Timbuktu Teachers

abu taubah hails from a family of educators. His father, Clarence Alonzo Robertson was the founding vice-president of Medgar Evers College, his mother, Mable Robertson a retired Principal, and former president of ABENY the Association of Black Educators of New York; is still a board member of NABSE the National Assoc. of Black School Educators. 

Not only that, one of his uncles, Pickens Patterson, is a co-founder of the Harvard Black Law students association, and another Billy Patterson retired as the full Professor of Literature at New York University. Two of his aunts are also retired principals and the list goes on.

Abu Khaliyl Abdullah Sylvester (Tony Salvatore Sylvester), is an American who was born near Philadelphia Pennsylvania USA in 1966. He accepted Islam in the mid 1980’s, and after studying with various teachers and shaykhs, and founded and published books for the non-profit da‘wah organization Ad-Da‘wah to Laa ilaaha illallaah wa Muhammadur-Rasoolullaah in Philadelphia Pennsylvania USA. Then began working with al-Qur’an was-Sunnah Society of North America in the early 90’s with Muhammad Al-Jibaly who was its chairman at the time. 

He authored, translated, or worked in editing on every publication published by the non-profit charitable organization al-Qur’an was-Sunnah Society of North America until 1999. During that period, he also held the position of chief content editor for HUDAA published out of New York. During that period he also worked on the popular da‘wah book; “A Brief Illustrated Guide to Understanding Islam.” 

In August of 1999 he relocated to Riyadh, KSA, to begin work at the head office of Darussalam Publications. He resided there for two years, and aside from other publications produced during that period, his main responsibility was chief editor for the publication of the Tafsir Ibn Kathir (10 volumes) under the supervision of Shaykh Safi-ur-Rahman al-Mubarakpuri, may Allah have mercy with him. Abu Khaliyl’s duties on that project included the responsibility of abridging the Arabic text, removing all of the weak hadeeths of the Tafseer, as well as correcting and editing the entire translation. 

After the completion of the Tafseer, he returned to the United States and founded the non-profit charitable organization Dar al-Kitab wal Hikmah in Mobile, Alabama. He continues working full time for Darussalam Publications. 

Abu Khaliyl is the author, editor, or translator of many books, booklets, and articles, some of which may be seen at the website for Dar al-Kitab wal Hikmah, and he has many on-going projects that include both translations and compilations. His free English language da‘wah booklet “The Pillars of Faith in the Religion of Islam” has been printed many times, and is also translated in Spanish, French, and Italian. 

Aside from the Tafseer Ibn Kathir (10 volumes), his work as translator or editor with Darussalam Publications included;

Sunan Abu Dawud (5 volumes)

Jami‘ at-Tirmidhi (6 volumes)

Sunan an-Nasa’i (6 volumes)

Sunan Ibn Majah (5 volumes)

Minhaj al-Muslim (2 volumes)

Fatawa Islamiyya (8 volumes)

The Explanation of al-‘Aqidah al-Wasatiyyah by Shaykh Ibn Uthaymeen (2 volumes)

The Explanation of the Three Fundamentals by Shaykh Ibn Uthaymeen

Fatawa Arkan al-Islam (Islamic Verdicts on the Pillars of Islam) by Shaykh Ibn Uthaymeen

The Sealed Nectar (ar-Raheeq al-Makhtoom) by Safiur-Rahman al-Mubarakpuri

Short Biography of the Prophet and his Ten Companions, by al-Hafiz Abdul-Ghani al-Maqdisi

Biography of the Prophet by Abdullah the son of Shaykh Muhammad bin Abdul-Wahhab (2 volumes)

“Al-Lubab Fee Fiqhus-Sunnah wal-Kitab” (Fiqh According to the Quraan and Sunnah) by Muhammad Subhi bin Hasan Hallaq (2 volumes)

Lessons for New Muslims (seven pocket sized booklets with one audio cassette; 1. the Noble Qur’an (Part 30), 2. The Muslim Creed Expounded 3. Prayer and Purification, 4. Basic Muslim Moral and Manners, 5. Zakaah and Fasting, 6. An Easy Guide to Hajj, Umrah, & Ziyaarah, 7.)

Some Selected supplications from the Quran, cassette includes procedures on how to perform taharah and salah)

The Nature of Fasting by Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyyah

al-Jadid fi Sharh Kitab at-Tawhid by Shaykh Muhammad al-Qarawi as well as many others. 

His work with al-Qur’an was-Sunnah Society of North America includes all publications until 1999, some of which are; Hadiths Needed by those who Talk about Manhaj, the Authentic Abridgement of the Book of Parables by Abu Ash-Shaykh al-Asbahani, Prayer Behind the Innovators; Questions and Answers from Ibn Taymiyyah, as well as others, including editing on all of the works of Muhammad al-Jibaly published by al-Qur’an was-Sunnah Society of North America. 

His annotated Arabic text Fada’il an Nabi al-Madhkurati fil-Qur’an (Virtues of the Prophet Revealed in the Quraan) taken from Dala’il an-Nubuwwah by al-Hafiz Abu Nu’aym al-Asbahani was translated and published by Ibn Mas‘ud Institute (UK). His translation and annotation of Al-Qawlus-Sadeed – Shaykh Abdur-Rahman as-Sa’di’s commentary on Kitab at-Tawhid – was published by al-Hidaayah Publications (UK). 

Abu Khaliyl was granted ijazah (permission) for the Six Books of Hadith (Sahih al-Bukhari, Sahih Muslim, Sunan Abu Dawud, Jami‘ at-Tirmidhi, Sunan An-Nasa’i and Sunan Ibn Majah) by Shaykh Safi-ur-Rahman after reading from them with him. 

Abu Khaliyl has been teaching regular classes on-line for Jami‘ at-Tirmidhi and Sunan Abu Dawud, these classes have been on going more than six years. He also teaches Sunan an-Nasa’i monthly in Missouri. He has also taught his abridgement of Kitab as-Sunnah from Sunan Ibn Majah (dealing with sunnah, hadith, manhaj and creed) more than fifteen times, to many students in Florida, Alabama, Louisiana, more than one location in California, Washington state, Utah, Michigan, more than one location in Missouri, Greensboro North Carolina, more than one location in Connecticut, Toronto Canada, as well as teaching it in on-line lessons. He has also taught various lessons in creed, manhaj, fiqh and tafsir in Mobile Alabama.

Abu Hudhayfah Abdul Hakeem Marshall is a New York-based Imaam that has been involved in Islaamic education for over twenty-five years.

1414/1993 He studied Usoolud deen, Grammar, and tajweed from Shaykh Ali Abdul Maalik as-Saudi.

1416/1995 Quraan from Shaykh AHmed Dweedar alMaSri.

1417/1996 to 1424/2002 Arabic, and Maaliki FiQh from the famous Shaykh, Tayyib as-Soodani, the former student and protege of Shaykh Bin Baz.

1424/2002 to 1426/2004 Quraan and Tajweed from Mufti MuHammad Abdullaah alBengaali.

1427/2005 to 1434/2013 served as Assistant Imaam Jami’ Islaamic Society of Central New York.

1429/2008 NaHwu/Sarf, and Usoolul FiQh from Shaykh Khaleel Carter. 

1434/2013 he was appointed Imaam Islaamic Center of Northern New York.   

 Since 1430/2009 He has faithfully served as a Chaplain in the NewYork Prison system.

Ustaadh Abu Hudhayfah holds multiple Ijaazah in the sciences of Arabic, AQeedah, and FiQh.

He currently teaches as a professor of Arabic and FiQh at Timbuktu Seminary. May Allaah continue to bless us with him. 

Born in New York in 1401 hijri; abu MaHmood KhaDr Ameen al Qoobi [The Cuban] is a second-generation Muslim. His parents; MuHammad and Nisaa Ameen, are pioneers who accepted islaam in the seventies. They were also active members of the daarul islaam community.

His father MuHammad taught Japanese Martial Arts, and KHaDr benefited greatly from his father’s teachings. Having received second-degree black belts in both Goju Ryu and Shotokan karate.

KhaDr began his journey as a professional Taalibul ilm at the young age of twelve. And he brings the knowledge of East Africa to the Timbuktu Seminary.

In Quraan, he specializes in the Qiraa-ah of ibn katheer.

In AQeedah, he follows the salaf.

In fiQh, he tends to follow ash-Shaafi’ee.

He is a polyglot with five languages under his belt.

Abu MaHmood KhaDr Ameen has been given hand-written permission to teach by two highly respected senior scholars:

  1. The Head-Professor of Tafseer at daarul Hadeethul Khayriyyah in Makkah; The Shaykh Muhammad al-Ameen bin abdullaah al Oromi al Harari al-ithiyoobi
  2. The Vice-President of the East African Division of the Union of African Muslim Scholars;  The Honorable Dr. Jeelaan KhiDr Ghamdaan al-ithiyoobi

His ijaazaat from these two scholars are numerous and cover every science. They include but are not limited to the following:

  1. The classical books of Qiraaat and Tajweed
  2. Al-MuwaTTa
  3. SaHeeH Bukhaari
  4. SaHeeH Muslim
  5. Sunan Nisaa-i
  6. Sunan abi daawood
  7. Sunan tirmidhi
  8. Sunan ibn Maajah
  9. Sunan ad-daarimi
  10. Sunan ad-daaraQuTni
  11. Sunan al-BayhaQi
  12. Mishkaatul MaSaabeeH
  13. All the works of Imaam Nawaawi
  14. The classics in FiQhush Shaafi’ee
  15. al-Umm by Imaam Shaafi’ee
  16. All the works of Shaykh of islaam MuHammad alKhaTeeb Shabreeni [SHaafi’ee fiQh]
  17. Jam’U Jawaami’ and al-WaraQaat in USoolul FiQh
  18. Tafseer Jalalayn, ibn Katheer, and aT-Tabari

We clearly state that for each and every one of these works abu MaHmood KhaDr Ameen has multiple ijaazah and chains of narrators.

In fact, when Dr. Jeelaani was passing his ijaazah on to KhaDr he emphasized this point by quoting the following lines of poetry:

You will hardly find a classical book — except that I have, from it took nor find a scholar, Mu’tamad — except that I have that sanad

— This poem is actually a quote taken from Shaykh MurtaDaa zubaydi [May Allaah have mercy on him] in his book, “Alfiyyatus Sanad.”
Mu’tamad = A description given to someone who is well-known and relied upon.

و قل ان ترى كتاب يعتمد
الا ولي فيه اتصال و سند
او عالما الا و لي اليه
وساءط يوقفني عليه

This, walHamdu lillaah