Shaykh Daoud’s Blog

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Shaykh Daoud lives in London.

He is a follower of the Naqshbandi Sufi Order and of the Shafi’i Sunni school. He is fluent in Malay (both Jawi and Rumi), and a couple of other languages. He studied diniyyah, fiqh, tajweed, and tasawwuf with Shaykh Ahmad Labib (Azhari) and Ustad Muhammad Dahlan Arshad (Azhari).

He first became involved with the Naqshbandi Sufi Order in Malaysia, with Shaykh Daud Abdullah of Ulu Selangor, and in Turkey with Shaykh Mehmed efendi Kotku hazretleri; and later through sultanu-l awliya Shaykh Abdullah Daghistani hazretleri.

He has various ijazahs – in fiq’h and diniyyah through Shaykh Ahmad Labib, and mashayakhah in tasawwuf through Shaykh Abdullah Daghestani. He is the khalifah for the British followers of Qibrisli Shaykh Mehmed Nazim Adil efendi Haqqani.

He has been a long-time friend of the late Dr Said Ramadan and Dr Muhammad Zaki Badawi KBE (rahmatu-Llahi ‘alayhima) and of Senator Professor Khurshid Ahmed and Dr Ja’far Sheikh Idris, although dissenting from them on many matters.

He is an alumnus of SOAS (where he read Arabic and Malay), the University of Kent (where the subject of his Research was “The American Colonial Government of the Southern Philippines, 1898-1946”), and the Cordwainers’ Course in Saddle, Bridle and Harness-making.

He is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Journalists and of the Guild of Master Craftsmen, and a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland.

He has done various things such as being a regular officer in the British Army (active service in Brunei at the end of the Azahari Rebellion, and in Sabah, Singapore, and Peninsular Malaysia, during most of the Confrontation War), a professional journalist, a schoolmaster teaching history, an academic historian, and a saddler. He currently makes leathergoods, specifically sporrans and other highland regalia.

He has translated some of the short surahs of the Quran into Scottish Gaelic.


Written by Daoud Rosser-Owen

July 10, 2008 at 4:11 pm

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  1. Hello luv, lovin’ your work!

    Charlie Wadia

    September 18, 2009 at 9:49 pm

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