Shaykh Haytham Tamim

Founder of Utrujj


Shaykh Haytham Tamim

chairman and founder

Shaykh Haytham Tamim, the founder and main teacher of the Utrujj Foundation, has provided a leading vision for Islamic learning in the UK, which has influenced the way Islamic knowledge is disseminated. He has designed and delivered of over 200 unique courses since Utrujj started in 2001.

His extensive expertise spans over 30 years across the main Islamic jurisprudence schools of thought. He has studied with some of the foremost scholars in their expertise; he holds some of the highest Ijazahs (certificates) in Quran, Hadith (the Prophetic traditions) and Fiqh (Islamic rulings). His own gift for teaching was evident when he gave his first sermon to a large audience at the age of 17 and went on to serve as a senior lecturer of Islamic transactions and comparative jurisprudence at the Islamic University of Beirut (Shariah College).

He has continued to teach; travelling around the UK, Europe and wider afield, and won the 2015 BISCA award (British Imams & Scholars Contributions & Achievements Awards) for Outstanding Contribution to Education and Teaching.

In 2019 he was chosen to be in the Emerald 100 List of inspiring Muslims.

Shaykh Haytham Tamim serves on various boards and panels including:

  • The leader of the Lebanese Sunni community in the UK under Dar Al-Fatwa in the UK
  • Director of Shariah Solutions Limited, consultancy firm in Islamic finance
  • Vice President of the Association of Shariah Scholars in Islamic Finance (ASSIF) for Europe
  • Islamic Finance and Banking Advisory Board, University of East London, Centre for Islamic Finance and Banking (2014-present)
  • Vice President of the British Board of Scholars and Imams (BBSI)

He takes a keen interest in promoting love and tolerance within the Muslim community as well within wider society, and voicing the need for social justice.

Often consulted by his students for his wise, compassionate and balanced stance, he loves spreading knowledge of the Quran and Sunnah in a way that is authentic, relevant and down to earth.