Shaykh Muhammed Yusuf Ahmed Az Zahaby initiated his Islamic studies at one of the oldest Islamic seminaries within the UK, Darul uloom Birmingham. After his initial few years at Darul uloom Birmingham the Shaykh furthered his studies at Darul uloom Bury. Shaykh Yusuf Ahmed studied under many illustrious scholars obtaining an array of ijazas (licence to teach) with sanad (an unbroken chain of permission to teach traced back to the Prophet Muhammad (saw)).
After graduating as an Alim Shaykh Yusuf Ahmed decided to further expand his studies on contemporary issues under the tutelage of the renowned hadith scholar Shaykh Abdullah Yusaf Al Judai.
On completion of his studies Shaykh Yusuf Ahmed held the post of Project co-ordinator for Learn Islam Direct – an action group working towards the elimination of religious discrimination. Following this he delivered a number of diverse workshops on Faith and Race Equality.
Feeling the burden of responsibility from the vast knowledge he gained the Shaykh felt obliged to pass on this depth of knowledge. He began by teaching at Madinatul Uloom Al Islamiya.
Shaykh Yusuf Ahmed currently resides in West Bromwich and is serving as a Muslim Chaplain in the prison service where he is exhausting efforts in the rehabilitation of offenders. The Shaykh is currently working on pioneering projects for the resettlement and reintegration of Muslim prisoners.
Shaykh Yusuf Ahmed regularly participates on an Islamic TV station – Iqra TV – reaching out thousands of Muslims.
After being inspired by the dawah initiatives of Al Hikma the Shaykh drew closer to their activites. He now serves as the youngest advisor to Al Hikma providing valuable advice and services to the organisation. Furthermore the Shaykh has recently become a senior tutor for the Islamic College of England (ICE) in which many interesting and exciting courses are being planned.
The Shaykh has been able to touch the hearts of many individuals with his approachable mentality, humour and depth of knowledge at such a young age