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.
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.
Ahmed Tijani Ben Omar was born 30th January 1950 in Accra, Ghana. He specializes in various Islamic sciences including Islamic Law, Jurisprudence and Arabic. The shaykh also specializes in compartive religion which led him to memorizing the Quran and the Bible. His greatest achievements lie in his affiliations in which he helps various organizations with advice and guidance. Ahmed Tijani has travelled to over 105 countries giving lectures, presentations, conferences and other public gatherings.
Born and brought up in Scotland, Shaykh Amer 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.
Having embraced Islam at the age of 19 in Santa Clara, California, he immediately began his study of the Islamic sciences with Shaykh Hamza Yusuf and visiting Mauritanian scholars, such as Shaykh Khatri Wuld Bayba, and Shaykh Abd Allah Wuld Ahmadna.
Shaykh Muhammad Yaseen, of Birmingham, UK, developed an interest in acquiring the traditional Islamic Sciences from an early age. His enthusiasm led him to travel to the blessed lands of Shaam (Syria) to study with many great scholars and men of Allāh.