Shaykh Abu Eesa Niamatullah: An ideal Islamic instructor for youth

Basharat Hossain

Shaykh Abu Eesa Niamatullah is an international orator and the instructor of Al-Maghrib institute-an America based Islamic educational institution.

He was born in Barking, East London, England in a renowned Pakistani descent family, who’s Progenitor belongs to the Naser Kheil Pathans tribe of the North West Frontier province in Pakistan.

After completing his primary education, Abu Eesa trained as a Disk Jockey (DJ-a person who selects and plays recorded music for an audience) and moved to Manchester with his family, where he lived more than thirteen years.

Shaykh Abu Eesa achieved his higher degree on Pharmacy and Anthropology from the University of Manchester and later also studied Arabic, The holy Qur’an, al-Hadith, Islamic law etc under the supervision of some distinguished Islamic scholars from Mauritania, Medina, Morocco, Egypt and Pakistan etc. Among his teachers, the name of Sheikh Kehlan al-Jubury and Abdullah al-Judai is well mentioned.

Abu Eesa strongly proved his love and dedication for Islam through both his education and works.

Consequently, He established a non-profit educational institute called ‘Prophetic Guidance (PG)’ to “unify the various Muslim communities by disseminating classical non-sectarian Islamic knowledge and utilizing the media in its various present forms”. He is also the Strategic Director of the 1st Ethical Charitable Trust in England, an organization dedicated to civic engagement and Islamic legal and financial education and the current director of ‘The Nahlah Foundation’, a Publishing House.

Abu Eesa contributed to Islam as an ideal instructor as he maintained classes in ‘Prophetic Guidance (PG)’. His well known program called ‘al-Adab al-Mufrad’ has been telecasted on ‘Islam channel. He was the Resident –scholar of the Cheadle Muslim Association (CMA), Cheshire, England.

Shaykh Abu Eesa visited many countries and deliverer lectures on various topics of Islam especially on Islamic law and principles in Britain, Europe, the Middle East, the Americas and South Africa to the audiences of Muslims and non-Muslims.

In his lectures and writings, he has emphasized on the application of religion on social, political and financial issues and taken various steps to standardize the use of Islamic Finance principles amongst Western Muslims and told to increase the political participation for Muslims as well as minority groups and women.

Shaykh Niamatullah wrote many books and articles on religious, social, political and Anthropological issues. Some of his renowned books are: Al-Adab al-Mufrad (The Book of Manners), The Last Testament, Recitation of Hisnul Muslim, The Sanctity of Human Life, Commentary to al-Adab al-Mufrad (unpublished), The Cave – A Commentary to Surah al-Kahf, al-Ijma (translated), Nur al-Basair (translated).

Some of his renowned articles are: What’s love got to do with it? The defining characteristic of Ahlul-Sunnah wal –Jamah during Fitnah, the price of Shariah, the best of the best, Ramadan: have you got what it takes? Reflections at the onset of the New Hijri year, Muslim in Britain: Hope or Hijrah, Keeping it real in the prayer, was there not amongst you even a single merciful man? The importance of giving-charity starts here, you wanted a debate jack; you have sure got one, the use of certain weak Hadith in promoting a Riba free society, understanding Taqwa, Reviving the recital of sacred texts, Sacrificing the white bull.

Some of his well known video lectures are: Boys and Girls – A Love Story, the Night of Power, Umar ibn al-Khattab-Defender of the faith and the king of kings.

Currently, He resides in Cairo with his wife and four children.

Shaykh Abu Eesa Niamatullah has presented an Islamic learning style as a preacher for the Muslim youth. We can learn more and more from his life to be an ideal Muslim youth.

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