Shaykh Shams ad-duha
Shaykh Shams Ad-Duha Muhammad a hafiz of the Qur’an which he memorised partly in his own locality and then completed at the famous Darul Uloom in Dewsbury (Institute of Islamic Education). There he continued studying the Arabic language, Tajweed, Fiqh and other subjects that form the early years of the Dars Nizami curriculum. He then moved to Nottingham to continue his studies under shuyukh like Shaykh Fazlur Raheem, Shaykh Abdul Haq (hafidhahumaAllah, both students of the great Shaykh Hussain Ahmad Madani) and others, from whom he studied, advanced Fiqh, Usul al-Fiqh, Ulumul hadith, Hadith and Tafsir. To complete his studies he travelled to Bangladesh in 1997 to study major hadith texts and receive ijaza under the late Shaykh Abdul Aziz Doymiri and the late Shaykh Nuruddin Goharpuri (Allah have mercy on them both) and other shuyukh, where he also came first in his graduation class. The Shaykh also holds an MA in Islamic Studies from the University of London, Birkbeck College.
Since graduation, the Shaykh worked with Shaykh Hasan Ali and others at Safar Academy during its formative years in North London and also served as Imam and Khateeb of Burdett Estate masjid where his work focussed on improving education and the youth. In September 2000, the Shaykh helped found the Mazahirul Uloom Secondary school where he worked as the Vice-Principal for two years. In December 2002, along with other respected Ulama Shaykh Shams founded Ebrahim College which has since been his primary focus and where he continues to hold a directorial role, spearheading all academic activities as well as teaching various courses. His particular teaching interests are fiqh and hadith. He is also editor of Islamique Magazine which is published by Ebrahim College on a quarterly basis.
He is a well-known speaker in the community and is also one of the shaykhs on Islam Channel’s Islamiqa (fiqh show). The Shaykh is also currently authoring 2 books on Arabic Grammar, 2 books on Islamic creed and theology, which will soon be published insha Allah. Some work on Shah Waliullah’s stance on ijtihad and taqleed is also on going. He has also edited the translation of Ibn Rajab Hanbali’s Jami’ al-Uloom wa al-Hikam, published by Turath Publishing, and is currently working on the translations of Sharh Ma’ani al-Athar of Imam Abu Ja’far al-Tahawi, and the Qawaid fi Uloom al-Hadith and the Qawaid fi Usul al-Fiqh, of Shaykh Zafar Ahmad Uthmani. These will also be published by Turath Publishing inshaAllah