Founder and CEO Avicenna Academy
Shaykh Sulaiman Ahmed
Sulaiman Ahmed grew up in Middlesbrough in the North East of the UK. He studied secular education at an Islamic boarding School. After Studying his A-Levels he 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. He is currently a qualified mathematics teacher in a secondary school in the East Ridings of Yorkshire. At the time of changing his career Ustadh Sulaiman initiated work on a long-term project of high aspirations: The establishment of high quality Islamic Secondary schools throughout the country for the Muslims and, as dawah, non-Muslims of the UK. He worked with a small team of brothers who shared this goal of educating 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 in reality the whole ummah).
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 short courses. His studies continue……. In 2011 he was given verbal permission (ijazah) to teach sacred knowledge. Al-Hamdu-Lillah, he 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 Sceinces. There are few people today who have had an opportunity to study such a wide collection of texts from such a venerable scholar.
Shaykh Sulaiman established 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. He also established and run the Avicenna Herbal Academy as well as Avicenna Scholarship program.
Shaykh Sulaiman is also an established writer having authored the book ‘Hanafi Principles of Testing Hadith’. He also writes about contemporary issues facing Muslims in West using his blog ‘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.
He can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shaykh Atabek Shukurov An-Nasafi
He was born in Uzbekistan, a country where giants and luminaries of Islamic scholarship, such as Abu Laith As-Samarqandi (ابوليث السمرقندي), At-Tirmidhi, Imam Al-Bukhari and Imam Abu Mansur Al-Maturdi, were raised. Shaykh Atabek Shukurov Nasafi began his religious studies at the tender age of ten. He studied under local scholars such as Shaykh Sayyid Karim Namangany and Shaykh Mohammed Jaan, under whose guidance he began to memorise the Qur’an.
Shaykh Atabek completed his studies at the age of 21 in various subjects including Arabic Language, Hadith, Fiqh, Usul-ul-Fiqh, Qawaid-ul-Fiqh, Tafsir and Tajweed at Madrasa Abul Qasim and Jamia Islamia in Uzbekistan. He graduated as a scholar but to further enrich his knowledge he moved to Syria. In 1998 he resided in the historic city of Damascus where he continued his studies with some of the finest scholars of our time. He enrolled on a four year Al-Ijaza Al-Alimiyya programme at the Takhassus Institute which is affiliated to Al-Azhar University, Egypt. During this time his studies included: Sharh Ibn Aqeel with Shaykh Atiyya, Sharh Fiqh al-Akbar with Shaykh Adeeb Al-Kallas, Lubab fi Sharh Al-Kitab (also known as Quduri) with Shaykh Abdullah Rabiah, Aqeeda with Shaykh Saeed Ramadan al-Buti, Risala Qushariyyah with Shaykh Abdul Fatah Bizm, Hadith with Shaykh Sadiq Darwish, Da’wa with Shaykh Tawfiq al-Buti.
Shaykh’s zeal for learning extended beyond the programme at the Takhassus Institute and he focussed his energies on intensive private lessons with Shaykh Muhammad Adnan Darwish and covered Fath Bab Al-Inaya and the Muwatta of Imam Malik. He also studied Shudhoor al-Dhab, Sharh Qatr Al-Nidah, Thufat Al-Mureed and Mukhtasar Al-Bukhari with Shaykh Rushdi Al-Qalam.
He graduated in 2003 after spending the final year at Al-Azhar University and was given certification by the Faculty of Theology and Philosophy. However Shaykh Atabek has never stopped the pursuit of knowledge and can claim more than 80 teachers from amongst the most illustrious of scholars of our time. The Shaykh went on to teach in prestigious universities across the Middle East before gracing these shores with his presence.
Shaykh can be regularly seen on Ummah channel in which he responds to viewer’s questions. He is busy composing beneficial works such as the internet book ‘Towards Understanding Hadith’ in which he clarifies the misconceptions and misunderstandings of this time. Shaykh Atabek has supervised the translations of texts that he has himself taught namely The Initiation of Abu Laith As-Samarqandi and its commentary called the Commentary on the Initiation.
Shaykh Saad Al-Attas
Abu Shu’ayb Sa’ad Peters al-’Attas, a South African with roots extending to Yemen. He is a grandson of the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace). He currently resides with his family in Keighley. He graduated from the Shari’a institute run by the Tahdhib wa Ta’lim endowment. He was in the four year, accelerated program. His studies there included the following:
Arabic (nahu, sarf, balagha, adab, insha), Quran (memorization, tajwid, tafsir, ayat al-ahkam, ’ulum al-quran, usul al-tafsir), Hadith (memorization, commentary, mustalah al-hadith, takhrij, rijal, ahadith al-ahkam), ’Aqidah, Fiqh (Shafi’i and some comparitive), Usul al-Fiqh, Tarbiyyah, Sira (fiqh al-sira, sirat of the Khulifa al-Rashidin), Mantiq and Khitaba. Some of the more important books read during that time include:
Ibn Hisham’s Shudhur al-Dhahab and one year from Mughni al-Labib
Zakiriya al-Ansari’s commentary on the Jazariyya
Half of the Jalalayn, al-Sabuni’s tafsir in Ayat al-Ahkam
Dr. Nur al-Din ’Itr’s ’Ulum al-Qur’an
al-Nawawi’s Irshad Tulab al-Haqa’id
’Umdat al-Ahkam with its commentary Ihkam al-Ahkam
al-Sawi ’ala al-Jauhara, Dr. al-Buti’s book on contemporary paradigms
’Umdat al-Salik, Kifayat al-Akhiyar
al-Mahalli ’Ala al-Waraqat, Dr. al-Zuhayli’s al-Wajiz, half of al-Luma’ and Muftah al-Usul
Mukhtasar Minhaj al-Qasidin
Nur al-Yaqin, Itmam al-Wafa, Fiqh al-Sira
His graduation thesis involved an extensive commentary on the hadiths concerning al-amr bi-l-ma’ruf wa al-nahi ’an al-munkar. He defended his thesis and passed his oral examinations in ’aqidah and fiqh, conducted by Shaykh ’Abd al-’Aziz al-Khatib, the imam of Jami’ al-Darwishiya and director of the school.
Outside of this institute Shaykh Sa’ad concentrated on Shafi’i fiqh. He read with Shaykh Hussayn Darawish for three years. During that time he completed Zakariya al-Ansari’s Tuhfat al-Tulab with most of al-Sharqawi’s marginal notes. He also complete nearly the first third of the same author’s Fath al-Wahhab with additional notes from al-Bujayrami’s marginal notes. While doing this he also read al-Shirazi’s al-Tanbih with al-Suyuti’s commentary, Sharh al-Yaqut al-Nafis, portions of al-Suyuti’s al-Ashbah wa al-Natha’ir, I’yanat al-Talibin, and others. His concentration on the Shafi’i madhhab allowed him to dive below the surface of simply learning rulings [ahkam] and descend into the depths of understanding the madhhab itself [fiqh].
Shaykh Saad Al-Attas has accepted a position as a teacher with Avicenna Academy for the next academic year.