Shaykh Basharath Alikhan was raised in the Chicagoland area, where he attended college at Benedictine University studying biology and health sciences. He went on to receive his medical doctorate (MD) from Rush University in 2005. Thereafter, he completed training in the field of Pathology, with further subspecializations in Hematopathology, Surgical Pathology, and Molecular Genetic Pathology from the University of Chicago. His training in the Islamic sciences began with the study of Quran memorization at the Institute of Islamic Education (Ma’had Ta’leemul Islam) in Elgin, IL in 1996. He since studied the religious sciences with local scholars, culminating in a one-year training program leading to authorization in Hadith (Ijazah) from teachers in Zambia. Since 2004, his spiritual training was guided by Shaykh Husain Abdul Sattar, leading to formal authorization in tasawwuf in 2015. He is currently a staff pathologist at NorthShore University HealthSystem, where he serves as Director of Hematopathology and Molecular Diagnostics, as well as Clinical Assistant Professor at the Pritzker School of Medicine at the University of Chicago. Outside of his profession, he teaches and serves at the Sacred Learning Center. He lives with his family in Lincolnwood, IL.