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Friday, December 18, 2020

Imam `Abdullah bin `Alawi al-Haddad's 'Kitab Adab Suluk al-Murid' (The Treatise on the Good Manners of the Spiritual Disciple) - Shaykh Musab Penfound.

Imam `Abdullah bin `Alawi al-Haddad's 'Kitab Adab Suluk al-Murid' (The Treatise on the Good Manners of the Spiritual Disciple's wayfaring) taught by Shaykh Musab Penfound. This is the first of two sessions taught in Brisbane, Australia on the 20th and 21st October, 2018. Hosted by al Hikam Institute ( Video and Audio by Sidi Abdul Majid Mafot (

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Shaykh Musa’b Penfound (Luke Martin Gregory)

Shaykh Musa’b 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 studying full-time under authentic scholarship, with unbroken chains of transmission back to the Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him.

He has received 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.

Main Teachers

His main teacher is the distinguished Islamic scholar; Al-Habib Umar bin Muhammad bin Hafidh under which Shaykh Musa’b has received guidance and tutelage.

He has also studied under scholars in the renowned seminary of Dar-Al Mustafa in Tarim, Yemen which include the Grand Mufti of Tarim, Habib Ali Mashour bin Hafidh, Shaykh Umar Al-Khatib, Al-Habib Muhammad bin Abdullah Al-Idrus, Al-Habib Musa Khadhim As-Seggaf among others.

Islamic Teaching Credentials

Shaykh Musa’b has received teaching licences in the Islamic sciences with a particular focus upon;

  • Sacred law (Islamic Jurisprudence),
  • Spirituality (Tarbiyyah / Adāb)
  • The Prophetic methodology of Calling (Da’wa)

He travels regularly and has taught and lectured in the UK, the Middle East, South Africa, Kenya, the Comoros Islands, Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand.

Areas of Interest

Shaykh Musa’b’s areas of interest include the Sciences of Inward Purification (Tazkiyya), Prophet’s Biography (Seerah) and the biographical texts of the early Muslims and scholars (Salaf-al-salih).

Currently, Shaykh Musa’b lives in Tarim, Yemen where he is continuing his advance studies under the tutelage of his teachers and serving the global community.


About The Book

This volume contains three concise treatises of the venerable Imām al-Ḥaddād. The first treatise, Mutual Reminding, distils the ethic and content of offering good counsel to one another. The chief elements of counsel, says the Imām, are Taqwā, an active fear and consciousness of God, and detachment from the material world. 

These elements connect with the topic of the second treatise, Good Manners, which discusses the manners recommended of the spiritual wayfarer as he or she takes the path to spiritual felicity. The third treatise, The Aphorisms, is a compilation of Imām al-Ḥaddād’s wise insights on a broad range of topics and includes the commentary of Shaykh Muḥammad Ḥayāt al-Sindī.

About The Author

Imam Abd Allah ibn Alawi al-Haddad was born in 1634 CE (1044 Hijri). He lived his entire life in the town of Tarim in Yemen’s Valley of Hadramawt and died there in 1720 CE (1132 Hijri). In Islamic history, he was considered one of the great Sufi sages. He was an adherent to the Ashari Sunni Creed of Faith (Aqeedah), while in Islamic jurisprudence (Fiqh), he was a Shafi'i.

He lived at Tarim in the Hadramaut valley between Yemen and Oman, and is widely held to have been the ‘renewer’ of the twelfth Islamic century. A direct descendant of the Prophet, his sanctity and direct experience of God are clearly reflected in his writings, which include several books, a collection of Sufi letters, and a volume of mystical poetry. He spent most of his life in Kenya and Saudi Arabia where he taught Islamic jurisprudence and classical Sufism according to the order (tariqa) of the Ba'Alawi sayids.

In spite of being a major source of reference among the Sunni Muslims (especially among Sufis), only recently have his books began to receive attention and publication in the English-speaking world. Their appeal lies in the concise way in which the essential pillars of Islamic belief, practice, and spirituality have been streamlined and explained efficiently enough for the modern reader. Examples of such works are The Book of Assistance, The Lives of Man, and Knowledge and Wisdom.

About The Translator

Dr. Mostafa al-Badawi is a consultant Psychiatrist and member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. He studied under many shaykhs, foremost among whom is the late Habib Ahmad Mashur al-Haddad.

Dr. Badawi is also one of the leading contemporary translators of Islamic books from Arabic to English, and his work includes Book of Assistance, The Lives of Man, Key to the Garden, and Degrees of the Soul


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