Shaykh Uthman ibn Farooq was born in Pakistan and is from the Pashtun tribe, Yusufzai, but grew up in California from a young age. He began practicing and studying Islam in his later teenage years and was inspired to seek Islāmic knowledge abroad by ash- Shaikh Dr. ʿAwad al-Gargurī رحمهالله . For the next ten years Sh. ʿUthmān would continue to balance his secular and Islāmic studies, earning a bachelor’s degree in Information Technology, an executive MBA in technology management, while attaining traditional Ijāzāt (accreditation) in classic Islāmic texts from qualified Islāmic scholars, such as ash-Shaikh Dr. Yusūf Mishaʿal حفظه الله (Ph.D. Umm al-Qura) and ash-Shaikh Dr. Sādiq al-Manna (Ph.D. Umm al-Qura) حفظه الله .
His travels in search of Islāmic knowledge would take him to Jordan, Saūdī Arabia, Pākistān and the UAE. He has attained multiple Ijāzāt in books of Ḥanbalī Fiqh, Uṣūl al-Fiqh, Ḥadīth, Muṣṭalaḥ al- Ḥadῑth and a Master’s degree in Ḥadīth sciences. He currently is the Imam of Masjid Al-Ribat in San Diego, CA.