Born and raised in Manhattan, he has a Bachelors from the University of Chicago and a Masters from the University of Oxford. He also traveled and spent many years pursuing an intensive full-time study of the classical disciplines of Islamic learning and was awarded formal certifications as an ‘Alim and Mufti.
For the past 20 years, he has formally guided seekers on the spiritual path of becoming closer to Allah (Swt) and regularly delivers talks and offers courses at universities, masjids, and institutions of learning in countries across the UK, Europe, and South Africa.
The Shaykh has also established academies offering free education in classical Islamic learning and spirituality through both live and online courses for men and women around the world. In 2009, the Shaykh with his respected wife Alimah S. Ahmed, founded Zaynab Academy Online – the first all-women’s online Islamic educational institute. Later, Shaykh also founded Tazkiyah Academy-An online Islamic educational institute for men. Visit www.zaynabacademyonline.org and www.tazkiyahacademy.org to learn more. Also, many of the past recordings and live lectures of the Shaykh can be heard at www.islamicspirituality.org
Abdul Wasey has been fortunate in gaining the close company and guidance of the venerable Shaykh Kamaluddin Ahmed for the last few years to develop himself in self-purification (tazkiyah) and spirituality (tasawwuf). Abdul Wasey has also pursued classical Islamic learning for the past four years covering several areas including Quranic explanations (tafseer), Prophetic traditions (hadith), Islamic jurisprudence (fiqh), basis of developing Islamic jurisprudential rulings (usool-e-fiqh) and Arabic.
He regularly organizes and conducts sessions for young professionals to guide them on the path of strengthening their connections with Allah through learnings from esteemed spiritual guides and scholars.
Saif currently lives in Karachi and works for Meezan Bank for the promotion of Islamic banking in Pakistan. Over the years, he has remained in the close company of the venerable Shaykh Kamaluddin Ahmad.
Dr. Saeed was also actively involved as Executive Director in Baanhn Beli (1983-2007) an NGO working in the sectors of health, education and rural development in Thar. He has extensive experience in Child health, Community development and Organisation management.
He has conducted numerous workshops on primary health care and community mobilization for doctors, postgraduates, paramedics, community health workers, mothers and various NGOs. Founder and Executive Director of Society for Children with Autism and Learning Disorders(SCALeD) & Pakistan Centre for Autism. Member Kiran Foundation. Member Cleft and Contracture Foundation. Member Mashal Home for Orphans. Member Noor e Ali Trust running JS Academy for Deaf. Member Managing Committee Central Lab of Civil Hospital Karachi.
Non fulltime Consultant Pediatrician Aga Khan University Hospital( For Agha Khan Diagnostic Centre and Agha Khan Hospital for Women and Children Kharadar). Visiting Consultant Pediatrician Medicare Hospital. Visiting Consultant RIMS Hospital.
Joined the Respectable Shaikh Kamaluddin as a student of Tasawwuf in 2008. Since then under his guidance pursued the Dars e Nizami course.Initial years from Ihsaan Institute and the final Daura e Hadees year from Jamia Darul Uloom Korangi in 2018. Special interests are Hadees,Sarf, Arabic Grammar for Quran Fehmi, Ilm e Meeras.