Our senior management team has a wealth of experience across multiple industries and have combined their skills to develop the eTaalib platform.
Abu Maryam is Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer at eTaalib. He is an Assistant Professor of English and for the better part of a decade, he has worked within higher educational institutes in Saudi Arabia. Abu Maryam holds a PhD in Linguistics from Lancaster University and an MA in TESOL, as well as various other respected certifications within the Education sector. He has extensive experience in designing educational curriculums that promote learning through a scaffolded and multi-faceted approach.
Aside from his credentials within academia, Abu Maryam has an extensive business background spanning over 15 years. He possesses a BSc in Business and Management from Brunel University, as well as being a Prince2 certified Project Manager. Abu Maryam has held a number of senior management positions and his business activities have spanned across Europe, South-East Asia and the Middle East.
Abu Muhammad is Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer at eTaalib. He has many years of experience managing and operating companies within the UK and UAE. Abu Muhammad’s expertise are centred around business start-ups and over the years he has built up a portfolio of high-profile contacts across the world.
He started his journey in the corporate world at a young age and was entrusted with senior roles within large multinational organisations. Eventually deciding to branch out on his own, Abu Muhammad has played a pivotal role in establishing and aiding multiple start-ups across various business sectors and geographical regions.
Abu Muhammad is a father to three children and has been actively involved in their homeschooling journey from a young age. Therefore, the eTaalib project is one that is close to his heart and one he hopes will benefit not only his own children, but all Muslim children across the globe.
Abu Muadh is the Chief Technical Officer at eTaalib and has over 20 years of experience working within the IT industry. He is highly skilled in developing innovate and state of the art software solutions. Abu Muadh holds an MBA, as well as various prestigious IT related certifications and his vast skillset is highly apparent on not only the technical front, but also through his analytical expertise and business acumen.
He has been involved in various large-scale technology projects, playing a leading role as a senior advisor in various Government tech projects in the UAE. Additionally, he has been instrumental is setting up the technology infrastructure for The DIFC Courts & The Dispute Resolution Authority in the UAE, as well as assisting the AIFC in Kazakhstan to develop an innovative app to build awareness about their laws and regulations.
Abu Muadh is passionate about using technology to bring smiles on millions of faces and successfully created an app that significantly makes a difference to the lives of the 2.4 million blue collar workers in the UAE. He has a strong appetite to help the less privileged and has established a foundation that helps builds schools in rural areas of India and is continuously looking for opportunities to serve humanity with the innovative use of technology.
Chief Technical Officer (CTO)
Uthman Zafar is the Animation Director at eTaalib and has over 14 years of experience working within the graphical design and animation industry. His interest in this field started at a young age and he completed a vocational certificate in Art and Design and then followed this up with a BA (Hons) in Graphic Design from De Montfort University, UK.
Uthman is an expert user of many of the core animation and illustration tools and has created high quality 3d animations that have been used by large organisations within the UK. He also has a firm focus on ethics and education with a keen interest in children’s tarbiyah. Uthman is extremely excited to be a key part of the eTaalib project and is looking forward to fulfil his passion of creating inspiring content that will inform and stimulate the minds of the Muslim youth.
Curriculum Advisory Board
Our curriculum advisory board members have a variety of differing specialisations and each of them is able to bring forth a plethora of experience from varying educational settings and backgrounds.
These range from individuals whose bachelor degrees are in subjects directly related to the education of children; master’s degree holders who have specialised in evaluating educational techniques from both a secular and Islamic perspective; and at the very highest level we have doctorate level educators with multiple years of teaching and curriculum building experience.
Nouman Hussain is a member of the eTaalib Curriculum Advisory Board and advises us in relation to the Islamic and Arabic Curriculums offered on the platform. Nouman is a graduate from the prestigious Islamic University of Madinah, where he completed a bachelor’s degree from the faculty of Hadith, as well as a post graduate diploma in Dawah. During his time there, he was also able to benefit from many of the prominent scholars of Madinah.
Upon returning to the UK, Nouman completed a Masters by Research in Theology and Comparative Religion at the University of Birmingham. He later turned his attention to education and completed a Masters in Education focusing on curriculum, pedagogy and assessment at the Institute of Education, UCL. After successful completion, he is now in the final stages of a PhD in Education at the University of Glasgow.
Nouman has taught Islamic studies and Arabic at a number of schools within the UK and Saudi Arabia. He is currently responsible for an Islamic Studies program that is being taught in English at an international school in Saudi Arabia.
Islamic Curriculum Advisor
Umm Abdir Rahim
Umm Abdir Rahim is a member of the eTaalib Curriculum Advisory Board and helps us ensure that we are following the best homeschooling practices. Having successfully completed a degree in Medical Engineering from Queen Mary University, she went on to complete a Masters in Education focusing on curriculum, pedagogy and assessment, from the Institute of Education, UCL, London. Her dissertation explored pedagogical content knowledge of homeschooling parents and she has used this knowledge and experience to advise parents who are beginning their homeschooling journey.
Umm Abdir Rahim has 10 years of tutoring experience, where she has been able to teach and nurture children of all age groups. She is a homeschooling mother of 3 and uses a variety of approaches to teach her children, with a particular focus on ‘hands-on learning’. She has also placed a strong emphasis on their learning of the Arabic language and Islamic Studies and by the grace of Allah, she aims to make them scholars of the next generation of Muslims.
Umm Abdir Rahim
Abu Ibrahim is a member of the eTaalib Curriculum Advisory Board and advises us in relation to all aspects of the academic programs we offer on the platform. He has an extensive background in managing and delivering specialist educational programs within the Middle East for over 18 years. He is also a specialist in designing educational performance management systems that identify areas where students are not performing and then creating the tools that will facilitate educational development in students.
Prior to his time in the Middle East, Abu Ibrahim was heavily involved in the education of primary school children in the UK and had previously been the Principal of an Islamic School that was based in London. Aside from his involvement in education, he has a strong corporate background and had previously been responsible for managing the whole of the MENA (Middle East & North Africa) region for a large multinational pharmaceutical company, as well as various other senior roles within blue chip organisations.
Umm Muhammad is a member of the eTaalib Curriculum Advisory Board and advises us to ensure that we are following the best practices in relation to early childhood studies. She completed her bachelor’s in Early Childhood Studies from the University of East London and has experience working within the schooling system in the United Kingdom.
Umm Muhammad has many years of experience working with different curriculums and in more recent years has taken a greater interest in the Montessori method. This shift in focus has mainly derived from her being a homeschooling mother of 3 and her evaluating the best approaches to keeping her children engaged and having fun whilst learning. She places a great emphasis on ‘hands on learning’ and in particular designing STEM based projects that have been devised with Muslim children in mind.
Early Childhood Education Advisor
Abu Abdillah is a member of the eTaalib Curriculum Advisory Board, predominantly advising us in relation to the Qur’aanic Curriculum offered on the platform. By the grace and favour of Allah, he started memorising Qur’aan at a young and with Allah’s aid he completed it at the age of 11. In his early years, his Qur’aanic studies took place at home and his local masjid. However, after completing his academic studies, Abu Abdillah travelled to Egypt to further perfect his recitation and understanding of the Qur’aan. In Egypt, he obtained an ijazah to teach the Quran to others, and also a sanad going back to the Prophet Muhammad (Peace and Blessings Be Upon Him).
Upon his return to the UK, Abu Abdillah has been assisting his local community in perfecting their recitation of the Qur’aan. In particular, he has been actively involved in the Qur’aanic program at his local masjid, as well as teaching children at a local Islamic school.
Qur’aan Curriculum Advisor