Profile of Shaykh Mus’ab Penfound

Shaykh Mus’ab Penfound was born and raised in Manchester, England. After a two year journey, he entered Islam at the age of eighteen.


Since 2005, after an interim period at the University of Manchester attaining a degree in Arabic Language & History, he has been living in the Muslim world, with time spent in the lands of both 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 back to the Prophet Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم

He has received formal training 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.


His main teacher is the distinguished Islamic scholar; Al-Habib Umar bin Muhammad bin Hafidh where Shyakh Musab has received AlHabib’s guidance and tutelage in renowned Islamic school in Hadramout, Yemen; Darul Mustafa.

He has also studied under other renowned scholars in Darul Mustafa such as Shaykh Umar Al-Khatib, Al-Habib Muhammad bin Abdullah Al-Idrus, Al-Habib Musa Khadhim As-Seggaf among others.


Shaykh Mus’ab has received training and been given permission to teach the following Islamic sciences;

▪ Quranic commentary (Tafsīr),

▪ Prophetic narrations (Hadīth),

▪ Islamic theology (Aqīdah),

▪ Sacred law (Islamic Jurispudence),

▪ Arabic language (Nahu, Sarf, balagha),

▪ Sacred Ettiquette (Tarbiyya / Adāb)

▪ The Prophetic methodology of Calling (Da’wa)

This includes readings in the hadith texts of Sahih Bukhari and Sahih Muslim with formal tuition in books including al-Zubad, Umdat-al-Sālik (Reliance of the Traveller) and Manhaj-al-Tulāb in Sacred law.


Shaykh Mus’ab specialist areas of interest include Sacred law, the Sciences of Inward Purification (Tazkiyya) 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. Currently, Shaykh Musab lives in Hadramout, Yemen where he is continuing his studies under the tutelage of his teachers.

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