By Muhammad Mujibur Rahmān
It has been my longing desire to write a biography of my beloved teacher and spiritual mentor, Shaykh Mufti Saiful Islām. Finally, I have been given the opportunity to fulfil my aspiration. I have written a brief account of his life and works to highlight his achievements. I am eternally grateful to Allāh for including me in the pious company of my Shaykh, who has been an inspiration in my life and undoubtedly in the life of many others too. This is a brief biography of Shaykh Mufti Saiful Islām and I am hopeful that in the future a comprehensive biography will be written and made available, Inshā-Allāh.
Shaykh Mufti Saiful Islām was born on the 17th of Rajab 1394 A.H (6th of August 1974) in the small village of Duhal in the town of Biswanath, district Sylhet, Bangladesh. His father was Muhammad Ali and his grandfather was Soyd Ali. He is the second eldest of four brothers and three sisters. He was initially given the name Shamsul Islām by the elders of his family but later his uncle kept his permanent name as Saiful Islām.
Migration to England
On the 1st of March 1981, Shaykh Mufti Saiful Islām’s father decided to take the family to the UK. They settled in the city of Bradford which is situated in the Yorkshire region of England.
Education and Studies
In the year 1987 at the age of 13, Shaykh Mufti Saiful Islām successfully completed his Hifzul-Qur’ān (memorisation of the Holy Qur’ān) at his local Maktab, Tawak’kulia Jāmi Masjid in Bradford, UK. He also studied basic Urdu, Fiqh, Islamic History, Sarf (Etymology) and Nahwa (Syntax).
In 1988, Shaykh Mufti Saiful Islām was admitted in the grand Dārul Uloom in Bury to pursue his knowledge further in the field of Islām. This was when he first met Shaykh Yūsuf Motāla Sāhib.
In 1995 at the age of 20, Shaykh Mufti Saiful Islām graduated from Dārul Uloom Bury as an Ālim (Islamic Scholar).
In his final academic year he studied the main six books of Ahādeeth taught by prominent scholars at Dārul-Uloom, Bury. Saheeh Al-Bukhāri under Shaykhul-Hadeeth Shaykh Islāmul-Haq Sāhib (r.a), Saheeh Al-Muslim by Shaykh Yūsuf Motāla Sāhib, Abū Dāwood by Shaykh Hāshim Sāhib, Tirmizi by Shaykh Mufti Shabbir Sāhib, Nasai by Shaykh Bilāl Sāhib and Ibn Mājah by Shaykh Abdur Raheem Sāhib. In 1996 he completed his Iftā course and thus granted the title of “Mufti”.
Establishment of JKN
In 1996, Shaykh Mufti Saiful Islām went through hardships and sacrifices for establishing Jāmiah Khātamun Nabiyeen (JKN) from his residence. With the Infinite Grace, Mercy and Help of Allāh, JKN accelerated to become a nationally and internationally recognised institute of learning.
As well as the Founder, Principal and Director of JKN, Shaykh Mufti Saiful Islām took up responsibilities in many other departments locally, nationally and internationally. He is the Editor of “Al Mu’min” the famous family magazine.
He currently holds the posts of President of Tawak’kulia Jāmi Masjid; Chairperson of Al-Kawthar Welfare Foundation; Chairperson of Jamiatul Ulamā UK; Vice-Chairperson of Majlis Tahaffuz-e-Khatm-e-Nabuwwat (Bradford) and Vice-Chairperson of Izhār-e-Haq in Oldham.
He is the patron of Al Mu’min Primary School, Olive Secondary Schools for both boys & girls and Al-Hudā Academy in Oldham. He is also the Director of JKN’s latest project Al-Qalam Academy in Bradford,
Shaykh Mufti Saiful Islām is also the Founder and Patron of Jāmiah Zakariyya, situated in Biswanath, Sylhet and also Jāmiah Al-Kawthar, which is situated in Netrokuna, Mymensingh as well as many other Makātibs in Bangladesh.
Teachings and Works
Shaykh Mufti Saiful Islām has been teaching the Holy Qur’ān and Islamic knowledge since his student years at Dārul Uloom, Bury. Ever since the establishment of JKN he has taught every subject from the basics of Arabic, Fiqh and Tajweed etc. through to Usool, Hadeeth and Tafseer.
His works include many compilations and supervised books such as Pearls of Wisdom, Miracle of the Holy Qur’ān, Stories for Children, Islamic Poems, Clear Proofs of Allāh, Who is the Monkey?, The Miracles of the Holy Prophet (s.aw), What’s with the Monkey Business?, Ziyārat of Madeenah Munawwarah and Ādābul Muāsharāt, as well as many other literature.
His latest work “Your Questions Answered” has been a long term project. During his Iftā at Dārul Uloom, Bury, Shaykh Mufti Saiful Islām was assigned the task to research and answer contemporary Fatāwas as part of the completion of the course. He worked on numerous Fatāwas and eventually completed his Iftā course to become a qualified and authorised Mufti.
On a daily basis, his 24 hour timetable is scheduled around worship, teaching the Holy Qur’ān and Ahādeeth, research and study, helping people and dealing with issues affecting their daily lives, directing and supervising all the projects of JKN and answering questions regarding religious issues based on the Islamic Law put forward by people from all walks of life.
It is my sincere prayer that Allāh grants my beloved Shaykh good health and a long life so that he may continue the work of Deen and helping the Muslim Ummah, Āmeen.
I also humbly request you to pray to Allāh that He preserves and protects my beloved Shaykh and all the righteous scholars of Islām.
Written by Muhammad Mujibur Rahmān – Student of Shaykh Mufti Saiful Islām
JKN, Bradford, UK—April 2010