Umar bin Hafiz was born on 27 May 1963 CE or 4 Muharram 1383 AH in Tarim, Hadhramaut, Yemen, and raised in a household that possessed a tradition and lineage of Islamic scholarship and righteousness by his father. His father was Muhammad bin Salim bin Hafiz, a Habib and mufti of Tarim, a pious caller to Islam, scholar, and a martyr of the communist uprising. He is a sayyid (a descendent of the Islamic prophet Muhammad) through his grandson Hussein ibn Ali.[2] The surname “Hafiz” comes from his great grandfather’s name, a branch of the family of “Shaikh Abubakr bin Salim”, which is also the name of his paternal eighth generation progenitor.

His lineage is recorded as follows: He is Umar bin Muhammad bin Sālim bin Hafiz, bin Abdullah bin Abu Bakr bin Idrus bin Husayn bin al-Shaykh al-Fakhr Abu Bakr bin Salim, bin Abdullah bin Abd al-Raḥman bin Abdullah bin Abd al-Rahman al-Saqqaf, bin Muhammad Mawla al-Dawilah, bin Ali Mawla al-Darak, bin Alawi al-Ghayur, bin Muhammad al-Faqih Muqaddam, bin Ali, bin Muhammad Sahib Mirbat, bin Ali Khali Qasam, bin Alawi al-Tsani, bin Muhammad Sahib al-Ṣawma’ah, bin Alawi al-Awwal, bin Ubaydullah, bin Ahmad al-Muhajir, bin Isa al-Rumi, bin Muhammad al-Naqib, bin Ali al-Urayḍi, bin Ja’far al-Sadiq, bin Muhammad al-Baqir, bin Ali Zayn al-Abidin, bin Husayn, bin Ali bin Abi Thalib and Fatimah al-Zahra, the daughter of Muhammad.