Shaykh Isa Husayn Johansson is a traditionally trained Islamic scholar hailing from the Kingdom of Sweden. He lectures at Madina Institute in the United States, England, and Malaysia, and continues to travel the globe preaching and teaching, delivering sermons and seminars.
Embracing Islam in his teens, his formal Arabic and Islamic studies began shortly thereafter when he set out for Syria to sit at the feet of the scholars. Whilst there, he was exposed to the city’s many circles of learning, and returned to Europe after a brief but eye-opening journey.
It was during one of his visits to the region that the then Grand Mufti of Jordan, Sh. Nuh al-Qudah, advised him and instilled in his heart the aspiration to further his Islamic studies. His scholarly training thereafter primarily consisted of studying the traditional Indian Dars-Nizami curriculum, spending a number of years engaging the Islamic disciplines, after which he specialized in issuing legal edicts (fatwa).
He spent a decade under the tutelage of Shaykh Dr. Muhammad bin Yahya al-Ninowy, founding director of Madina Institute, from whom he received in-depth scholarly training and academic authorization (ijazah ‘ilmiyyah) to teach and transmit the Islamic disciplines. He has undertaken further studies and research in Southeast Asia, including advanced studies in Shafi’i and comparative law (fiqh muqaran), receiving the bulk of his training in issuing legal edicts (fatwa) there.
His thirst for knowledge has taken him around the world, and he has sat at the feet of, studied under, and received authorization (ijazah) from a plethora of prominent scholars. Among them are Habib Zain b. Sumayt, Sh. Mustafa al-Bugha, Sh. Muhammad al-Fatih al-Kittani, Sh. ‘Abd al-Rahman al-Kittani, Sh. ‘Abdullah al-Talidi, Sh. Yunus Jaunpuri, Sh. Ahmad ‘Ali Surati, Sh. Zahir al-Din Rahmani, Sh. Ibrahim Kassim, Sh. Hidayatullah Shah, Sh. Akram Nadwi, Sh. Seraj Hendricks, Sh. Muhammad Sukkar, Sh. ‘Abd al-Rashid al-Sufi, and many others.
He has acquired auditory transmission in the major books of hadith, as well as rare classical texts, and due to the seniority of many of his teachers, he holds some of the shortest unbroken chains of transmission (asanid) in the world reaching back to the Prophet Muhammad, salla Allahu ‘alaihi wa sallam.
Shaykh Isa has taught Quranic hermeneutics (Usul al-Tafsir), Legal Theory (Usul al-Fiqh), and Shafi’i Fiqh at Madina Institute USA.