Who we are

ABOUT US

CHALLENGE

CHALLENGE perceptions

BUILD

BUILD better understanding

CHANGE

CHANGE sterotypes through EDUCATION

The Professional Academy of Islamic Studies (PAIS) was established in 2020 as an educational institute focused on promoting and developing change and understanding through education. Our programmes range from short courses to post graduate level delivered online and onsite.

The organisation was established by a group of like-minded academics and professionals, who saw the need to create and deliver bespoke Academic and Executive professional programmes aimed at addressing contemporary issues through a non-sectarian, inclusive and progressive approach designed in collaboration with educators, religious organisations, businesses, lawyers, bankers and other professionals.

The directors have recognised that the rapid growth of the Muslim population within secular settings has raised many issues of contention and by providing a dynamic and progressive teaching platform where current issues are addressed in order to raise awareness, promote reflection and critical thinking on contemporary issues and dogmas plaguing the current understanding Islamic concepts.

SHORT COURSES

A range of thought provoking short courses, in Islamic Finance, Islamic Law, Gender Equality and Quran and Radicalisation, aimed to introducing variousIslamic concepts and set the foundation for further learning and development.

ACADEMIC COURSES

A range of Certificates, Diplomas, undergraduate and Master’s programs offered in collaboration with respected partners.

EXECUTIVE PROFESSIONAL COURSES

Accredited Professional courses and bespoke programmes at executive level design to help you develop your career and continuous professional development (CPD).

TRAINING & AWARENESS

Promote awareness and understanding of Islamic Legal and Financial principles with particular interest in comparative legal systems.

Providing bespoke training programs for corporations and government agencies.

ADVISORY SERVICES

Providing advisory and consultancy services on matters relating to Islamic Law, Gender Equality & Islamic Finance.

Educational and development curriculum framework design and review.

THOUGHT LEADERSHIP

Leadership in Quranic interpretation of contemporary issues with view to bring about understanding, robustness and stability.

Developing & Empowering Female scholars

At the heart of PAIS is a professional team of dedicated, passionate and driven professionals and academics who are relentless in delivering our programmes and activities.

These individuals share in the vision of PAIS and see it as a professional and progressive platform through which they can contribute to the wider society by promoting change and positive growth through education.

Our trusted Advisory boards are a blend of highly skilled practitioners, who are leaders in their various disciplines committed to provide us with insights and specialised knowledge to assist us in designing bespoke and practical courses and programmes that directly benefit the community. It is the harnessing of this talent, the sincerity, hard work and support of our team that we can move toward success in this journey .

Leadership

ZAHRA KAMAL
CO-FOUNDER | HEAD OF EDUCATION

An academic lecturer, researcher and advisor in Islamic Law, with a particular focus on contemporary issues effecting Muslims in the West. With a Masters degree in Islamic Law and an undergraduate degree in Islamic Studies, Zahra is passionate about making a difference in education.

NEHAD KHANFAR
CO-FOUNDER | PRINCIPAL

A senior lecturer, researcher and advisor in Islamic Law with a PhD in Comparative Contract Law and a BA in Law. His research interest revolves on Islamic Family Law, Islamic finance, research methodology, Islam and politics, and Muslim social and political thoughts.

MUSTAFA KARIM
CO-FOUNDER | CEO

With an undergraduate degree in Business Management and an associate degree in Law, Mustafa has advanced his research interest in Islamic Family Law as well as Islamic Banking & Finance. He is also the managing director and the editor in chief for PAIS Education & Publications.

meet the team

ISLAM UDDIN
Academic & Religious Expert

Highly decorated scholar of contemporary Islamic thought. Specialist in Islamic Family Law and its Practice by the British Muslim Communities.

SABA HASAN
Academic & Legal Expert

An award wining Solicitor Advocate, with a keen eye for detail. Ms Hasan personifies professionalism and is an expert in matters of Family & Human Rights Law. On the forefront of many causes, she is an assets and a contributor to the comparative legal research at PAIS & a catalyst for change.

SAAD KARIM
Academic & Legal Expert

Practicing Barrister, Researcher & an affluent Academic. Specialist in Financial & Banking Law,. Highly motivated & very much involved with youth development at grass root level.

ISRA HILLI
Lecturer

A skilled lecturer with a strong academic and professional background in teaching Arabic and English. With a Master’s Degree focused in Translation (Legal & Business translation) from Middlesex University, Ms Hilli is no stranger to challenges, and her rational and objective approach gives her an edge.

ALI AZAM
Lecturer

An accomplished professional, a passionate academic, a diligent researcher and an esteemed lecturer with a Master’s in Comparative Philosophy. Driven to promote a virtuous, ethical and moral way of life, with publications of novels & article in the field and his collaboration in developing a curriculum on character education for UK Muslim faith schools. 

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