Mufti Abu Layth

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Mufti Abu Layth al-Maliki (MALM),[1][2] is a prominent scholar of Islam, who proactively promotes the Fiqh school of Imam Malik.

Mufti Abu Layth has a keen interest in highlighting the rulings in Islam that have become clouded by culture, he's very passionate to illustrate that Islam has always championed human rights and is a Deen built upon Maslaha (welfare).

Introduction

The Mufti is revered for his 'Monday Night With Mufti'[3] lectures, which highlights the issues and questions raised by his truly global student base. The videos cover a range of topics, including the most simple things, to controversial/taboo topics that must be tackled in the 21st Century. He carried out preliminary Arabic and Islamic Studies as a teenager in the UK in 1997 before going to Damascus, Syria to study, in a time when a generation of students were inspired by the likes of Shaykh Hamza Yusuf and others to travel and seek Sacred Knowledge. 

Education

In Damascus he adopted the Maliki madhhab, sharing his accommodation with young Malikis, who were freshly graduated scholars and senior students of knowledge of Moroccan, Algerian and Tunisian descent. It was with them that he privately studied his basic Maliki Fiqh and Maliki Usul, in addition to studying at Ma'had al-Amaniya and at Damascus University for a year and a half, where he covered the essential elementary sciences of Islam.

Mufti Abu Layth then travelled to Pakistan to memorise the Qur'an, which he completed within a year, along with Tafsir, some Fiqh, and some literature at the Jami`ah Muhammadiyyah Institute in Islamabad, Pakistan (under the supervision of Shaykh Amin-ulHasanat, the son of the Legendary Pir Karam Shah al-Azhari). He then returned to Syria to recite the entire Qur'an to Shaykh Abdul-Haadi at-Tabbaa' who was a key student of Shaykh Bakri al-Tarabeeshi (who held one of the most highest chains/asaneed in the Quran worldwide). Shaykh Abdu'l-Haadi after listening to the entire Quran authorised Mufti Abu Layth to teach with an ijazah [License to teach] and chain of transmission (isnad) going back to the Messenger of Allah (SAW). 

Amongst other Shuyukh whose public durus in Damascus Mufti benefited from were: Shaykh AbdurRazzaq alHalabi alHanafi, Shaykh Ramadan alBouti and Shaykh AbdulGhani al-Diqqar; a free-sprited scholar, who had received international awards and was amongst the leading grammarians in the entire Muslim world, he would teach weekly classes on Saheeh Bukhari. Mufti would often share personal dialogues with Shaykh AbdulGhani al-Diqqar and was very impressed and inspired by his eccentric sense of humour despite his old age (82 yrs old), he'd often do pranks like pull and trip-over some of his senior-aged friends/students in the masjid and find it hillarious, may Allah elevate his maqam in Jannah.

UK Education

Since his return to the UK in 2005, Mufti qualified as a professional teacher (PGCE) and completed his Masters degree (M.Ed) He has taught Arabic and Islamic Studies in various Schools and Colleges. His passion in Psychology led him to University studies once again, where he completed a degree in Psychology (B.S.C).

Travelling

Mufti Abu Layth has continued his personal search for Sacred Knowledge and recently has since travelled to places like Al-Azhar, al-Qarawiyin and Dar ulHadith Hassania. He was very fortunate to travel to Tetouan in 2015 to meet his inspiration, Shaykh Muhammad BouKhubza (90+ years of age) and a student of Shaykh AbdilHayy alKattani, Shaykh Ahmad alGhumari and Shaykh ibn Aashur, the Shaykh authorised Mufti with a license to teach through his chains (ijaazaat/asaneed), which cover hundreds of books on Hadith, Fiqh and many other areas. Mufti Abu Layth remains in contact for guidance with many leading Maliki scholars in the world today, which include; Shaykh Muhammad Rougi (Grand Shaykh of the Qarawiyin) Shaykh Ahmad Taha Rayyan (leading scholar of the هيئة كبار العلماء at alAzhar, and considered the Grand Maliki Mufti of Egypt) Shaykh Naji al-Araby (leading Maliki Mufti in Bahrain) Shaykh AbdulHamid Aal Mubarak (amongst the key Malikis scholars of the Ahsaa' region in Saudi Arabia today). 

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