Letter on Life and Studying in Mauritania

Bismillah arRahman arRaheem

This is a comment posted on The FIKS website by Iesa Keith Washington in response to Abu Taubah’s talk on Studying in Mauritania. I thought it was an informative post, specially those wishing to go study in Mauritania, alHamdulillah, so decided to post it here.

Abu Taubah:

As-Salaamu alaykum,

This is a comment from Iesa Keith Washington, (presently in Mauritania). Edited by abu taubah

Iesa Keith Washington:

“There are a lot Salafi brothers studying things other than Aqeedah among the sufis in villages such as Nabbaaghiyyah.

Umm Al-Qurrah is a ghost town, and has been declining since last year when the shiekh returned from abroad and was ill. (Umm al Qurraa has always been a ghost town. it has never been of benefit for anyone who could not sit for a long time. My brother dawoud, who lives in Umm al Qurraa, was studying in Ummul Qurraa up until last month. Not everyday with the shaykh, but the resident knows how to get in doors that are otherwise closed to the visitor.)

Muhammad Hassan (the shaykh’s nephew “dadew”) has a masjid called “Usama” and a school in Arafaat, and a few new schools have opened issuing college degrees for islamic studies and the baadia (open desert) has dried up with many of the students trying to get govt. scholarships so as to leave the country and make money abroad.

This was probably in part to students from abroad issuing online info. about Mauritania, which I think has allowed it’s enemies to study how to shift the influence that studying in the baadia has on the populace, as well as weaken the influence of Mauritania’s Senior Scholars.

There are so many scholars in this country, truly you don’t need a name – you just need to come and find your own place. It’s safe so you don’t need someone to hold your hand, and all the western conviences are now available, you can buy almost everything here in the grocery stores just like in the States. Lobster here is cheap, so eat up if you like seafood. (umm taubah’s sister, Umm TalHah has a store in the city selling american products and can get you just about anything. mention my name and pay double.)

I just assited in a couple of childbirths and the process was clear, easy and professional. You can choose a local clinic, or pay for the frills. The Local Clinic is good enough and Hospitals are now adequate and growing by the day.

I had begun a file explaining the approximate expenses necessary for building your own tent in the baadia, to constructing a high-rise apt. A Virus, which is one of the biggest problems out here, ate it. Inshaa Allaah I will rewrite it and present it shortly.

Also this country is francophone (meaning, if it is not in Arabic it is in French) so bring your own books if you want to read English, also Spanish is popular here as The Western Sahaara, the country bordering Mauritania to the north, is an Arab-Spanish speaking country.

We have longtime students, students who come and go, and Muhajarin families living here now, so it’s all good in the hood. ( You will not be alone)

There has begun a culture of begging from amongst the western foreign students (the Americans, French etc…) this didn’t exist before. It’s okay to give, ask for, and take assistance, but some brothers are taking it too far.

They are harming us all by their actions. And people are tired of them. Be careful about giving handouts! When you hear a story that touches your heart be careful about offering assistance. Some people know you have saved up your money and have come a long way, and they want to take advantage of your soft heart and desire to get closer to Allaah. They are trying to decieve you. Remember the sunnah of begging. A person should come with two notable witnesses from his people to bear witness as to the veracity of his situation. And as a travellor you should be wise and make duaa for the person and at the most, pay them for whatever services they render for you.

Things have changed, but it’s still good. Alhamdulillah, now you have more options between the City and the Baadia, but nothing compares to the Baadia. Among the changes are more cars; and cellphones are everywhere. The internet is even available now in the baadia with a wireless hook-up.”

Abu Taubah:

I have butchered this comment tremendously to suit the objectives of this website. And with Allaah alone is perfection and success. I thank Iesa for his update and ask Allaah to reward me and him with good in this world and more on the last day. Anyone who reads this and benefits, dont forget to make duaa for me, the fiks family and Iesa.
This walHamdulillaah,
abu taubah

May Allah aid those pursuing the sacred knowledge of this deen.


15 Responses to “Letter on Life and Studying in Mauritania”

  1. 1 abu ubayda January 2, 2010 at 8:58 am

    Salam aleikum ya akhuna abu taubah, may allah reward you for the information you’re giving us.
    would it be possible to put me in contact with the brother Iesa in Mauritania? for i intend to go there very soon for study purpose(insha allah mainly qur’an and arabic). May allah reward you akhi, look forward to hearing from you.


    abu ubayda al afriqi, England,UK.

  2. 2 taha February 2, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    As salam aleykoum jazakAllahou kheiran for all this info may Allah reward you for all your efforts in teaching and preeching.
    I would like to study on mauritania soon inch Allah and i wanted to have a contact for when i arrive just to help to find the good places to leans arabic and the good chouyoukh so if you could put me in contact with the brother who is in mauritania that will be very sympathic

    As salam aleykoum

    • 3 abdirizak February 8, 2011 at 12:28 am

      salaam alayka akhi. my name is abdirizak and i too was planing on going to maurtania also. in sha allah i would like to keep in touch with you with any information you have and likewise from my end. my email is abdirizak.jama@gmail.com
      dont hesitate to email me akhi

      hadaani allahu waiyaaka wabarakallahu feek

      wasalaama alayka warahmatullahi wabarakatuhu

  3. 4 Muwsa Abdullah August 3, 2011 at 7:40 am

    Salaamu alaikum ya akhuna abu taubah, may allah reward you for the information you’re giving us.
    would it be possible to put me in contact with the brother Iesa in Mauritania? for i intend to go there very soon for study purpose(insha allah mainly qur’an and arabic). May allah reward you akhi, look forward to hearing from you.

    As salaamu Alaikum

  4. 5 ocalla rashid roca September 21, 2011 at 9:06 am

    jazzallah hery bros…. im planning to going mauritania inshaallah ma email rocalla8@yahoo.com ……inshallah

  5. 6 Umm Sabria October 6, 2011 at 10:55 pm

    As-salaamu alaikum,

    Here is a site with some recent information about Mauritania.


  6. 7 mohammad123 October 28, 2011 at 6:41 am

    Jazakum Allahu khayrun, but in reality this doesn’t give us any help on those of us who want to study there. Who can we get in contact with over there who can help us out?

  7. 8 Ahmed Nuru December 1, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    Asselamu aleykum Dear brothers!
    me and my brother in islam have also a plan to study in Mauritania. but we dont really get contact with someone who live there. So could you please put ut in contact with some brothers in Mauritania. We need help to get good madrasa there we can study Quran and Arabic.

    Jazakllahu kahyr.
    Ahmed Nuru from Sweden

  8. 9 cassiem haogwakazi January 2, 2012 at 10:21 am

    Aslm i am Cassiem haogwakazzi i am from Tanzania . I am currently in Sourth Africa. I want to make application to study at your institution Insha Allah. Please forward all information related to the 7 year aalim course.

    I am 20 Juz Haffith Quraan and are in dire need of studying my deen, Ameen

    Jazakallah Kheir

    PS: YOU CONTACT ME VIA E-MAIL ( the email belongs to one of my friends)

  9. 10 Abu Khawlah August 27, 2015 at 10:19 pm

    assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh

    may allah reward you for the information you’re given

    I would like to study with my family in Mauritania

    What is the process i should follow and who should i speak to?

  10. 11 Yusuf Kazeem July 23, 2016 at 12:25 pm

    assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh

    may allah reward you for the information you’re give. i would like to study with my family. what is the process?

  11. 12 lifeandstudying November 18, 2016 at 9:07 am

    Assallam Aleykum

    Am planing to go there by january , does any one have contact there.?

    Email me: akhiralife@gmail.com

  12. 13 Basiru Gibba June 7, 2017 at 1:58 pm

    Asalaamu alaikum warahmatullah wabarakatu.
    I am a brother from the Gambia and I am preparing to come in Mauritani to memorise the Quran Alhamdulillah I come to have some information about your school which I will live to attend In shaa Allah but I will need to have more information clearly about the school because I don know how to read ad the Quran neither how to speak Arabic also…
    waiting to see your reply shortly In shaa Allah.

    • 14 Enis Salihovic July 29, 2017 at 6:34 pm

      Wealejkumus Selam we rahmetullahi we berekatuhu, dear brother Gibba.

      Im from Europe. And I also plan to come to Mauritania in septembar, inshallah. My case is simular with yours. Did you get any information about your question?

      Jazzakallahu khair.

      • 15 basiru gibba August 2, 2017 at 11:37 am

        Enis reply on my information yet but waiting to see there reply soon is possible, but can you please kindly send me a message on this email because I my self I am currently in Mauritania now at my brother place I came this month and this is my email Khalidyassin774@gmail.com.
        Jazzakallahu khairan

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Fiqh As Sawm

Islamic Rulings Surrounding Ramadhan and Fasting. Based on “Manar As Sabeel Fi Sharh Ad Daleel” Of Shaykh Ibraheem ibn Duwaiyan (d. 1353 AH) as explained by Br. Salim Morgan. Transcribed and Edited By Ibn Al Hyderabadee

Prologue Introduction

Chapter 1: Fasting in Ramadhaan
1. A pillar of Islam 2. Obligation of Fasting 3. Sighting of the Moon for start of Ramadhaan 4. One reliable witness' presence is sufficient 5. Conditions that make Ramadhan Obligatory for an Individual 6. Expiation for the inability to fast due to age or illness 7. Requirements of a valid fast 8. Obligations to fulfill during fasting 9. Recommended acts of fasting

Chapter 2: Permissions and Prohibitions

1. Impermissible to break fast during Ramadhan 2. Prohibited to fast for a woman in her menstrual or post-partum bleedin 3. Obligatory to break it when it is required to save a person’s life 4. Recommended to break fast for one who is ill and fears harm from fasting. 5. Recommended to break fast when one is traveling 6. Permissible for one to break fast who begins a journey while fasting 7. Permissible for a pregnant or nursing (breast feeding) woman 8. Change of condition of a person doesn’t obligate one to refrain from eating and drinking the rest of the day. 9. Prohibited to fast a voluntary fast instead of an obligatory one.

Chapter 3: That which Invalidates Your Fast

1. Intentional Intake of anything into the abdomen 2. Intention to break fast 3. Fluctuating Intention to fast 4. Vomiting intentionally 5. Menstruation or Post Partum Bleeding 6. Masturbation 7. Marital Relations 8. Cupping for both parties 9. Death 10. Apostasy 11. Above are Exempted in some cases

Chapter 4: Repayment
1. Missing a day of fast in Ramadhan
2. When does one make up a missed fast
3. If missed fast are not made up until few dats before next Ramadhan
4. Missed fasts first or voluntary?

Chapter 5: Recommended, Disliked, and Impermissible Days of Fasting
1. Recommended Every Other Day Sawn Dawood
2. The three white days of every Islamic month
3. Six days of Shawwaal
4. Month of Muharram and the 10th
5. Ten days of Dhil Hijja and that of Arafat
6. Disliking of the month of Rajab
7. Disliking of the day of Friday
8. Disliking of the 30th of Shabaan
9. Impermissibility of fasting on the two Eids
10. Completing of a voluntary fast is not Wajib


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