Dr Asim Yusuf was born in London and grew up in Manchester, before emigrating to South Africa with his family ten years. It was here that he met his spiritual guide, Shah Ghulam Muhyi ad-Din Kazi, and began traversing the path of traditional Islam – the methodology of uniting the practical, intellectual and experiential facets of religion – under his instruction. In addition to this he went on to study Medicine and became a Psychiatrist.
Dr Asim has received twenty years of rigorous theological training at the hands of leading scholars of Islamic law and spirituality. Subsequently, he has been granted ijazah to teach Islamic Studies from over thirty scholars from four continents, and has taught thousands of students across the country and overseas.
Background: British Indian
Resides: Wolverhampton, UK
Current Occupation: Psychiatry and Islamic studies teacher
Preferred Subject: Tassawuf, Contemporary Issues, Mental Health, Aqeedah
Notable Teachers: Shaykh Shah Ghulam Muhyi ad-Din Kazi
The Shaykh is the founder and director of the Path to Salvation Diploma in Classical Islamic Studies, the Sacred Texts Syllabus, and of the Islamic Ethics and Global Citizenship Initiative. In addition to authoring four books on diverse aspects of Islam, with a focus on classical spirituality.
As a munshid, he was given by his spiritual guide the pen-name Talib al-Habib, which means ‘Seeker of the Beloved.’ His distinctive style is influenced by the mystical poetry of the Chishti spiritual order, as well as his ten-year childhood association with the Manchester Boy’s Choir, where he received vocal and technical training. He began composing spiritual poetry and songs at the age of sixteen and has continued to do so ever since.
Moreover, in early 2004, he was encouraged to compile an album of English-language spiritual songs, which culminated in ‘Songs of Innocence,’ an intensely personal journey into the experiential dimensions of Islam. This was followed by Rahma, a collection of nasheeds based around the wisdom of the Blessed Prophet Muhammad (s). There followed Song of the Wayfarer, in many ways an answer to Songs of Innocence, covering many of the same themes from a different perspective. All his songs are written with vocal harmonies and daff percussion.
Dr. Asim Yusuf regularly delivers lectures and seminars on the subject. He also serves on the advisory panel of the Centre for Islam and Medicine, as well as in an advisory capacity to a number of community initiatives and charities. As well as being part of the Community Organisation ‘The British Board of Scholars & Imams.’
The Shaykh also regularly gives talks in Universities and Masjids all over the UK.
- Dr Asim enjoys Astronomy, Hiking, and Rare Book Collection
- Dr Asim is a cat lover
- Light on the Dawn – Book
- Songs Of Innocence – Album
- Rahma – Album