Sheikh Shady Alsuleiman
Born in Sydney - Australia from a Palestinian family who migrated to Australia in the late 60's.
At an early age of 16, Sheikh Shady had a desire to seek knowledge in the Islamic world, so he decided to go to Pakistan where he would spend the next 2 years of his life studying and memorising the Qur'an. There he obtained an Ijaza with sanad (complete chain back to the Prophet S.A.W.S.) in complete memorisation of the Qur'an.
He then traveled to Damascus - Syria to continue his studies at numerous Islamic Institutions by many well-recognised scholars. In Syria, he specialised in Arabic and Comparative Fiqh (Islamic Law/Jurisprudence) and received numerous Ijaza's in Fiqh, Usul Al-Fiqh, Hadith and other Islamic sciences. He also did some studies at the Al-Azhar in Egypt.
Sheikh Shady returned to Sydney 7 years later and began giving daw'ah to his community in Lakemba. What began as a 10 person study circle, his lectures grew and grew in numbers and now by the will of Allah hundreds of youth attend his lectures on a weekly basis. Sheikh Shady is also internationally recognised, giving regular talks at conferences held in the UK and New Zealand.
Observing the problems and issues relating to Muslim youth in Sydney and noticing the lack of resources for the youth, Sheikh Shady along with some dedicated brothers decided to open a centre for Muslim youth named "United Muslims of Australia" (UMA). The centre has now been in operation for 6 years and has constant activities for brothers and sisters.
In late 2005 Sheikh Shady formed one of Sydney's first Islamic institutes, Sydney Islamic College. Sydney Islamic College offers an affordable 2 year course, delivered in both arabic and english by a host of Sheikhs.
Currently residing in Sydney and is greatly involved in the Muslim community, particularly with the Australian Muslim youth. He operates from Australia's largest Masjid and Islamic centre (Masjid Ali Bin Abi Taleb, known as Lakemba Mosque).