Imam Najeeb-ur-Rahman Naz
Imam Najeeb-ur-Rahman Naz was born in 1971 in Gujranwala, Pakistan. In 1985 he moved to Norway and in 1988 he travelled from Norway to UK in the pursuit of knowledge to study at Jamia Al-Karam, which at that time was located in Milton Keynes. Imam Najeeb-ur-Rahman Naz subsequently completed three years’ study in approximately sixteen months under the tutelage and guidance of Shaykh Muhammad Imdad Hussain Pirzada and ‘Allama Muhammad ‘Abd al-Bari Chishti.
After graduating from Jamia Al-Karam in 1989, he went to the renowned institution Dar-al-‘Ulum al-Muhammadiyya al-Ghawthiyya (DMG Bhera). There he had the opportunity to study Islamic sciences including, Arabic, jurisprudence, Qur’anic exegesis and Hadith with prominent teachers. In addition, he was honoured to complete the intensive hadith literature course (dawra hadith) in the pious presence of the Ummah’s Luminary, Justice Shaykh Muhammad Karam Shah al-Azhari (ra). Imam Najeeb-ur-Rahman Naz completed al-Shahadah al-Alamiyyah (MA honours in Arabic and Islamic Studies) in 1996 along with a BA from the University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan.
Upon returning to Norway, Imam Najeeb-ur-Rahman Naz undertook a series of courses in the Norwegian language, Norwegian culture and society. He also completed a diploma titled, “to be a religious leader in the Norwegian society” from Norway's largest and oldest institution of higher education; the University of Oslo.
Since 2004, he has been serving as Vice Imam at the Central Jam-e-Mosque World Islamic Mission Oslo. Alongside his many other roles, he has the responsibility of answering questions on the Mission's website (www.wim.no), producing Islamic literature in Norwegian, holding courses in Arabic, jurisprudence, Qur'anic understanding etc for the youth.