Sunday, August 27, 2006

Sheikh Hasan Ali

Sheikh Hasan was born and brought up in the West Midlands of England and his early years were spent in secular education in state schools. At the age of fourteen he embarked upon studying Islamic sciences at traditional boarding schools in the UK. First he memorised the Qur'an during GCSE studies and then began to learn the Arabic language together with many other sciences (known as the Dars Nizami).

In 1997, after nine years of studying in boarding schools and graduating with an Aalimiyyah (MA Islamic Studies) he became the Imam of London Islamic Cultural Society in North London. Here, he served the community for several years by holding several classes in addition to the duties of an Imam. These classes consisted of Tafseer, Hadith, Arabic, Tajweed etc and were taught to all age groups.

Sheikh Hasan also set up a weekend Islamic School at this mosque better known as the LICS Maktab. To this date he is still actively involved in teaching and running the school. The school currently has 10 members of staff and 150 students (between the age of 4-18) who are taught Tajweed, Fiqh, Islamic General Knowledge, Aqeedah and Arabic. The Sheikh is currently authoring a syllabus for weekend Islamic schools.

Between 2000 and 2003 he was the Imam, Head of Islamic Studies and Head of Arabic Studies and a member of the school's Senior Management Team at Yusuf Islam's Brondesbury College for Boys in Kilburn, North London. The Sheikh, here, devised an entire Syllabus for this secondary school and also contributed largely to the gapping of the physical and spiritual life of both staff and students.

In March 2003, together with other educationalists, he set up the Ebrahim Community College in East London where he is serving as the Director of Human Resources and teaching on a part-time basis. He is also conducting an MA in Educational Psychology at the Institute of Education, University of London. Furthermore, he is the Senior Religious Advisor for Media4insight and we would like to take the opportunity here to thank the Sheikh for his invaluable time and his intuitive vision.

His upbringing in the UK combined with his knowledge of Islamic sciences and day-to-day interaction with Muslims in various fields makes him a unique and inspiring lecturer. He focuses on real issues concerning the Ummah and through his lectures wants people to make a change in their lives for their benefit and the benefit of the society around them. He wants Muslims to advance in all aspects of their lives and be models as individuals in society, in their homes and at their workplace. He has lectured on a wide range of inspiring and relevant topics.

May Allah give him a long pious life and benefit the Ummah with the gifts He has endowed him, ameen.
source: Media4Insight

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