Knowledge Is Power

Scholars who have been an inspiration and instrumental for the development of the Cherished Muslimah programme, and others aligned with the Cherished Muslimah way of life

Learn from the righteous - Learn from those who know

Shaykh Faid Mohammad Said

Mercy - Love - Devotion

Sheikh Faid Mohammed Said was raised in Eritrea, where he was educated by Sheikh Hamid, the Senior Judge of the Shari’ah Court in Asmara. He later moved to Madinah al Munawarah, where he continued his studies under Sheikh Atiyyah Mohammed  Salim, the Resident Scholar of Masjid ul Nabawwi and Senior Judge of Madinah. Since that time Sheikh Faid has been invited to lecture all over the world, particularly in Canada, Germany, the Maldives, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and the UK. He has also headed Almadina College, a centre of learning in London.

Sheikh Faid is currently an Imam at London Central Mosque (Regents Park).


Shaykh Sulayman Van Ael

Awe-Inspiring - Up-To-Date

Sheikh Sulayman van Ael is the founder of The Ark Institute, an educational institution based in London. After becoming Muslim at the age of 18, he travelled the world to seek knowledge and gained ijazah (teaching licenses) in various disciplines from scholars from Sudan, Morocco, Saudi Arabia and Jordan (where he received ijazah from the Grand Mufti of Amman to give religious verdicts). He graduated from Rotterdam University with a BA in Theology and MSc in Islamic Counselling. He lectures extensively and has appeared on CNN and Al Jazeera.  As a scholar who resonates with young and old alike, Sheikh Sulayman is a powerful, dynamic and credible voice for the emerging formation of a confident, faithful identity of Islam in Europe.


Ustadah Shaista Maqbool

Our Cherished Muslimah

Ustadha Shaista Maqbool spent ten years in Damascus, Syria, where she learned Arabic and advanced Islamic sciences e.g. fiqh, seerah, tafseer, hadith, and ‘aqeedah, amongst others.

She currently resides in Albany, NY with her husband and four children; her youngest was born in July, 2019. She teaches locally at her mosque and through social media. She continues to seek Sacred Knowledge when possible.


Other Scholars

who have influenced and inspired Cherished Muslimah indirectly through their books, courses and public teaching.

Shaykh Mohammed Akram Nadwi

Common Sense - Champion of Women

Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi is a world-renowned scholar of Indian origin, who has now resided in England for many years. As co-founder of Al-Salam Institute, he continues to teach short courses and Advanced Level modules on the Islamic Scholarship Programme. He is also author of Al-Muhaddithat: The Women Scholars in Islam, a monumental 53-volume biographical dictionary which charts some of the significant contributions made by female hadith scholars over the centuries.


Shaykh Babikr

Traditional - Up-To-Date

Up until recently Sheikh Babikir was working as the Imam and spiritual director at the Islamia Schools Centre, founded by Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens) in 1983. Whilst there, he provided teacher training and assisted in educational workshops and conferences.

Sheikh Babikir is the Director and Founder of Rumi’s Cave, a vibrant community hub in North-West London, as well as Ulfa Aid, a global humanitarian relief charity. Loved by many for his warm manner and wise counsel, he continues to spread his message of compassion and mercy with an unmistakable charm across the UK and abroad.


Ustadh Tabraze Azam

Relevant - Fiqh - Engaging

Ustadh Tabraze Azam is a traditionally-trained teacher of the Islamic Sciences specialising in Hanafi Sacred Law and Legal Theory. He is a graduate of the Anwar al-‘Ulama Centre in Amman, Jordan, which focuses primarily on taking students through a rigorous program to become skilled jurisconsults. He has also privately studied an array of classical subjects for over a decade with a variety of distinguished scholars in England, Turkey and Jordan, and has attained formal, traditional licenses to teach and transmit sacred knowledge.


So ask the people of the message if you do not know.

Al-Anbiya (21:7)