Shaykh Ahmed Abdo


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Shaykh Ahmed Abdo is currently a chaplain at the NSW Police Force. He has also undertaken 10 years of formal Islamic study at Tarim, Yemen.

Shaykh Ahmed Abdo was born in South-Western Sydney. He graduated from the University of Technology, Sydney with a Bachelor of Business (Major in Accounting) in 2004.

In December 2005, Shaykh Ahmed travelled to Tarim where he would enrol in Dar al-Mustafa, a centre for traditional Islamic scholarship that currently hosts an array of international students. The work of the seminary was featured in a major New York Times profile in 2009. It is in this environment that he would develop a richer understanding of the Islamic faith, learning from renowned Islamic scholars such as Habib Umar bin Hafiz, Habib Ali Zain al-Abideen al- Jifri, and Habib Kadhim al-Saqqaf, and Shaykh Umar bin Hussain al- Khatib.

During his course of studies in Dar al-Mustafa, Shaykh Ahmed studied the core Islamic sciences including grammar, jurisprudence, theology, prophetic traditions and spiritual wayfaring, with a particular interest in the area of Islamic Jurisprudence. He has also undertaken shorter periods of study in the prestigious Ribat Tarim, an older institute for Islamic studies.
Shaykh Ahmed has received various traditional, religious licenses (ijaza) including :
■ permission to disseminate Islamic teachings (da’wah), from Habib Ali Mashhur bin Hafiz, Mufti of Tarim;
■ permission to read and benefit from the works of scholars of the past in various Islamic disciplines, from Habib Umar bin Hafiz, Dean of Dar al-Mustafa;
■ permission in the recitation of spiritual litanies from Habib Umar bin Hafiz and Habib Kadhim al-Saqqaf, Lecturer in Dar al-Mustafa.

He has travelled to South Africa twice as an interpreter (Arabic to English) accompanying Habib Kadhim al- Saqqaf and Habib Umar bin Hafiz for their lecture tours of the country in 2010. In June 2012, he also accompanied Habib Kadhim al-Saqqaf to Australia to serve as an interpreter. In November 2012, he accompanied Habib Kadhim to Canada to serve as an interpreter. In December 2012, he was invited to deliver a series of lectures to youth and the Young Muslims of Australia National Senior Camp in Victoria. He then participated in a one-week long lecture circuit in Sydney based on the theme ‘Reviving the Sunnah.’
Ustadh Ahmed frequently translates during the Annual Summer Dowrah in Dar al-Mustafa. Ustadh Ahmed has also taught the subjects of jurisprudence and spiritual wayfaring to students in Dar al-Mustafa.

Source: Shaykh Ahmed Abdo