Sheikh Zahir Mahmood was born in England and has gained licenses to teach (Ijaazas) in many Islamic sciences including Quran, jurisprudence (Fiqh) and traditions (Hadith) of The Prophet (Peace be upon him) from various Shuyukh.
Following the completion of his formal state education at the age of 16, he enrolled at Dar al-Uloom al-Arabiyya al-Islamiyya, Bury, where he initiated his studies of the Alimiya course. Thereafter, he studied 3 years in the prestigious seat of learning Al-Jamia Al-Islamiyya, Karachi, Pakistan.
He went on to complete his Alimiya course at the pioneering Dar al-Uloom Newcastle, South Africa, which has since been used as a template for other seats of learning in the region. His studies included a detailed analysis of Sahih al-Bukhari with the renowned Scholar Sheikh Qasim Seema.
Returning back to the UK, he gained a BA in Applied Theological Studies from the University of Birmingham and taught the Alimiya course at Madina al-Uloom Kidderminster for subsequently 2 years. He also translated part of the classical Hanafi text of Fiqh, Al-Shurunbulalius Nur al-Idah in English.
He has endeavored to reach out to the youth both locally and internationally by traveling throughout the country delivering talks and lectures in order to motivate the Muslim masses to become the best of people.