About us

The Sacred Texts Syllabus

The Sacred Texts Syllabus is a competence orientated, integrated syllabus that exists as a bridge between the traditional scholarship programmes and more modern approaches to academic study. The Syllabus was launched in 2013 and currently has eight cohorts in London and Birmingham, with a view to increasing these to ten by the 2019/20 academic year.

The aim of the syllabus is to expose students to the breadth and depth of traditional syllabi, laying down the foundations for specialisation. In short, the Sacred Texts Syllabus is the accessible, pertinent and palatable incarnation of the traditional syllabi, specifically tailored for the modern audience.

In order to maintain a high standard, only students that can demonstrate academic competency, ability to cope with the rigorous workload and an appreciation of good work ethic, are considered. Alongside academia, applicants must also demonstrate a willingness and desire to study Islam, a commitment to personal development and an ambition to disseminate knowledge and serve the community.

In return, Sacred Texts gives students a chance to learn their religion at the hands of traditionally trained (mujaz) teachers, and promises them an opportunity to become a positive force in community leadership.


Our Founders

Ustadh Sjaad Hussain

Sjaad Hussain was born and raised in England and began his studies in Damascus Syria. After studying the Arabic language in Damascus he began studying the sacred sciences full time under the tutelage of Shaykh Rasul Baksh Sa’eedi. Over a period of 9 years, he studied many of the major sciences and gained teaching licenses (Ijazat) in them. He also studied under numerous scholars including Shaykh Muhammad al-Yaqoubi, Shaykh Muhammad Jum’ua, Shaykh ‘Ala-Uddin al-Kurdi and Shaykh Yasser Qureshi.

He is the co-founder of the Sacred Texts Syllabus and the Path to Salvation Diploma in Classical Islamic Studies. He is currently pursuing studies in Islamic Theology and Western Philosophy as well as working on several academic works in Arabic and English including a Primer in Arabic grammar and an extensive commentary on the famous “Poem of the cloak” of al-Busiri.

Ustadh Shammas Tubraiz

Shammas Tubraiz began his studies in 2002, studying theology and basic to intermediate level Shafi’i and Hanafi fiqh. In 2004, he began studying sacred knowledge under the tutelage of the esteemed Shaykh Rasul Baksh Sa’eedi, studying many of the Islamic sciences and receiving teaching licences in them.

Ustadh Shammas is a co-founder of ‘Sacred Texts Syllabus’ and ‘Honouring Tradition’, an initiative to address common misconceptions and issues affecting the Muslim community, which has developed an online platform where individuals can ask relevant questions and resolve often complex inter-personal matters.

Ustadh Shammas currently resides in Birmingham with his wife and three children, and alongside community activities, he works full time in the NHS, teaches private advanced Islamic studies classes, and is currently completing a Master’s Degree in Public Health Informatics.