Sheikh Shady Alsuleiman was born in 1978 in Sydney - Australia from a Palestinian family who migrated to Australia in the late 1960s. He initially obtained an Ijazah (licence) with Sanad (complete chain back to Mahommed) in complete and sound memorization of the Quran at Darul Uloom Al-Husainiah in Sindh, Pakistan.
He then travelled to the Arab world for a six years to continue his Islamic and Arabic studies at numerous Islamic institutions with many well-recognised scholars, primarily in Damascus. In Syria, he studied various Islamic subjects and modules, from Fiqh, Usool Al-Fiqh, Hadith, Mustalah al-hadith, Quranic Science and Tafseer and Arabic studies. He generally focused on and specialised in Arabic and Comparative Fiqh (Islamic Law/Jurisprudence) and received numerous Ijaza's in that field.
Shady arrived back to Sydney in early 2001, where he began to be heavily active and involved with the Muslim youth and the second Muslim generation in Australia. He is the founder of one of Australia's largest youth centres known as the UMA in Sydney, and also the founder of Sydney Islamic College that delivers Islamic studies to adults. He also held the position of the secretary of the Australian National Imams Council (ANIC) from 2006 to 2010.
He operates from various mosques in Australia, and travels to numerous interstate and overseas countries in which he delivers lectures and participates in many different Islamic conferences and events around the world. Shady Asuleiman was mentioned by The Guardian newspaper as giving a talk on time management to a Birmingham school criticised by an Ofsted report for failing to adopt a policy against extremism.
- Richard Adams (7 June 2014). "Trojan horse school damned in Ofsted report". The Guardian.
It has emerged that in earlier drafts, the Ofsted inspectors did back down on a number of more controversial claims about the school. A draft copy of the report said: "The school has allowed an external speaker, with known extremist views, to speak to students as part of a programme of Islamic-themed assemblies." That reference, removed from the final version, is presumed to be a reference to Shady Asuleiman, an Australian Muslim who spoke at a school assembly. The reference appears to have disappeared after the school complained that Asuleiman had been granted visas by the Home Office, had spoken at several other schools and universities, and that the government Prevent team did not regard him as an extremist. The subject of Asuleiman's talk was time management.