ABOUT UTHMAN KHAN
Uthman Khan completed his ʻĀlimiyyah degree from Madrasah Taleemul Islam from the United Kingdom. He received a traditional Master’s Degree in Arabic and Islamic Sciences and Specialized in traditionalism and the traditional sciences. He also received an Academic Master’s Degree from the Hartford Seminary in Muslim and Christian Relations and specialized in Theology, Philosophy, Religious Scripture, Historiography, and Textual Criticism and Analysis.
His other academic achievements include certificates in Adult Psychology, Accounting, Phonetics, Phonics, and Phonology.
Ijāzāt (Traditional Grants of Authority and Permission to Teach)
- Ijāzah in the 6 books of Ḥadīth (Bukhāri, Muslim, Tirmidhī, Nasā’ī, Ibn Mājah, Abū Dāwūd), Muwaṭṭā of Imām Mālik, Mishkāt al-Masābīh, Musalsalāt Shāh WaliAllāh — Muslihuddin Barodawi and Moosa Badat, Yorkshire, UK, Sep 2004
- Ijāzah in the Islamic Sciences, Qur’ān, Tafsīr, Ḥadīth, Fiqh, ‘Usūl al-Fiqh, ‘Usūl al-Ḥadīth, ‘Usūl al-Tafsīr, Laws of Inheritance (Farā’idh). — Muslihuddin Barodawi, Yorkshire, UK, Sep 2004
- Ijāzah in the Small Variant Readings (al-‘Ashr al-Sughrā) — Imtiyaaz Wali, Yorkshire, UK
- Ijāzah in the Small Variant Readings (al-‘Ashr al-Sughrā) — Khalid Barakaat, Lebanon
- Ijāzah in the Small Variant Readings (al-‘Ashr al-Sughrā) — Abdullah Siraaj, Egypt
- Ijāzah in the Small Variant Readings (al-‘Ashr al-Sughrā) — Misbah Ibrahim, Egypt
- Ijāzah in the Great Variant Readings (al-‘Ashr al-Kubrā) — Abdullah Siraaj, Egypt
- Ijāzah in the Great Variant Readings (al-‘Ashr al-Kubrā) — Abdul Fattah Furaisi, Morocco
- Ijāzah in the Great Variant Readings (al-‘Ashr al-Kubrā) — Wisaam al-Tom, Montreal, Canada
- Ijāzah in the Great Variant Readings (al-‘Ashr al-Kubrā) — Abdul Basit Hashim, Egypt
Of the Scholars above, Khalid Barakaat and Abdul Fattah Furaisi have also taken Traditional Grants of Authority and Permission Uthman Khan.
Uthman Khan has the honor of being connected to the shortest chains of transmission for al-‘Ashr al-Sughrā and al-‘Ashr al-Kubrā, as well as the texts of the science of tajwīd and qirā-āt (Tuḥfah, Jazariyyah, Shāṭibiyyah, Durrah, and Ṭayyibah).
Abdullah Siraaj, who is a contemporary of Abdul Fattah Qaadhi (Author of Budūr al-Zāhirah and al-Wāfī Sharaḥ Shāṭibiyyah) says, “We only know of good from Uthman. He is Shaykh al-Qurrā (Teacher of all the readers) of North America. I was impressed with his knowledge and was ready to give him ijāzah, and he had only read 10 pages to me.”
Involvement in the Community
Uthman Khan memorized the Qur’an verbatim at the age of 13 and has been leading prayers ever since. He has had the honor of leading in numerous mosques in North America and Europe, some of which include Wichita (KS), Jacksonville (FL), Phoenix (AZ), Montreal (CA), and the UK. He has also had the honor of working with world renowned scholars and academics such as Dr. Yahya Michot, Dr. Mahmoud M. Ayoub, Dr. Iqbal Nadvi, Dr. Zulfiqar Ali Shah, and Dr. Talat Sultan.
Uthman is also well known across the world to the scholars and researchers of Tajwīd and Qirā-āt.
He has worked a lot with youth and also counseled youth in their issues and problems. Over 80 students memorized the Qur’an under his tutelage, the youngest of which was nine years old. Hundreds of students across North America know Uthman’s very traditional, yet academic, critical and philosophical approach in teaching the traditional sciences, which include ḥadīth, tafsīr, fiqh, tajwīd, qirā-āt, etc.-his approach is usually apparent in his lectures as well.
As an advocate of research, Uthman requires all his students to research and present opinions that have been properly established in a scholarly way. He always says, “We must perform unbiased, objective, critical and comprehensive research – and that is the only proper way to truly understand what we claim to know.”
He encourages his students, “I want you all to become the critical thinkers of our time. There is a reason why there is so much controversy and religion is not tangible anymore. Prove your point in such a way that you become distinguished in the scholarly world. The purpose of your research is not to prove what you are saying is right, but to build within yourself a critical mindset.”