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Dar Us Salaam Mahdara
Dar Us Salaam Mahdara is a traditional Islamic school located in Kiffa, Mauritania, and founded in 2003 by Shaykh Salek bin Siddina—a great scholar from the region as well as one of the former visiting scholars at the previous Zaytuna Institute in Hayward, California. Dar Us Salaam hosts approximately 150 students ranging in age and provides for their living expenses, including food, housing, clothing, and healthcare. Over the years, the Mahdaras of Mauritania have helped produce several influential teachers and students of knowledge teaching Islam in the West, including Shaykh Hamza Yusuf—Zaytuna College, Shaykh Rami Nsour—Tayba Foundation, Shaykh Hamza Maqbul—Rayyan Institute, and Shaykh Yahya Rhodus—Al Maqasid.
In addition to teaching the Islamic sciences, including Aqeeda, Fiqh, Tafseer, Hadith, and Tassawuf, Dar Us Salaam serves as a center for humanitarian relief in the area. Among other things, it distributes sadaqah and Zakat, and conducts Udhiyya and Aqiqa ceremonies for surrounding villages. Dar Us Salaam also builds houses, irrigation systems, and wells. Its charity regularly reaches as far as Twemerat—the village and school of Shaykh Salek’s main teacher, Shaykh Murabit al Hajj, May Allah preserve him.
Biography of Shaykh Salek Bin Siddina
Shaykh Salek Bin Siddina
Shaykh Salek is from Mauritania, West Africa, a country known for producing some of the Muslim world’s most knowledgeable scholars.
He studied for over 17 years in the famous mountain region of Taganat, from numerous accomplished scholars including Murabit al-Hajj, one of the greatest scholars of our age. In addition to memorizing the entire Quran in two of its recitations, he has studied and mastered some of the most advanced texts in the disciplines of Islamic jurisprudence (fiqh), Arabic grammar (nahu), doctrinal creed (aqida), Prophetic narration (hadith), and the study of the life of the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him (seerah). From a family tracing its lineage back to the Prophet, peace be upon him, himself, he is respected and widely regarded amongst his peers as a scholar of the highest caliber.
He currently runs the Dar Us Salaam school in Mauritania teaching the Qur’an, Islamic law, and numerous other subjects to children and adults of all ages. Shaykh Salek is the founder and head of the Foundation for Mauritanian Relief and Development.
Shaykh Salek has resided in the Bay Area California since 2002 and was formerly a visiting scholar at Zaytuna Institute in Hayward, California. Shaykh Salek has taught and trained many American students in the traditional Islamic Sciences including Shaykh Rami Nsour—founder of the Tayba Foundation—and Dr. Shadee Al Misree—Imam of New Brunswick Islamic Center (NBIC) and Founder of Safina Society.