Scholars' Biographies

Shaykh Abdur-Raḥmān Ould Murābiṭ al-Ḥājj

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Shaykh Abdur-Rahman is the son of the great scholar and saint, Murabit al-Hajj, may Allah preserve and protect them both. He was born in 1945, in a district in Mauritania belonging to the tribe of Massuma, which is well-known for its Ulama and its vast number of students of Qur’an and Jurisprudence.

He began his studies at the tender age of five, with the memorisation of Qur’an in Warsh and Qalun under the direct tutelage of his noble father. He continued his studies at the madrasa of Murabit al-Hajj Fahfu where he learnt Jurisprudence and Arabic Grammar. He studied Legal Theology at the madrasa of Murabit Ahmad Fal Ould Ahmadna and spent time at the one of the oldest madrasas in Lemtouna, namely, the madrasa of Shaykh Muhammad bin Murabit bin Muhammad al-Amin. It was at this last madrasa that he taught Maliki Jurisprudence.

He continued his study of the various Islamic disciplines in Mauritania until he went to perform the Hajj in the early 1980’s, at which point his search for knowledge caused him to reside in the blessed city of Medina for a year. Thereafter, he was appointed as an Imam in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. In 1984, he moved to Granada, where he has lived with his family ever since, serving as the Imam of Masjid Taqwa, which is located in the Albaycin, the old Muslim Quarter.