Background to the Academy
Avicenna Academy is an ambitious and broad Islamic Educational Organisation, whose projects span all facets of Tarbiya (Education and Nurturing). In the field of Islamic Sciences Avicenna Academy is unashamedly lauding and teaching the Theological school of the Maturidis and the Jurisprudence of the Hanafis. By the permission of Allah (سبحانه و تعالى), in keeping with the principal motto of Avicenna Academy of Purity, Authenticity and Wisdom, sacred knowledge is and will only be taught by teachers with Isnaad and Ijazah linking them to the Holy Prophet (صلى الله عليه وعلى آله وسلم).
Allah (سبحانه و تعالى) permitting we have many long term aims and plans of action, which exist only for the Pleasure of Allah (سبحانه و تعالى), such as building an infrastructure of revival and enlightenment for the Citizens of this World. And as for the Hereafter then it is for those closest to the Merciful One (سبحانه و تعالى) and His Beloved (صلى الله عليه وعلى آله وسلم)
Our School Ethos
Avicenna Academy incorporates primary and secondary school education in one establishment. It is the first academy to revive the teaching of forgotten or neglected sciences such as Herbal Medicine and Islamic Creed (Aqeedah).
We hold a broad, open-minded view and approach to knowledge and therefore Avicenna Academy provides a holistic education fit for the challenges of the 21st century. By the Grace of Allah (سبحانه و تعالى), we teach our students English, Mathematics, Logic, Grammar, Modern Foreign Languages (MFL), Empirical Sciences, Information Communication Technology (ICT), Arts & Design Technologies (DT) and Islamic Sciences. We believe that standards should be high and therefore our teachers are thoroughly vetted for their competence in their respective field. To give our students the edge over the rest we will infuse our curriculum with ample opportunities to foster and nurture creativity and practicality, among other skills, in all students.
Founder and CEO Avicenna Academy
Shaykh Sulaiman Ahmed
Shaykh Sulaiman Ahmed grew up in Middlesbrough, in the North East of the UK. At a young age he attended the well-known Islamic boarding school Jamia Al-Karam, for five years, before graduating at the age of sixteen. Shaykh Sulaiman continued his studies in the secular field, and achieved excellent grades in his A-Levels. He later attended University and graduated with LLB (Hons) in Law. He decided that a career in secular law was not for him and therefore converted his degree to Mathematics. Subsequently he completed a PGCE in Mathematics. Shaykh Sulaiman started work as a secondary school teacher and in his second year he was promoted to the position of “Head of Mathematics”; all the while being in his first post in the East Ridings of Yorkshire. Shaykh Sulaiman initiated work on a long-term project which was the establishment of a high quality Islamic school for Muslims and, as dawah, non-Muslims of the UK. He worked to educate future generations with knowledge that would benefit them in this life and the Hereafter. The endeavours in this field required the creation of a new generation of Islamic Scholars that can meet the needs of the Muslims of the UK and the world.
Shaykh Sulaiman began his studies in the Islamic Sciences and has been exceptionally blessed to have covered the many Classical and Authentic texts of Ahle Sunnah Wal Jammah: Furthermore Shaykh Sulaiman has studied various texts on Usul-ul-Fiqh; Kufr & Biddah; Spirituality, Hadith, and various other books. His studies continue……. Al-Hamdu-Lillah, the Shaykh has taught several texts in Fiqh, Aqeedah and Hadith. His lessons are currently on going in these fields and insha’Allah some of his students are also teaching the Islamic Sciences. There are few people today who have had an opportunity to study such a wide collection of texts from venerable scholars. Sheikh Sulaiman had such dedication and love towards the Islamic community that he strongly felt it was his duty to give everything he had, to open an Islamic institution in South Yorkshire so the community can benefit. Shaykh Sulaiman was the founder and the driving force behind the opening and running of Avicenna Academy a Primary and Secondary School in South Yorkshire. The School achieved Good with Outstanding features from OFSTED, and has achieved outstanding results in their GCSE (Secondary) and KS1 (Primary) national exams. This was all under the guidance and stewardship of the great Shaykh. He also established and governed the Avicenna Herbal Academy as well as the Avicenna Scholarship program, whilst teaching the classical books on the course himself. Shaykh Sulaiman translated and authored the highly regarded and influential book “Hanafi principles of Testing Hadith”, which took the Islamic world by storm. It taught the science of testing all narrations of the Prophet (PBUH) in a rigorous manner.
Shaykh Sulaiman also writes articles about many contemporary issues facing Muslims in the West, examples of these articles are “Islamic Blasphemy Laws, and the strange case of Mumtaz Qadiri”, “Islam and Suicide Bombing”, and “Islamic Law, Homosexuality, and the Pulse Massacre”. These articles can be accessed on the Shaykh’s blog http://www.sulaimanahmed.com.
Dr. Shoaib Ahmed Malik
Dr. Shoaib Ahmed Malik came to UK in 2007 after finishing his high school studies in Kuwait where he was born and raised. After completing his undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Bath in 2010 as the valedictorian, he obtained a PhD scholarship in Chemical Engineering at the University of Nottingham.
It was during his time in the PhD where he started learning about Islam and philosophy and finally aspired to change his career from engineering to theology and philosophy. He submitted his PhD thesis in September 2014 after which he joined Avicenna Academy and studied Aqeedah and Usool Al Hadith under Shaykh Sulaiman Ahmed. He obtained his doctorate in March 2015. After studying and proposing a new element of study, Dr. Shoaib is now teaching philosophy at Avicenna Academy.
His main interests of research are in the following:
– Atheism and Islam
– Science and Islam
– Western and Islamic Philosophy
– History of Science
– History of Philosophy
His intention is to revive the holistic nature of studying the world as the scholars of the past did by drawing together the fields of philosophy, Islam and science into one narrative. His ultimate goal is to create the intellectual platform for Muslim students to engage with contemporary problems in philosophy and science from the theology of Islam and to eliminate the artificial boundaries between them.