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Shaykh Idris Watts

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Idris Watts is the founder of Quranic Circle, running Arabic classes to understand the Quran in the Yorkshire and Lancashire areas as well as online. He also provides counselling and therapy online and in person.

He has been working with and living in the local West Yorkshire community for the last twelve years providing a pastoral and educational role among the Muslim community.

He has been involved in Islamic education since he accepted Islam in 1998 whilst studying Arabic Studies at Leeds University. He graduated from the University of Leeds in 2002 with First Class Honours, having gained an award of excellence for his language skills. He then moved to Morocco residing in the ancient city of Fez, where he immersed himself in its language, culture and knowledge for the next seven years. He attended classes informally at the oldest university in the world, the Qarawiyin, studying various disciplines in Islamic subjects alongside teaching English language to the local community of Fez. He also travelled extensively around the country to learn what he could about the understanding and practice of Islam in North Africa.

In 2007, he returned back to England to bring the fruits of his experiences and learning in North Africa to the Yorkshire and Lancashire community, setting up classes and gatherings within Bradford and its adjacent cities, working with mosques and institutes, supporting new Muslims and delivering speeches, workshops, and classes for local schools, institutes and universities.

He has been teaching Arabic and Islamic studies in the Yorkshire and Lancashire area for the last twelve years with organizations such as Abu Zahra Foundation and iSyllabus. He is also the author of the book: ‘The Heavenly Guide to the Beacon of Pure Light’ .

He is also an advanced student in his third and final year of Somatic Experiencing. He integrates traditional Islamic principles and teachings with clinical research, the principals of attachment, trauma and counselling with a focus on somatic bodywork in his practice and teaching. He has studied with Hakim Archuletta, focussing on integrating his principles of traditional wisdom and bodywork, as well as Abdullah Rothman and Professor Rasjid Skinner in their two training programs of Islamic Approaches to Psychology and Psychotherapy at the Cambridge Muslim College.

Vetting Level: Basic
DBS/CRB & Safeguarding:
DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service)/ CRB (Criminal Records Bureau)
Safeguarding Certificate
Professional Insurance
Method: In-Person & Online
Marriage & Family Services:
Divorce Counselling
Family Mediation
Family: Child Minding
Marriage: Independent Wakeel
Post Marriage Counselling
Pre-Marital Advice
Support: Domestic Abuse
Birth & Death:
Birth: Circumcision
Birth: Doula & Mother's Help
Gravestone Engraving
Support: Grief Counselling
Visiting the Sick
Wills & Inheritance
Counselling & Support:
Advice on Shariah Matters
Dream Interpretation
Certified Counselling
Counselling: General & Pastoral
Interfaith Engagement
New Muslims & Shahadah
Support: Addiction & Mental Health
Visiting Mosques
Visiting Prisons
Classes, Training & Services:
Al-Qur'an Studies - Memorization, Tajweed & others
Arabic Language
Celebratory Services
Coaching, Leadership & Mentoring
Dietary, Fitness, Health & Nutrition
Friday Khutba
Islamic Studies & Halaqas
Islamic Art, Design & Architecture
Media Engagement & Public Speaking
Mosque Consultancy
Research & Translation
Sustainable Living
Seerah & Storytelling
Videography & Photography
Booking for an audience of:
Youth Boys
Youth Girls
Special Needs
Qualification, Studies and Certificates: BA Honours in Arabic Studies, Studied with traditional scholars in Morocco for 8 years whilst living there, advanced training in the therapeutic modality Somatic Experiencing, completed training in Islamic Approaches to Psychology and Psychotherapy Program Level 1 and Level 2 at Cambridge Muslim College, informal training with Hakim Archuletta in Islamic therapeutic approaches
In Service Since (Year): 2007
Regular Locations: Online and West Yorkshire, Lancashire