Shaikh Aslam Abu Ismaeel,
Supervisor of IslamicLessons.com
Having arrived as a child, he has been involved in religious, social and community work in Australia since 1990.
Besides his extensive secular studies at various Australian Universities in Medical and Scientific fields, he has studied at the esteemed Islamic University of Medina, Saudi Arabia. There he studied at the Arabic faculty for two years followed by four year study at the Faculty of Sharia. At the faculty, he acquired a sound foundation in all fields of Islamic studies and went on to specialise in Fiqh and its related fields of studies.
This was coupled with about the same amount of study with other scholars outside the University during the evenings, weekends and holidays.
Among the great scholars that he benefited from apart from in addition to the ones the University include Sheikh Abdul Muhsin Abbad, Sheikh Muhammad Mukhtar Shanqitee al-Faqeeh, Sheikh Muhammad ibn Muhammad al-Ameen Shanqetee of Mauritania in Usul Fiqh, Sheikh AbdurRazzaq in few general classes. He also attended personal classes with Sheikh Sulayman Ruhayli in Qawaid Fiqhiyah, Sheikh Abdullah Shamsan in Aqidah, Sheikh Muhammad Sa’ad Alyubi in Usul Fiqh and Maqasid Sharee’ah and other less famous scholars from Africa, Asia and Arabia.
Allah granted him an opportunity to study briefly with other visiting Islamic Scholars in Medina such as Sheikh AbdulQadir Al-Arnaa’oot of Syria, Sheikh Mubarakpuri of India, Sheikh Ahmed Farid and others from Egypt, and other Arabian Scholars such as Sheikh Abdullah ibn Jibreen, Sheikh Abdullah al-Ghudayyaan and Sheikh Salih Fawzan in addition to a lone but highly cherished lesson from the Imam of our time and then Mufti of Saudi Arabia, Sheikh Abdul Aziz ibn Baz.
In the city of Unaizah, he attended an intensive program with the Eminent Scholar, Mufti and Imam of our time, Sheikh Muhammad ibn Salih al-Utheimeen. Therein, he also studied with Sheikh Khalid al-Muslih and other leading Scholars – the students of Sheikh Ibn Utheimeen, and with some of them he is still in constant contact to discuss Islamic issues.
After his graduation from the Islamic University of Medina, he continued to study classical books in Fiqh, Maqasid Sharee’ah with some of the above Scholars and remains in touch with some of them to this day to seek advice on difficult jurisprudence matters.
Upon returning from his studies, Shaykh Aslam AbuIsmaeel immersed himself into the Da’wah scene in Australia. Based in the city of Brisbane, he founded Sunnah Inspirations, a non-profit organisation with a mission to preach the guidance of Islam and invite people to the fold of Islam through Islamic Lessons (http://www.IslamicLessons.com). He later on pursued his dentistry at the University of Queensland, Brisbane. In Brisbane, he is involved with the youth in giving Islamic lectures, classes and intensive study sessions in the mosques and Da’wah stalls at the universities.
To cater growing needs for the Da’wah that call upon the true Qu’ran and Sunnah, Sheikh Aslam and some local Brisbane Muslim community founded Australian Muslim Youth Network (AMYN). This provides him with a platform to reach wider Muslim community and non-Muslim society. Through AMYN he is also able to influence the Muslim youth by organising soccer tournaments, camps and barbecues while instilling the values of Islam.
Next, he initiated an Islamic learning Institution called HikmahWay Institute. The initiative was in response for a more academic learning experience from the university students and local Muslim community. From its humble beginnings in Brisbane and Melbourne, now Alhamdulillah HikmahWay courses are recognised throughout major cities in Australia and New Zealand.