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 and different Islamic denominations through highly advanced classical and religious texts.

With 29 links in his chain, Shaykh Haytham’s unbroken chain of scholarship goes back the Prophet (peace be on him). Mashallah he was blessed with the opportunity to study 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) from the late Professor Wahba Al-Zuhayli, Shaykh Muhammad Sukkar, Professor Mustafa Azami, Mufti Taqi Usmani, Shaykh Nizam Yaqoubi and many others.

His own gift for teaching was evident when he gave his first sermon to a large audience at the age of 17, after which he studied in Damascus and returned to serve as a senior lecturer of Islamic transactions and comparative jurisprudence at the Islamic University of Beirut (Shariah College).

During this time, he also established an office for the research and publication of important manuscripts. In 2000, Shaykh Haytham moved to the UK, where he founded Utrujj to spread the message of Islam with an emphasis on clarity, authenticity and practicality. 

Due to his wide breadth of experience as a scholar and advisor for Islamic Finance and Shariah he advises international organisations ranging from investment firms, to legal and accountancy firms on Shariah.

He is the Director of Shariah Solutions Limited, consultancy firm in Islamic finance and also a member of several advisory roles on Shariah boards, and has assisted multiple institutions launch Islamic compliant products to serve the Muslim consumers of Europe and the Middle East and holds several advisory roles on Shariah boards.

His passion is teaching and in 2015, he won the 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 and is the leader of the Lebanese Sunni community in the UK under Dar Al-Fatwa in the UK.

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.