Shaykh S.M. Hasan al-Banna
(Principal instructor)

Shaykh SM Hasan al-Banna is the founding director of the Islamic Institute for Development & Research (IIDR) and a member of the Steering Committee of Research Center for Islamic Legislation and Ethics (Faculty of Islamic Studies, Qatar Foundation). In addition to pursuing his postgraduate research at Al-Azhar University in Islamic Jurisprudence, he is a successful entrepreneur and CEO of a global publishing and media company. Shaykh Hasan al-Banna has authored and translated several works on Islamic history, law, thought and spirituality. His book Sirah of the Final Prophet is an international bestseller and he is also advisor to Al-Noor Holding's forthcoming epic movie on the life of Prophet Muhammad. Shaykh Hasan holds a BA (Hons) in Arabic & Law (University of London). His preliminary study of classical Islamic sciences was under the tutelage of his father Shaykh Muhammad Abdul Qadir (a renowned Islamic scholar and Hanafi jurist) and later with notable scholars in the UK and abroad. He studied Arabic language and literature at the Institute Européen des Sciences Humanities (France) and the University of Alexandria (Egypt). He is also the principal instructor of the Journey through the SirahJourney through the Shariah and Journey through Sufism courses organised and delivered by IIDR.