Liaison, Department of Hadith
Mawlana Bilal Ali Ansari received his undergraduate education at the University of Illinois in Urbana, IL in Computer Engineering and received his Bachelors diploma from National-Louis University in Lisle, IL in the field of Applied Behavioral Sciences. His Islamic education began at Jāmiʿat al-Ḥasanayn in Faisalabad, Pakistan, a pioneering seminary founded by the celebrated orator Mawlana Tāriq Jamīl, where he studied the foundational Islamic sciences with scholars such as Mawlana ʿUbayd Allāh, Shaykh Ramzī al-Ḥabīb al-Tūnisī, and Mufti Aḥmad ʿAlī.
Mawlana Bilal completed his formal dars niẓāmī studies (equivalent Masters degree in Arabic and Islamic Studies) at Jāmiʿat Dār al-ʿUlūm in Karachi, where he studied the canonical hadith collections with Mufti Muḥammad Taqī al-ʿUthmānī, Mufti Muḥammad Rafīʿ al-ʿUthmāni, Muftī Maḥmūd Ashraf al-ʿUthmāni, Mufti ʿAbd al-Raʿūf al-Sikharwī, and Mawlana Iftikhār Aḥmad al-Aʿzamī. Mawlana Bilal subsequently began post-graduate specialized studies in Hadith with the erudite and critical scholar ‘Allamah Dr. Muḥammad ʿAbd al-Ḥalīm al-Nuʿmānī (al-Chishtī).
Mawlana Bilal has ijāzahs in hadith from the most senior generation of hadith masters in Pakistan, namely Mawlana ʿAbd al-Halīm al-Nuʿmānī, Mawlana Salīm Allāh Khān, Mawlana Sarfarāz Khān Ṣafdar, Mawlana ʿAbd al-Ḥamīḍ al-Sawātī, and Mawlana Khān Muḥammad — students of Shaykh al-Islam Ḥusayn Aḥmad al-Madanī and Mawlana Fakhr al-Ḥasan al-Murādabādī (may Allah have mercy on them). He has since continued his studies in various fields, including discursive theology (kalām), Islamic jurisprudence (uṣūl al-fiqh), and Islamic philosophy under Shaykh Mohammed Amin Kholwadia at Darul Qasim. His research interests include early Hadith methodology and nomenclature, Ḥanafī legal theory, Education and curriculum development, Mental Health, and Islamic Bioethics.