Shaykh Yahya Rhodus has nearly the best part of two decades studying at some of the most prestigious learning institutions in the Muslim and Western world.
Having embraced Islam at the age of 19 in Santa Clara, California, he immediately began his study of the Islamic sciences with Shaykh Hamza Yusuf and visiting Mauritanian scholars, such as Shaykh Khatri Wuld Bayba, and Shaykh Abd Allah Wuld Ahmadna.
Shortly thereafter, he travelled to Mauritania to pursue a full-time course of study where he was able to learn from one of Mauritania’s greatest scholars, Murabit al-Hajj.
Following an interim period of study in Damascus, Syria, Yahya went on to spend seven years in Tarim, in the Hadramaut Valley of Yemen.
Resides: Pennsylvania, USA
Current Occupation: Islamic scholar
Education: Islamic Studies & B.A. in Near Eastern Studies, MA Islamic Studies
Preferred Subject: Hadith, Tassawuf
Notable Teachers: Habib Umar, Murabit-ul-Hajj, Hamza Yusuf
There, he studied at the reputable school, Dar al-Mustafa, with the renowned scholars Habib Umar bin Hafiz and Habib Ali al-Jifri.
Upon returning to the United States, Shaykh Yahya Rhodus served as a full-time instructor at Zaytuna College. He then went on to finding, al-Maqasid, in Pennsylvania.
Shaykh Yahya also holds a B.A. in Near Eastern Studies from UC Berkeley, an M.A. in Islamic Studies from the Graduate Theological Union, and is currently pursuing a PhD in Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Cambridge, England, in collaboration with Dr. Tim Winter (Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad).
Shaykh Yahya Rhodus has been the official translator for Habib Umar and Habib Ali at various international speaking engagements, including the Common Word Conference held at Yale University in 2008.