HAJJ MUSTAFA ALI AL-HAYDARI, is an American Muslim, born of Jewish heritage, who has been devoted to the discovery of unity for over three decades. He was born in New York and raised from the age of 10 in Los Angeles, California. From the early age of 13, he was caught by yearning for divine realization and spent time with many spiritual teachers of different paths such as the Fourth Way, Zen Buddhism and the esoteric aspects of both Christianity and Judaism. He was taught by illustrious personalities from the Vajrayanna, Tibetan schools of Buddhism such as Kalu Rinpoche, and Lama Kunga. He also had instruction from the late Swami Muktananda.
In the late 70s he met Murshid Hassan al-Moumani a Sufi Shaykh from the West Bank in Palestine. Murshid Hassan conferred spiritual permission upon him in the Sufi path of the Rafa`i order which led Hajj Mustafa Ali to embrace Islam. In the following few years, he became a student (Mureed) of Shaykh Fadhlalla Haeri and has since remained under his guidance and instruction.
Hajj Mustafa Ali has traveled throughout the world in search of truth and lived abroad, teaching and heading communities of seekers in Canada, America, Pakistan, and South Africa. His experiences with realized beings of the age are truly remarkable. In addition to apprenticing under several Sufi shaykhs, he has taken instruction and blessings (baraka) from over a dozen other realized beings.
Currently residing in Houston, Texas, USA, Hajj Mustafa Ali is the designated representative (Wakeel) of Shaykh Fadhlalla Haeri in the United States. His primary mission is to call people to “Original Islam”Ӕ, the way of reality. At present he is holding regular gatherings of “dhikr”Ӕ and instruction in the art of the Way. He is also engaged in writing and publishing books regarding the Sufi way of realization.