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Author Archives: Shaykh Zahir Mahmood

The founder and principal of As-Suffa Institute & Outreach, Shaykh Zahir was born and raised in the United Kingdom. After formal school studies, he began his journey of studying the sacred sciences at Darul Uloom, Bury culminating with an ijaazah (certificate) to teach from Darul Uloom, Newcastle, South Africa. With an enthusing spirit and vision for the progress of the Deen in the UK, the Shaykh returned and took on the role of the Khateeb for Jami Masjid, one of the largest in Birmingham, whilst studying for a BA in Islamic Theology from Birmingham University. Through the lens of concern for the community and with an understanding of their culture and needs, he founded As-Suffa Institute which today, by the grace of Allah, caters the full time and part time Alimiyyah course, Islamic Studies diplomas, post-graduate courses, modular sciences, youth facilities and regular weekend courses. As-Suffa Outreach which began in 2015 was borne from the aspiration to act upon the Sunnah of the Prophet (peace be upon Him) in its totality, by serving each member of the community, in particular those who are the most vulnerable. Today the outreach branch has a Homeless Project, Foodbank, Mental Health Clinics, Domestic Violence Counselling, Legal Advice Help and local and national zakat distribution. Shaykh Zahir is an internationally renowned speaker and has travelled extensively, from Barbados to Malaysia, with the objective of reviving the hearts with Islamic knowledge. His development of the Islamic History series, looking at the late and recent Muslim narrative in a revolutionary depth in the English language, illustrates the latest mark of his role as teacher, preacher and activist through his unique delivery style and candour.