Meet our Imaams

Imam Sohaib Hussain

Born in Glasgow, Scotland, Sheikh Sohaib Hussain has held the position of senior Imam and Khateeb at Al-Farooq Education and Community Centre since 2011. At the age of 17 he moved to Saudi Arabia to study at the renowned Islamic University of Madinah where he graduated in the Faculty of Shari’ah studying and spending time under some of the most respected scholars including: Sheikh Abdul Muhsin al-Abbaad, Sheikh Abdullah ibn Jibreen and Sheikh Sulayman ar-Ruhayli. A lot of Sheikh Sohaib’s studies were conducted in Masjid an-Nabawi under famous scholars such as Sheikh Muhammad Al-Mukhtar ash-Shanqiti and Sheikh Salih as-Suhaymee. Sheikh Sohaib returned to his home city of Glasgow in 2011 and began to establish an institution (AFECC) that would take care of the needs of the community on a number of levels with the priority being Islamic education. He has since overseen the growth of AFECC with its educational department, welfare activities and multiple renovation projects to make AFECC a welcoming centre that is a hub for all types of activity. He also helped AFECC achieve its charity status in 2016 and progressed its branches in the southside of Glasgow, Ardrossan & Edinburgh Sheikh is a leading figure amongst the scholars of Scotland and a popular figure within the community known especially for his unique recitation of the Qur’an.

Imam Muhammad Idrees

Born in Wazirabad, Pakistan, Sheikh Muhammad Idrees has been an Imam and Khateeb at Al-Farooq Education and Community Centre since 1999. Sheikh Muhammad graduated from the Islamic University of Madinah specialising in Fiqh and Qadha in 1992, particularly noting the influence his teacher Sheikh Abdul Muhsin al-Abbaad had on him during his studies. After graduating, Sheikh Muhammad moved back to Pakistan to teach at Jamia Uloom Atharia until 1998. Sheikh Muhammad moved to Glasgow in 1999 joining Madrasah Al-Farooq. He has been a key figure in the growth of the institution conducting regular classes in all Islamic sciences including a Tafseer class which has been ongoing since 2012.

Hafiz Habib-ur-Rahman

Born in Jhelum, Pakistan, in 1960, Hafidh Mohammad Habib ur-Rehman is one of the oldest members of AFECC and was the first Imam of the Masjid. Hafidh Habib ur Rahman completed his Hifidh of the Holy Qur’an when he was 16 at Darul Hadith, Jhelum, under prominent scholars such as Sheikh Hafidh Abdul-Ghafoor and Qari Saifullah Hafizabadi. From 1976-1983, Hafidh Habib graduated from Jamia Islamia, Gujranwala, specialising in Fiqh, Tafseer and Hadith. In 1984, Hafidh Habib moved to the United Kingdom, initially joining Markaz Jamiat Ahlul Hadith as a teacher until 1986. He also held the Senior Imam and Khateeb positions at a number of Masaajid including Jamia Ahlul Hadith in Oldham and Al-Furqan Masjid in Rochdale. Hafidh Habib moved to Scotland in 1997, becoming the first Imam of Madrasah Al-Farooq when the Masjid was established. In 2013, he was elected as Dawah Secretary of Markaz Jamiat Ahlul Hadith and took on the position as a General Secretary of the organisation.
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