Shaykh Hilal Al-Shareef was born in the city of Manbij, northeast of the citadel of Aleppo, Syria. It was here in Manbij that he embarked on his formative education to study the sacred disciplines for a period of five years. Thereafter he moved to Aleppo and was admitted into the law faculty of Aleppo University where he furthered his study of the religious sciences also memorising the majority of the Quran. He remained here for approximately three years before moving to Lebanon where he was a deputy Imam in the Zayd b. Thabit mosque in Jabal Lebanon for a period of 6 years undertaking all of the duties of teaching and community that are associated with this. More recently he has been in the UK teaching both Qur'an and Arabic to the local community living here with his wife and children.
Sohail Hanif (Visiting Lecturer)
Shaykh Sohail has spent over a decade in Jordan where he studied a full curriculum of Islamic sciences with traditional ‘ulamā’. He was previously Head of Arabic Sciences at the Qasid Arabic institute in Amman, an instructor in Islamic studies at Qibla online academy, and has taught undergraduate classes on Modern Islam and Qur’anic studies at the University of Oxford. He has also served as Head of Research and Development at the National Zakat Foundation.
He is currently a lecturer at the Cambridge Muslim College where he works on Islamic legal theory, with a focus on the Hanafi school of law.