In the loving memory of Prof. Gamal M.A. Solaiman (1932-2017) Allahu Yarhammuka. Former chair to The Muslim Law Shariah Council UK. He was perhaps the highest ranking Azhari scholar in Europe.
Prof. Solaiman was Chief Imam at London’s Islamic Cultural Centre (Regent’s Park Mosque) for more than 20 years. He would later go on to become Head Imam at Ottawa Mosque, Canada. Having learnt Urdu at the Azhar University in Cairo, he worked in India at Aligarh University during the early stages of his career. Today, he makes frequent visits University of Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan teaching Islamic Jurisprudence.
With a wealth of experience of guiding, teaching and raising a generation of western Muslims leaders as well as understanding the cultural richness and ideological diversity of the south Asian community in the United Kingdom; Prof Solaiman is without doubt one of the greatest Islamic scholars and sages of the twentieth/twenty first century, having mastered and successfully blended both traditional and modern Islamic scholarship; with a traceable track record for passing his wisdom and experience to a generation of scholars, Imams and community leaders for over 20 years at the Muslim College, London and for more than 50 years throughout his lifetime.
May Allah (swt) accept, forgive, show mercy and admit Prof. Solaiman into Al Firdows Al’ala in the company of the Divine Himself, His prophets and messengers and the righteous. Ameen.