Sheikh Sajid Umar.
Director of Islamic Development
Sheikh Sajid was born in Leicester, UK. He attended primary, secondary and college in Harare (Zimbabwe), where he studied IT and obtained a first class degree. Having memorized the Qur’aan at the age of eighteen he turned his attention towards Islamic studies. He travelled to Riyadh where he enrolled at Imaam Muhammed Ibn Saud Islamic University completing a University Diploma in Arabic language and Islamic Sciences. He continued his studies at al-Imaam University, graduating with a Bachelors degree in Shari’ah. He is currently pursuing his Masters, specialising in Comparative Islamic Law in the Higher Institute for Judiciary Studies (Ma’had al’aaly lil Qadha) at al-Imam University.
He has spent much of his semester breaks teaching various Islamic programs for the youth and adults in Saudi Arabia, UK , South Africa, Malawi and Zimbabwe. These classes ranged from lectures in Masaajid, on radio, TV and via online mediums. He has also spent time working on syllabus and curriculums for use in Islamic schools based in the West. He is an Imaam and Khateeb of the largest Masjid in Zimbabwe. He is also a Lecturer at Knowledge International University and a member of their Academic Management Team. His hobbies include building computers to customer specs, book collecting and reading. Sajid is married, has a brown belt in karate, is a keen golfer, swimmer, footballer and cricketer, and has completed over 15 articles and 5 dissertations related to Islamic Sciences.
He joined initially as an AlKauthar Instructor and now has taken on the additional responsibility as Director of Islamic Development for Mercy Mission World.