Shaykh Paul Salahuddin Armstrong
St Francis Hall
University of Birmingham
Birmingham, B15 2TT
I grew up in Redditch and have lived in the West Midlands region all my life. I feel very privileged to join the team at the University of Birmingham Multi-Faith Chaplaincy, where I can support students and staff as they explore the spiritual dimension of life, and ask important questions on faith and the philosophy of life. My personal interests and hobbies include science, technology, nature, gardening and photography.
I embraced Islam on 1 March 2000, then continued my personal studies and research into religion, spirituality, and related fields. A journey that continues, as the more I learn only furthers my curiosity and desire to learn more.
In the roles of imam and murshid (spiritual teacher) I have been serving communities in the UK, and increasingly internationally, for over a decade. I have worked in a number of fields over the years, including in the media, diplomacy, interfaith, human rights, third-sector and other community related activities. I am currently the Managing Director of the Association of British Muslims, an alumnus of the US Department of State's International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), Associate of St George’s House, member of the Naqshbandi order and Nahdlatul Ulama.
As a Muslim Chaplain, I am here to support you. My work and research over the years has given me an insight into the diversity within Islam. This is reflected in everything I do; I respect all mainstream religions and the different denominations and schools of thought (madhab) within Islam. No religion is monolithic, and Islam is no exception in this respect. I look forward to meeting you all.