Shaykha Safia Shahid
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.
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 served as the Head of Education for women at the Jamatia Islamic Centre in Sparkhill. Her post included overseeing girls' education in the childrens' madrassa and teacher training of the female staff.
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 and courses at many Universities and conferences with guest appearances on radio and Islam Channel. Many have embraced Islam at her hands masha Allah.
In 2013 she moved to London and continues teaching in Hounslow and surrounding areas. Since then, she has also been teaching in an Islamic Secondary school in Reading. Subjects include 40 Hadith, Stories of the Prophets, Tafsir and Fiqh.
She has travelled around the world delivering lectures and workshops in various islamic disciplines. She has been to the US, Malaysia and Australia. As part of her travels she is also pursuing further studies periodically with teachers abroad.