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Teaching Faculty

 

Mufti Liaquat Ali AmodDurban, South Africa

 

Mufti Liaquat was born in Howick on the outskirts of Durban, South Africa. At the age of fifteen he left South Africa for Pakistan in pursuit of sacred knowledge studying for seven years at Jami‘a Razvia, Rawalpindi. He undertook the study of various Islamic disciplines, such as Logic, Arabic Grammar, Morphology, Rhetoric, Legal Theory, Jurisprudence [Hanafi], Hadith Theory and Hadith. Some of the scholars and jurists he studied under were al-Sayyid Ghulam Muhyidin Shah Sahib, al-Sayyid Hasan Uddin Shah Sahib and Mufti Ghul Rahman. In 1978 he was accepted by Jami‘a Na‘imiyya in Lahore to embark on a Hifz and teacher training program. Upon successful completion of this he travelled to India to specialise in Ifta’ [Giving Legal Verdicts] in Manzare Islam. 1980 saw his return to Durban, South Africa, where he founded the Dar al-‘Ulum, ‘Alimia Rizvia’.   Alongside teaching at ‘Alimia Rizvia he served as full time Chief Imam of Habiba Masjid for 17 years, and sat as an executive member of Jama‘atul ‘Ulema. In 2002 Mufti Liaquat became head teacher at Shah Jahan Mosque supervising the education of over 300 students. In conjunction with this he took the role of Head of Community Affairs. He works tirelessly serving the community as well as working alongside Local Authorities in education, prison service and others. 

 

Yasser Qureshy, Woking, UK

 

Shaykh Yasser began his initial religious education at the Abu Nur institute in Damascus, Syria. Initially he studied the one-year Arabic language program & thereafter for a further two years of the Arabic and Islamic Studies program. Whilst there his primary studies were supplemented with private studies in various disciplines. On returning to the UK he completed an MA in Islamic Studies from SOAS University & is currently studying a PhD in Divinity, at Cambridge University, focused on the formative period of Ash'ari speculative theology.

 

Mustafa Darr, London, UK

 

Ustadh Mustafa completed his initial Islamic education in Dar al-Ulum, Bury, Manchester, where he completed memorisation of the Qur'an by the tender age of sixteen. He subsequently enrolled onto the 'Alim program of Ebrahim College in east London, whilst also focusing on completing his A Levels. In 2007 he left the United Kingdom for Damascus, Syria where he spent three years focusing on the Arabic language, Hanafi jurisprudence, Qur'anic studies and Tajwid, which culminated with an authorised license (ijaza) in Qur'anic recitation from Shaykh Anas al-Hibri, with a certification from Shaykh Kurayyim Rajih, the Shaykh al-Qurra of Syria.

 

Umm Iman, London, UK

 

Ustadha Umm Iman left the UK in 1998 with her family to study in Damascus, Syria. Her primary focus was the acquisition of Arabic and it’s various disciplines, and Tajwid. In 2001 She traveled with her family to Tarim, Yemen, where she studied at Dar al-Zahra and privately, her primary teacher being the daughter of the Mufti of Tarim, Habib ‘Ali Mash-hur b. Hafiz. She was in charge of coordinating the educational program of the Khadija Umm al-Mu’minin School of Qur’an Memorisation, working with the principal teacher of Qur’an, based on the Sudanese method of memorising utilising the wooden tablet method (al-lawh).

 

Umm Iman also founded and runs the Hearts of Light project for girls between 7 and 15.

 

Abdul Karim Morris, Liverpool, UK

 

Shaykh Abdul Karim was born in Liverpool, England. After successfully completing a MSc in computer science and also a PGCE, in 1998 he embarked upon the pursuit of the Islamic disciplines, studying for over seven years in the blessed land of Damascus, initially at the Abu Nur Institute. Whilst there he undertook the study of a number of classical disciplines, including Tajwid, Arabic Language, Grammar, Morphology, Rhetoric, Hadith, Jurisprudence and Theology. He studied Tajwid under Shaykh Anas Al-Hibry and Shaykh Mahir Munajjad.

 

Yahya Rhodus, California, USA

(Online Lecturer)

 

In 98 Shaykh Yahya traveled to Mauritania to learn from some of Mauritania's greatest scholars, including the erudite, Murabit al-Hajj. He also spent a period in Damascus, undertaking the study of Arabic language, grammar, and Qur’anic recitation. Thereafter Ustadh Yahya moved to Tarim, Yemen to further his studies at Dar al-Mustafa, studying under Habib 'Umar b. Hafiz and Habib ‘Ali al-Jifri, to mention a few. He undertook various disciplines including Hermenuetics, Hadith, Theology, Jurisprudence, Legal Theory, Prophetic biography, and Arabic. In 2005, he returned to the U.S. to teach at the Zaytuna Institute. At present Ustadh Yahya is an instructor at Zaytuna College and is pursuing a Masters Degree in Islamic Studies at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley.

 

Hilal Al-Shareef Aleppo, Syria

 

Shaykh Hilal Al-Shareef was born in the city of Manbij, northeast of the citadel of Aleppo, Syria. It was here in Manbij that he embarked on his formative education before moving to another city near Aleppo to study the sacred disciplines for a period of five years.  Thereafter he moved to Aleppo and was admitted into the law faculty of Aleppo university where he furthered his study of the religious sciences also memorising the majority of the Quran.  He remained here for approximately three years before moving to Lebanon where he was a deputy Imam in the Zayd b. Thabit mosque in Jabal Lebanon for a period of 6 years undertaking all of the duties of teaching and community that are associated with this. More recently he has been in the UK teaching both Qur'an and Arabic to the local community living here with his wife and children.  

  

Faiz Qureshy, London UK

Educational Director

 

Faiz Qureshy was born in Wembley, London. In 1998 he left the UK to study in Damascus, Syria focusing on Arabic language and its disciplines. In 2001 he furthered his studies in the Dar al-Mustafa seminary in Tarim, Yemen, both working to the set curriculum and privately. His teachers include Shaykh Salim al-Khatib, al-Habib Kazim al-Saqqaf, Habib Hashim b Sahl, Hashim Aydrus, Shaykh Muhammad Amin Chinquite and Habib Umar b. Hafiz. Since returning to the UK in 2006 he has taught for a number of educational initiatives in the UK as well as working as a project worker in inner city London with long term mentally ill service-users. Since 2009 he is the Imam (Muslim Chaplain) of Broadmoor High Secure Hospital and he also helped the Ribat Institute in 2009. He also established a working partnership with the Ihsan Foundation in West Africa and visited there in 2011.

 

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