About Us.

Who We Are

Al-Ma’rifah Foundation is an Islamic educational organisation based in Manchester, UK.

A Growing Need

Al-Ma’rifah Foundation was founded in 2009. Following their return from Egypt, Imam Abid and Ustadh Rehan established the foundation in response to the growing need of British Muslims who wished to deepen their knowledge in the traditional Islamic sciences.

Our primary focus is the teaching of Orthodox Islam in an open and contemporary setting, whilst abiding by the required Shar’i principles. Although we are a Sunni based organisation, we are not affiliated with any group or sect which allows for people of all backgrounds to attend and benefit from divine knowledge bestowed upon our Ummah from the noble Qur’an and the sunnah of the Prophet (saw).

Our Instructors

Imam Abid
Al-Ma’rifah Foundation Teacher
Imam Abid Khan is a graduate of Law and a teacher by profession. Having studied the Islamic sciences with teachers in the UK, Imam Abid decided to take his studies further and spent a number of years studying at the prestigious Al-Azhar University in Egypt from which he graduated with a BA in Islamic and Arabic studies.

In addition to his BA in Islamic and Arabic Studies he also holds a Masters in Islamic Education. 

Imam Abid currently serves as the Director of Education and Assistant Imam of Cheadle Mosque in Manchester and has worked as a Zakat consultant at the National Zakat Foundation. Imam Abid also teaches at a number of institutions including the European Institute of Islamic Sciences and Al-Marifah Foundation.
Ustadh Rehan Salim
Al-Ma’rifah Foundation Teacher
Ustadh Rehan Salim is a postgraduate in the field of International Development, from the University of Manchester. He began his studies in the UK with the respected Open school, before travelling to Egypt where he focused on Arabic & Islamic studies, as well as completing a college diploma from Ma'had al-Azhar.

He also attended the classes of Shaykh Ahmed Taha Rayyan and other respected teachers.

Thereafter, he travelled to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, where he sought employment and continued seeking knowledge, particularly Shafi'i fiqh, hadith and other subjects with local scholars.

He also completed a blended BA degree in Islamic Law (Shari'ah) from the Imam Muhammad University in Riyadh.

He is a Khateeb for a number of mosques and universities in the Northwest, and currently lives in Manchester with his wife and 3 children.

Our Focus.

What makes us different?

Our Vision is to be a unifying Islamic organisation bringing muslims together from all backgrounds to benefit from the divine teachings of Allah and the Prophet (saw).

Our Mission is to collaborate with masaajid, student community and local institutions across Manchester to bring unity through partnerships

Islamic Education

We are constantly developing and enhancing our educational content. At present, we are providing regular courses, webinars and classes for the wider AMF community.  

Community Services

Having noticed the evolving need to address societal issues, we are working on the development of our marriage counselling and Nikkah services to strengthen the community. 

Fundraising Efforts

Through our fundraising efforts, we have been able to offer bursaries, organise collaborative events with other masaajid and support the community through social initiatives. 


Our teachers and instructors have studied in traditional settings with reputable scholars from all over the Muslim world.


We have formulated a curriculum that allows progress and development for students from all stages.


Educational classes that are easily manageable alongside other commitments as we believe consistency is what pays off.

Community Orientated

Our services have been devised to cater for the needs of our community with a particular focus on interpersonal relationships and worship.

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