Mufti Abu Layth al-Maliki carried out preliminary Arabic and Islamic Studies as a teenager in the UK before going to Damascus, Syria, where he adopted the Maliki madh'hab and studied the essential knowledge of Islam. He went on to memorise the Qur'an along with Tafsir at the Jami`ah Muhammadiyyah Institute in Islamabad, Pakistan.
Mufti Abu Layth returned to Syria to recite the entire Qur'an to Shaykh `Abdu'l-Haadi at-Tabbaa' and gained an ijazah and chain of transmission (isnad) going back to the Messenger of Allah (salla'Llahu `alayhi wa sallam).
After gaining his ijazah, the Mufti completed the Dars-e-Nizami `Alim Course, at the renowned Jami`ah Binnoria in Karachi, Pakistan, where he graduated first class in various Islamic Sciences, from Tafsir, Usul and Comparative Fiqh, to Arabic Literature, Arabic Grammar and `Aqidah. There he gained his isnad in the major books of Hadith.
Mufti Abu Layth then completed the Mufti Course at the same institute where he further specialised in Fiqh, across the various madh'habs, and trained to give Fatwas on Islamic Issues under the supervision of Mufti Abdullah Shoukat (who is a key student of Mufti Taqi Usmani) for Hanafi Fiqh, and Mufti Salim Al-Tunisi for Maliki Fiqh.
Since his return to the UK, he has qualified as a school teacher, and is currently working towards completing his Degree in Psychology. Mufti Abu Layth al-Maliki has a small group of students in Maliki Fiqh who he teaches regularly in Birmingham, and is also engaged in teaching Fiqh and Arabic online.