Ustadh Asif Uddin was born and raised in the UK. He has graduated in Business and Information Technology from University of North London. He further pursued a Masters degree from Brunei University. He has been heavily involved in Dawah from the time he was in University. He is a keen student of knowledge and has studied Islamic sciences in Mauritania, Egypt and Qatar and continues that journey today. Ustadh gives weekly Tafseer and Seerah circles and is a lecturer for SABEEL (MRDF). Formerly, he was editor in chief of Islam21c.com. He has a show called “Chapter by Chapter” on “Eman Channel”, discussing the Quran. This is his exclusive interview with Hiba.
- Ustadh, please tell us something about your childhood.
Alhumdulillah, I had a very good childhood that was free of troubles and problems. Now being a father myself, I appreciate that my parents really cared for me, even though they were quite strict with me. I have seen kids whose parents are easygoing with them, allowing them to come and go whenever they like. Although at that moment I did not understand their strictness with me, I could still see the benefit in it. I especially remember that even though they were not super religious, Salah was really central in their life. They would make sure that I was praying on time, which obviously had a very strong impact later on in my life.
- What did you want to become when you were a teenager?
I feel like I did not have too much direction in my life. I needed someone to guide me and tell me that this is the career you should pursue. I never thought I would be giving Dawah, because I actually started to come closer to Deen in my late teens when I was in college. Even when I started to practice Islam, I never imagined that I would give lectures. I always thought that if I would ever get involved in Dawah, then it would be behind the scenes in organizing the events. Even in my wildest dreams, I never had the intentions of addressing the audience and becoming a speaker.
- Everyone has a person in their life who motivates them to get closer to Deen. Who was your role model, mentor, or teacher?
A very strong impact on me had a scholar in London – Sheikh Haitham al-Haddad. He is a very inspirational person – by being in his presence, my Iman would increase. The things he would say were so relevant at a particular moment and time that he would have an impact on my life every single time he would give a reminder or speak to me. If there was one person then that would be my teacher, and he is from London.
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