Shaykh Rami Nsour
Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam) said, “People are ores
like the ores of gold and silver. The best of them in jahiliyya are the
best of them in Islam if they gain fiqh (understanding).” We should
not see in ourselves and others what is immediately apparent, but rather
look for the potential that can be attained. This potential is unlocked
through knowledge of Islam.”
Nsour was born in Amman, Jordan and moved to the United States at the
age of 9. During his college years, he attended classes taught by
shuyukh in the San Francisco Bay Area; notably, Shaykh Khatri bin Bayba,
Shaykh Abdullah bin Ahmedna and Shaykh Hamza Yusuf. With their
encouragement, Rami embarked on a journey to Mauritania in 1998.
In Mauritania, he studied with some of the greatest scholars of our times such as his foremost teacher,
Shaykh Murabit al Hajj bin Fahfu. He was also blessed to study with
Murabit Muhammad al-Amin bin al-Shaykh, Murabit Ahmed Fal bin Ahmedna,
Shaykh Abdullah bin Ahmedna, Shaykh Tahir ibn Murabit al Hajj and Shaykh
Sa’d Bu among others.
Rami completed studies in the
subjects of Qu’ran, ‘Aqeedah (Belief), Fiqh (Law), Nahu (grammar), Ihsan
(spiritual purification), and adab (manners). He has completed the
final text of Maliki fiqh, Mukhtasar Khalil, with memorization and has
been granted permission by his shuyukh to teach. In addition to his
extensive study of fiqh, he was afforded the unique opportunity to
attend one-on-one sessions with his teachers where he would engage them
in countless hours of discussion on the application of fiqh in general and specifically for those living in the West.
After spending 4 years in
Mauritania, he spent another 4 years with Shaykh Saleck bin Sidine, a
visiting scholar from Mauritania at the Zaytuna Institute. He lived
with Shaykh Saleck and was again afforded the opportunity to learn
practical applications of fiqh during this extraordinary ‘in-residence’
Rami has translated traditional
Islamic texts from Arabic including various works on Maliki fiqh and
several works of the great Mauritanian scholar, Shaykh Muhammad Mawlud,
including Birr al-Walidayan (The Rights of Parents), Ishraq al-Qarar
(The Spiritual Aspects of Prayer), and the Adab of Sadaqa. He has also
translated a versified version of Adab of the Student entitled Iya’ant
al-Mutafahim (The Assistance of the Student) by Shaykh Muhammad al Hasan
as well as the original Taleem al Muta’llim by Shaykh Zarnuji.
In addition, Rami has dedicated much
of his time in teaching, conducting seminars and counseling. He has
spent a great deal of his time teaching and aiding Muslims in prison and
has seen how knowledge unlocks the human potential. His students in the
prisons have in turn taught countless people and invited many people to
Islam. He was instrumental in co-founding Dar as-Salaam, a project
dedicated to building and supporting a school in Mauritania.
Shaykh Rami serves as Senior Instructor at SeekersHub Global. Rami is the co-founder of the Tayba Foundation which has a correspondence program for Muslim inmates (www.taybafoundation.org).
In addition to traditional teaching licenses (ijazah), Rami holds a
B.A. in Human Development with a Focus on Early Childhood. Rami resides
in the San Francisco Bay Area, is married and has two children.