Shaykh Muhammed Zaqir – Director & Founder
After graduating from Manchester University with a BA (Hons) in Politics and Economics, Sheikh Muhammed Zaqir studied for 8 years in Damascus (Syria) at the Prestigious Abu Noor Institute and studied several classical disciplines of Islamic knowledge at the hands of some of the most prominent holders of the tradition. He thereafter studied in the illuminated city of Tarim, Hadramaut and studied at the eminent Institute Dar ul Mustafa, under the qualified hands of some of the most illustrious guides of knowledge. Being classically trained in the sacred sciences, he has attained formal ijazahs in various Islamic Disciplines, including the Shafi’i, Maliki, and Hanbalis schools of Law, although having attained iftaa in the Hanafi Madhab. Despite his extensive knowledge in all these areas, his specialism is in the sciences of Islamic Theology. Having founded Darul Arqam Trust and humanitarian aid charity – Revive, Shaykh Zaqir is also the founder of many other grass-root community initiatives.
Sheikh Suleiman – Calligraphy Instructor
Sheikh Suleiman graduated from Darul Uloom Bury with the Aalimiyah Shahadah Qualification, during which the esteemed Sheikh Yusuf Motala acknowledged Molana Suleiman’s talent in the field of writing and encouraged him to take a professional course of Islamic Calligraphy in Pakistan. Upon taking the advice, he studied under the tutelage of the late Shah Sayyid Anwar Hussain, a world renowned Calligrapher who sat on many international panels and has calligraphy displayed around the world. Molana Suleiman received Ijaza from Shah Sayyid Anawar Hussain in 1986 and is therefore authorised to teach different styles of Islamic Calligraphy – Naskh, Ta’liq, Thuluth, Diwani, Riq’a and Nuss ta’leeq. Molana Suleiman has taught Calligraphy at Darul Uloom Bury, has been in engaged in designing logos for business, Masajid and other organisations. Furthermore he has taught at the Leicester Darul Uloom and volunteers in Calligraphy for charity events. Sheikh Suleiman is currently the lead Calligraphy instructor at Darul Arqam and has ran this class for 15 years. In addition to having revived this beautiful Islamic Tradition, hundreds of students have benefitted from his artistic expertise, some of whom have proceeded to mastering the art and taking the tradition forward in other parts of the world.
Mawlana Bilal Panchbhaya – Imam
After having completed his hifz of the Qur’an, Mawlana Bilal Panchbhaya went on to study the sacred Islamic sciences at the distinguished Islamic institute, Islamic Da’wah Academy in Leicester. There he completed a rigorous six year program studying under some major scholars, the likes of Shaykh al-Hadith Mawlana Muhammad Saleem Dhorat hafizahullah. He graduated from this program with authentic certifications (ijazah) in numerous Islamic disciplines, including Tafsir, Hadith, Fiqh, Usul Fiqh, Aqidah, and Arabic & Urdu Language.
Since graduating in 2009, Mawlana Bilal has served as an imam and is still doing so currently at Darul Arqam. He also teaches the Hifz class and various other courses at the institute.
Mawlana Uzair – Course Instructor
Mawlana Uzair Makadam graduated from a well established institution of higher Islamic Education based in Leicester with an ‘Alimiyyah qualification. He studied under some major scholars of Hadith and received an ijazah (sacred license to teach) in all six major Hadīth collections, in addition to the Muwatta’ of Imām Malik. He is currently in the second year of his BA English Language and Literature degree, and works in the capacity of pastoral welfare officer. He currently teaches short courses for Adults at Darul Arqam, with the ‘Thoughtful Prayer’ being amongst the more successful subjects which has brought about a great demand for the course, along with the ‘Ten to teach Tarbiyah’ course: a study of the last 10 Surah’s.
Ustadh Nabil – Imam
Ustadh Nabil Hedjiedj began his service to the Islamic community at an early age, serving as an Imam in France where he was born. He was able to teach Arabic as an Algerian native, as well as teaching Qur’an and giving the Friday sermon. Following this, he spent time abroad in Aden University, Yemen, where he studied Arabic and Islamic Sciences with eminent scholars such as Shaykh ‘Abdirrahman al ‘Addani. Here he was able to complete his memorisation of the Qur’an, learning both the Hafs and Warsh Qira’aat. This was succeeded by a period of five years’ intensive study in Algeria, where he was able to obtain certifications in Qur’an recital, tafseer, and Maliki Fiqh from Shaykh Ben Hanafiyah al-’Abidine.
Currently, Ustadh Nabeel is studying towards a further certification in Tajweed (Asbahani) and Hanafi Fiqh. He lives in Leicester with his wife and three children.
Shaykh Wael al-Hanbali
Shaykh Muhammad al-Kassar
Born in Aleppo, Shaykh Al-Kassar studied with a number of Aleppo scholars, including Sheikh Muhammad Adib Hassoun, may God have mercy on himand Sheikh Muhammad Adnan al-Ghashim, may God have mercy on him) amongst others.
Thereafter emigrating to Damascus, Shaykh Al-Kassar studied at the Islamic Conquest Institute for six years, however was unable to graduate there due to events that took place in the Levant. Lessons were attended by a number of Damascus scholars, including The Scholarly jurist Shaykh Osama Al-Rifai, may God Almighty preserve and protect him, The Scholarly Jurist Shaykh Abdul Razzaq Al-Halabi, Sheikh Nour Al-Din Ater, Sheikh Abdul Hadi Al-Kharsa, Sheikh Riyad Al-Kharqi, may God have mercy on him, Sheikh Muhammad Abu Al-Huda Al-Yaqoubi, Sheikh Omar Al-Nashwaqati and Sheikh Fawaz Al-Nimr, Sheikh Mustafa Al-Bagha, Sheikh Mazen Bakir, Sheikh Abdul Hamid Al-Tasa and others. Furthermore, Shaykh al-Kassar was also a teacher in Damascus for Islamic education and the Arabic language in middle and secondary schools in Damascus and was an Imam and teacher at the Omar Ibn Al-Khattab Mosque, may God be pleased with him, in Eastern Ghouta.
Thereafter studying in Istanbul and studying at The University of Tripoli, Istanbul branch, and the Aris University, meeting a number of Scholars, Shaykh Al-Kassar took knowledge from them and attended lessons with Sheikh Muhammad Ali Shuqair, Sheikh Mujir Al-Khatib, Sheikh Ahmed Bu Darsa Al-Jazaery, Sheikh Moaz Tabana Al-Arbeni, Sheikh Muhammad Yasser Anwar Al-Masry and others.
Shaykh Al-Kassar has also taken ijaza from a number of Sheikhs, such as Sheikh Muhammad Ali Al-Sabouni, Sheikh Ibrahim Khalifa Al-Ahsa’i, Sheikh Bilal Al-Rifai, Sheikh Muhammad Wael Al-Hanbali and others.
Shaykh Al-Kassar continues to seek knowledge and drawing wisdom from honourable Scholars, may God Almighty protect them and take care of them and currently teaches The Classical Arabic Programme for Darul Arqam Educational Trust.
Shaykh Amin Buxton
Munira Apa – Ustadah and Leader of Sister’s Programmes
Munira Apa comes from Yorkshire and has a wealth of experience in teaching Islamic schools and in an educational setting. She gained her experience over the course of six years, in a reputable Islamic Seminary base in Yorkshire and Lancashire. This includes studies in the Arabic language and literature, jurisprudence islamic beliefs, seerah and tafseer, culminating an intensive two years of study and narration of the six canonical books of hadith including Bukhari and Muslim. She completed this together with her role as a mother of five children. Her love of children and tarbiya inspired her to teach in a primary school and organise various workshops and activities. She was instrumental in inspiring and entrusting the children that some have continued their studies in further islamic education. She presently teaches Quranic Arabic at DA – both long term and short term intensive courses – and has taught Seerah in the past. She has a particular knowledge and enthusiasm for issues revolving around relationships and upbringing of children, which has allowed her to run her coffee mornings for the past few years to educate and inspire women on these matters.