Sheikh Sajid Umar is an educator researcher, and developer with a vision of ignited communities that benefit humanity upon the ethos of sincerity, excellence and steadfastness.
He was born in Leicester, UK. He moved to Harare, Zimbabwe, where he completed his primary and secondary schooling and pursued a first degree in Information Technology focusing on hardware, software, network design and implementation and security. He went on to successfully open an IT business in Harare before the age of 20. Alongside his contemporary studies, Sheikh Sajid graduated from a Quran Academy at the age of 18. Subsequently, he turned his attention towards Islamic Studies.
He travelled to Riyadh and enrolled at Imaam Muhammed bin Saud Islamic University, where he initially completed a 3-year University Diploma in Arabic language and Islamic Sciences. His studies continued there over the next four years, attaining a Bachelors degree in Shariah. He extended his studies for an additional three years, and achieved a Masters degree in Judiciary (Qadha), with a first class honours, from the Higher Institute for Judiciary Studies (Ma’had al-‘?li li’l-Qa’dh?) after training as a judge and successfully completing an academic thesis on the topic of Liquidity Management from a conventional and Islamic perspective, with a special focus on the famous Repurchase Agreement (REPO) contract, as well as it’s Islamic rulings and permitted Islamic alternatives. He is now pursuing his PhD in the Higher Institute of Judiciary at Al-Imam University, in a program that has some of the world’s best intellectuals as lecturers, and is researching Financial Risk Management with a special focus on Financial Hedging, from both a conventional and Islamic perspective..
Sheikh Sajid has spent much of his semester breaks teaching various Islamic and development programs for both the youth and adults worldwide, ranging from lectures in Masaajid to international conferences and live events, as well as via Radio, TV and online platforms.
His academic resourcefulness lead him to assisting in curriculum development used in English based Islamic schools and other educational establishments. He has authored several articles and dissertations in both Arabic and English pertaining to the Islamic Sciences.
His belief of putting knowledge into action has taken him onto lecturing at Knowledge International University since 2010 and progress onto being a senior member of their Academic Management Team. He has played an integral part in the start-up of the New Muslim Academy and enjoys continued participation as a lecturer and senior advisor.
Sheikh Sajid has also taken on an advisory role with Mercy Mission World as ‘Director of Islamic Development with a scope of application over high-impact projects such as the National Zakat Foundation and Charity Right.’ He is the Chief Islamic Editor for Little Explorers Magazine. Sheikh Sajid is no stranger on the multimedia front either, as he has project managed several media related programs specific to Islamic Satellite Channels and is the founder of Tanzeel; an exciting and engaging on-line program focussing on the Qur’an.
His hobbies include book collecting, reading, and keeping up to date with the latest information related to visioning, management, leadership and current affairs.
Sheikh Sajid is happily married and the father of three young children, Abdullah, Ahmed and Khadeejah. He is a keen golfer, footballer and cricketer, whenever a sporting opportunity presents itself!