Shaykh Isa Husayn Johansson


Shaykh Isa Husayn Johansson is an Islamic scholar hailing from Sweden. Embracing Islam in his teens, his journey of seeking knowledge began shortly thereafter when he set out for Syria to sit at the feet of the scholars. Whilst there, he was exposed to traditional circles of learning, and returned to Europe after a brief but eye-opening journey.

He has since studied the traditional curriculum of the Indian subcontinent, known as Dars-Nizami, spending a number of years formally engaging the Islamic sciences, such as Quranic exegesis (tafsir), canonical Hadith collections, Hadith nomenclature (mustalah al-hadith), systematic theology (῾aqidah), Islamic jurisprudence (usul al-fiqh and fiqh), and Arabic syntax, morphology, and literature.

He is a longtime student of the prominent hadith-scholar and Madina Institute founding director, Shaykh Dr. Muhammad bin Yahya al-Ninowy, under whose academic tutelage he has been for the better part of a decade, and from whom he has received formal authorization (ijazah) to teach and transmit the Islamic sciences.

Shaykh Isa’s thirst for knowledge has taken him around the globe, and he has received further formal authorization (ijazah) to teach and transmit the Islamic sciences from a plethora of scholars, and has been given unbroken chains of transmission (asanid) reaching back to the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ.

He currently serves as a member of Madina Institute’s international faculty, for whom he teaches Quranic hermeneutics (Usul al-Tafsir) and Islamic jurisprudence (Usul al-Fiqh). He also teaches for the Islamic Academy, Sweden, and is a frequent contributor to, the leading English language portal for Islamic legal consultation according to the Shafi’i school.

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