A brief biography of the Shaykh
Abdurrahman was both born and raised in the Midwestern United States and
his dissatisfaction with the status quo instigated a deep desire
to find the truth, and as there was no Muslim community in the area
that he lived, he would travel to other communities in order to become
familiar with Muslims and Islam until he was finally guided to Islam at
the age of 19.
He then began an intensive study of
this beautiful religion and within a short period of time felt great
inspiration and inclination to tread on the path of the Sacred
Sciences. Upon consultation with the local Muslim fraternity, he was
directed to South Africa were with the tawfiq of Allah enrolled on a
comprehensive six-year Aalim course at the Dar al-Ulum al-Arabiyyah
al-Islamiyyah Institute under the guidance and supervision of Shaikh
Taha Karan and other respected faculty (may Allah reward them all) At
the institute he found himself most at home within the vast library and
would spend many hours reading classical texts, and only then did he
begin to realize the vast depths of Islamic scholarship while
appreciating the classical legacy and heritage.
Upon graduating, he participated in further studies
and research, while also spending time on the research and writing of
fatawa. Shaykh Yaqub was also requested to teach at the institute and
his specialist focus was Shafi’ee Fiqh and Usool al-Hadith.
Shaikh Yaqub resides in Egypt where he continues personal research in
specialist areas of interest, while also enjoying a land rich in Islamic
history and heritage. He strongly values the need for more classical
education for today’s Muslims, with a specific focus on improving access
to high quality Islamic Education to English speakers.