Covid-19: A Look at Dr Rashid Buttar’s Claims & Arguments

Lecture Synopsis

Many theories are circulating on social media regarding Covid-19, and the average person may at times be left bewildered by the statistics, claims and counter arguments being thrown at them.

In this guest lecture Dr Ridhwan Saleem – both a qualified medical doctor and trained scholar of the Islamic sciences – will seek to examine some of the claims put forward by Dr Rashid Buttar.

Amongst the topics to be tackled will be:

  • Causation by 5G
  • Origins of the virus in a Chinese laboratory
  • The danger of using anecdotal evidence to formulate theories presented as fact
  • The importance of clinical trials and scientific method for making claims


Thursday 4th June 7pm UK time online.

Dr Ridhwan Saleem Biography

Ridhwan ibn Muhammad Saleem graduated in Medicine from Kings College London in 1997. During his clinical training, he commenced his pursuit of Islamic knowledge sitting at the feet of the prolific thinker and scholar, Shaykh Hamza Yusuf, with whom he completed several texts including the Ajrumiyya in Grammar, Sanusiyya in Aqeedah, and al-Naseeha al-Kafiya of Sidi Ahmad Zarruq. During this time, he also had the blessing of studying some of the Hikam of Ibn `Ata-illah with Shaykh Nuh Ha Mim Keller.

After his graduation and pre-registration training, Shaykh Ridhwan decided to pursue Islamic knowledge full-time and was able to do so with the help of a supportive wife who shared his commitment to Islamic study. They lived for over a year in Liverpool, where Shaykh Ridhwan sat on a daily basis with the Hadith-Master, ‘Allamah Shaykh Siraj al-Islam Chawdry (may Allah have mercy on him), studying Hanafi Fiqh and Tafsir of Quran. Shaykh Ridhwan later asked for Shaykh Siraj’s permission to teach, which he granted.

Following his sojourn in Liverpool, Shaykh Ridhwan continued his studies for several years in the blessed ancient city of Damascus at the feet of notable individuals. His studies were supervised by the erudite scholar, Sayyid Shaykh Muhammad al-Ya’qoubi al-Hassani, who issued him several written ijaazas (licences) to teach the sacred sciences. During his time in Damascus, Shaykh Ridhwan benefited from private classes with several remarkable teachers, including Shaykh Khaleel al-Sabbagh and Shaykh Mur`i al-Rasheed. He had daily classes with Shaykh Abd al-Wahhab Najib in his small mosque in the old souq in the Maghribi quarter of Damascus.

Shaykh Ridhwan is a medical practitioner, currently specialising and working in field of general adult psychiatry.

He is the co-founder of Lady Nafisa Independent School for Girls. He continues his specialist Islamic studies periodically in private classes with Shaykh Akram al Nadwi, who has granted him an Alim degree endorsed by Nadwat-ul Ulema. He lives with his wife and four children in Hounslow, West London.

Shaykh Ridhwan has been teaching the Islamic sciences at all levels since he returned to the UK from Damascus in 2005, and many students have completed traditional madrassa texts with him, including the staples of Hanafi fiqh such as the Maraqi al Falah and the Lubab, Nasafi’s Aqaid, parts of the Hidayah of Marghinani, the Fath al-Bari, the Ihya, and many other texts.


  • Traditional handwritten Ijaza in Islamic Sciences, issued by Sh Muhammad al-Yaqoubi (1425/2005)
  • Scholar (Alim) Degree, issued by Sh Akram al-Nadwi, endorsed by Nadwatul Ulema, India
  • Medical Bachelor, Bachelor of Surgery (MB,BS)
  • Master of Science (Anthropology)
  • MRCPsych
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This is a special lecture which Dr Ridhwan Saleem has kindly agreed to deliver for us. We will - God willing - be offering a number of guest lectures with different speakers alongside some short courses and classes.

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