Instructors

Instructors Teaching @ ZAO

Alimah S. Ahmed

Alimah S. Ahmed was born and raised in the United States and received her BA in Sociology and Arabic and Islamic Civilization with double honors from the University of Chicago and Masters of Education from the University of Illinois. In 1999, she migrated to Lahore where she pursued an intensive full-time study of the classical disciplines of Islamic learning, known as Dars Nizami, for four years. In 2003, she was formally certified as an Alimah and was awarded the Alimiyyah degree, certifying her to teach the disciplines of Qur’an, Tafsir, Hadith, Arabic Grammar & Linguistics, Beliefs & Creed, and Islamic Law & Legal Theory (Fiqh & Usul).

For the past ten years, she has been tirelessly teaching classical Islamic learning and guiding women on the spiritual path to become closer to Allah. To date, she has taught over one thousand women live and online and has graduated over 50 women as alimahs. Her students have included college and university students, young professionals, mothers, and homemakers.

In 2005, she and her husband founded Zaynab Academy. In 2009, Zaynab Academy Online was founded becoming the first all-women’s online Islamic educational institute dedicated to classical Islamic learning and spirituality. To date, Zaynab Academy Online’s courses and programs have been attended by over one thousand students from over twenty countries across the world.

Current Engagement: Alimah S. Ahmed teaches the Qur’an Program offered by ZAO.


Alimah Z. Ahmad

Alimah Z. Ahmad was born and raised in Lahore and received her Bsc in Social Sciences with Honors from the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS). She began her pursuit of classical Islamic learning at Zaynab Academy studying Quran, Tafsir, Hadith, Fiqh, Usul al-Fiqh, and Arabic under traditional scholars, completing the Dars-e-Nizami course and receiving the Alimiyyah degree. The Ustadha has taught Quran, Tafsir, Fiqh, and Arabic grammar to university students and young professional women in Lahore. She also delivers talks on purification of the heart and drawing closer to Allah (swt).


Alimah Binte Riaz

Alimah Binte Riaz was born and raised in Lahore and received her B.Sc in Accounting and Finance with Honors from the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS). Then, she did M.Sc in Economics from LUMS.  She began her pursuit of Classical Islamic learning at Zaynab Academy studying Quran, Tafsir, Hadith, Fiqh, Usul al-Fiqh, and Arabic under traditional scholars. She completed the Dars-e-Nizami course in 2010 and received the Alimiyyah. She has been teaching Qur’an, Arabic & Fiqh to university students and young professional women since couple of years now. She also delivers talks on purification of the heart and drawing closer to Allah (swt). Currently, Alimah Binte Riaz is teaching Arabic at ZAO to English Classical Islamic Learning (the Alimah Program) students.


Alimah Umm Nukhbah

Alimah Umm Nukhbah was born and raised in Lahore, Pakistan and received her BSc in Business and Finance from the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS). She went on to study the Dars-e-Nizami course for four years and received the Alimiyya degree. Since then, she has been involved in teaching and dawah activities in Lahore, with Shaykh Kamaluddin Ahmed, where she has taught classes in Quran, Tafsir, Hadith, Fiqh, and Arabic.She also delivers talks on Islam and drawing closer to Allah (swt).

Alimah Umm Nukhbah divides her time between Pakistan, UAE and Northwest UK, delivering talks and guiding people to draw closer to Allah swt.


Alimah M. Amanullah

Alimah M. Amanullah was born in the UK and raised in Karachi. She obtained her 6 year Alimah degree from Madrassah Ayesha Siddiqua Karachi. Her expertise include excellent command over the Arabic language and mastery in Fiqh.

She has also completed the Dars e Nizami course and has been teaching Quran, Hadith, Fiqh, Arabic, inheritance laws at Zaynab Academy since 2009. M. Amanullah is currently the senior most teacher at Zaynab Academy Karachi and also the Academic head.


Alimah Z. Khanani

Alimah Z. Khanani completed her BSc (Honors) in Economics and Management from London School of Economics (external program). Along with this she pursued the study of classical disciplines of Islamic Learning known as Dars e Nizami from Zaynab Academy Karachi resulting in the completion of the Alimiyah Degree.

She has studied Quran, Tafsir, Hadith, Fiqh, Usul ul Fiqh and Arabic under traditional scholars. For the past few years, Alimah Z. Khanani has been conducting Daura e Tafsir programs in Karachi and regularly gives talks on Spirituality and coming closer to Allah (swt).


Alimah Binte Khalid

Alimah Binte Khalid was born and raised in Lahore and received her Bsc in Social Sciences with Honors from the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS). She began her pursuit of classical Islamic learning at Zaynab Academy studying Quran, Tafsir, Hadith, Fiqh, Usul al-Fiqh, and Arabic under traditional scholars, and has completed the Dars-e-Nizami course. Since the past three years She has been teaching different subjects, including Qur’an, Fiqh, and Islamic Jurisprudence, at Zaynab Academy. She also conducts workshops and courses on the Islamic scholarly Tradition, Hadith Scholarship and  other academic debates in Islam, and delivers talks on purification of the heart and drawing closer to Allah (swt).


Alimah Z. Rashid

Alimah Z. Rashid was born and raised in Lahore and received her Bsc with Honors in Economics from the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS). She began her pursuit of classical Islamic learning at Zaynab Academy studying Quran, Tafsir, Hadith, Fiqh, Usul al-Fiqh, and Arabic under traditional scholars, and has completed the Dars-e-Nizami course. Since the past three years, she has been teaching different subjects, including Qur’an, Hadith, Arabic and Fiqh at Zaynab Academy. She also delivers talks on purification of the heart and drawing closer to Allah (swt). She is currently, the Coordinator of the English Classical Islamic Learning (Alimah) Program at ZAO.


Alimah M. Farooqi

Alimah M. Farooqi was born and raised in Lahore and received her B.A. with Honors in Humanities major, from the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS). She began her pursuit of Classical Islamic Learning at Zaynab Academy studying Quran, Tafsir, Hadith, Fiqh, Usul al-Fiqh, and Arabic under traditional scholars. She completed the entire Dars-e-Nizami course. Since the past three years, she has been teaching different subjects, including Qur’an, Hadith, Arabic & others, at Zaynab Academy. She also delivers talks on purification of the heart & drawing closer to Allah (swt). She is currently the Coordinator and Core Instructor for the Foundations Program at ZAO


Alimah Binte Zahid

Alimah Binte Zahid was born and raised in Islamabad. She pursued her BBA (Hon) with Human resource as majors from Bahria University Islamabad. She began her pursuit of classical Islamic learning at Zaynab Academy studying Quran, Tafsir, Hadith, Fiqh, Usul al-Fiqh, and Arabic under traditional scholars, and has completed the Dars-e-Nizami course in 2013 and received the Alimiyyah degree. Since the past three years Rameeza has been teaching different subjects, including Hadith, Fiqh, and Islamic laws of inheritance and other subjects, at Zaynab Academy.

She has remained in the guidance of her Shaykh for spiritual development for several years and tries to gain spiritual guidance and counsel continually. Currently she resides in Urbana-Champaign, IL USA, and delivers talks and workshops at her place and teaches at Zaynab Academy Online.


Alimah M. Tariq

Alimah M. Tariq was born and raised in Karachi, Pakistan and received her B.A. (Hons.) in Social Sciences (Humanities) from the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS). She began her pursuit of classical Islamic learning at Zaynab Academy studying Quran, Tafsir, Hadith, Fiqh, Usul al-Fiqh, and Arabic under traditional scholars, completing the Dars-e-Nizami course and receiving the Alimiyyah degree. Since the past few years, she has been teaching Qur’an, Tajweed, Tafsir, Hadith and Fiqh to university students and young professional women. She also delivers talks on purification of the heart and drawing closer to Allah (swt).


Alimah Umm Abdullah

Alimah Umm Abdullah completed her Masters in Telecommunication in 2010 from a reputable institute. Along with her professional studies, she always had a deep interest in Islam. In 2008, she discovered Zaynab Academy, in which she found the solutions to all her unanswered questions and finally a path to walk upon. She completed her Alimiyya degree from Zaynab Academy. She studied Quranic Tafseer , Hadith, Usool-e-Hadith, Arabic Grammar, and Arabic Literature. She has been delivering lectures on diverse subjects in different institutes and homes since 2012. Besides her academic pursuits, she has a passion for reading, debating, and social work.