Our Approach

As-Suffa Institute is an educational establishment with a difference. Our aim is to convey the pure teachings of Islam through traditional scholarship, by utilising modern teaching methods and creating a nurturing environment where students are supported to achieve their full potential. With the correct understanding of their religion and a conducive environment, students are in a stronger position to fully benefit themselves and their communities.

Our driving passion is to revive the holistic, proactive spirit of Islam in our hearts, homes and neighbourhoods.

Our role and objective as an institute extend much further than the classroom. We are involved in many projects that seek to fulfil our Islamic obligation of serving all members of our community.

Our history

As-Suffa Institute was founded in 2004 with a view to impart sacred knowledge to the wider community, in the English language.

After initially delivering short courses, we saw the zeal and need for more intensive studies. This resulted in us pioneering the part-time alimiyyah course, delivered in the english language.

Our achievements

Since 2004, As-Suffa has grown and delivered 100s of courses, with 1,000s of students benefiting, nationally and internationally.

Due to the popularity of the courses and limited facilities, we hosted many events at university campuses and other venues. In 2016, with the support of the community, we moved into a purpose built facility.

Our goals

Our approach to everything we do is to continue to strive to act on the Hadith – The best of people, are those who benefit mankind. Therefore, we hope to continue to provide access to sacred knowledge and grow our outreach projects. Through our services we want to empower students and volunteers to be an asset to their community.


Shaykh Zahir Mahmood

The founder and principal of As-Suffa Institute & Outreach, Shaykh Zahir Mahmood was born and raised in the United Kingdom. After formal school studies, Shaykh Zahir Mahmood enrolled onto the Alimiyyah course at Darul Uloom, Bury. Shaykh Zahir Mahmood’s journey of studying the sacred sciences took them from the UK to Pakistan’s Jamiah Uloom Al-Islamiyyah, Banori Town and concluded with an ijaazah to teach from Darul Uloom, Newcastle, South Africa where Shaykh Zahir Mahmood benefitted from the teaching and guidance of erudite scholars like Molana Qasim Sema (may Allah preserve them).

With an enthusing spirit and vision for the progress of the Deen in the UK, Shaykh Zahir Mahmood returned and took on the role of the Khateeb for Jami Masjid– one of the largest in Birmingham, whilst studying for a BA in Islamic Theology from Birmingham University.

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Mufti Liaquat Zaman

Born and raised in Birmingham, Mufti Liaquat Zaman completed his school and college education before moving to Pakistan at the age of 18 with an intention to seek sacred knowledge. A short hifdh programme preceded official entrance onto the Alimiyyah Course at Jamiah Uloom Al-Islamiyyah, Banori Town where Mufti Liaquat Zaman dedicated the next 8 years of his life. Under the guidance of leading teachers Mufti Liaquat Zaman committed himself to the study of the various Islamic sciences with diligence and zeal. He developed close ties with his teachers, benefitting immensely from their company inside and outside of the classroom.

Upon graduation in 2008, Mufti Liaquat Zaman decided to further develop his passion and ability in Fiqh and enrolled onto the Iftah Course at Jamiah Tayyibah, Karachi. Here an intense year of specialisation terminated with Ijaazah in Iftah, whereby Mufti Liaquat Zaman returned to the UK with a view of imparting knowledge to his local community.

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Mufti Muhammad Imran

Mufti Muhammad Imran’s journey of seeking sacred knowledge began at Jamiah Islamiyyah, Nottingham at the age of 14 under the guidance of erudite scholars such as Molana Muhammad Kamal, Molana Fazal Raheem and Molana Abdul Haqq (may Allah have mercy on their souls).

Mufti Muhammad Imran then travelled to Darul Uloom, Karachi to benefit from a reprise of Hadith Studies with prominent scholars including Molana Shamsul Haqq (may Allah have mercy on his soul), Mufti Rafi Uthmaani and Mufti Taqi Uthmaani (may Allah preserve them both).

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Mufti Muhammad Islam

Today a respected teacher on the Alimiyyah Course at As-Suffa Institute and Arabic grammar aficionado, Mufti Muhammad Islam began formal study of the Islamic Sciences in Nottingham at Jamiah Islamiyyah, the madrassa of the distinguished late scholar Molana Muhammad Kamal (may Allah have mercy on his soul). This was concluded in Pakistan where Mufti Muhammad Islam graduated with Ijaazah from Molana Abdussalaam Hazrawi of Ghari Afghanan, Taxila and Molana Muhammad Sabir Hazrawi (may Allah have mercy on their souls).

Mufti Muhammad Islam then focussed his efforts on the two-year Iftah specialisation course in Fiqh at Jamiah Uloom Al-Islamiyyah, Banori Town under the guidance of Mufti Nizamudeen Shaamzai and Mufti Abdulmajeed Deenpuri (may Allah have mercy on their souls).

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Student Testimonials

Lost for words. For those who are really passionate about studying the deen of Allah. There is no place like As-Suffa. Very hard to explain but one has to experience being around those ulama from as-suffa to understand where i am coming from. May Allah increase their knowledge and give them jannat firdaus for the great work of deen that they are doing.

Emedi Kapele

Alhamdulillah As-Suffa continuously strives to provide an unparalleled experience. From the courses, education, outreach and community projects they offer, everything is done bearing their ethos in mind, The best of people are those who benefit mankind. I have been attending and involved with As-Suffa for over 5 years and have seen them grow from strength to strength. May Allah SWT continue to bless the Ustadh's and Ustadha's, volunteers, students and supporters immensely in this life and the next.

Rashda Shanaz

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