El Majdoub was born in Tit in Adrar in current day Algeria, in 1506. He mentions his birth place and origins in many of his Quaterns. He memorized the entire Quran and the 10 different ways of recitation. He lived during the rise of the Saadi dynasty in current day Morroco under the reign of Mohammed ash-Sheikh and Abdallah al-Ghalib. This period also the period of the rise of the Othoman Empire in Algeria and Tunisia.
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