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Dr Alizi Alias
Dr. Alias was the former assistant professor at the Department of Psychology, International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM), where he taught courses on Psychology from an Islamic perspective. He obtained his double degrees in Islamic Revealed Knowledge and in Psychology from IIUM, a Master’s degree in Applied Psychology from University of Surrey, and a doctoral degree from University Kebangsaan Malaysia. Dr. Alias has published several academic papers on the integration of secular psychology and Islamic psychology, and the development of Islamic Psychology curriculum in higher education, including authoring several chapters in the book ‘Psychology from an Islamic perspective: A guide to teaching and learning’ (2009). Dr Alizi is the Head of Islamic Psychology at Spring Foundation.
Sh Dr Ridhwan Saleem
Sh Dr Ridhwan ibn Saleem studied the Islamic sciences with many leading scholars, including Sh Hamza Yusuf (1997-2000), Sh Muhammad al-Yaqoubi, Sh Nazim al-Haqqani, Sh Abdul Wahhab Najib Shami, Sh Muhammad Ba Shu’ayb, Sh Sirajul-Islam Chawdhry of Liverpool, and others. He benefited enormously from the personal company of Imam Zaid Shakir. He spent over 4 years in Damascus studying with scholars, and was a regular attendee at the public classes and sermons of Sh Sa’eed Ramadan al-Bouti, whom he had the blessing of meeting privately and being granted the Shaykh’s blessing and supplication for the work of the deen in the UK.
Sh Ridhwan holds university degrees in Medicine and Anthropology and is a consultant psychiatrist. His scholarly qualifications include a traditional hand-written Ijaza to teach the Islamic sciences issued by Sh al-Yaqoubi (1426/2005), and an Alim degree issued by Sh Akram al-Nadwi, endorsed by Nadwatul-Ulema, India.
Sh Ridhwan is founder of Lady Nafisa secondary school for girls and founder of the Ha Meem Foundation in West London.
Imam Abdullah Hasan
Sh. Abdullah Hasan studied Islamic studies in the UK and in the Middle East for over 10 years. He specialises in Fiqh and Usul, Zakat, and ahwal al Sakhsiya. Over the last 15 years or so he has researched and studied secular and Islamic psychology and counselling frameworks. He has been providing pastoral, spiritual and counselling help to individuals and couples from the Islamic counselling framework he has developed for the last 15 years all over the UK. Sh. Abdullah Hasan has enormous interest and passion in the field of community and people development. He has over 10 years of management, leadership and training experience within the third sector. He is the founder of British Imams and Scholars Contributions & Achievement Awards (BISCA), which is a national platform to celebrate, support & nurture positive leadership within the community. The Founder of British Institutes, Mosques & Association Awards (BIMA), which is national platform celebrating the achievements of mosques and Islamic institutions. A founder of Imams Against Domestic Abuse (IADA), an international coalition of leaders to end domestic abuse. He established the first ever Islamic post graduate counselling course – Licensed Islamic Professional Counsellor (Ijazah-acrediation), and the British Islamic Psychotherapy and Counselling Association.