Born and raised in Oakland, California, ‘Abdul Karim, by the Grace of Allah, embraced Islam in 1989 in his home city. In 1996 having been inspired by a din intensive and the call for the revival of the traditional Islamic way he traveled with his family to Damascus, Syria where he embarked on a course of active pursuit of a traditional understanding of this din. During his two-year stay in Damascus he focused his attention on the acquisition of the Arabic language and the Qur’an, studying the latter under the tutorlige of the highly respected Shaikh of Qur’an Abu Anas at the Rawda Mosque in Damascus. Thereafter he moved on with his family to Tarim, Hadramaut. As a student at Dar al-Mustafa he has primarily turned his efforts towards the science of fiqh according to the school of Muhammad bin Idris al-Shafi’i. His teachers include al-Habib ‘Umar bin Hafiz, Shaikh ‘Umar Hussain al-Khatib and Shaikh Muhammad ‘Iwad al-Khatib.