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. The list of texts the Shaykh has studied is too expansive to enumerate here.

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.

In 2006 the Shaykh left a well-paid and prestigious post in Qatar to spread Islamic Sacred Knowledge in the United Kingdom. He has taught in many Masjids across numerous town and cities including Bradford, Rochdale, Oldham, Liverpool, Huddersfield, Birmingham and London.

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. He is also involved in many projects to spread sacred knowledge across the United Kingdom. Shaykh Atabek has worked tirelessly to bring to life sciences of Islam that are rarely taught such as Islamic herbal medicine.

Shaykh Atabek is “a rare gem of a scholar” who has great wealth and depth of knowledge in all that he has learnt. He is a rare example of deep knowledge, clarity and honesty in the field of Islamic scholarship and he has acquired a level that few can match or imitate. The term Bahr Al-Muhdik is known to refer to a scholar who is an ocean whose floor cannot be reached and this is a term worthy of being attached to Shaykh Atabek Shukurov; masha’Allah.

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

Shadhr al-’Arf

al-Balagha al-Wadhiha

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

Dhawabit al-Ma’rifah

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.

Shaykh Sulaiman Ahmed Al-Hanafi

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 GCSEs and 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 via an MEC in Mathematics.  Subsequently he completed a PGCE in Mathematics at Masters Level. 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).

Ustadh Sulaiman began his studies in the Islamic Sciences with Shaykh Atabek Shukurov An-Nasafi; Al-Hamdu-Lillah he has been exceptionally blessed to have covered the following Classical and Authentic texts of Ahle Sunnah Wal Jammah:

–          Aqeedah Tahawiyyah [Hanafi] narrated by Imam Abu Ja’far Ahmad ibn Muhammad At-Tahawi,
–          Kitab al-Wasiyah by Imam Abu Hanifah Nuʿmān ibn Thābit ibn Zūṭā ibn Marzubān,
–          Ar-Risalah of Imam Abu Hanifah,
–          Aqaid Nasafiyyah of Imam Najm ad-Din Abu Hafs Umar ibn Muhammad ibn Ahmad an-Nasafi,
–          Al-Manzoomah Badl Amali of Imam Siraj Ad-Deen Ali ibn Uthman Al-Uushi,
–          Lamat al I’ataqad al-Hady ila Sabeel ar-Rashaad [Hanbali Aqeedah] by Imam Mawaffaq ad-Din Abdullah Ibn Ahmad Ibn Qudama al-Maqdisi,
–          Bahr ul Kalaam by Imam Nasafi,
–          Usul Ud-Deen of Imam Abu Hafs Siraj ad-Din Umar ibn Ishaq al-Ghaznawi,
–          Al-Masail al-khilafiya bayn al-Ashariyah wal Maturidiyya [Comparative Text] by Imam Ahmad ibn Sulayman Ibn Kamal Pasha,
–          Mukhtasar Al-Quduri of Imam Abu’l-Hasan Ahmad ibn Muhammad ibn Ahmad ibn Ja`far ibn Hamdan al-Quduri,
–          Tohfatul Malook authored by Imam Zayn ad-Din Muhammad ibn Abi Bakr ar-Razi,
–          Nur al Idah by Imam Abu al-Ikhlas al-Hasan ibn `Ammar ibn `Ali ibn Yusuf  Ash-Shurunbulali,
–          Al-Hidayah [a famous Hanafi text] by Abu al-Hasan Burhan ad-Din ‘Ali ibn Abi Bakr ibn ‘Abd al Jalal al-Farghani al-Marghinani,
–          Baith ul Hatheeth by Abu Al-Fida ‘Imad Ad-Din Isma’il ibn ‘Umar ibn Kathir,
–          Al-Manzoomah al-Bayquniyyah fi Mustalah Ahl al-hadith wal-athar by Abu Tahir Bayquni,
–          As-Sullamul Munauraq fi Ilm al Mantiq by Abdur Rahman ibn As-Sagheer Al Akhdaree,
–          Qawaid al Fiqhiyyah by Imam Ubaidullah Abu Al Hasan Al Karkhi,

Furthermore Ustadh Sulaiman has studied various other 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) by Shaykh Atabek Shukurov to teach sacred knowledge. Al-Hamdu-Lillah, he has taught several texts in Fiqh, Aqeedah and Hadith in South Yorkshire. His lessons are currently on going in these fields and insha’Allah soon some of his students too will be teachers. There are few people today who have had an opportunity to study such a wide collection of texts from such a venerable scholar.

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.

Dr_Shoaib_MalikIt 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 samalik@avicennaacademy.com.

Ustadh Arfan Shah

His journey in search of knowledge began in 2002 when he resigned from his job to study the Arabic language at Leeds University. He attended an Arabic studies degree from which he graduated with honours in 2006. The course primarily focused on the Arabic language, Islamic history, theology and other subjects. At the same time he spent his spare time studying with Shaykh Saad Al-Attas the following subjects, Tajweed, Aqida Tahawiyyah, parts of Shammail At-Tirmidhi and most of the forty hadith of Imam Al-Nawawi’s collection, history of four Madhabs, Tafsir of Surah Mulk and Yaseen as well as completing the texts ‘Medina Arabic’ course.

It was during this time in which he travelled to Morocco where he completed three levels of Arabic at the Alif institute in Fez. He has studied briefly in Egypt and Syria.

After graduating he was given the opportunity to study with Shaykh Atabek Shukurov Al-Nasafi. Under his tutelage he completed the following texts, Muqadimmah/The Initiation by Abu Laith As-Samarqandi and its commentary Qatrat Al-Ghayth/Commentary on the Initiation, Mukhatsir Al-Quduri, Munyat Al-Musali, Tuhfat Al-Muluk of Imam Razi, Nukhbah Al-Fikir of Ibn Hajr, Ajurmiyyah, Hidayah Al-Nah’u, part of the Prophetic period of Sirah, Aquida Tahawiyyah, Dow Al-Ma’ali sharh ala bada Al-Imali, parts of Miskat Al-Masbih, Nur Al-Idah, Usul Al-Fiqh as well as parts of other works.

He has also completed the following under other teachers and deen intensives that he has attended, Shammail At-Tirmidh’i, forty hadith on dhikr , the wisdoms of Imam As-Shadhali and secrets of the prayer of Imam Al-Ghazali with Shaykh Muhammad Al-Yaqoubi as well as other short texts, Aquida Al-Ja’azri with Shaykh Gibril Haddad, Jawhar Al-Taweed with Sheikh Muhammad Naveed Jameel from Nottingham, Etiquette of the Quran by Imam Al-Nawawi with Sheikh Haroon Hanif as well as many other works from other teachers.

He has also been active in the field of Arabic to English translation by completing the following works: The Initiation by Abu Laith As-
Samarqandi and its commentary Qatrat Al-Ghayth/Commentary on the Initiation, Towards understanding Hadith by Shaykh Atabek Shukurov, Description of the strangers by Ibn Rajab, What no eye has seen by Sheikh Muhammad ‘Alawi Al-Makki, Causes of Forgiveness by Ibn Rajab, the Life of Prophets in their gravesby Imam As-Suyuti, forty hadith collections such as 40 hadith on the virtue of salawat upon Al-Mustapha of Imam Al-Uqlishi, Signs of day of Judgement, various biographies and other short texts. Several other translations are well on their way to completion and will be available soon, in sha Allah.

Further, he has been working on his blog Sheikhy Notes since 2005, which is a compilation of notes, videos and personal reflections. He attended and completed Hajj in 2010 in the blessed cities of Mecca and Medinah.

In 2011 he was given verbal permission (ijazah) by Shaykh Atabek Shukurov to teach sacred knowledge, which Alhamdullilah, he began to do at the newly founded Islamic Information Society in Halifax, UK. Previously he has taught in various institutions and privately since 2006.

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