Mufti Usama Hijazi
Mufti Usama was born in Gujranwala. In his formative years of education, he studied Hifz , Recitation and Tajweed at the honorable mosque , Masjid Al Haram, Mecca , Saudi Arabia under qualified scholars. Mufti Usama completed his schooling till Matric from government run schools in Saudi Arabia. After his matriculation he travelled back to Pakistan to pursue his Aalimiyah degree. From Saniya (year two) till Sadisa (year six) he studied at Jamea Muhammadiya , Nawabshah. For his seventh and eighth year of the Aalimiyah degree, Mufti Usama moved to Karachi in 2001 to join the prestigious Darul Uloom, Karachi, the largest and most renowned Islamic educational institution in Pakistan. The very next year at Darul Uloom, Mufti Usama was fortunate to have studied Bukhari Shareef (Hadith) under one of the greatest scholars of today’s time , former Chief justice of Shariah court of Pakistan, the respected and honorable Mufti Taqi Usmani . After completing his Aalimiyah degree in 2002, Mufti Usama was guided by the respected Mufti Taqi Usmani in ifta (issuance of Islamic legal opinions) again from Darul Uloom, Karachi. For the next three years Mufti Usama practiced issuance of legal opinion and wrote on the topic of Zakat and Ushr. In accordance with the tradition of the scholars of Deoband and recognizing the importance of Tasawwuf, in 2003 Mufti Usama took bay’ah in the Naqshbandi order. In 2009 , Mufti Usama joined Ihsan Academy (now Ihsan Institute) as its first teacher in Karachi. Mufti Usama, to date, teaches at Ihsan Institute and Zaynab Academy. Currently, Mufti Usama is the Ustadh ul Hadith ( teacher of Hadith books) at Zaynab Academy. He teachers various subjects at Ihsan Institute too.
Mufti Hanif Sharkoti
Mufti Hanif sb had spent several years mastering classical Islamic material. After passing Matric and FA from Faisalabad board 1997 , Mufti sb started his aalimiyah degree. Eight years later in 2005 He was awarded the Shahadatul Aalimiyyah(Dars-e-Nizami) in 1st Division (Mumtaz) from Jamia Darul Uloom Karachi, under the supervision of Wifaq-ul-Madaris Al-Arabiyyah. In 2007 he graduated with a Bachelors in Arts from Karachi University . The very next year, in 2008 , Mufti Hanif earned Al-Takhassus Fil Ifta (Specialization in Islamic Jurisprudence) under the supervision of Mufti Muhammad Taqi Usmani Damat Barakatuhum, from Jamia Darul Uloom Karachi.. His Thesis focused on , “Common Resources in the light of Shariah”. In 2008 he completed his MA Islamic studies from Punjab University, Lahore and in 2012 Bachelors in Education from Allama Iqbal Open University. Mufti Hanif sb has also completed a comprehensive Three-Month course in Islamic Banking on Shariah Standards (AAOIFI), At Jamia Darul Uloom Karachi, under the supervision of Mufti Muhammad Taqi Usmani Damat Barakatuhum, facilitated by Mufti Khalil Ahmad Aazmi (Shariah Advisor of Bank Alfalah,Islamic Branch). He has also completed a One-year English Language course from Jamia Darul Uloom Karachi facilitated by Mr. Abdul Qadir, Editor Dawn Newspaper. And a course on Falkiyat – Astronomy (Takhreej Auqat-e-Salat, Tayeen-e-Jehate Qibla and Royat-e-Hilal) from Jamia Darul Uloom, Karachi.
Mufti Hanif currently works for IJI takaful but dedicates a siganificant portion of his time to teaching deen. He has taught Tafseer,Hadith,Usool –e-Hadith,Fiqh,Usool-e-Fiqh, Arabic Language & Arabic Literature in Jamia Usmania Shorkot Cantt for six years and has nearly six years of experience in writing fatwa (Islamic legal opinion) on various issues as a Mufti in Darul-Ifta Jamia Usmania Shorkot Cantt.