After graduating in Physics and Computer science I have worked as an independent management consultant for many firms, now specialising in Big Data transformational projects.
I am passionate about learning and teaching the Arabic language and I am also the founder and the principal instructor of Arabic Trench which is an Arabic institute specialising in classical Arabic. Also, currently teaching Usool Al Fiqh (Foundation of Islamic Jurisprudence) and other Islamic sciences. I have special interests in Tafsir studies and currently delivering Tafsir classes in various places in London with a special focus on the linguistic aspects of the Quran.
Perhaps, more importantly, I am active in addressing many of the contemporary issues facing Muslims locally and globally from an Islamic point of view by participating in rallies, conferences and talks here in the UK occasionally overseas, also regularly writing articles on Islamic culture and political affairs.
Too many reasons to mention here. Suffice to say that I grew up in a fairly Islamic household, learnt to read Quran and was generally observing Islam in my early years, Al-Hamdulilah, but I always felt that Islam cannot just be set of rituals and morals. Always felt that there must be more to Islam than the five pillars of Islam. By the mercy of Allah (swt), while I was doing my A-Levels almost 25 years ago now, I met a member of Hizb ut-Tahrir (May Allah (swt) reward him) in college who explained that Islam is a complete system of life for humanity and it is an obligation to establish it. This explanation really filled the gap in my understanding of Islam and the rest is history.
Some of the life-changing highlights has to be studying and teaching the highly elevated adopted culture of the Hizb. The Hizb has a huge range of adoptions on so many topics from matters of belief to the various systems of Islam. Especially the three books on the Islamic Personality covering topics of beliefs, jurisprudence (Fiqh), and Foundations of Islamic Jurisprudence.
I also lived in a Muslim country for the purpose of Dawah, which was an eventful experience and had the pleasure of working and learning from many of the brothers who are incredibly brave and their sacrifice for this Deen was inspirational.
Different verses have a different impact on me, it just depends on my mood and situation. Here is one my favourite verses.
وَادْعُوهُ خَوْفًا وَطَمَعًا ۚ إِنَّ رَحْمَتَ اللَّـهِ قَرِيبٌ مِّنَ الْمُحْسِنِينَ
….and invoke Him with fear and hope; Surely, Allah’s Mercy is (ever) near unto the good-doers. [7:56]
The basic translation cannot do justice to this wonderful verse, especially the meaning of وَادْعُوهُ خَوْفًا وَطَمَعًا . It has at least three shades of meaning as result of the usage of the two word خَوْفًا وَطَمَعًا which is all intended and harmonious.
‘Call on Him while being in a state of fear and hope.’
‘Call on Him because of fear and hope.’
‘Call on Him fearfully and hopefully.’
Besides the linguistic eloquence of this verse, it is incredibly motivational on so many levels. The believer should always be fearful of Allah (swt) at the same time be hopeful for the mercy of Allah (swt) because the mercy is ever near to the one who does good.