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Advisory Body

The Inheritors Fund advisory body comprises of the following prominent scholars and teachers:

Shaykh Mohammad Akram Nadwi (Oxford, United Kingdom)

Shaykh Mohammad Akram Nadwi studied and taught Shari'a at the prestigious Nadwatul 'Ulama (India). He is a Muhaddith who has specialised in 'Ilm ul Rijal or the study of the narrators of Hadith. He has Ijaza (licenses) from numerous scholars including Shaykh Abul Hasan Ali Al-Nadwi, Shaykh Abdul-Fattah Abu Ghuddah and Shaykh Yusuf al-Qaradawi. He has a doctorate in Arabic language and has authored and translated over 20 titles on Fiqh, Qur'an and Hadith including his monumental 40 volume work on the lives of female scholars of Hadith. As a leading scholar steeped in traditional Islamic learning and in modern academia, Shaykh Akram is currently a research fellow at the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, Oxford University.

Shaykh Zakaria Seddiki (Paris, France)

Shaykh Zakaria al-Seddiki memorised the Quran at the very young age of nine. He studied the traditional Islamic Sciences with scholars in Algeria and later went to Egypt for ten years and graduated from Al-Azhar University. He has a MA in the Principles of Islamic Jurisprudence and has recently completed a PhD at the University of Sorbonne (France). He is the Former Dean of the Faculty of Quranic Studies and Professor of Islamic Jurisprudence at the European Institute of Islamic Sciences (France). Shaykh Zakaria is a member of the IIDR Board of Scholars and the International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS).

Shaykh Abdul-Hakim Murad (Cambridge, United Kingdom)

Abdul Hakim Murad graduated from Cambridge University with a double-first in Arabic in 1983. He then lived in Cairo for three years, studying Islam under traditional teachers at Al-Azhar, one of the oldest universities in the world. He went on to reside for three years in Jeddah, where he administered a commercial translation office and maintained close contact with Habib Ahmad Mashhur al-Haddad and other ulama from Hadramaut, Yemen.

In 1989, Shaikh Abdul Hakim returned to England and spent two years at the University of London learning Turkish and Farsi. Since 1992 he has been a doctoral student at Oxford University, specializing in the religious life of the early Ottoman Empire. He is currently Secretary of the Muslim Academic Trust (London) and Director of the Sunna Project at the Centre of Middle Eastern Studies at Cambridge University, which issues the first-ever scholarly Arabic editions of the major Hadith collections.

Shaikh Abdul Hakim is the translator of a number of works, including two volumes from Imam al-Ghazali's Ihya Ulum al-Din. He gives durus and halaqas from time to time and taught the works of Imam al-Ghazali at the Winter 1995 Deen Intensive Program in New Haven, CT. He appears frequently on BBC Radio and writes occasionally for a number of publications, including The Independent; Q-News International, Britain's premier Muslim Magazine; and Seasons, the semiacademic journal of Zaytuna Institute.

Dr Usama Hasan (London, United Kingdom)

Usama Hasan graduated from Cambridge University with an MA in Physics. He then attained a PhD in Neural Networks from Imperial College, London. Being a Hafiz of the Quran, Usama leads the Taraweeh prayers at Masjid at-Tawhid, London. He is also a part time Imam & Khateeb at this masjid. Usama is very active in dawa work giving lectures in schools, colleges and universities as well as being media representative for He has also translated several books from the Arabic language into English.

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