Biography: Shaykh Musa’b Penfound


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.