Last updated: September 2018
Our Head Teacher
We are very proud and honored to have Imam Shokat Patel as our Head Teacher.
Imam Shokat completed his Hifdh in London before spending 7 years in India graduating as an Alim at the prestigious Darul Uloom Arabiyya Islamiyya Kantharia. He then returned to the UK and spent the last 18 years teaching at the Darul Uloom in Kent and Quwwat ul Islam (Forest Gate), in addition to spending 5 years with Safar Academy. He specializes in teaching tajweed, tafseer and hadeeth.
Imam Shokat was appointed in 2016 as a full time Imam at IANL (having worked as a part time Imam over the last 10 years).
He is renowned amongst the IANL community for his excellent tajweed, for delivering articulate & beneficial khutbahs, and for his hadeeth and reminder series after salaah.
Outside of his work, Imam Shokat enjoys reading, writing, football and badminton. He has also participated in numerous charitable events, including climbing a mountain for Ummah Welfare Trust, and presenting the Salam Cup.