Board of Scholars & Advisors
Shaykh Muhammad Abdul Qahhar Senior Advisor and Member of Board of Scholars
Shaykh Muhammad Abdul Qahhar is an Imam, teacher, mentor and spiritual guide who has served the Muslim community of the UK for almost three decades.
He is the Vice-Principal of Darul Hadis Latifiah (East London), where he teaches Sunan Ibn Majah, Tafseer Jalalain and Arabic language among other subjects.
He is presently the Head Imam and Khatib of Shadwell Masjid, and previously served as an imam and Khatib at numerous mosques in London.
He regularly travels around the UK to deliver lectures on pertinent topics, and has also visited USA, Kuwait, France and many other countries for the purpose of da’wah. He also works with numerous Islamic organisations in various capacities.
He currently serves as a senior advisor to the Muslim Law Shariah Council UK, and sits on its Board of Scholars.
Shaykha Shaista Maqbool Senior Advisor and Member of Board of Scholars
Shaykha Shaista Maqbool started her journey of seeking sacred knowledge under the tutelage of Shaykh Abdullah al-Adhami in the USA, where she also studied with Shaykh Muhammad al-Ya’qubi, before travelling to Syria where she studied for ten years, receiving Ijazah in fiqh and many books of hadith from numerous prominent scholars, amongst them: Shaykh Adib al-Kallas, Shaykh Samer al-Nass, Shaykh Muhammad al-Jum’uah, Shaykh Mazin Bakeer, and Shaykh Na’eem al-Arqsusi. She is licensed in tajweed from the late Shaykh Abul-Hassan al-Kurdi (may Allah have mercy on him).
She has studied the Shafi’i and Maliki schools, though her specialty is in the Hanafi school. She is a recognised expert in the fiqh of menstruation in the Hanafi school (known to be one of the most difficult chapters in fiqh) which she would teach in Syria to other Arab students as well as the wives of her shuyukh.
She is the founder of Ni’mah, a platform dedicated to imparting sacred knowledge to women.
Shaykha Shaista Maqbool is a senior advisor to The Muslim Law (Shariah) Council UK.
Shaykh Abdi Lillah Advisor and Member of Board of Scholars
Bio coming soon.
Shaykha Saleha Bukhari Member of Board of Scholars and Relationship Counsellor
Shaykha Saleha Bukhari is a dedicated scholar, teacher and chaplain, working with numerous grassroots organisations.
She completed her Alimiyyah studies at Ebrahim College (UK), specialising in Hadith – thereby obtaining Ijazah in Sahih Al-Bukhari -having studied under many prominent scholars of the UK, including Shaykh Akram Nadwi, Mufti Barkatullah, Shaykh Abdul Hakim Murad and many others. She has also received Ijazah in the Seven Modes of Recitation (Sab’a Qira’at). Additionally, she had the fortune of reading to Shaykh Qari Bashir Ahmed Siddique from al-Madinah al-Munawwarah, from whom she received Ijaaza in the narrations of Hafs & Shu’ba.
She is a corporate chaplain at the Canary Wharf Multi-Faith Chaplaincy, member of the Menstrual Matters project at Whitethread Institute, teacher of Qira’ah and Fiqh at multiple Islamic institutes, and a presenter for the renowned IslamiQA show on Islam Channel where she responds to questions live.
She works as a Shariah Advisor with various organisations specialising in Islamic family law, mainly dealing with complicated divorce cases. She also works with Nour (DV) as an Islamic Advisor/Counsellor for vulnerable women, as well as multiple other Islamic organisations.
She has a BSc Hons in Computing Studies and is currently pursuing a masters at SOAS.
Shaykha Saleha is a member of the Board of Scholars at The Muslim Law (Shariah) Council UK, and also offers advises relating to counselling and therapy.
Shaykh Ibrahim in Muhammad Islamic Finance Specialist & Advisor
Born in Leicester in 1986, Shaykh Ibrahim studied classical Arabic and Islamic law, and graduated as a Shariah scholar in 2008 from Jameah Uloom al Qur’an in Leicester. In 2016 he obtained an MA in Islamic Finance and Management from Newman University in Birmingham. Over the years he has lectured on and researched various aspects of Islamic Law and Islamic Finance. Shaykh Ibrahim’s education in traditional classical Islamic studies coupled with his qualification in modern day Islamic Finance and Banking allow him to reflect on, and provide solutions to, contemporary financial issues within the remit of Islamic law.
Along with academic interests, Shaykh Ibrahim has also served as a Shariah advisor, in the UK and abroad, and regularly consults on matters of Islamic Family Law and Islamic Inheritance Law.
Shaykh Asaduz-Zaman Medical Advisor
Shaykh Asaduz-Zaman is a qualified and experienced pharmacist, teacher and Imam, and serves as a medical advisor to The Muslim Law (Shariah) Council UK for medical-related fatwas and other matters.
He completed his studies in traditional Islamic Sciences at Darul Hadis Latifiah, where he presently teaches Fiqh and Hadith.
He holds a Masters of Pharmacy (MPharm) degree from Kingston University, London and Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) from UCL. He is currently the Head of Cancer Services at Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust.
Imam Kazeem Fatai Member of Board of Scholars
Imam Kareem Fatai is a distinguished Islamic scholar and community leader with a deep educational background, holding a Bachelor’s degree in Arabic Language and a Master’s degree in Islamic Studies. With a career spanning education, religious leadership, and community service, Imam Fatai has serves as the Imam at the Old Kent Road Mosque and Islamic Cultural Centre, offering spiritual guidance and promoting cultural understanding within the Muslim community. His commitment to education is evident through his past roles as a former Education Officer in the Ministry of Education in Nigeria, a classroom teacher, and a lecturer. Moreover, Imam Fatai is a certified Muslim Chaplain, providing spiritual support in prisons, hospitals, and educational institutions.
Beyond his religious and educational roles, Imam Fatai is recognized for his contributions as a marriage counselor and mediator. His expertise in fostering understanding and unity extends to his role as the Interfaith and Multi-faith lead for the Muslim Association of Nigeria in the UK, where he actively engages in promoting dialogue and collaboration among diverse religious communities.