abdulkarim yahya

AbdulKarim Yahya is a core instructor of the Sunday Ribat and an interpreter for Habib Umar bin Hafiz. Born and raised in Berkeley, California, AbdulKarim embraced Islam in the late 1980s. In the mid-1990s, AbdulKarim traveled to the Middle East to seek Sacred Knowledge. His study pursuits brought him to blessed places such as Damascus, Syria, and Tarim, Yemen. Under the tutelage of Habib Umar bin Hafiz and the teachers of Dar al-Mustafa, AbdulKarim primarily trained in Prophetic biography, the sciences of Islamic spirituality, and law (fiqh) according to the Shafi’i school of thought. He has been permitted to teach these disciplines, among others, as well as to answer questions in Sacred Law.

mohammed tayssir safi

Mohammed Tayssir Safi is the founding director of the Felicity Foundation and formerly served as its Muslim Chaplain at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Born in Dubai, UAE to Damascene parents and raised for the most part in Michigan, Tayssir spent the years after undergrad pursuing Sacred Knowledge. His studies took him to Damascus, Syria, Cairo, Egypt, and Tarim, Yemen. Tayssir is currently continuing his study of the Sacred Religious Sciences in Istanbul, Turkey. 

mohammed ishtiaq

Mohammed Ishtiaq is an instructor of Hanafi fiqh and other subjects at the Sunday Ribat. Shaykh Ishtiaq was born and raised in Bradford, England. He was blessed with the opportunity to study at M'ahad al-Fath al-Islami in Damascus, Syria, where he spent 5 years. 

Shaykh Ishtiaq was then blessed with the opportunity to spend over six months in the illuminated city of Tarim, Hadramaut (Yemen) where he studied Dawah with notable teachers such as Shaykh Habib Umar bin Hafiz, Shaykh ‘Umar Hussain al-Khateeb and Shaykh Habib Muhammad bin Abdullah al-Aydrus.

On returning from his studies, Shaykh Ishtiaq was appointed as the Imam of Madni Jamia Masjid (Bradford) in 2009. He moved to Michigen in July 2010. He taught at the IAGD Hifz Program from 2011 to 2013. He also served as the Director of Quran and Islamic Studies at Huda School, Franklin and the principle of the IAGD Weekend School from 2013 to 2016. Currently he is the Muslim Chaplain at the University of Michigan.


Hafiz Wahaajuddin Mohammed is an instructor of Hanafi fiqh at the Sunday Ribat. He grew up in Atlanta, Georgia and at the age of 11 travelled to Chicago and enrolled at Ma'had Ta'leemul Islam, a boarding school in which students memorize the Quran and learn the Islamic Sciences. While there, he completed memorization of the Quran and began his Islamic Studies. After leaving the madrassa, he completed high school and graduated from Georgia Tech with a degree in management. While pursuing his secular studies, he also continued his Islamic studies part-time with local scholars. In 2011 he moved to Dallas, Texas and was the head hifz teacher at Good Tree Academy. After a year he moved to the Metro Detroit area and began working at Tawheed Center as the education director and co-imam. While serving the local community, he continues to further his own studies.