Born and brought up in Scotland, Shaykh Amer Jamil 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 (Hanafi and Hanbali schools- Syria, Shafi and Maliki schools– Yemen).
Shaykh Amer Jamil has been described by the Sunday herald as one of the Scotland’s most prominent and respected Muslim thinkers.
Background: Scottish Pakistani
Resides: Glasgow, UK
Current Occupation: Islamic scholar
Education: LLB Law (Hons) and BA Islamic studies and Islamic Studies
Preferred Subject: Comparative Fiqh, Marriage
He also has a certificate in counselling skills accredited by COSCA (Counselling & Psychotherapy in Scotland) and is a certified practitioner of Neuro-linguistic Programming (NLP), Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) and TIME Techniques. 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’. He is the author of the Reminder series – a series of short leaflets covering contemporary issues affecting the Muslim Community and wider society.
In 2009 he co-founded the Solas Foundation and with Shaykh Ruzwan Muhammad, established the iSyllabus Islamic studies program; a one year comprehensive Islamic studies course. He is currently the project director of the programme.
Shaykh Amer Jamil is also the Muslim Chaplain at Glasgow Caledonian University where he delivers the Friday sermon and regular classes for students.
- Religious Advocate of the Year 2014 (British Muslim Awards)
- Fakhrudin Razi Award for Education and Academia 2014 (Scottish Muslim Awards) – For notable achievements in the field of education and providing exceptional levels of teaching and support to students.
Currently, he is conducting a PhD research on the relationship between Islamic family law and Scots family law.