Shaykh Abu Bilal Sanel Haskic
Sanel Haskic was born and raised in Switzerland. He completed a B.A. in Islamic Studies from the Islamic University of Madinah with a major in fiqh and ūṣūl al-fiqh. There he also gained a general ijāza (minor accreditation) for some classical ḥadīth primers. Upon his return to Europe, he attained an M.A. in Islamic Education from the University of Gloucestershire (through MIHE) and the NPQSL Diploma from Eastern Leadership Centre (Cambridge). Sanel currently works as Deputy Head at Apex Primary School in East London. He is a consultant for islamic affairs and educational thought as well as a regular khaṭīb in numerous mosques.
Dr. Shahrul Hussain
Dr. Shahrul Hussain is a graduate of a traditional private Islamic seminary. In 1997, after graduating from the Seminary, he won a full scholarship to study at the University of Al-Azhar, and in 2001 graduated from the Faculty of Islamic Jurisprudence and Law with a BA Hons. He also has earned a B.A. in Islamic and Cultural Studies with Arabic (Fadil), Darul Uloom Islamic College, Birmingham, UK. and another B.A. in Islamic Studies, Rabitah Madaris al-Islamiyyah. In 2009, he completed his Ph.D. at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. presently he is the Director and Head of Research at The Ibn Rushd Centre of Excellence for Islamic Research and also Visiting lecturer at Birmingham City University, School of Law.
Assoc. Prof. Mahmudul Hasan
Md. Mahmudul Hasan is with the Department of English Language and Literature, International Islamic University Malaysia. He studied and taught at the universities of Dhaka and Portsmouth, and had a postdoctoral research stint at the University of Heidelberg. Among the journals where his articles have appeared are Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies (Routledge), The Muslim World (Wiley-Blackwell), The Journal of Commonwealth Literature (SAGE), Paedagogica Historica (Routledge), Journal of Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies (Georgia Southern University), South Asia Research (SAGE), Journal of Postcolonial Writing (Routledge), Hawwa: Journal of Women of the Middle East and the Islamic World (Brill) and Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs (Routledge). Dr. Hasan edits Asiatic: IIUM Journal of English Language and Literature, a Q1 journal in Literature and Literary Theory. He is the author of Islamic Perspectives on Twentieth-Century English Literature (2017).
Ustadh Shahnawaz Haque
Shahnawaz Haque qualified as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist. He has a private practice as an Islamic therapist working with individuals and couples in psychotherapy and counseling informed both by his psychotherapy training and by Islamic concepts. He earned his BA and MA from the University Cambridge. He is also an honorary imaam giving Friday sermons in various mosques in and around London. He is a very enthusiastic tennis player.
Prof. Abdur Raheem Kidwai
Professor Abdur Raheem Kidwai is a professor of English, with two Ph. D.s in English, including one from the University of Leicester, UK, has a special interest in the following areas of study: Literary Orientalism/English Translations of the Quran/Urdu-English-Urdu Translation/Inter-Faith Dialogue! Islam in the West. Have 40 books to his credit including Orientalism in Lord Byron’s Turkish Tales, The Crescent and the Cross: Image of the Orient in English Literature, Stranger than Fiction: Image of Islam/Muslims in English Fiction, Behind the Veil: Representation of Muslim Woman in Indian Writings in English 1950-2000 and many more..
Dr.Rashid Ayyub Islahi
Dr. Rashid Ayyub Islahi completed his traditional degree in the Islamic Sciences from the Islamic seminary of Madrasatul Islah, India. He graduated from the Islamic University of Madinah and studied Arabic literature at the Umm al-Qura University of Makkah. He later undertook Philosophy of Religion and Biblical studies at the University of London. He obtained his PhD from the University of Glasgow in the Philology of Hadith. Over the last 37 years in London, Dr Rashid has been working in academia, education, and religious and spiritual care for the NHS. He has taught a wide range of courses for adults, with a particular focus on Usul al-Tafseer, Hadith, Aqeedah, comparative Fiqh and pre-Islamic Arabic literature. He also taught Modern Standard Arabic at the former Hackney Community College. He has worked as an examiner for Arabic with Cambridge International Education for a number of years.He has been a regular Khateeb at the West London Islamic Centre for 30 years and has been delivering weekly lectures on Selected Surahs from the Qur’an at the London Central Mosque & The Islamic Cultural Centre. Dr Rashid Ayyub is also a member of ‘Fatwa Committee UK’.
Dr Safaruk Zaman Chowdhury
Dr. Safaruk Z Chowdhury studied Philosophy as an undergraduate at Kings College London after which he traveled to Cairo to study the Islamic studies curriculum at al-Azhar university, focussing on Islamic law. He also studied extensively in private with a number of scholars with a keen interest in Arabic tafsir (exegesis) and balagha (rhetoric). He returned to the UK where he completed his MA in Islamic studies with distinction at SOAS thereafter taking up his doctoral studies on the life and work of the great khurasanian Sufi and hadith specialist Abu ‘Abd al-Rahman al-Sulami (d. 412/1021). His PhD was published in 2018 by Equinox Publishing.He is a professional translator, teacher and examiner as well as curriculum consultant for GCSE, A-Level and the International Baccalaureate (IB) programs.