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Shaykh Mufti Kamaluddin Ahmed is a qualified Islamic scholar and university academic in the field of Islamic studies, specializing in Qur’an, Hadith, Law, History, Spirituality, and Ethics. Born and raised in Manhattan, he has travelled extensively and spent many years pursuing an intensive full-time study of the classical disciplines of Islamic learning and was awarded formal certifications as an ‘Alim and Mufti.

For over 20 years, he has consistently remained in the close company of the Honorable Shaykh Zulfiqar Ahmad and in 2002 was authorized by him as a Shaykh of spiritual purification and development (tazkiyah). Since then, he has formally guided seekers on the spiritual path of becoming closer to Allah (SWT) and regularly delivers talks and offers courses at masjids, madrasahs, universities and institutions of learning in countries across the UK, Europe, and South Africa.

In addition to this, he holds a Bachelors from the University of Chicago and a Masters from the University of Oxford. Currently he is serving as a Doctoral Fellow in Islamic Intellectual History at the Berlin Graduate School.

The Shaykh has established academies offering free education in classical Islamic learning and spirituality through both live and online courses for men and women around the world. The Shaykh is a regular speaker at Maryam Academy talks and programmes held in London.

Also, many of the past recordings and live lectures of the Shaykh can be heard at

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Aalimah S. Ahmed was born and raised in the United States and received her BA in Sociology and Arabic and Islamic Civilization with double honors from the University of Chicago and Masters of Education from the University of Illinois. In 1999, she migrated to Lahore where she pursued an intensive full-time study of the classical disciplines of Islamic learning, known as Dars Nizami, for four years. In 2003, she was formally certified as an Alimah and was awarded the Alimiyyah degree, certifying her to teach the disciplines of Qur’an, Tafsir, Hadith, Arabic Grammar & Linguistics, Beliefs & Creed, and Islamic Law & Legal Theory (Fiqh & Usul).

For over fifteen years, she has been the direct student of the honorable Shaykh Zulfiqar Ahmad (Hafizahu Allah) and has consistently remained in his close and constant company having been fortunate to accompany him on many of his travels. Under his guidance, for the past ten years, she has been tirelessly teaching classical Islamic learning and guiding women on the spiritual path to become closer to Allah. To date, she has taught over one thousand women live and online and has graduated over 50 women as alimahs. Her students have included college and university students, young professionals, mothers, and homemakers.

In 2005, she and her husband founded Zaynab Academy under the guidance of the honorable Shaykh Zulfiqar Ahmad.

Alimah S. Ahmed teaches the Qur’an Program which is offered online by Zaynab Academy Online and conducted on-site by Maryam Academy in East London.

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Alimah Umm Zayd was born and raised in Saudi Arabia and received her BSc. with Honors in Social Sciences, from the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS). She began her pursuit of Classical Islamic Learning at Zaynab Academy studying Quran, Tafsir, Hadith, Fiqh, Usul al-Fiqh, and Arabic under traditional scholars. She completed the Dars-e-Nizami course and went on to teach at Islamic Schools in Pakistan as well as in the UK.

She currently teaches at Zaynab Academy Online and also delivers talks on purification of the heart & drawing closer to Allah (swt) in the West London area.


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