Sidi Saleh Clemons
Sidi Saleh Clemons’ journey starts with the adhan. He first saw the word in a novel, then listened to a recitation on YouTube. He was struck by the beauty of the adhan (call to prayer). It would lead him to learn more about Islam and eventually take his shahada. A close Muslim friend taught him about the religion and offered “good” suhba, (companionship), helping him transition into Islam. He got on the path of Islamic learning initially through tapes from Sheikh Abu Yusuf Riyadh Ul-Haq, a Hanafi, Deobandi scholar based int he UK. He then met Shaykh Yahya Rhodus and other teachers and students who guided him to Tarim and studying with Habib Omar. He also studied in Egypt and Kenya with his wife and now teaches at the Sakinah Institute and Islamic Center of Ewing in New Jersey.
In this episode, Sidi Saleh talks about how seeking knowledge can sometimes reveal our own faults, and the importance of being there for other Muslims through difficult times.
His story intersects with many familiar names: الحبيب عمر بن حفيظ - Habib Omar, Habib Khadim As-Saqqaf, Habib Ali al-Jifri English, Shaykh Abu Yusuf Riyadh ul Haq, Mufti Muhammad Ibn Adam Al - Kawthar, Sh Abdur-Rahman ibn Yusuf, Shaykh Yahya Rhodus, Ustadh Abdul Qadir Wiswal, Ustadh Hasan Petrus, Shaykh Nuh Lavotte Saunders, Shaykh Hamdi Ben Aissa
My sincere apologies for the poor sound quality for the first 20 minutes.