Habib Kazim bin Ja’far bin Muhammad al-Saqqaf traces his lineage back through the great Imams, Shaykh ‘Abd al-Rahman al-Saqqaf and al-Faqih al-Muqaddam Muhammad bin ‘Ali to the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ.
He was born in Tarim, in Yemen’s Hadramawt Valley in 1967. He memorised the Qur’an under the tutelage of Habib Sa’d bin ‘Alawi al-‘Aydarus at the renowned school of Imam Muhammad Abu Murayyam. He also studied at the prestigious Ribat of Tarim and took knowledge from the main scholars of the city.
Habib Kazim then left Tarim to study under Habib Muhammad bin Abdullah al-Haddar at his Ribat in al-Bayda’ in Northern Yemen. He also studied under Habib Zayn bin Ibrahim bin Sumayt in the same Ribat and Habib Ibrahim bin `Aqil bin Yahya in Ta`izz.
He later returned to Hadramawt to assist Habib Umar bin Hafiz in his efforts calling people to Allah and reviving Islam in a region that had suffered greatly under the oppression of the socialist regime in South Yemen. He served as the director of the Ribat of al-Shihr for six years and then as the director of the Ribat of al-Mukalla’ for a further two years.
A highly-respected scholar, Habib Kazim is considered an expert in many areas of the sacred sciences including Jurisprudence (Fiqh), the Prophetic Biography (Sirah), Creed (`Aqidah), Principles of Jurisprudence (Usul) and in particular, Hadith and its related sciences.
Habib Kazim has made numerous expeditions calling people to Allah. He travels regularly to South East Asia and the United Kingdom has visited Australia, Canada and several European countries. Wherever he goes, he touches people’s hearts with his compassion and humility. He stops at nothing to fulfil the needs of anyone that comes to him. His unique oratory fills the hearts of his audiences with love for Allah and His Messenger ﷺ and the desire to do good and benefit society.
When he is not travelling, he teaches and sits on the Council for Legal Verdicts at Dar al-Mustafa in Tarim.
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