بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
With regards to myself, my name is Mustafa George DeBerry . I was originally born in Brooklyn, New York City, United States of America in September, 1975. I entered into the wonderful religion of Islam when I was 16 years old and by the grace of Allah, I migrated to Saudi Arabia when I was 20 years old. Before travelling to Saudi I used to study Arabic and Islam from the likes of Dawood Adeeb (may Allah bless him and preserve him upon the Sunnah), and others whom I don’t care to mention due to them changing their methodology. Allah blessed me to be able to study and complete the Islamic University of Madina. During that time and till date, I have benefitted and continue to benefit from a number of scholars including:
Sheikh Muhammed bin Saleh al Uthaymeen
I attended his lessons in the Haram in Mecca several years and I benefitted greatly from his gentleness in teaching , his love of Aqeedah and the Sunnah, and his diligency in spreading knowledge. May Allah shower him with His mercy and enter him into the highest part of Jennah.
Sheikh Muqbil bin Hadee al Wadi’ee
I met him a few times in Jeddah and Mecca and I was greatly touched by his strong memory, his love of Hadith and the Sunnah, and his manner of teaching. I don’t consider myself a student of Sheikh Muqbil because I did not get the chance to attend any of his lessons, but I benefited greatly from meeting him and reading his books. May Allah grant him Jennah. (more can be heard about him in the lecture given about his life)
Sheikh Rabe’e bin Hadee al Madkhalee
I sat with him for over 3 years in Madina and in Mecca. I benefitted from his great love of the Sunnah and his detailed refutations of the people of innovation. He indeed is the flag bearer of the sciences of Jarh wa Ta’deel of our time. May Allah preserve him and grant him long life.
Sheikh Abdul Muhsin al Abaad
I finished many books with him while I was studying in Madina Islamic University and I learned a great amount of knowledge related to Aqeedah, Sunnah and the sciences of hadeeth and narrators. I also learned from him that a teacher should be consistent and constantly teach the people. In a period of over 7 years, the Sheikh was only absent from his 6 days a week lesson no more than twice or three times. May Allah preserve him.
Sheikh Ubaid bin Abdullah al Jabiree
I studied several books with him while in Madina. He is like a father to me and I have benefitted greatly from his knowledge and fatherly advice. His methodology of teaching reminds me of the works of Sheikh Abdul Rahman al Sa’dee. I ask Allah to preserve him and grant him firmness upon the Sunnah.
Sheikh Abdullah bin Abdul Azeez al Aqeel
I finished several Aqeedah works with him in Riyadh, and I learned from him that a person should continue to study, teach, memorize and call to Islam even after becoming very old. He taught in his living room every day from after fajr until after isha. May Allah grant him the highest part of Jennah. (more benefits can be read in the article compiled about the Sheikh)
Sheikh Abdullah bin Abdul Rahman al Ghudayan
I consider him like a father to me. I studied many books with him in Riyadh and I also had a very close relationship with him for 3 years. He was the kind of Sheikh who lived as if he would die tomorrow. He did not care for this life and its adornments. I learned knowledge, character, gentleness and love of teaching from him. His death was a major calamity in my life and I ask Allah to grant him the highest part of Jennah and to join him with The Prophet Muhammad (صلى الله عليه و سلم ) and the companions.
Sheikh Saleh bin Fowzan al Fowzan
I am presently still studying with him. He is like a lion when it comes to teaching the people the religion. He loves works in Aqeedah and Fiqh, and his Tafseer lessons were filled with strong reminders and admonitions. He teaches his students that they should focus on Aqeedah, and he teaches them that they should take advantage of their time and study, read, sit with the scholars and teach the people. He is very firm and we ask Allah to raise him in this life and the next.
Sheikh Saleh bin Muhammad al Luhaydan
I am still presently studying with him. He is the kind of scholar who after sitting in one of his lessons, you return home wanting to study, pray, read, worship Allah! He reminds you of Allah and he delivers knowledge in a manner which is very easy and comprehendible. May Allah preserve him and raise him in this life and the next.
These are just a few of the scholars that Allah has allowed me to benefit from. There are many more that I have not mentioned. I ask Allah to allow me to be from amongst those who learn and act upon that which they learn. I ask Allah to forgive me and my scholars and grant us all success in this life and the next. I likewise ask Allah to guide those whom have deviated from the path of Ahlu Sunnah and to guide them back to the correct path. The fact that I have benefitted from the above scholars and more will not benefit me if I deviate from the path of Ahlu Sunnah, and thus I ask Allah for firmness on His path until death befalls me.Ameen
May the peace and blessings of Allah be upon our dear Prophet Muhammad, and upon his family members and companions.
Mustafa George DeBerry
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia