Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Introducing Shaykh Abdur Rahman Tahir (1929-2011)
Shaykh Abdur-Rahman Tahir was born in the western part of Somalia in 1929. After memorizing the Qur'an, he studied extensively in the traditional Islamic schools of that region. Upon graduating from high school he ventured to Egypt to further his Islamic education. He graduated from Al-Azhar University in 1963. During his time in Egypt, he studied with many of the most renowned scholars in the Islamic world, including Sheikh 'Abdul-Halim Mahmud, and Sheikh Muhyiddin 'Abdul-Hamid.
During his time in Egypt, Shaykh 'Abdur-Rahman served as an Arabic Language broadcast for Egyptian Radio's, "Sawt al-'Arab" program from 1960 until 1963. Upon his return to Somalia, he served as the President of the National Appellate Court from 1965 until 1976. He also served as the Somali Minister of Islamic Affairs and Endowments from 1993 until 1995.
Since his migration to the United States in 1997, he has been one of the greatest knowledge resources in the San Francisco Bay area. He currently teaches Mantiq (Islamic Logic) and Tawhid and Arabic Language. The Shaykh passed on to his Lord December 2011 in the San Francisco Bay Area.