Shaykh Mus’ab Luke Martin Penfound was born and raised in Manchester, England. He entered Islam at the age of eighteen. He has a Degree in Arabic Language & History from the University of Manchester.
Since 2005, he has been a seeker of knowledge in the Arabic lands, spending most of his years in the Muslim world, including Egypt and Southern Arabia. On his travels, he has been studying full-time under a variety of scholars, each with unbroken chains of scholarly transmission traced back to the Prophet Muhammad, Allah’s Peace & Blessings be upon him.
His formal training and knowledge was derived through a classical syllabus based upon the formal Islamic sciences combined with the disciplines of inward purification. He has received scholastic permission and licences (ijazah) from leading traditional scholars, providing authentic credentials that ensure a trustworthy and credible source for accurate teaching and demonstration of the faith.
Shaykh Mus’ab’s main teacher is the distinguished Islamic scholar, Al-Habib Umar bin Muhammad bin Hafidh, through whom he received guidance and tutelage in the renowned Islamic institute of higher learning, Dar al-Mustafa, in Hadramawt, Yemen. He also studied under other renowned scholars in Darul Mustafa such as Shaykh Umar Al-Khatib, Al-Habib Muhammad bin Abdullah Al-Idrus and Al-Habib Musa Khadhim As-Seggaf, among others. He has received training and ijazah to teach the following Islamic sciences:
- Qur’anic commentary (Tafsir)
- Prophetic narrations (Hadith)
- Islamic theology (Aqidah)
- Sacred law (Islamic Jurispudence)
- Arabic language (Nahu, Sarf, Balagha)
- Sacred Ettiquette (Tarbiyya / Adab)
- The Prophetic methodology of Calling (Da’wah)
This includes readings in the hadith texts of Sahih Bukhari and Sahih Muslim with formal tuition in books including al-Zubad, Umdat-al-Salik (Reliance of the Traveller) and Manhaj-al-Tulab in Sacred Law. Shaykh Mus’ab specialises in Sacred law, the Sciences of Inward Purification (Tazkiyya, Tasawwuf) and the biographical texts of the early pious Muslims and scholars (Salaf-al-salih). He travels regularly and has taught and lectured in the UK, the Middle East, South Africa and the Comoros Islands. Shaykh Musab currently lives in Hadramout, Yemen where he continues to learn and teach.