• Meet Shaykh Arif

    Learn about the founder and director of Al-Mahdi Institute

    Shaykh Arif Abdulhussain founded the Al-Mahdi Institute in 1993, and currently serves as its Director and Senior Lecturer in Usul al-Fiqh and Muslim Philosophy. For over twenty years, Shaykh Arif has been at the forefront of developing and delivering advanced Islamic studies, tailored toward training students capable of addressing the needs of contemporary societies.


    During this time he has continuously been committed to sharing the human face of Islam at various levels of society through a combination of inspirational and thought provoking public lectures together with a long-term commitment to intra and inter faith dialogue. He also continues his dedication in encouraging the development of indigenous expressions of Islam throughout the world which contribute to the pursuit of human development in its fullest sense.


    Shaykh Arif was educated at the Madrassah Syed al-Khoei, London from 1985 and graduated with Honours in 1988 where he also taught Grammar, Logic, Islamic Law and Usul al-Fiqh. He then furthered his studies in the Islamic Seminary in Qum, carrying out traditional Post-Graduate Islamic studies between 1989-93. He also attended private training and research studies with leading scholars of Qum between 1990 and 1994. Alongside these studies, he also taught in Qum across a wide spectrum of the traditional Muslim scholarly disciplines. On his return to the U.K. after founding the Al-Mahdi Institute he continued his graduate (kharij) training in Usul al-Fiqh and Fiqh from 1994 until 2008 under Ayatullah H. Amini, a student of Ayatullah Khoei.

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  • The Secrets of Du'a Kumayl

    Three-part Ramadhan Lecture series in honour of Imam Ali (as)

    Living Through the Spirit

    Ramadhan Reflections 2024

    The Existential Perspective on ‘God’s Bestowal of Faḍl upon Men’

    and Its Implications on Qiwāma

    From Traditional Ijtihād to Collective Ijtihād: A Natural Progression

    A Three-Part Series by Shaykh Arif

    Arbaeen 1445 Lecture Series

    Unlocking the Quran's Hidden Mysteries

    Muharram 1445 Lecture Series

    Islamic Normativity Regarding Brain Death: Implications for Organ Donation

    Religous Pluralism

    Shaykh Arif argues, using Quranic verses, that the din- religion of Allah through which salvation is attained does not refer to ‘Islam’ as a formal religion but rather it refers to submission to God and His teachings, which are designed to bring about human flourishing.

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