Shaykh Zahir Mahmood

Shaykh Zahir Mahmood, the erudite scholar was born in England and has gained licenses to teach (ijaazas) in many Islamic sciences including Qur’an, Jurisprudence (Fiqh) and Traditions (Hadith) of The Prophet (SAW) from various Shyukh.

Following the completion of his secular studies at the age of 16, Shaykh Zahir Mahmood enrolled at Dar al-Uloom al-Arabiyya al-Islamiyya, Bury (a satellite college to al- Azhar University), where he initiated his studies of the Alimiya course. Thereafter, he studied 3 years in the presitigious seat of learning al-Jamia al-Islamiyya Karachi, Pakistan.

Shaykh Zahir Mahmood went on to complete his Alimiya course at the pioneering Dar al-Uloom Newcastle, South Africa which has since been used as a template for other seats of learning in the region. Here, the Shaykh studies included a detailed analysis of Sahih al-Bukhari with the renowned scholar Shaykh Qasim Seema.

Returning back to the UK, he gained a BA in Applied Theological Studies from the University of Birmingham and taught the Alimiya course at Madina al-Uloom Kidderminster for a subsequent 2 years. He also translated to English part of the classical Hanafi text on Fiqh, al-Shurunbulali’s Nur al-Idah.

For the past four years Shaykh Zahir Mahmood has been an khateeb (preacher) at one of Birmingham’s largest mosques, Jame Masjid. From this base, he has taught many workshops including Arabic at various levels and Seerah (the Life of The Prophet Muhammad, Peace Be Upon Him). He has endeavoured to reach out to the local youth as well as spanning the country to deliver the message of Islam in the English language.

In 2004, he committed himself to delivering a weekly study circle (dars) from Birmingham Jame Masjid covering many Islamic aspects ranging from the detailed study of the lives of the Prophets (AS), the Companions (RA), the Last Messenger of Allah (SWT) Muhammad (SAW) and most recently Islamic Jurisprudence (Fiqh) …etc. In this same year, he founded the as-Suffa Institute of Learning in Birmingham where he is one of the resident scholars.

source: http://www.as-suffa.org/

Some of the talks given by Shaykh Zahir Mahmood can be heard on Darul Islam website. May Allah swt give good health and long life to Shaykh Zahir Mahmood in order that the ummah continue to benefit from his lessons and knowledge. Ameen.


  • Jamal Canty

    This is very important in the diyn according to the pursuit of education as stated in our hadith. Keep these meaningful lessons coming to teach us how the diyn is to be lived.

  • Muslima

    please can you let me know if zahir mahmood is a follower of the salafs.

    jazak Allahu khairan

  • Sarah

    Well I’m from Australia and I reckon sheikh zahir mahmood is an incredible sheikh very good at knowing the right things to say to grip the heart mashallah may Allah reward him for all his hard work and effort inshallah. Wish there were more sheikhs like him here.

  • amatullah

    Is it possible to contact any of the ulamaa mentioned here for the sake of asking a fatwa?
    Jazaakumullah khair

  • halimah h

    i wonder what is the status of listening thru media, such as utube/radio/tv matters of deen { addeenu nasihah…} as it is aula to learn face to face with a teacher, since im married n limited resource of direct teacher lectures due to commitments…please advise

  • chernor umaru barrie

    I’am living in Sierra Leone and I luv the lecture about bilaal (r.a) may Allah bless you and continue to protect you


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