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Diabetes in the Muslim World & its Cure by Shaykh Hamza Yusuf

Hamza Yusuf is an American Muslim scholar, Yusuf was born as Mark Hanson to two academics in Washington State and raised in Northern California. He grew up a practicing Greek Orthodox Christian and attended prep schools on both the east and west coasts. In 1977, after a near-death experience and reading the Qur’an, he converted to Islam from Christianity.

The Guardian newspaper in the United Kingdom reported that “Hamza Yusuf is arguably the west’s most influential Islamic scholar.” Similarly, The New Yorker magazine reported that Yusuf is “perhaps the most influential Islamic scholar in the Western world”.


Soon after converting, Yusuf moved to England, Spain, and eventually Al Ain in the United Arab Emirates to pursue serious study of Islam. There he primarily studied Arabic and also served as a muezzin of a local mosque. There he was introduced to Mauritanian scholars and began more serious study of various Islamic disciplines including Maliki fiqh. This eventually led him to travel to Mauritania itself in order to study directly with the renowned scholar and sage of the land, Sidi Muhammad ould Fahfu al-Massumi, more famously known as Murabit al-Hajj. During his intermittent stays there, Yusuf both lived and studied directly with Murabit al-Hajj.

He is the Co-founder of Zaytuna College is a non-profit, educational institution located in Berkeley, California, United States. Zaytuna College is America’s first Muslim liberal arts college founded in 2008 by Hamza Yusuf, Zaid Shakir and Hatem Bazian.

Books and pamphlets authored

Prayer of the Oppressed (2011) – with CD
The Burda (2003)
Purification of the Heart: Signs, Symptoms and Cures of the Spiritual Diseases of the Heart (2004)
The Content of Character (2004)
The State We Are In: Identity, Terror, and the Law of Jihad (contributing Author) (2006)

The Creed of Imam Al-Tahawi (2007)
Agenda to Change our Condition co-authored with Zaid Shakir (2007)
Walk on Water: The wisdom of Jesus Walk on Water: The wisdom of Jesus (2010)

Educating your Child in Modern Times

Books with forewords and notes

Instruction of the Student: The Method of Learning
The Prophetic Invocations By Mostafa Al-Badawi


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