People

Faculty

Mufti Zubair Patel

Mufti Zubair Patel graduated from the Alimiyya and Ifta’ at Jamiatul Ilm Wal Huda Blackburn in 2005. He subsequently was selected to teach at the same institute for 3 years. Since leaving Blackburn, He has been teaching at Imam Zakaria Academy, Forest Gate, London where he holds a senior post and is well loved by both students and teachers alike, along with teaching at Jamia Al Rawda nearby.

Shaykh Zeeshan Chaudri 

Shaykh Zeeshan Chaudri began his studies in the Institute of Islamic Education, Dewsbury where he enrolled into the Alimiyya program. He then transferred to Imam Zakariya Academy, London where he completed the program. Thereafter he completed an MA in Islamic studies at Markfield Institute of Higher Education. He is currently a teacher at Imam Zakariya Academy in the Alimiyya program and a second year PhD candidate at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). Shaykh Zeeshan is known for his avid love for reading and research and is therefore in charge of library and literary resources development at Whitethread Institute.

Ustadh Imran Iqbal

Ustadh Imran Iqbal after initially completing his Masters degree in Engineering (MEng) at Queen Mary University (University of London) went on to diversify his academic background by pursuing an MA from SOAS (University of London) in Near and Middle Eastern Studies and another from Birkbeck College (University of London) in Philosophy with his thesis written on Imam al-Ghazali’s view on scientific knowledge and causality. He has also pursued classical Islamic knowledge by studying under a number of local Ulama in London and concentrating on basic Islamic sciences such as Ilm al-Fiqh, Usul al-Fiqh, Ulum al-Hadith, Aqida and Ilm al-Kalam. His areas of interest include: Islamic philosophy and theology, Islamic legal theory, Islamic history of ‘ideas’, philosophy of science and the scientific method, epistemology and metaphysics in Western and Islamic thought. He has a number of published book reviews in specialist academic journals and is currently pursuing a research project tentatively titled, ‘Trajectories in Islamic theological dispute’. He is also a qualified teacher of Physics and Critical Thinking.

Mufti Abdur-Rahman Mangera

Dr Abdur-Rahman ibn Yusuf Mangera is a British Muslim scholar educated in both the Islamic and Western traditions. He memorised the Qur’an by heart and graduated from the Darul Uloom seminary Bury, UK, and later undertook studies in ifta’ at Madrasah Zakariyya, South Africa, under Mufti Rada’ al-Haqq, and then at Mazahir ‘Ulum Saharanpur, India, under Mufti Muhammad Tahir Ghaziabadi. He earned his BA from the University of Johannesburg and completed his MA and PhD in Islamic Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. His PhD research was a critical edition of Shaykh Abu ‘l-Layth al-Samarqandi’s Kitab al-Nawazil, hailed as the first fatwa collection in the Hanafi school. He holds an honorary fellowship at the Cambridge Muslim College and at The Royal Aal al-Bayt Institute for Islamic Thought, Amman, Jordan. Mufti Abdur-Rahman has the unique experience of serving as an imam in Muslim communities on both sides of the Atlantic, eight years in Southern California and over five in the great city of London—and his continued work as an international speaker and lecturer enables him to address and offer advice on current challenges that face Muslims in the West. He is an avid traveller and continues to teach several post graduate courses and work on scholarly publications through White Thread Press (www.whitethreadpress.com). Many of his lectures are available on www.zamzamacademy.com and his courses through Rayyan Institute (www.rayyaninstitute.com).

Ustadha Umm Huzayfah

Ustadha Umm Huzayfah (wife of Mufti Abdur-Rahman Mangera) was raised in the UK where she attended Jami’at ul-Imam, a madrasa in Bradford, England for 5 years. There, she completed the ‘Alimah course of study covering many of the Islamic sciences which she studied exclusively with female scholars. After graduating, she continued to teach fiqh and hadith at the same seminary for a few years. Umm Huzayfah, a mother of four, also previously taught Islamic classes in the USA. She specializes in the fiqh of menstruation (hayd), post-natal bleeding (nifas), dysfunctional uterine bleeding (istihada) and women issues. Currently she teaches the women’s Advanced Islamic Studies course at Masjid e Quba and at Whitethread Institute, and other online classes through www.RayyanInstitute.com.

Guest Scholars

Mufti Muhammad ibn Adam al-Kawthari
Mufti Zubair Butt
Mufti Sarfraz (Birmingham)