Shaykh Atabek Shukurov al-Nasafi was born in Uzbekistan while it was still part of the USSR. He began his religious education in secret at the age of ten by memorizing the Quran and studying Islamic Sciences. Graduating as a Scholar, he was issuing Islamic rulings by the age of 15, teaching and holding the position of Imam. He then travelled extensively to countries such as Syria, Pakistan, Egypt and Saudi Arabia amongst others. He taught those wanting to learn classical Islam as well as continuing his own studies.
His main expertise is in Fiqh (Jurisprudence), Usul-ul-Fiqh (Principles of Jurisprudence), Qawaid-ul-Fiqh (Legal Maxims), Tafsir (Interpretation of Quran), Philosophy and Aqeedah (Theology). He also graduated from Al-Azhar University with a BA (Hons) in Philosophy and Theology.
Shaykh Atabek is also an expert in herbal medicine, a subject he practises and teaches.
He came to the United Kingdom in 2006 in an effort to spread traditional Islamic knowledge and has become known as a scholar, Herbalist and proponent of Classical Islamic methodology. He has taught in numerous educational institutes and universities and is a regular on television, with shows such as ‘Ask the Alim’ and ‘Avicenna?s Garden’.
In 2012, Shaykh Atabek, with Sulaiman Ahmed, established the ‘Avicenna Academy’, formally teaching Islamic Scholarship and Herbal Medicine. They later opened a Primary and Secondary school which became the first of their kind by teaching a curriculum consisting of Islamic Sciences and Herbal Medicine incorporated with the National Curriculum.
He has written many books which the institute is in the process of releasing.