In the summer of 2020, faced with the COVID-19 pandemic, someone set up an online course called “Quran2020” with an old Sony Handycam, hoping to deliver a beneficial course to a small group of university students. Very soon, 3,000+ people registered for the course with demand for more.

 

We know from first-hand experience that the opportunity to learn Islam in a clear, structured and accessible manner isn’t always available, particularly to those who are occupied with work, family life, or their studies – time never seems to allow some of us to learn despite our yearning for it.

 

Our current avenues for learning Islam are not perfect: YouTube is far too distracting, the local masjid may not have the resources or speak our language, and local institutes may offer multi-year scholarship programs not built for someone looking for the basics.

Starting with the Essentials, we hope to offer a viable and fresh solution for those without the local resources, searching for alternatives.

Our Learning Philosophy.

Roots is a program for personal transformation not just academic learning

Learn

Learn

The start of everything is adjusting mindsets, developing daily habits, and treating our learning a core part of our day.
Learning at Roots is completely online, flexible and requires minimal commitment!

Reflect

Reflect

Reflecting helps you to enhance that which you have learnt and maximise the sight gained.
Knowledge is meant to be engaged with and thus, at Roots, students are prompted for reflections and are given multiple-choice quizzes.

React

React

How do we ensure the lessons learned do not go to waste?
At Roots, we aim to make you act on what is known by ending every lesson with relevant action points!

Our Team.

Meet the Instructors of Roots Academy:

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He is the Muslim Chaplain at the University of Nottingham and has been teaching Arabic & Islamic studies for the last 7 years. Read more…

He has a LLB Law degree, a BA in Sharī’ah Law and an MA in Islamic Studies. He is teaching and researching Islamic Studies. Read more…

He graduated from one of the oldest Islamic seminaries in the UK where he studied Islamic sciences with Isnad in many Islamic sciences. Read more…

He completed his Pharmacy degree, a BA in Islamic Law, and an MA in Islamic Studies. He has studied with UK scholars. Read more…

Our Progress.

We are now teaching across campuses nationwide!

Our courses are also available to complete online.

September 2020

Essentials Program Building

We got to work! Our qualified instructors curated unique curriculums and we filmed them all in professional quality studios.

September 2020

September 2021

Teaching The Essentials at Universities

Online is great but nothing beats in-person so we hit the roads! Roots took their teaching on campuses, delivering a pioneering curriculum 6 university campuses nationwide.

September 2021

October 2021

The Essentials available online

Anyone from anywhere is able to complete our course online, complete with quiz after each lessons and progress trackers.

October 2021

2022

Growth insha’Allah

We will continue to teach our curriculum to more universities and institutions across the country. As well as release online material and hold exhibition events.

2022

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Shaykh Muhammad Shafi Chowdhury

Shaykh Muhammad Shafi Chowdhury graduated from one of the oldest Islamic seminaries in the UK where he studied Islamic sciences with Isnad (unbroken chains of transmission to classical masters) in the fields of Qur’anic recitations and exegesis, Hadith studies and narration of the six canonical texts, Fiqh, Aqeedah, and Arabic Language.

 

He has been involved in extensive community work and teaching maintaining an open minded approach and building bridges between communities. He is an easy to approach scholar that works at grass-roots level.

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Mustafa Razzak

Mustafa completed his Pharmacy degree from Aston University, a BA in Islamic Law from the European Institute of Human Sciences, and an MA in Islamic Studies from Newman University. His classical Islamic studies have been mainly with scholars in the UK. 

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Shaikh Zahed Fettah

Zahed completed his LLB Law degree from the University of Birmingham, a BA in Sharī’ah Law from the European Institute of Human Sciences, and an MA in Islamic Studies from Newman University. He then completed two years of specialisation in Usūl al-Iftā in the Ḥanafī legal school. His classical Islamic studies were mainly with scholars in the UK and Algeria, and he holds ijāzahs in various books of Aqīdah, Hadīth, Fiqh, and other Islamic sciences. He is currently a teacher and researcher in Islamic Studies.

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Hisham Jafar Ali

Roots Academy’s first instructor. He is the Muslim Chaplain at the University of Nottingham and has been teaching Arabic & Islamic studies for the last 7 years. Having studied Arabic and the Islamic Sciences in the UAE, he received a higher license and ijazah (traditional licenses) to teach various Islamic sciences.