Shaykh Zahir Mahmood

Shaykh Zahir Mahmood was born in England and has gained licences to teach (Ijaazas) in many Islamic Sciences including Quran, Jurisprudence (Fiqh) and Traditions (Hadith) of The Prophet (Peace be upon him) from various Shuyukh.
Following the completion of his formal state education at the age of 16, he enrolled at Dar al-Uloom al-Arabiyya al-Islamiyya, Bury, where he initiated his studies of the Alimiya course. Thereafter, he studied 3 years in the prestigious seat of learning al-Jamia al-Islamiyya, Karachi, Pakistan.

He 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 Shaykhu2019s 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 part of the classical Hanafi text of Fiqh, al-Shurunbulaliu2019s Nur al-Idah in English.

For the past 6 years, he was the Khateeb (preacher) at one of Birminghamu2019s largest Masjids, Jamia Masjid in Aston. 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) and also delivered countless talks about the Sahabah (Companions of The Prophet (Peace be upon him). He has endeavoured to reach out to the youth both locally and nationally by travelling throughout the country delivering talks and lectures in order to motivate the Muslim masses to become the best of people.
  • As-Suffa Youth Club

    As-Suffa Youth Club

    In a society where friendship is commonly defined by irreligiosity, decadence, immorality and  with the overall negative influences surrounding our children, it is incumbent upon parents to ensure their children have the correct upbringing by nurturing them in a friendly Islamic environment. However, being engulfed with a busy lifestyle many parents find it difficult to balance the Islamic needs for their children. In order for the next generation to become the best generation, it is essential to preserve the Deen of our children and youth in general.

  • Islamic Study Course | Save my Salah

    Islamic Study Course | Save my Salah

    The most essential act of worship any Muslim performs on a daily basis is Salah. This prophetic ritual we repeat 5 times a day is an intimate conversation with Allah (swt) and full of beautiful adhkar (statements of remembrance) and wisdom.

    To truly grasp the benefit of prayer and perform it with an attentive and tranquil heart demands that we do our best to understand and appreciate what is said during it, to connect ourselves with the deeper spiritual benefits of why we utter specific words and perform specific actions.

    Make Salah an experience. Join us for our ‘Save my Salah’ Islamic study course and learn the beauty behind each word and action of your daily Salah. Take this journey and change the way you communicate with Allah.

    As-Suffa Institute has brought you this course in the hope that it will serve to revive the consciousness of Allah in your prayers, by taking you initially through the ways in which you can prepare yourself physically and spiritually before the prayer commences. Ensuring that all the etiquettes are understood, you will further explore how to achieve and retain your ever-needed focus throughout the prayer.

    Along with learning the meanings of the words you repeatedly recite, you will also explore the deeper meanings and exegesis of the essential words to help achieve a state of God-consciousness throughout the prayer and beyond in sha Allah.

    May Allah make us amongst those who connect with him in prayer in following the example of the prophet Muhammad (SallAllahu Alaihi wa Sallam)

    Importance and virtues:

    The prophet Muhammad (SallAllahu Alaihi wa Sallam) suffered immense hurt and suffering. Emotionally, his father passed away before he was born, his mother when he was only 6 years old, then his grandfather only 3 years after that. Living a very rough life as an orphan.

    Even later on as a messenger, his troubles, his trials and tribulations only increased when he received revelation. He was humiliated and tortured. All types of the nastiest names were hurled at him (SallAllahu Alaihi wa Sallam), being called a sorcerer, a liar, a poet.

    The messenger (SallAllahu Alaihi wa Sallam) was put under an economic boycott, he loses his uncle Abu Taalib who was his source of physical protection, he loses Khadijah (RadiAllahu anha) who he first went to when he had the first experiences with revelation. She was always his source of comfort, his moral and emotional support.

    Thereafter the messenger (SallAllahu Alaihi wa Sallam) goes to Taif for Da’wah, and here, narrations mention that he used to say to Aisha (RadiAllahu anha) that this was the worst experience of his life.

    And in that very context, Allah calls the prophet Muhammad (SallAllahu Alaihi wa Sallam) up through the heavens, to give him this special gift. What was this gift? That gift was the gift of Salah.

    In essence, the reason why Allah gave the messenger (SallAllahu Alaihi wa Sallam) this gift in this context; Allah allowed him to experience all the bitterness of this world, so that he could fully appreciate the sweetness of prayer.

    The only command that was received in the heavens and not on the earth, the prophet (SallAllahu Alaihi wa Sallam) was raised up, likewise, as the great scholar al-Imam Hassan al-Basri said (RadiAllahu anhu), “Prayer is the Ascension of the believer”.

    To speak directly to the one that the prophet Muhammad (SallAllahu Alaihi wa Sallam) spoke to. Which is why the prophet also said, “The coolness of my eyes was placed in Salaah”.

    God gave it to him as a gift as an escape from this world, so that he could taste the sweetness of that relationship with God.

    Whenever anything troubled him, he would always run back to that prayer and find that comfort, that embrace in Salah.

    Allah breaks us away from the Dunya (this world) at least 5 times a day so that we can also put things into perspective and understand that true happiness and contentment lies in conversing with the most high, in speaking with Allah and turning back to the creator.

    Course objectives

    1. Understanding the importance and value of the Prayer.

    2. Understanding all about the actions before Prayer.

    3. Deep understanding of building khushu in the Prayer.

    May Allah make us amongst those who connect with him in prayer in following the example of the prophet Muhammad (SallAllahu Alaihi wa Sallam)