The Translator

Dr Musharraf Hussain OBE, DL, Al Azhari

“Those who spend in charity in good and bad times, can control their anger and pardon people” (3:134)

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Born in 1958, he came to Britain from Pakistan in 1966 with his parents to the Yorkshire town of Halifax, where he memorised the Quran, learnt Tajweed and basic Arabic. After completing a degree in Biochemistry at Aston University, he went on to gain a Science doctorate. He worked as a Scientist until 1990 and then decided to dedicate himself to serving the Muslim community. He read Islamic studies at a seminary in Pakistan under the guidance of Justice Pir Muhammad Karam Shah and then at Al-Azhar University, Egypt.

In 1995, Dr Musharraf helped to establish Jamia Al Karam, a Muslim boarding school in Retford, where he was the headteacher for 3 years. In 1997, he was appointed director of Karimia Institute. He began working on a number of projects ranging from community development to raising the educational achievements of Pakistani children to adult classes and interfaith work. Currently, Karimia Institute runs some 20 projects and is a premier Muslim organisation in the UK.

In September 2004, he made efforts to help the release of British hostage Ken Bigley in Iraq. Dr Musharraf and Dr Daud flew to Iraq, where they appealed to the captors to release Mr Bigley. This was an important, symbolic gesture to show that British Muslims care for their fellow Britons, this was widely hailed as an important symbol of British Muslim’s loyalty and love of their country.

In 2005, Dr Musharraf was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Staffordshire University, for his services to the British Muslim community.

In 2006, he was asked by the Prime Minister to chair the UK – Indonesian Islamic advisory group. The group’s remit was to ‘Advise on countering radicalism and promoting mutual understanding between Islam and West’. The group made several important recommendations; some of which were implemented.

In 2009, he was awarded an OBE for his services to community relations in Britain. He was also the chair of the Christian Muslim Forum, a senior trustee of Muslim Hands, trustee of the National Centre for Citizenship and Law. Formerly, he was the director of the Postgraduate Course in Education, and Vice-chair of the Association of Muslim Schools.

In 2019, he was awarded the ‘Iman wa Amal’ Special Award by The Muslim News for his translation of the Quran.

A serious student of the Quran

Dr Musharraf has been a serious student of the Quran from a very young age, after memorising it and learning the Arabic language under the tutelage of numerous great scholars. He realised that Muslims were losing their connection with this amazing book as they didn’t understand it. So in 2014, after consulting a group of scholars he began the task of translating the Quran. On Saturday 25th March 2017, Dr Ibrahim Negm, the Senior Advisor to the Grand Mufti of Egypt, presented Dr Musharraf Hussain with the approval certificate for his new plain English translation of the Quran – The Majestic Quran.

Dr Musharraf firmly believes that you should read the Quran to develop your character, to become Allah’s representative on earth so that you are a kind, honest, generous, just, forgiving, patient, modest and thankful person. When you read the Quran with the understanding you become kind and caring, the kindness you experience will move you to act and make a difference and this will connect you with others.

Education and Qualifications:

  • 1976: Ijaza in Tajweed & Qiraat (licence to teach the Quran)
  • 1977 – 1984: BSc & PhD, Biochemistry, Aston University (UK)
  • 1984 – 1990: Research Scientist, Nottingham Trent University (UK)
  • 1990 – 1991: Ijaza in Hadith, Darul Uloom Muhammadia Ghausia (Pakistan)
  • 1991 – 1994: BA, Usuluddin, Al Azhar University (Egypt)
  • 2005: Honorary Doctorate from Staffordshire University (UK)

Major projects initiated and directed by Dr Hussain

Locally in Nottingham:

  • Founded Nottingham Islamia School, it comprised of a Nursery, Primary and Secondary school.
  • Trustee of Muslim Hands (international aid charity).
  • Converted & refurbished a derelict lace factory into a community centre, which runs a mosque, adult classes, social, cultural & recreational programmes.
  • Established a Radio station in Nottingham for the Muslim community.
  • Actively promoting interfaith dialogue in Nottingham.
  • Opened the Muslim Cultural Centre in Wollaton.


  • 1999 – 2003: Non-executive Director of the Association of Muslim Schools (Umbrella organisation for over 60 Muslim Schools).
  • 1999 – 2001: Member of the Central Religious Advisory Committee for the BBC & ITV.
  • 1999 – 2002: Founder & Director of teachers training agency funded programme for training teachers from the Muslim community. Offering PGCE accreditation by Gloucestershire University.
  • 2002 – 2008: Managing trustee of the UK Islamic Education Waqf, a charity that supports needy Muslim students (distributed 1 million pounds).
  • 2002 – 2005: Member of Central working committee of Muslim Council of Britain.
  • 2005: Conferred an Honorary Doctorate by Staffordshire University for services to the Muslim community in the UK.
  • 2006: Trustee of the National Centre for Citizenship and Law.
  • 2007 – 2008: Chair of UK Islamic Advisory Group at foreign & Commonwealth Office.
  • 2008 – 2010: Chairman of Christian Muslim Forum.

Scholarly work and publications:

  1. The Majestic Quran – A Plain English Translation.
  2. Aqaid al-Nasafi: A translation of the orthodox creed written in the 11th century.
  3. Pearls of Wisdom: A collection of forty Ahadith on the means of personal development, love, marriage and parents.
  4. Time to Marry: Purpose, how and when of this great institution are explored from an Islamic as well as modern viewpoint.
  5. Journey to God: Translation of manual by Hafiz Abdul Karim on self-purification and spiritual development.
  6. Shortening Long Hopes: A translation of Ahadith collection by Ibn Abi Dunya on detaching oneself from the love of the world.
  7. Hajj – Journey of a Lifetime: A manual containing details of fiqh and how to perform hajj with maps, diagrams and indispensable health guidelines.
  8. Dua & Salah:  Prayers that every Muslim must know.
  9. Beliefs and Religions – Islam: An Introduction to Islamic teachings for British secondary schools.
  10. Seven steps to Moral Intelligence: A guide for character building and developing self-discipline.
  11. Seven steps to Spiritual Intelligence: A guide on how we can change ourselves so that we can live by the spiritual values of Islam.
  12. Q&A from Fatawa Rizwiyya (vol 1&2): Collection of over a hundred questions and answers from Fatawa Rizwiyya covering many topics.
  13. The Five Pillars of Islam: A comprehensive and practical manual on the fundamental beliefs and practices of a Muslim.
  14. Tokens of Wisdom: A collection of verses from the Quran and ahadith that fall into three main categories; Social, Spiritual and Moral.
  15. Let’s Learn to read Quran: An Arabic reader in 4 levels for children.
  16. Let’s Learn Islam Textbooks: For children covering Sirah, Duas, Morals & manners, Fiqh and Aqidah in 4 levels.

Islamic Times, Places and People Series:

  1. Al Isra wal Miraj: Explains the context, purpose and meaning of the wonderful night journey.
  2. The Tragedy of Karbala: Outlines the brief history of the battle of Karbala and its consequences. A tribute to the Prophet’s family.
  3. Milad – Celebration of the Prophet’s Birthday: Polemical discussion of the virtues of celebrating the birth of the Greatest Prophet of God.
  4. Maulana Ahmad Riza Khan Barelwi: Introduction to his life and works of one of the greatest scholars of the twentieth century.
  5. The Blessed Month of Ramadhan: This covers the rulings of fasting and highlights the true spirit of Ramadhan.
  6. The Virtues of the Friday Prayer & Language of the Sermon: Discusses the importance of Jummah and the language of the khutba.
  7. The Night of Repentance – Lailat-ul-Bara’h: This book helps to learn the significance and methods of repentance.
  8. Journey to the Afterlife – A Muslim Funeral Guide: This book explains the rites of passage and also presents Islamic thinking about death.
  9. Longings for the Divine & the Virtues of Salah: This book explains the virtues, the excellence of praying and its benefits.
  10. Id al-Adha, Qurbani & Hajj: Each month of the Islamic calendar has unique features events and occasions that distinguish it from others.

For more information and articles written by Dr Musharraf Hussain, please visit his personal website, click HERE.