Sayyid Usman Ali grew up in the West Yorkshire city of Leeds, eventually settling in neighbouring Bradford with his family. After successfully completing his GCSE’s and A-Levels, he went on to study LLB Law at the University of Westminster. During his time in London, he became the President of the Sunni Muslim Society at UoW.

Sayyid Usman pursued a career in banking, working for financial giants HSBC and Lloyds Banking Group as an analyst for a successful business transformation team. He led the process of fundamentally changing the systems, processes, people and technology across a banking unit, to achieve measurable improvements in efficiency, effectiveness and stakeholder satisfaction.

In 2007, he was recognised by the Prime Minister at the Houses of Parliament for his ground-breaking work tackling knife crime. In 2009, he was awarded the Community Award by West Yorkshire Police for constructing workshops for youth to deal with racism and social justice.


He studied the traditional Islamic disciplines with Shaykh Sayyid Khalid Ali Al-Qadri and Mufti Zulfiqar Haidar Pirzada Al-Azhari, covering Arabic grammar, jurisprudence, theology and comparative religious studies. 

In 2019, he set up Al-Qudwa Institute in Bradford, consisting of The Hub, a community youth centre, the Tuition Clinic, providing quality and affordable teaching aid for children and the Al-Qudwa Foundation, which focuses on the affects of mental health.