Sheikh Dawood B. Trevelyan embraced Islam in 1998 at the hands of the esteemed Sheikh Maulana Isma’il Waadi Naqshbandi Saahib, Rahmatullahi ‘Alayhi. He began his studies under local Ulama, most notably Sheikh Ibrahim Osi-Efa and Sheikh Haroon Hanif. He then travelled to Syria where he spent five years studying Arabic, Sarf, Nahwa, Mantiq, Balagha, Hanafi Fiqh, Usool, Aqeedah, Tasawwuf Hadith and Tafseer at the prestigious Mahd al Noor & Mahd Fath al Islami. He then travelled to Jordan and Turkey to further his studies in various fields and holds Ijaazaat in various sciences. Sheikh Dawood has studied under the tutelage of Sheikh Hassan Al-Hindy, Shaykh Muhammad Jumuah, Shaykh Abdur-Rahman Ghawsh, Shaykh Mahmood Dahla, Shaykh Khalid Al-Kharasa, Shaykh Samir An-Nass , Shaykh Umar Nashuqati, Shaykh Muwaffaq Al-Murabi’, Shaykh Salih Al-Murabi’, Shaykh Muhammad Bisam Hijazi, Shaykh Muhammad Shukayr, Shaykh Ahmad Yusuf Dubanah Zada, Shaykh Abdul-Malik As-Saa’di, Shaykh Firas Shaheen, Shaykh Muhammad Anas Al-Siba’I, Shaykh Muhammad Abu Ghawsh, Shaykh Abdur-Rahman Idrisi, Shaykh Ali Khadhr.
Sheikh Dawood Trevelyan worked alongside various scholars to establish the “Shaykh Al-Akbar Muhyud-Deen ibn Arabi Institute” for Language, Fiqh, Mantiq and other sciences.