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Maulana Shabir Hussain Rabbani Sahib, Head Imam & Founder of Zia-Ul-Quran

Allamah Shabir Hussain Rabbani is the head Imam and the founder of Zia-Ul-Quran. He completed his early education in Mirpur (Azad Kashmir, Pakistan). In 1969 enrolled into the highly reputable seminary Dār al-ʿUlūm Muḥammadiyyah al-Ghauthiyah (Bhera Sharif), which was established by Justice Pir Muhammad Karam Shah Al-Azhari. Allamah Sahib completed his F.A, B.A and after completing his Dawra Hadith (Reading of the major Hadith collections) he graduated in 1979 with Ijazāt (certificates) equivalent to a M.A Arabic and M.A Islamic Studies. In the period of ten years, Allamah Sahib studied the classical books in Arabic grammar, Morphology, Islamic law, Logic, Philosophy and other subjects related to the Darse Nizami syllabus.

After graduation he took the post of an Imam and teacher at Dhangri Shareef High school and Mosque where he remained in close contact with the great saint, Shaykh Muhammad Fazal, the father of Shaykh Habibur Rehman Mahboobi.

In 1981, Allamah sahib travelled in to England where he began his Imam services in Stockton. Two years later he moved to Middlesbrough where he established a mosque by the name of Zia-Ul-Quran. Till this day the Mosque is running successfully.

In 1985, Allamah Sahib moved to Glasgow where he pursued a PhD in Islamic Studies. He started his PhD at the University of Glasgow, however after a year he left his studies due to the passing away of his father and brother. He then established Zia-Ul-Quran in Glasgow where he intended to spread traditional Islam to the local community.

Allamah Sahib remained in contact with Justice Pir Muhammad Karam Shah, and whilst studying with Pir Sahib, gave his oath of spiritual allegiance in the Chisti Tariqah. Allamah sahib was granted spiritual successorship (Khilāfah) in the Chisti Tariqah by Shaykh Aminul Hasanat Shah (The eldest son of Justice Pir Muhammad Karam Shah).

Allamah sahib has 3 sons; the eldest Hassan Rabbani was encouraged to take the spiritual and religious path. Allamah Sahib's twin children Hussain and Mohsan were encounraged to study secular studies. Hussain Rabbani is a civil engineer and Mohsan Rabbani is studying medicine at the Medical University Pleven.


Contact: Allamah Rabbani Sahib, 07888 896065


Shaykh Hassan Rabbani, Imam of Zia-Ul-Quran

Head of Outreach & Education

Shaykh Hassan Rabbani is the eldest son of Allamah Shabir Rabbani Sahib. Shaykh Hassan was born in Glasgow and after completing his primary education enrolled into Jamia Al-Karam secondary boarding school in 1998. After completing his GCSE’s with excellent results, he completed the 3-year Darse Nizami programme in Glasgow under the tutelage of Shaykh Muhammad Imdad Hussain Pirzada. After graduating from Jamia Al-Karam he travelled to Al-Azhar University in 2006. He graduated from Al-Azhar University with a B.A Honours in Islamic Studies in 2010. He specialised in Hadith Nomenclature.  After Al-Azhar, he returned to teach in Jamia Al-Karam. In 2011 he enrolled into an M.A programme at the Al-Maktoum College and completed his M.A from the Aberdeen University. His dissertation was on ‘Temporary marriage in Islam: A Sunni and Shi’i perspective.’ In 2012 he joined the Cambridge Muslim College under the tutelage of Shaykh Abdul Hakim Murad. After successfully completing the one-year Diploma in Contextual Islamic Studies & Leadership he enrolled for an M.A in philosophy at the University of Glasgow. He successfully completed his M.A in 2015 and his thesis was on “The Euthyphro Dilemma and Personal Reasons”. Whilst studying he worked as a volunteer for numerous organisations, delivered lectures throughout U.K, and participated in many radio shows and interviews. In 2018 he completed the Mufti course at the Darul Ifta al-Misriyya is Egypt. Shaykh Hassan is an advocate of the Azhari approach, which aims to disseminate traditional knowledge through a broad and open-minded way. The Shaykh also holds a COSCA (Certificate in Counselling and Psychotherapy) and a TEFL (TEach English as a Foreign Language)


The Shaykh is currently involved in many projects. He overlooks the iSyllabus for schools project at ZIa-Ul-Quran which has over 100 students. He also teachers at Iqra Learning Centre. He is involved in the organ donation campaign and is active in interfaith. Most recently he was invited to speak at Joppa Parish Church (Edinburgh), over 100 non-Muslims attended the event to listen to him.

Currently, the Shaykh is:

The Imam of Zia-Ul-Quran;

Religious Consultant at Amina Muslim Womens' Resource Centre;

iSyllabus teacher and

Muslim Chaplain at Heriot-Watt University (the first paid Muslim Chaplain at a University in Scotland)


Email: sahibzada.rabbani@gmail.com

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