Shaykh Muhammad Al-Yaqoubi descends from a scholarly family that traces its roots back to Morocco. He is a sufi, a sayyid and a jurist, continuing the legacy of his late father, the Imam of the famous Grand Umayyad Mosque in Damascus, Sayyid Ibrahim al-Yaqoubi. For several years running, the Royal Aal al-Bayt Institute has included him as one of the 500 most influential Muslims in the world.
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 one of the most prestigious Islamic institutes in the world, Mahad al-Fath al-Islami seminary from where he graduated after six years of full time study with some of the greatest scholars in the world.
Mufti Monawwar Ateeq is a young Mufti from Birmingham, UK. He has spent they majority of his time studying and is currently doing a PhD in Islamic Law, University of Birmingham. as part of his studies he also teaches Arabic and the dars-nizami.
He began studying when he was young by his mother, who was a student of Habib Umar b. Sumayt, Syed Ahmed Abdullah Saleh Faris, Syed Abu Bakr al-Shibli and other notable scholars from Zanzibar, East Africa. At the age of 9 he began studying classical Islamic studies under Shaykh Muhammad Adam b. Eesa al-Qadiri and Shaykh Abu al-Qalam Qadri, where he studied texts of Arabic grammar, Aqeeda, Hanafi Fiqh, Qur’anic exegesis and accomplished the hifz of the Holy Qur’an.
Saqib Shaami’s older brother, Musharraf Iqbal, died. She was told to excercise patience, and she was to witness a greater return for her unforgettable loss in the form of a son. Within the short space of a year the mother was visited in her dream by Sufi Ghulam Nabi again and he indicated glad tidings of the birth of her son and said “he will be a shining star”. The family was rewarded with the birth of a boy who was named Saqib which means a shining star.
Muhammad Ilyas Qadri is the founder of Dawat-e-Islami in Pakistan. He is commonly known as Ameer-e-Ahle-Sunnat (Leaders of the Sunnis) by his followers. He grew up in a righteous family and soon started to started to deliver speeches in local Mosques.
Dr Mufti Ismail Menk is a leading global Islamic scholar born and raised in Zimbabwe. He completed his Hifdh and Qiraat at a young age whilst also learning Arabic and Urdu and studied under his father. He went on to graduate in Islamic Studies at the University of Madina and became Mufti after extensive study at Darul Uloom Kantharia in Gujarat. Mufti Menk’s work has gained worldwide recognition and he has been named one of “The Top 500 Most Influential…
Dr. Umar Faruq read The Autobiography of Malcolm X which inspired him to embrace Islam in early 1970. In 1972, he altered his field of study and transferred to the University of Chicago, where he studied Arabic and Islamic Studies under Dr. Fazlur Rahman.
Habib Kazim Jafar was born in Yemen and raised as a scholar since his birth. He was taught various Islamic disciplines along with tasawwuf at the Abu Murayyim institute. Travelling in search of knowledge, Habib Kazim found himself at Bayda of Yemen where he studied under many great scholars of this time. Finally he finished his studies by returning to Tarim and started his dawah there.
Habib Ali al-Jifri was born in Jeddah of Saudi Arabia. He currently resides in Abu Dhabi and traces lineage to his ancestors in Tarim and also tracing his lineage back to Prophet Muhammad ﷺ. The Shaykh is a prominent student of Habib Umar bin Hafiz and Habib Muhammad al-Haddar and spent many years taking spiritual training from them.
From an early age he studied the sciences of the pure Sacred Law including: the Qur’an, Prophetic Tradition (Hadith), Jurisprudence (Fiqh), Creed (Tawhid), foundations of Sacred Law (Usul al-Fiqh), the various disciplines of the Arabic language, and the knowledge of Spiritual travel from the scholars of Hadramaut. His father was the Mufti of Tarim. He began to teach and invite to Allah when he was 15 years old, while continuing to study and receive lessons.
He is famously known for his photographic memory and style in relating Quranic Ayah and hadith.
In 1977, (at the age of 19) just after starting Junior College at Ventura [XII] , Shaykh Hamza was involved in a serious car accident. It was a head-on collision, causing serious injury, bringing him close to Death. The accident began a serious inquest on his part about life and death. The search for meaning after the accident would take another year, culminating in his conversion to Islam.
Imam Zaid Shakir, Born in California, USA, accepted Islam in 1977 while serving in the United States Air Force. He obtained a BA with honours in International Relations at the American University in Washington D.C. and later earned his MA in Political Science at Rutgers University. While at Rutgers, he led a successful campaign for divestment from South Africa, and co-founded New Brunswick Islamic Centre (formerly Masjid al-Huda).
Winter teaches theology at Cambridge University and is the director of Studies in Theology at Wolfson College in Cambridge. He is also the Dean and founder of the Cambridge Muslim College, which trains imams for British mosques. He has written on various topics including British Muslim history and theological discourse, and regularly appears on BBC radio. He is also Chair of the Muslim Academic Trust, which is overseeing the building of the new Cambridge mosque. With its emphasis on sustainability and almost total reliance on green energy, the new Cambridge mosque will be Europe’s first eco-mosque. He is the author of Understanding the Four Madhhabs (2002) and Commentary on the Eleventh Contentions (2012). He is also the founder-director of Mishkat Media, an Islamic TV production company.
Abdus Shakur Brookers is a Canadian teacher from Toronto. He has studied in Mazharatul-Uloom and under various other scholars from West Africa, Yemen, Syria, Turkey and Egypt giving him a wealth of knowledge. The Ustadh was a full-time ESL teacher in Taiwan which has given him the crucial skills to explain ideas and concepts of texts in a very clear way giving the ustadh a unique skill. Abdus Shakur converted to Islam in 1998 and since then has never looked back.
The Naqshbandiyya Aliyya Sufi Order was established in America by Shaykh Hisham Kabbani based on the teachings of the 40th imam of the Naqshbandi Golden Chain, Shaykh Nazim Adil al-Haqqani.