Sacred Journeys of the Seeker – Talks & Workshops with Habib Muhammad Al-‘Aydarus & Shaykh Mus’ab Penfound


Shaykh Mus’ab Luke Martin Penfound

Shaykh Mus’ab Luke Martin Penfound

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.

Public Talk: Sacred Journeys: Reflections upon the Abyssinian and Madinan Migrations (Hijrah)
Speaker: Shaykh Mus’ab Penfound
Date/Time: Friday, 16 Nov 2018, 8pm (Part1) & Saturday, 17 Nov 2018, 8 pm (Part 2)
Venue: 152 Still Road, Singapore 423991
Fee: S$20 (Part 1 and Part 2, Inclusive)

The first migration of Muslims began at the infancy of Islam in Makkah. At that time, there were about 100 believers in Makkah, and they were building their strength and solidarity. However, the Prophet Muhammad was at the same time concerned over their safety. The Prophet had heard of Negus, the King of Abyssinia, who also followed a monotheistic religion (Christianity) and he was well known for his religious tolerance. Thus for the believers’ safety, he advised those who felt threatened to migrate to Abyssinia. Obviously, the journey would not be easy. Among the migrants were men and women, and included people like Uthman bin Affan, his wife Ruqayyah (the daughter of the Prophet Muhammad), and others. In total, about 100 Muslims migrated to Abyssinia in waves of small groups over a period of time. The Prophet said that Uthman had revived a great tradition of the Prophets of the past, and that he was the first to migrate with his family for the sake of his faith since Prophet Lut (AS). While some had believed in accusations that those who emigrated were weaker than those who remained behind in Makkah, there is absolutely no credibility to such accusations. In fact, there are many lessons that can be learnt from the first migration of the early Muslims to Abyssinia.

The major migration of Muslims came later, almost 10 years later, this time to the city of Yathrib, later renamed as Al-Madinah (The City). After being warned of a plot to assassinate him, Prophet Muhammad secretly left his home in Makkah to emigrate to Yathrib, about 300 km north of Makkah, along with his companion Abu Bakr, who later became Islam’s first Caliphate. The year was 622 CE, and later identified as the start of the Islamic Hijri calendar. The Muslims in Makkah has been facing serious oppression in Makkah, and after a period of politico-religious maneouvres by Prophet Muhammad and his Companions, the Prophet migrated to Madinah after receiving divine direction to leave Makkah. While Prophet Muhammad and his Companions faced poverty and difficulty after fleeing Makkah, they persevered through the difficult years. And through the hardship, maneouvres and negotiations involved in the major migration in 622 CE, there are many beautiful and deep reflections that can be derived.

Shaykh Mus’ab will share his thoughts on the various lessons and reflections on the two migrations of Muslims in the early years of Islam, backed by Qur’anic verses and traditions of the Prophet Muhammad.

Workshop: The Path of Devotion – Selected Readings from Imam Al-Haddad’s Book of Assistance
Speaker: Shaykh Mus’ab Penfound
Date/Time: Saturday 17 Nov 2018, 10am – 4pm (Part 1) & Sunday 18 Nov 2018, 2pm – 6pm (Part 2)
Venue: SimplyIslam, 152 Still Road, Singapore 423991
Price: S$30 (Part 1 and Part 2, Inclusive)

Originally written in Classical Arabic, the aptly-named Book of Assistance offers a complete guide to Muslim devotions, prayers and practical ethics. The author Imam Abdallah Ibn-Alawi Al-Haddad (d. 1720), 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. The book helps one to get closer to God in an intimate way, and the author describes various impediments towards one’s path to God.

While Imam Al-Haddad discusses the basic pillars of Islam like ritual prayer, zakat, fasting, pilgrimage, he also discusses matters of deep spirituality like certainty, intention, vigilance, acquiring knowledge, cleanliness, charity, kindness, repentance, hope, fear, and so on. The book is really useful for a Muslim to develop his or her devotions to be a God-mindful individual, treading his life in this world being God-conscious, and preparing his life for the Hereafter. The speaker will elucidate the contents of the book and share his own thoughts in regards to the topics as described above.

Habib Muhammad Abdullah Ali Al-‘aydarus

Habib Muhammad Abdullah Ali Al-‘aydarus

Habib Muhammad Abdullah Ali Al-‘aydarus is an Islamic leader and lecturer of Yemeni descent. He is currently a lecturer at Dar Al-Mustafa in Tarim, Yemen. Additionally, he also holds the positions of Superintendent of the Department of Da’wah, member of the Fatwa Division, and Superintendent of the Administration in Dar Al-Mustafa, Tarim, Yemen.

His vast speaking credentials include participation in several conferences in Yemen and abroad including Indonesia, Malaysia, Egypt and the UAE; and he was invited as Speaker in Yemen and abroad, including Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Ethiopia, the Comoros, the Gulf States, Japan and some countries of Europe, Southeast Asia, South Africa, Egypt and others. He participated in a number of programs in the Sciences of Islamic knowledge and da’wah programs in the UAE and Oman, and he has also been seen and heard on several radio and television programs in numerous countries.

Habib Muhammad is also a prolific writer and author of several Islamic texts, many of which have been published and used as reference for Islamic students. His works include:

  • The Study of Ramadhan for the Nation of Muhammad
  • Folding publication of 10 Lessons
  • Unveiling the Secrets of Umrah and Visitations
  • The Path to Knowing the As-Siddiq’s Country (yet unpublished)
  • The Succinct Summary in Facilitating Preaching as an Individual
  • The Knowledge of Management & Administration – Legitimacy and Principles
  • Illuminating the Seekers of Guidance – Stories of Ihya Ulum Ad-Deen
  • The Polished Mirror – The Meanings of Chivalry in Islam
  • A Catalyst that Illuminates the Role and Practice of the Teacher and Mentor
  • Imam Ali among the Companions of the Prophet ? (yet unpublished)
  • The Middle Path between the Valuable and the Worthless (yet unpublished)
  • The Rejection of the Refused (yet unpublished)

Habib Muhammad Al-‘Aydarus holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Islamic Jurisprudence and Law from the Faculty of Sharia in Al-Ahqaff University in Tarim, Yemen. He is married with five children.

Workshop: The Polished Mirror: Chivalry in Islam
Speaker: Habib Muhammad bin ‘Abdallah Al-‘aydarus
Date/Time: Saturday, 24 Nov 2018, 2pm – 6pm & Sunday, 25 Nov 2018, 2pm – 6pm
Venue: 152 Still Road, Singapore 423991
Fee: S$30 (Part 1 and Part 2, Inclusive)

Habib Muhammad Al-‘Aydarus will be reading and discussing sections from his book, “The Polished Mirror – The Meanings of Chivalry in Islam”. In the West, chivalry is often thought of as an informal social and moral code embedded within society demonstrating, amongst other things, one’s standing and conduct within that society. Some of these meanings are also found in Muslim societies but chivalry in Islam also has unique meanings which are derived from the Qur’an and the Prophetic Traditions (Hadith).

“The Polished Mirror” contains extracts from the Qur’an, the Prophetic Traditions, and many light-hearted stories from medieval and modern times which are retold to bring out the understanding of chivalry in Islam. The book ends with a discussion of the beautiful traits of honour and generosity, and how these traits relate to chivalry and one’s relation to God for the betterment of society.