Shaykh Saad
Al Attas


Abu Shu’aib Sa’ad ibn Farooq ibn Ali al-’Attas, a South African with roots extending to Yemen. He is a descendent of the Prophet SAW currently residing in Bradford UK.

He spent seven years studying under the foremost Scholars in Sham, the likes of the late Sh Ramadan Al Buti and his son Sh Tawfeeq al Buti, the late Sh Wahba Zuhaili and the illustrious and absolute Genius in Shafi’I Fiqh Sh Mohammad Husain Darweesh.

He took the spiritual path in 1998 under Guidance of the late Shaykh of the Shadhili Darqawi order in Damascus, the Sufi Master and Scholar of numerous disciplines and Shaykh Abdurahman al Shaghuri. He graduated from the Shari’a institute run by the Tahdhib wa Ta’lim endowment. He was in the four year, accelerated program studying all Islamic sciences in great depth.

His graduation thesis involved an extensive commentary on the hadiths concerning al-amr bi-l-ma’ruf wa al-nahi ’an al-munkar. Outside of this institute, Shaykh Sa’ad concentrated on Shafi’i fiqh. The Shaykh continued his studies for a number of years with some of the most renowned scholars in the Muslim world. Shaykh Sa’ad moved with his family to Bradford in 2008 where he currently resides and teaches in many communities in the North of England.

Imam Muhammad
Adil Shahzad


Imam Muhammad Adil Shahzad began his studies at the age of 16 in Bradford under the guidance of Shaykh Mufti Qazi Hassan Raza. In 2010, he decided to further his education at Jamia al-Karam, Retford.

After completing the three year foundational Islamic Diploma course in 2013, he continued his education under the guidance of Shaykh Zulfiqar Haider Pirzada al-Azhari al-Bandyalwi. During this period of study, the Imam served as lecturer (khateeb) and Imam at Masjid-e-Owais-e-Qarni, Ilford and Jamia Masjid Ghousia, Lea Bridge Road, Walthamstow.

In February 2015, the Imam co-founded the Al-Hikam Institute in Bradford with his brother Imam Muhammad Asim Hussain. Currently the Imam works as head teacher and senior lecturer at Al-Hikam Institute. The Imam served for over three years at Makkah Masjid, Bolton delivering the weekly jummah sermon and classes. Imam Sahib has successfully run classes, courses and seminars around the country and tirelessly continues to promote the true teachings of the Ahl al-Sunnah wa’l Jama’ah.

Waseem Ahmed


Shaykh Waseem started his search for sacred knowledge studying Arabic in the UK for a more than two years before leaving for Damascus in Ramadan 1426 (Oct 2005) to further his Arabic language studies at the Abu Nur institute.

In 2007 Shaykh Waseem started studying privately under his teachers, Shaykh Ahmad Al-Khatib, a graduate of the Fath institute and faculty of Shari’ah and a Friday speaker in the mosques of Damascus as well as a teacher in various Islamic institutes, and Shaykh Anas Al-Sharfawi, a graduate of the Fath institute, a teacher, Friday speaker and a research scholar. He completed works in Aqidah (Doctrine), Fiqh (Jurisprudence) , Spirituality, Arabic Grammar and Rhetoric.

In 2008 alongside his private studies he attended the accelerated programme at the Dawli Institute for Arabic and Islamic sciences in Damascus. He completed a traditional curriculum and graduated in the summer of 2012.

He was blessed to meet & study with some of the scholars of Damascus including, Shaykh Mazin Bakir, Shaykh Adnan Darwish and Shaykh Rashad Al-Shams.

Some of the works he studied include the famous Hanafi work Al-Ikhtiyaar (fiqh) of Imam Abdullah Al-Mawsili in its entirety and most of Al-Ashbaah wa al-Nazha’ir (fiqh maxims) of ibn Nujaym, Mukhtasar Manar (fiqh principles) and Sullam Al-Munawraq (logic).

Amongst the teachers he was fortunate to learn from was Shaykh Muhammad Al-Yaqoubi. He studied many texts under him including; the Shama’il of Imam Al-Tirmidhi, the Principles of spirituality of Imam Ahmad Zarrooq, Adab Al-Suhbah of Imam Al-Sha’rani, The Sanusi Creed, parts of Al-Risalah Al-Qushayriyyah and the beginning of Iyha Uloom Al-Deen of Al-Ghazali. He also attended readings of some of the canonical hadith books (Sahih Muslim, Abu Dawud & Tirmidhi) with the Shaykh.

He also attended Lessons with Shaykh Muhammad Jumu'a, the great Hanafi jurist of Damascus, studying under him several works on fiqh; parts of Al-Ikhtiyaar, the Hidaya, Maraqi Al-Falah and Bada'i Al-Sana'i.

He returned to the UK in 2012 and has been delivering lectures and regular courses around the UK since.

Shaykh Abdul Haleem Hyjaze


The bulk of Ustadh Hyjaze’s studies were conducted in Sudan, where Arabic was his mother tongue. During all of his school years he studied the Islamic sciences. The Holy Quran, Hadith and Sunnah were covered extensively, as well as the science of recitation of the Holy Qur'an (Tajweed). Ustadh then joined the University of El Neelain in Khartoum, the capital of Sudan, where he studied the Sudanese economy, Islamic economy, Arabic language, Islamic sciences and culture as well as social studies.

After moving to the UK, he Joined the University of Manchester, where he studied Arabic studies in the Middle East Section. A course focusing on Arabic language, Sufism and the history of the Islamic world and the four Islamic schools.

He was then selected by the university to study and train in teaching Arabic to non-native speakers, where he then taught the first and second year students.

Ustadh has also worked with al-Nahdha Model school (Sudan), Al-Hamrryah secondary school in Dubai, UAE and now Greengate Islamic College.

He is also an examiner with Pearson (Edexcel GCSE Arabic first language), and also with Cambridge International Examination. Additionally he is an Interpreter in both Arabic and French with Language Empire.

Mawlana Hafiz Sudagar Hussain


Mawlana Hafiz Sudagar Hussain embarked on the journey to study Dars e Nizami under Mufti Muhammad Faazil and Mufti Muhammad Aslam in January 2012.

Having previously taught in Madani Jamia Masjid, Jamia Muhammadia and Bradford Muslim College, he also served as an imam at Jamiyat Tabligh ul Islam, Haworth Road masjid and Sultan Bahu Trust Bradford.

Currently the Imam is head of education at Keighley Jamia masjid and delivers courses at Jamia Academy and online for adult students.

Mawlana Nizam Ashrafi


Grandson of Sadr ul Ulama Allamah Sayyid Ghulam Jilani رحمه الله.

Studied the Islamic sciences in UK and India for several years.

Teachers include Shaykh Mufti Ayub Ashrafi, Shaykh Mufti Qamar Alam Ashrafi, Shaykh Anwar Ahmad al-Baghdadi and others.

Blessed with ijazah and khilafah in the Chishtiyyah Ashrafiyyah Order.

Currently serving as head-Imam at Masjid e Ghosia, as well as teaching the advanced studies class at Madrasah Ghosia.

Sayyid Muhammad Zarqani


Sayyid Muhammad Zarqani is the son of Allama Sayyid Irfani Miya (Bolton) and the grandson of Sadr al-Ulama, Imam al-Nahw Sayyid Ghulam Jilani Meruthi.

He studied the Dars e Nizami syllabus under the tutelage of Mufti Aslam Bandyalvi and Mufti Fazil Bandyalvi in Bradford for several years before travelling to Cairo to further his studies with Azhari Shuyukh.

He is an author/translator of many books:
- al-Sarf al-Jilani (A Primer in Sarf)
- al-Mantiq al-Jilani (A Primer in Mantiq)
- The Merit of Knowledge and Scholars (a translation of Fadl al-'Ilm wa al-'Ulama by Allama Naqi Ali Khan)
- The Prohibition of Slandering Sayyiduna Mu'awiyah (a translation of al-Nahiyah by Shaykh Abd al-Aziz al-Pirharwi)

Academic excellence in Islamic studies

We also offer a number of short courses running on weekends and evenings throughout the year, aiming to tackle important issues such as Marriage Guidance, Parenting, Funeral and Burial Rites, Inheritance etc.

Why Choose GIC?

The College provides the best opportunity for students who want a deeper understanding of Islam, its philosophy, and its law, in its right context and perspective. We aim to equip our students with the relevant modern skills and abilities that are necessary for their future roles as community leaders. We aspire to nurture our students with self-esteem, good ethics and values. 

The College is also committed to combining academic excellence in Islamic studies with a religious point of view to offer a unique overview of Islam and related affairs. 

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