Muhammad Ayoob with Mikaal Waters [Muhsin Khan]-English
Muhammad Ayyub ibn Muhammad Yusuf ibn Sulaiman `Umar (Arabic: محمد أيوب بن محمد يوسف بن سليمان عمر) was a Saudi Arabian imam, qari, and Islamic scholar known for his recitation of the Quran. He was an Imam of Al-Masjid an-Nabawi in Medina, Saudi Arabia. He was also a faculty member of the Department of Tafsir in the Faculty of the Holy Qur’an and Islamic Studies at the Islamic University of Madinah and a member of the Scholarly Committee of the King Fahd Complex for the Printing of the Holy Quran. His death occurred on the 16th of April 2016.
His father was a poor man whose family had migrated from their native land of Burma to Makkah to flee from the oppression that was carried out against the Muslims of Burma. He had a very harsh childhood with his elder brother working for the family when his father was imprisoned in Burma.
He then enrolled in the Faculty of Sharia at the Islamic University of Madinah, receiving a bachelor’s degree in 1396 AH (1976). Then he specialized in Tafsir and `Ulum al-Qur’an (Quranic exegesis and sciences of the Quran), receiving a master’s degree from the Faculty of the Holy Qur’an and Islamic Studies. He received a doctorate from the same faculty in 1408 AH (1987/1988).
Besides studying at school, he also studied under several other Islamic scholars in Medina, in subjects including tafsir and its related sciences, the fiqh of the four madh’habs, hadith and hadith terminology, and Usul al-fiqh.
In 1410 AH (1990) he was appointed as an Imam of Al-Masjid an-Nabawi. He held this post until 1417 AH (1997). Until 1417 Hijri, he continued to lead as an Imam in Al-Masjid an-Nabawi, after which he was removed. Later he spent a few years as an Imam in Masjid Quba and other Masajids. He was appointed back as an Imam of Al-Masjid an-Nabawi in 2015 (1436 Hijri) to read Taraweeh prayer.