk/events.html). In 2007 he authored the booklet “What Islam Really Says About Domestic Abuse” available at (www.unityfamily.co.uk/people.html). He is also the author of the Reminder series - a series of short leaflets covering contemporary issues affecting the Muslim Community and wider society (www.the-reminder.co.uk).

In 2009 he co-founded the Solas Foundation and with Shaykh Ruzwan Muhammad, established the iSyllabus Islamic studies program. He is currently the co-director of the programme. He is also the Muslim Chaplin at Glasgow Caledonian University, where he delivers the Friday sermon and regular classes for students. Shaykh Amer is consulted by Scottish Law firms for his specalist knoweldge in Islamic Family Law.

Both he and Shaykh Ruzwan were awarded the 'Religious Advocate of the year Award' at the British Muslims awards 2014.

Shaykh Zuber Karim

Shaykh Zuber Karim studied the Quran, Sunnah and Fiqh at Bury Islamic College where he graduated with a BA/MA equivalent in Islamic theology in 1997. He has worked as Imam in Dundee University, Perth Mosque and the Ninewells Hospital, Dundee. In 2003, Shaykh Zuber was appointed as a senior lecturer in Tafsir and Usul al-Fiqh at IMZ School, Dundee. Later on in 2009, he attained an MA in Islamic Banking, Finance and Management. He has been the Imam at the newly opened Al Maktoum Mosque in Dundee since 2013. He is also a freelance translator of Islamic scripts and a researcher, and the director of Intelligence Finance Consultancy.

Shaykh Amin Buxton

Amin Buxton was born in London. He converted to Islam in 1999 and read Arabic and Islamic Studies at SOAS, University of London. He also studied the Islamic sciences in a traditional setting in both Syria and Yemen.

He has edited and translated a number of books which include Imam al-Haddad’s ‘Beneficial Counsels’ and Umar al-Khatib’s ‘Prophetic Guidance’.

Since 2017 he has resided with his family in Edinburgh, Scotland. He is involved in several educational and social initiatives including New to Islam Edinburgh and Rafah International.

Shaykh Mohammed Aslam

Shaykh Mohammed Aslam memorised the Quran from an early age, after which he embarked on a path of seeking sacred knowledge. He ultimately travelled to Damascus where he undertook extensive private studies as well as enrolling in the Mahad al-Fath al-Islami seminary from where he graduated after six years of full time study.

On returning to the U.K, he enrolled in Post-graduate studies at the same time as serving as Imam Khatib of one of the largest mosques in Birmingham. Shaykh Aslam established The City of Knowledge Academy which serves as a bustling hub of educational activity as well as also advising various community and grassroots projects around the city.

The Academy places particular emphasis on catering for the educational activities of all age groups, facilitating engaging youth programs as well as running the more structured course iSyllabus Islamic studies course.

Shaykh Sjaad Hussain

Sjaad Hussain was born and raised in England and began his pursuit in studying the sacred sciences in Damascus Syria. After studying Arabic language in Damascus he began studying the sacred sciences full time under the tutelage of Shaykh Rasul Baksh Sa’eedi. Over a period of 9 years he studied all the major sciences under him and gained teaching licenses (Ijazat) in them. He also studied extensively under Shaykh Muhammad al-Yaqoubi, Shaykh Muhammad Jum'ua, Shaykh ‘Ala-Uddin al-Kurdi, Shaykh Gibril Haddad and Ustadh Ahmad Najaar amongst others.

 

He is the co-founder of the Path to Salvation Diploma in Classical Islamic Studies, one of the largest Muslim grassroots teaching organisations in the UK and is the co-founder of the Sacred House in Birmingham. Aside from teaching, he is currently developing a 6 year syllabus in Advanced Classical Islamic Studies called "The Sacred Texts Syllabus" as well as working on several academic works including a Primer in Arabic grammar and an extensive commentary on the famous "Poem of the cloak" of al-Busiri.

Shaykh Bilal Brown

Bilal Brown travelled the Middle East and studied with prominent scholars from all over the Muslim world for a period of roughly 8 years. He taught Islamic Jurisprudence and other subjects in Arabic to Arabs and non-Arabs.

Bilal Brown accepted Islam in 1999 and went to study Arabic in the Middle East in 2004 where he became fluent within 6 months. He returned to the UK in 2006 and left again in 2008 to study Islamic Sciences. He graduated from 4-year intensive 6-day a week, all-year round accelerated course in Shari’ah studies at the Al-Dawli Institute of Arabic and Islamic Sciences in Damascus in 2012 in addition to studying privately with scholars in Damascus. He then went to Yemen to further his studies in Shafi’i jurisprudence, Arabic grammar and self-rectification. Bilal Brown returned to the UK in November 2014.

He also has 2 years of experience working in the field of alcohol and drug addiction as well as several further years of experience working with and teaching young people. He has studied several texts in the Hanafi and Shafi’i schools of law and marriage and divorce law in the Maliki School. He also has certificates in childcare, IT, social science, and counselling.

He currently teaches Arabic and Islamic sciences in Oldham, Rochdale, Manchester, & online in England in the UK and is also the Director of the popular website Fiqh Answers which is an online source for Islamic Jurisprudence. www.fiqhanswers.com

Shaykh Idris Watts

Idris Watts has been involved in Islamic education since he accepted Islam in 1998 whilst studying Arabic Studies at Leeds University. He graduated from the University of Leeds in 2002 with First Class Honours, having gained an award of excellence for his language skills. He then moved to Morocco residing in the ancient city of Fez, where he immersed himself in its language, culture and knowledge for the next seven years attending classes at the oldest university in the world, the Qarawiyin studying various disciplines in Islamic subjects alongside teaching the English language to foreigners.

In 2007, he returned back to England to bring the fruits of his experiences and learning in North Africa to the Yorkshire and Lancashire community, setting up classes and gatherings within Bradford and its adjacent cities, working for mosques and institutes, supporting new Muslims and delivering speeches, workshops, and classes for local schools, institutes universities as well as the Peace Studies department of Bradford University.

He has been teaching Arabic and Islamic studies in the Yorkshire and Lancashire area for the last six years. He is also the author of the book: ​‘T​he Heavenly Guide to the Beacon of Pure Light’, a regular guest on ‘Ask the Alim’ Show on British Muslim TV and he has also studied alternative therapies with Hakim Archuletta, who is a traditional practitioner in herbal medicine and homeopathy.

His passion is teaching Quranic Arabic, focusing on the linguistic miracle of the Quran as well as raising awareness of Islam’s relevance in society today and how it can enhance our personal lives, relationships and communities in order to bring us purpose, success and happiness.

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