David Rosser Owen

David Rosser Owen
Shaykh Daoud lives in London. He is a follower of the Naqshbandi Sufi Order and of the Shafi’i Sunni school. He is fluent in Malay (both Jawi and Rumi), and a couple of other languages. He studied diniyyah, fiqh, tajweed, and tasawwuf with Shaykh Ahmad Labib (Azhari) and Ustad Muhammad Dahlan Arshad (Azhari).
He has various ijazahs – in fiq’h and diniyyah through Shaykh Ahmad Labib, and mashayakhah in tasawwuf through Shaykh Abdullah Daghestani. He is the khalifah for the British followers of Qibrisli Shaykh Mehmed Nazim Adil efendi Haqqani.
He is an alumnus of SOAS (where he read Arabic and Malay), the University of Kent (where the subject of his Research was “The American Colonial Government of the Southern Philippines, 1898-1946″), and the Cordwainers’ Course in Saddle, Bridle and Harness-making. He is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Journalists and of the Guild of Master Craftsmen, and a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland.
He has done various things such as being a regular officer in the British Army (active service in Brunei at the end of the Azahari Rebellion, and in Sabah, Singapore, and Peninsular Malaysia, during most of the Confrontation War), a professional journalist, a schoolmaster teaching history, an academic historian, and a saddler. He currently makes leathergoods, specifically sporrans and other highland regalia. He has translated some of the short surahs of the Quran into Scottish Gaelic.

Abu Bakr married twice, and fathered four children, before the beginning of the Revelation (i.e. at least 13 years before the Hijrah): 'Abdullah, Asma, 'Abdur-Rahman, and 'A'isha. This is uncontested and well-known to the Muslims. 'A'isha was betrothed to Jubayr ibn Mut'im ibn Adi, before Abu Bakr accepted Islam in the first year of the Call (12-13 years before the Hijrah). This is uncontested. When Abu Bakr planned to go to Abyssinia during the fifth year of the Call (8-9 years before the Hijrah), Mut'im broke off the engagement because Abu Bakr had accepted Islam. This is uncontested.