The impetus to his seeking sacred knowledge belongs to Shaykh Hamza Yusuf, whom he studied under during several deen intensives in the mid to late 90’s. This resulted in him journeying to the blessed valley of Hadramawt to the village of Tarim in the winter of 97. Here he sat at the feet of the spiritual Masters and jurists including Habib Umar bin Hafiz.
In mid 98, he travelled to Morocco where he attended a monthly intensive on religious instruction as an attendee and organiser. In the winter of 98, his journeying took him to Damascus where he began a concentrated study of the Arabic language by attending the University of Damascus’ programme for non Arabs wanting to learn Arabic. While completing this programme, he arranged private tutoring to assist him in the various subject areas of the language. He also studied Shafi Fiqh, grammar, morphology and Hadith Terminology under shaykh Muhammad Darwish.
In 99 he was blessed to meet the traditionist Shaykh Siraj ud Deen the great lover of Allah and His Messenger, who gave him a verbal license to transmit from him. In late 99 he travelled to Mauritania from Damascus to read the blessed Shaamail of Tirmidhi on Murabit al Hajj who is no less than an embodiment of the book.
In 2000, he travelled to Damascus to pursue subjects of sacred knowledge including Arabic, Aqidah, Fiqh, and Tajweed. Towards the end of the year, he journeyed to the city of Liverpool to study Hanafi Fiqh under Shaykh Siraj until the summer of 2001.
His next destination was the area of chashambarah, Istanbul to the feet of the Gnostic and friend of Allah, Shaykh Mahmood Effendi; there he studied under one of his student’s Shaykh Ehsaan Hojah Rhetoric, Grammar, Fiqh, and Aqidah. He also sat with Shaykh Muhammad Ameen Siraj in the Fatih mosque (said to be one of the last students of Shaykh al Islam Zahid al Kawthari) and studied a text in hadith terminology, who then gave him a written license to transmit from him.
2002 saw him returning to Damascus and studying under the grammarian, shafite and Quran expert Shaykh Abdul Wahaab, he completed various texts in Aqidah, logic and Tafseer. He then settled in Damascus for the next four years to study various subjects and disciplines under Shaykh Muhammad al Yaqoubi, Shaykh Adnan al Majd, Shaykh Abdul Wahaab and Shaykh Maree al Rashid and Shaykh Khalil al Sabbagh.
In 2007 returned to the UK to become involved in the instruction of sacred knowledge and continue his studies under Shaykh Akram al Nadawi.
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