Shaykh Abu Eesa Niamatullah is original, addictive and with an unparalleled (and extremely dark!) sense of humour, Shaykh Abu Eesa (universally known as “AE”) combines experience, ‘ilm and a modern understanding and application which is unique and utterly relevant. Don’t be fooled by his jocular exterior – it is unsurprising just how treasured he is to our student body as one of our most passionate and knowledgeable senior instructors.
He was born in London, England, and may trace his ancestry to the Naser Kheil tribe in Pakistan’s North West Frontier. At the University of Manchester, he studied both pharmacy and anthropology. Later, he studied Arabic, Islamic law, and the Qur’an with its memorization from masters in a variety of settings in the East and West. His time spent learning from numerous masters has given him a wide range of experiences and a depth of knowledge in the Islamic Sciences that are so eloquently conveyed in Shaykh AE’s multifaceted da’wah and teachings.
Shaykh Abu Eesa previously served as the Resident Scholar of Cheadle Masjid in South Manchester, yet still continues to teach Fiqh weekly there as part of our onsite + online initiative known as “Logical Progression.” He was the previous Resident Scholar of the 1st Ethical Charitable Trust in Bolton, an organisation dedicated to civic engagement and Islamic legal and financial education; he was the original founder of ‘Prophetic Guidance’ (PG) and still remains as the main teacher presenting PG’s classes and events such as the famous “Last Testament” play; his popular commentary to ‘al-Adab al-Mufrad’ class is still aired today on Islamic TV channels. He is also the Vice-Chair of the Al-Qalam Sharī‘ah Panel, the UK’s premier fatwa body for legal and financial concerns.