Ustadh Abdullah bin Hamid Ali took his post as resident scholar at Zaytuna Institute in 2007 to instruct students of Zaytuna’s pilot program in some of the rational sciences (theology, legal theory, and hadith science). Although born in Philadelphia, Ustadh Abdullah spent most of his childhood in Chicago and at eleven returned to thetown of his birth. Prior to coming to Zaytuna, he served as assistant head chaplain for 5 years at the Chester State Correctional Institution. He is the translator and annotator of the Attributes of God (Amalpress), a work by the great Hanbali polymath, ‘Abd Al-Rahman b. al-Jawzi, and the translator of A Return to Purity in Creed (Lamppost Productions), the last work of Imam Abu Hamid al-Ghazzali’s originally entitled Iljam al-‘Awamm ‘an ‘Ilm al Kalam (Steering Commoners Away from the Study of Dialectical Theology). Ustadh Abdullah is the only Western graduate of the Shariah Faculty of the University of al-Qarawiyin located in Fes, Morocco.
He specializes in Islamic legal theory (usul al-fiqh), dialectical theology (‘ilm al-kalam/tawhid), and Maliki jurisprudence (al-fiqh). He regular delivers the Friday sermon n the Bay Area,and occasionally conducts and takes part in workshops and seminars in the USand Canada. Ustadh Abdullah also serves as a member of the Academic Affairs committee of Zaytuna College. He is currently completing an MA in the study of Ethics & Social Theory at the Graduate Theological Union, and he teaches regularly online via his website: www.lamppostproductions.com, where he also posts a number of his articles and legal respons a related to current affairs and Maliki jurisprudence.