From Jackie Spellman on Spiritual Networks:
Talib al-Habib was born in London in 1976 and grew up in Manchester, before moving to South Africa with his family for a ten-year stay. It was here that he met his spiritual guide and began traversing the path of traditional Islam – the methodology of uniting the practical, intellectual and experiential facets of religion – under his instruction. He later returned to the UK in early 2002.
His distinctive style of inshad arises from a ten-year childhood association with the Manchester Boy’s Choir, where he received vocal and technical training.
He began composing spiritual poetry and songs at the age of sixteen, and has continued to do so ever since. In early 2004, he was encouraged to compile a collection of English-language spiritual songs, which has culminated in ‘Songs of Innocence,’ an intensely personal journey into the experiential dimensions of Islam. He is also an author of three books of Islamic spirituality and ethics.
Talib has been a student of the sacred sciences for several years, which he pursues both through the traditional method of sitting with a shaykh, as well as through more contemporary approaches. He hopes to one day continue his studies at the classical centres of learning. Talib al-Habib is a takhallus (pen-name) meaning, ‘seeker of the beloved.’ Currently, he lives in the West Midlands, where he practises as a Medical Doctor specialising in Psychiatry. He is married with two young daughters.