Yusuf was born in 1981 and raised in Manenberg on the Cape Flats. After completing high school in 1999 he traveled to Egypt to meet up with his Ghifth teacher from Cape Town who at the time was also in Egypt pursuing higher studies. It was in the dusty city of Cairo where he spent the following 9 years of his life enrolled at the Al Azhar Institute and later majored in Hadith at the Al Azhar University’s faculty of Theology. Amongst his teachers are Dr Mohammed Yousri, Sheikh Shareef Husain Abdul Qadir, Sheikh Tariq ibn Iwadullah and Dr Omar Abdul Azeez. He also completed the Fajr Centre Arabic courses and pursued the Khitaba course offered by the Fajr Centre.
He is currently conducting classes at the Ottery Islamic Society and teaches at the Al Hijra Foundation. He is also a regular khateeb at various masajid.