Shaykh Muhammad Al-Yaqoubi descends from a scholarly family that traces its roots back to Morocco. He is a sufi, a sayyid and a jurist, continuing the legacy of his late father, the Imam of the famous Grand Umayyad Mosque in Damascus, Sayyid Ibrahim al-Yaqoubi. For several years running, the Royal Aal al-Bayt Institute has included him as one of the 500 most influential Muslims in the world.
Shaykh Mohammed Aslam memorised the Quran from an early age, after which he embarked on a path of seeking sacred knowledge. He ultimately travelled to Damascus where he undertook extensive private studies as well as enrolling in one of the most prestigious Islamic institutes in the world, Mahad al-Fath al-Islami seminary from where he graduated after six years of full time study with some of the greatest scholars in the world.
Mufti Monawwar Ateeq is a young Mufti from Birmingham, UK. He has spent they majority of his time studying and is currently doing a PhD in Islamic Law, University of Birmingham. as part of his studies he also teaches Arabic and the dars-nizami.
He began studying when he was young by his mother, who was a student of Habib Umar b. Sumayt, Syed Ahmed Abdullah Saleh Faris, Syed Abu Bakr al-Shibli and other notable scholars from Zanzibar, East Africa. At the age of 9 he began studying classical Islamic studies under Shaykh Muhammad Adam b. Eesa al-Qadiri and Shaykh Abu al-Qalam Qadri, where he studied texts of Arabic grammar, Aqeeda, Hanafi Fiqh, Qur’anic exegesis and accomplished the hifz of the Holy Qur’an.
Saqib Shaami’s older brother, Musharraf Iqbal, died. She was told to excercise patience, and she was to witness a greater return for her unforgettable loss in the form of a son. Within the short space of a year the mother was visited in her dream by Sufi Ghulam Nabi again and he indicated glad tidings of the birth of her son and said “he will be a shining star”. The family was rewarded with the birth of a boy who was named Saqib which means a shining star.
Muhammad Ilyas Qadri is the founder of Dawat-e-Islami in Pakistan. He is commonly known as Ameer-e-Ahle-Sunnat (Leaders of the Sunnis) by his followers. He grew up in a righteous family and soon started to started to deliver speeches in local Mosques.
Dr Mufti Ismail Menk is a leading global Islamic scholar born and raised in Zimbabwe. He completed his Hifdh and Qiraat at a young age whilst also learning Arabic and Urdu and studied under his father. He went on to graduate in Islamic Studies at the University of Madina and became Mufti after extensive study at Darul Uloom Kantharia in Gujarat. Mufti Menk’s work has gained worldwide recognition and he has been named one of “The Top 500 Most Influential…
Dr. Umar Faruq read The Autobiography of Malcolm X which inspired him to embrace Islam in early 1970. In 1972, he altered his field of study and transferred to the University of Chicago, where he studied Arabic and Islamic Studies under Dr. Fazlur Rahman.
Habib Kazim Jafar was born in Yemen and raised as a scholar since his birth. He was taught various Islamic disciplines along with tasawwuf at the Abu Murayyim institute. Travelling in search of knowledge, Habib Kazim found himself at Bayda of Yemen where he studied under many great scholars of this time. Finally he finished his studies by returning to Tarim and started his dawah there.
Habib Ali al-Jifri was born in Jeddah of Saudi Arabia. He currently resides in Abu Dhabi and traces lineage to his ancestors in Tarim and also tracing his lineage back to Prophet Muhammad ﷺ. The Shaykh is a prominent student of Habib Umar bin Hafiz and Habib Muhammad al-Haddar and spent many years taking spiritual training from them.