Shaykha Safia Shahid (May Allah preserve her)
Born and raised in Glasgow, UK, Shaykha Safia Shahid travelled to Syria in 2003 to study sacred knowledge. She remained there for five years, studying Arabic at the University of Damascus and the Abu Nour Institute.
Shaykha Safia attended the classes of several illustrious scholars of our time, such as Shaykh Adnan Darwish and received ijaza to teach tajwid from Shaykh Abul Hassan Al-Kurdi. She also benefited from the company of great gnostics such as Shaykh Ahmad al-Habbal and Shaykh Shukri al-Luhafi.
She studied numerous texts under the tutelage of the great erudite scholar Al-Sayyid Shaykh Muhammad al-Yaqoubi, and was gifted the honour of gaining teaching licenses in these texts as well as chains of transmission in other major books of hadith. She had the great honour of the company of Shaykh Muhammad, exposing her to an abundance of light, knowledge and wisdom.
Upon leaving Syria in 2008, Shaykha began teaching online classes, covering subjects such as tajwid and aqida (completing Al-Aqida Al-Tahawiya several times). In 2009 she moved to Birmingham where she serves as the Head of Education for women at the Jamatia Islamic Centre in Sparkhill. Her primary responsibilities there include teaching Islamic disciplines such as aqida, fiqh, tajwid, hadith and Arabic.
She also taught fiqh at Masjid Qamarul Islam and Arabic Language Intensive course at the Muath Centre. In 2012, she delivered ‘The Etiquette of the Believer’ UK Tour, covering 12 towns and cities nationwide. She has delivered talks at many Universities and continues to deliver talks and courses throughout the UK as well teaching online. In 2013 she moved to London and regularly commutes between London and Birmingham.