DR AHMAD H SAKR obtained his PhD from the University of Illinois in 1966.
While studying in America, he was a founding member and president of the
Muslim Students’ Association of the USA and Canada, currently known as the
Islamic Society of North America (or (ISANA, a mother organization in North
America. Dr Sakr was also a founding member of the World Council of Mosques
whose headquarters is in Makkah.
He was the first director and
representative of the Muslim World League to the UN.
Dr Sakr’s approach is to build a bridge of understanding through
commonalities with Muslims and non-Muslims.
The latest visit was to the
Vatican in Italy where he participated in a Dialogue with the Bishops,
Cardinals and the Pope.
Dr. Rahman Born in Lahore, was awarded a Ph.D by the University of
Southampton and is presently teaching mathematics at Heriot-Watt
He has been a consultant to the UK Atomic Energy
Research Establishment and is author of numerous publications in the fields
of mathematical nuclear physics and solid state physics. Dr.Rahman is a
Chartered Physicist, a Member of the London Mathematical Society of Arts,
London. In 1975, he received the Dictionary of International Biography's
Certificate of Merit, and in 1994, Dr.Rahman was made by special invitation
an International Member of the American Association of the Advancement of
Dr. Muhammad Abdul Bari is an educationalist and community activist holding
a PhD and PGCE from King’s College London and a Management degree from the
Open University. He has worked as an Air Force Officer, researcher in
physics, science teacher and a behavior support teacher.
He was Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain (2006-10),
Chairman of the East London Mosque Trust (2002-13) and a board member of
the London Olympics and Paralympics Organizing Committee (2006-13). He
writes on community and social issues and has authored several books on
Muslim family, parenting and identity.
He is the founder of Amana Parenting and Head2Heart (a socio-political
forum). He is married with four children.
Wael B. Hallaq has already established himself as one of the most eminent
scholars in the field of Islamic law. In his latest book, the author traces
the history of Islamic legal theory from its early beginnings until the
modern period. Initially, he focuses on the early formation of this theory,
analysing its central themes and examining the developments which gave rise
to a variety of doctrines. He concludes with a discussion of modern
thinking about the theoretical foundations and methodology of Islamic
In organisation, approach to the subject and critical apparatus,
the book is the first of its kind, and will be an essential tool for the
understanding of Islamic legal theory in particular and Islamic law in
general. This, in combination with an accessibility of language and style,
will guarantee a readership among students and scholars and anyone
interested in Islam and its evolution.
Dr. Abd-Allah (Wymann-Landgraf) is an American Muslim, born to a Protestant
family of the Midwest. In 1970, he embraced Islam in New York while
studying English literature at Cornell University as a Woodrow Wilson
honorary fellow. He received his doctorate, with honors, from the
University of Chicago for a dissertation pertaining to the origins of
Islamic Law. He taught at the University of Windsor (Ontario) Temple, and
Michigan from 1977 until 1982. He then left the US to teach Arabic in
Granada, Spain. In 1984, he was appointed to the Department of Islamic
Studies at King Abdul-Aziz University in Saudi Arabia and taught Islamic
studies and comparative religions until 2000.
During his years abroad, Dr. Abd-Allah studied numerous classical Islamic
disciplines under several traditional teachers. He is fluent in English,
Arabic and is acquainted with several modern and ancient tongues.Dr.
Abd-Allah returned to Chicago in August of 2000 to work with the Nawawi
Foundation as its Chairman and Scholar-in-Residence. Accordingly, he
teaches throughout Chicago and and conducts research in Islamic studies and
cognate fields.Dr. Abd-Allah resides with his family in the suburbs of
Kamal Abu-Deeb holds the Chair in Arabic at the University of London. He
has taught at number of universities in the West and the Arab world. A poet
and essayist, he has published many books and papers in both English and
Arabic and was co-editor of the avant-garde journal Mawaqif.
Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri Born 1951 is a Canada-based Pakistani Islamic
Scholar and former professor of international constitutional law at the
University of the Punjab. He is the founder of Minhaj-ul-Quran
International, a worldwide, broad-based moderate Islamic welfare, human
rights and education organization. Its objectives are the promotion of a
moderate and non-extremist vision of Islam, the establishment of good
relations and understanding between communities and religions, and the
education of youth in classical Islam. He also founded The Minhaj
University of which he is the head of the Board of Governors. He also
founded an international relief charity, Minhaj Welfare Foundation. Qadri
is also the founding chairman of the political party Pakistan Awami Tehreek
Dr. Hussain Hamid Hassan received his PhD from the Faculty of Sharia at Al
Azhar University in Cairo, Egypt in 1965. He also holds two degrees in law
from the International Institute of Comparative Law, University of New York
and two degrees in Law and Economics from Cairo University. He served as
Assistant Professor, Associate Professor and Professor of Sharia in the
Faculty of Law and Economics at Cairo University between 1960 and 2002.
Dr. Hassan is the author of 21 books on Islamic law, finance, economics,
social studies and art, in addition to more than 400 research articles on
Dr Abu Ameenah Bilal Philips was born in Jamaica, but grew up in Canada,
where he accepted Islam in 1972. He completed a diploma in Arabic and a
B.A. from the College of Islamic Disciplines (Usool ad-Deen) at the Islamic
University of Madeenah in 1979. At the University of Riyadh, College of
Education, he completed a M.A. in Islamic Theology in 1985, and in the
department of Islamic Studies at the University of Wales, he completed a
Ph.D. in Islamic Theology in 1994.
Abu Ameenah taught Islamic Education and Arabic in private schools in
Riyadh for over ten years and for three years he lectured M.Ed. students in
the Islamic Studies department of Shariff Kabunsuan Islamic University in
Cotobato City, Mindanao, Philippines. Since 1994 he has founded and
directed the Islamic Information Center in Dubai, United Arab Emirates
(which is now known as Discover Islam) and the Foreign Literature
Department of Dar al Fatah Islamic Press in Sharjah, UAE. Presently, he is
a lecturer of Arabic and Islamic Studies at the American University in
Dubai and Ajman University in Ajman, UAE
Muhammad Abdurrahman Sadique, born in Sri Lanka, serves as an Assistant
Professor at the Ahmad Ibrahim Kulliyyah of Laws,International Islamic
University Malaysia (IIUM), Kuala Lumpur, lecturing on Islamic law of
transactions and Islamic jurisprudence. Qualified in Islamic Shariah and
having followed postgraduate studies in fiqh and ifta with emphasis on
Islamic finance under Justice (retired) Muhammad Taqi Usmani, he had served
as the in-house adviser at Amana Investments Limited, Colombo, the pioneer
Islamic bank in Sri Lanka, prior to joining IIUM. His research areas
involve the theory and practical implementation of Islamic equity financing
modes, financing of micro and medium sized enterprises, and financing
development of awqaf.
Mustansir Mir is Assistant Professor of Islamic Studies at the University
of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and the author of the forthcoming Verbal Idioms of
the Quran (Center for Near Eastern and North African Studies, University of
Michigan, Ann Arbor).
Timothy J Winter AKA Abdal Hakim Murad graduated from Cambridge University
with a double-first in Arabic in 1983. He then studied Islam under
traditional teachers at Al-Azhar, one of the oldest universities in the
world. He went on to reside in Jeddah, where he administered a commercial
translation office and maintained close contact with Habib Ahmad Mashhur
al-Haddad and other ulama from Hadramaut, Yemen.
In 1989, Tim Winter (Abdal Hakim being his Muslim Name ) returned to
England and spent two years at the University of London learning Turkish
and Farsi . Also a University Lecturer in Islamic Studies at the Faculty of
Divinity, University of Cambridge, England, and Director of Studies in
Theology at Wolfson College.
His research work focuses on Muslim-Christian relations, Islamic ethics and
the study of the Orthodox Muslim response to extremism.
Sheikh Abdal Hakim is the translator of a number of works, including two
volumes from Imam al-Ghazali Ihya Ulum al-Din. He gives durus and halaqas
from time to time and taught the works of Imam al-Ghazali at the Winter
1995 Deen Intensive Program in New Haven, CT. He appears frequently on BBC
Radio and writes occasionally for a number of publications including The
Independent and Q-News International, Britain's premier Muslim Magazine.
To many others, he is an English Middle Class Academic and to many he is
Sheikh Abdul Hakim Murad a religious scholar of eminence. Eminence in the
Islamic community. Both of these people reside in the one body, Tim Winter,
welcome to the program.
Professor Dr. Malik Badri, Fellow of UIAM , Senior Consultant (Clinical
Professor Malik Badri was born in Rufa’a, Sudan in 1932. He obtained his
B.A. (with distinction) and his Diploma of Education from the American
University of Beirut, in 1956. His M.A. was also secured from the same
university in 1958. He further obtained his Ph.D. from the University of
Leicester, England in 1961 and his Postgraduate Certificate of Clinical
Psychology from the Academic Department of Psychiatry of the Middlesex
Hospital Medical School of London University in 1966. He was elected Fellow
of the British Psychological Society in 1977 and is now the holder of the
title of C.Psychol.
In recognition to his contributions in his field he
was awarded an honorary D.Sc. from the Ahfad University and was decorated
by the President of Sudan in April of the year, 2003, with the medal of
Shahid Zubair, the highest award for academic excellence.
Apart from being appointed as professor and dean in varies universities,
such as Dean of the Faculty of Education in the Universities of Khartoum
and Juba and the Acting Dean of the International Institute of Islamic
Thought and Civilization of the International Islamic University, Malaysia,
he was also the founder of a number of departments of psychology such as
the one he established in Imam Mohammad bin Saud University in Riyadh and
the Applied Psychology Department of the University of Khartoum. Professor
Badri also served as senior clinical psychologist in a number of hospitals
and clinics in the Middle East and Africa and was the founder of the
Psychological Clinic of the University of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia in 1971. At
present he is re-appointed Professor in the Department of Psychology of the
International Islamic University of Malaysia.
Shabeer Ahmad, born in 1966, is a respected technologist by profession. He
studied Avionics Engineering at University of London and he is currently an
IT Consultant, having worked in Asia, Europe, Middle East and North
The author has written widely on various subjects in Islam, including
science, economics, politics and history. The author is also a well
The current book started as a lecture for a radio station in London. Given
the massive interest it generated, and the little information available,
the author began to research more into historical developments of science
in the Muslim world. The author felt that the contributions of Muslims in
this area have not been widely acknowledged, and that there is a need to
counter the view that Islam is incompatible with science. The current book
is a culmination of his research over the years.
Dr. Abdur Rahim was born in the small town of Vaniyambadi in the state of
Tamil Nadu, India in 1933. After finishing his secondary school studies, he
joined Presidency College, University of Madras where he majored in English
Language and Literature. He graduated in 1957.
In 1964, he joined
al-Azhar University, Cairo, where he did his M.Phil. and Ph.D. in Arabic
It is to be noted that Abdur Rahim learnt Arabic by himself.
In 1969, he joined the Islamic University of Madinah to teach Arabic
Philology. Here, he was also associated with the Programme of teaching
Arabic as a foreign language. The course he designed for this purpose is
now known as ﺩﺭﻭﺱُ ﺍﻟﻠﻐﺔِ ﺍﻟﻌﺮﺑﻴﺔِ ﻟـﻐﻴﺮ ﺍﻟﻨﺎﻃﻘﻴﻦ ﺑـﻬﺎ Durus al-Lughah
al-‘Arabiyyah li-Ghair al-Natiqina Biha. (Now these books are popularly
known throughout the world as “MADINAH BOOKS”.)
Abd al-Aziz Duri (1919-2010) was Professor of History at the University of
Jordan, having previously served as President of Baghdad University from
1963 to 1968. Among the most influential of his books that also marked a
point of departure was his "The Economic History of Iraq in the Fourth
Century AH" (1948), which established a new sphere of emphasis in Arab
studies in the field.
He also contributed seminal works in Arab- and Islamic history including
"Studies in the Late Abbasid Period" (1945), "An Introduction to the
History of the Dawn of Islam" (1949), and "The Early Abbasid Period" (1988)
as well as a critical analysis of Arab historiography itself in "Research
into the Origins of the Discipline of History among the Arabs" (1960).
He also authored treatises on Arab nationalism such as "The Historical
Roots of Arab Nationalism" (1960) and "The Historical Formation of the Arab
nation: A Study in Identity and Consciousness" (1987).
Prof. Mannan is considered as one of the earliest Islamic economists of the
subcontinent. With a Ph. D. degree in Economics from Mich. U.S.A. Prof.
Mannan has more than four decades of experience in money, banking, finance,
economic planning, civil administration, teaching, and research.
served about 13 years at the highest professional position of Senior
Economist in Islamic Development Bank (IDB). His book: Islamic
Economics-Theory and Practice is internationally recognized as the first
textbook on the subject. With more than 20 reprint the book has been
translated in dozen of foreign languages. A Founder Chairman of the Social
Investment Bank Ltd. (SIBL) Dhaka, Bangladesh, Prof. Mannan shares his
views with Dr. Shariq Nisar.
Professor Khurshid Ahmed, the former Federal Minister and Deputy Chairman,
Planning Commission, Government of Pakistan (1979-80), is currently
Chairman of the board of trustees of the Islamic Foundation, Leicester, the
Institute of Policy studies, Islamabad and the International Association of
Islamic Economics, Jeddah.
He has been a member of the Senate, Pakistan since 1985. He is chairman of
several select committees of the senate, and associated with a number of
governmental and non-governmental organisations.
He has written,
translated and edited over fifty books on Islam, Islamic economics,
education and law, both in English and in Urdu. In recognition of his
contribution to Islamic learning and Da'wah, the University of Malaysia
conferred an honorary doctorate on him in 1984. In 1987, the Islamic
development bank in Jeddah offered him their first prize for outstanding
services in the field of Islamic economics, In 1989, he won the king Faisal
international award for his outstanding services to Islam.
Dr. Muhammad Tahir Mansoori is a professor (Islamic Law) and Dean (Faculty
of Shari'ah and Law), International Islamic University, Islamabad. He
obtained (L.L.M Shari'ah) degree from the International Islamic University,
Islamabad and subsequently PhD in Islamic Jurisprudence from the University
of Punjab. He has published several research articles on Islamic Law. His
published work includes "Islamic Law of Contracts ans Business
Transactions" Introduction to Islamic Banking (Arabic), Ahkam-i-Bay, Imam
Abu Hanifah: Hayat, Fikr Aur Khidmat, Arabi Istilahatsazi(Kitabiyat) and
others. He is a winner of Presidential Award lzaz-e-Fazeelat for the year
Dr. `Abd al `Ati deals with a wide array of topics touching on religion,
set roles and the family, law, and social change. These are basic,
sensitive issues in the structure of social life; they arouse the strongest
feelings among people. The author approaches these disputed questions with
very high qualifications: a deep, personal familiarity with Islam and a
scholar's knowledge of it as well as of modern social science. He is thus
able to combine sympathy and objectivity to produce understanding.
After an education in the school system of al Azhar, the world's center of
Islamic learning in Cairo, Dr. `Abd al 'Ati pursued his studies in Canada
and the United States. He thus added to the rigorous training of a
venerable religious system, a thorough grounding in Western Orientalist and
social science approaches.
Kutaiba S. Chaleby:
MD, FAPA is a board certified Forensic Psychiatrist and a member of the
American Academy of Psychiatry and Law. He has published extensively in
international and Arabic psychiatric journals. In 1990 he was honored as a
Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. He has
presented many papers on Islamic legal views in Middle Eastern and American
Dr Muhammad Abdul Bari is an educationalist with a PhD and PGCE from King's
College London and a Management degree from the Open University. He has
worked as an Air Force Officer, Researcher in Physics, Science Teacher and
now works as a SEN Specialist in London.
He advises the Commission for Racial Equality (CRE), Office of the Deputy
Prime Minister (ODPM), and London Mayor's Office on community and faith
Dr Abdul Bari is a Former President of the Islamic Forum Europe (IFE) and
currently the Deputy Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain
(MCB) and Chairman of the East London Mosque. He writes extensively on
youth and community issues and is author of Many Books including
Dr Azzam Tamimi is the director of the Institute of Islamic Political
Thought (IIPT), London. He has been visiting professor at Kyoto University
(2004) and Nagoya University (2006). He writes and lectures on issues
related to Islamic political thought and Middle Eastern politics.
a regular commentator on the Arabic satellite channel al-Jazeera and makes
frequent appearances on a number of other channels, both English and Arabic.
He is an outspoken voice against corruption, injustice and the occupation
of Palestine. With a strong grounding in Shari'ah and modern-day
Fazlur Rahman Malak, was known as Fazlur Rahman, because he did not use his
family name “Malak” was born on September 21, 1919 in Hazara district, in
the North West Frontier Province of what is now Pakistan. He was the son of
a learned `Alim, Mawlana Shihab al-Din, who had studied at one of the most
prestigious madrasa of the Indian subcontinent, Dar al-Ulum Deoband and who
was an accomplished scholar in the traditional Islamic subjects fiqh (law),
`ilm al-kalam (dialectical theology), hadith (prophetic traditions), tafsir
(Qur’an exigesis), mantiq (logic) and falsafa (philosophy). Fazlur Rahman
graduated with distinction in Arabic from Punjab University, Lahore and
then went to Oxford, where he wrote a dissertation on Ibn Sina’s Kitab
al-Najat. He joined Durham University in 1950 and taught Persian and
Islamic philosophy (1950-58) before moving to Canada where he taught
Islamic Studies at McGill University, Montreal (1958-1961).
Finally became Harold H. Swift Distinguished Service Professor of Islamic
Thought at the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago. Included
among his many books are Avicenna's Psychology , Islam, Major Themes of the
Qu'ran , and Islam and Modernity .
Professor Muhsin Mahdi, recipient of AUC’s honorary doctorate, is
universally acclaimed as the doyen of medieval Arabic and Islamic
philosophy. He was born in Kerbala, Iraq and earned his BA from the
American University in Beirut and his MA and PhD from the University of
He held professorships at prominent universities among which
are Harvard University. Mahdi served on the editorial board of several
prestigious journals as well as a member in various associations.
Dr. Asadullah Yate studied at the University of Cambridge and received his
doctorate (PHd) in 1987. He has studied with teacher Shaykh Abdal Qadir
al-Murabit as-Sufi and has translated, on his behalf, books such as The
Secret Garden of Shaykh Mahmud Shabistari, and is presently engaged in a
translation from Arabic of the Kitab al-Mufeed of Shaykh asch-Shinqeeti and
Necip Fazil's Ulu Hakan from Turkish.
One of his recent books is Ibn Rushd - Mujtahid of Europa.
Wael Hallaq is the Avalon Foundation Professor in the Humanities at
Columbia University and has previously taught at McGill University, where
he was named a James McGill Professor in Islamic Studies. Hallaq's research
spans several fields, including law, legal theory, philosophy, political
theory, and logic, and his publications include Shari'a: Theory, Practice,
Transformations; An Introduction to Islamic Law; and Authority, Continuity,
and Change in Islamic Law.
His works have been translated into several languages, including Arabic,
Indonesian, Hebrew, Japanese, Persian, Turkish, and Russian.
Professor Tariq RAMADAN holds MA in Philosophy and French literature and
PhD in Arabic and Islamic Studies from the University of Geneva. In Cairo,
Egypt he received one-on-one intensive training in classic Islamic
scholarship from Al-Azhar University scholars. Dr Tariq Ramadan taught
Islamic Studies and Philosophy as a professor at Freiburg University in
Switzerland for many years. He held the post of Professor of Islamic
Studies in the Classic Department and Luce Professor of Religion Conflict
and Peacebuilding at Kroc Institute in 2004 at University of Notre Dame in
the United States. He had to resign that post due to visa revocation by the
Dr. Ramadan lectures at academic institutions and civic organizations
around the world. He is a member of multiple international organizations
and steering committees. He has authored and co-authored over 20 books and
over 700 articles.
Through his writings and lectures he has contributed substantially to the
debate on the issues of Muslims in the West and Islamic revival in the
Muslim world. He is active both at the academic and grassroots levels,
lecturing extensively throughout the world on ethics of citizenship, social
justice, and dialogue between civilizations.
Ramadan, is the grandson of Hassan al-Banna, founder, in 1928, of the
Ikhwan-e-Muslimeen "Muslim Brotherhood", an Islamic revival movement that
spread from Egypt throughout the Arab world, criticizing Western decadence
and advocating a return to Muslim values. Yet Ramadan says, "I'm a European
who has grown up here. I don't deny my Muslim roots, but I don't vilify
Europe either His Other Books include: To Be a European Muslim By Tariq
Ramadan and Islam, the West and the Challenges of Modernity -Tariq Ramadan
The Messenger emphasises the active role of women in early Islamic society,
and insists that modesty should never be confused with "disappearing from
the social, political, economic or even military sphere". Asked why it is
that Muslim majority cultures have moved so far away from such teachings,
Ramadan offers a feminist response: "Islam has no problem with women, but
Muslims have. Men have problems with women. The point is really
Tariq Ramadan traces the Prophet's life not so much through the
biographical facts (the book is rather confusing on these, with a host of
bit players coming and going) but by quarrying events to see how they
illuminate the Prophet and his teachings. ,
Is a careful endeavour, drawn with thoroughness from the hadith (or
contemporary memories recorded by the Prophet's Companions) and the Qur'an
itself. There are flashes of intimacy. The Prophet's Wife Ayesha mentions
the way he used to mend his own clothes; on the road to yet another battle,
he sees a litter of newborn puppies and stops to see that they are safely
removed from the path of his army. When his only son dies, his Companions
reprove him for not following his own teachings that proscribed excessive
Prof. Ziauddin Ahmad , born in 1930, received his advanced education in
economics at Harvard's University, USA, from where he did his Ph.D in 1963.
During his distinguished service career, he held the position of Deputy
Governor, State Bank of Pakistan from 1978 to 1983 and Director General,
International Institute of Islamic Economics, Islamabad from 1983 to
He was a member of the Council of Islamic Ideology in Pakistan for several
years. He has been a consultant to United Nations agencies and The
International Monetary Fund. He has written many papers on different
aspects of Islamic economics and is co-editor of Money and Banking in Islam
and Fiscal Policy and Resource Allocation in Islam.
Dr. Zakir Naik is a medical doctor by professional training, he is renowed
as a dynamic international orator on Islam and Comparative Religion. Dr.
Zakir Naik clarifies Islamic viewpoints and clears misconceptions about
Islam, using the Qur'an, authentic Hadith and other religious Scriptures as
a basis, in conjunction with reason, logic and scientific facts.
Isma'il Raji al-Faruqi (1921 – 1986) was a Palestinian-American philosopher
who was recognized by his peers as an authority on Islam and comparative
religion. He spent several years at Al-Azhar University in Cairo, then
taught at several universities in North America, including McGill
University in Montreal. He was Professor of Religion at Temple University,
where he founded and chaired the Islamic Studies program.
Dr. al-Faruqi and his wife, Lois Lamya al-Faruqi, were stabbed to death in
their home in Wyncote, Pennsylvania on May 27, 1986.
Imran Nyazee is Assistant Professor at the International University,
Islamabad. He is currently in charge of training and publications at the
Shari’ah Academy, a unit of the International Islamic University.
He is also the translator of Many works including the well known book.
Prof. Dr. Manzoor Ahmad is a well known philosopher and a distinguished
intellectual of Pakistan. He has served in important capacities at the
academic institutions of Pakistan. The former Dean, Faculty of Arts,
University of Karachi & the founder V. Chancellor, Hamdard University is
presently the Chairman, Executive Board, Usman Institute of Technology,
Dr. Manzoor Ahmad has contributed innumerable articles in journals of
international repute and has written a number of books. He has traveled
widely and has given courses at Columbia University, Temple University and
University of the South.
Aziz EL Kobaiti Idrissi, Ph.D. Professor of Arabic Language and Sufi
Literature at the Moroccan Ministry of National Education, he is the author
of four books about Islamic Sufism in the West and Sufi Literature. He has
participated in many international conferences in Morocco, the United
States, Egypt, Spain, South Africa, Germany, and Macedonia. He is also the
organizer of many sufi gatherings and conferences inside and outside
Abd-al-Jabbar Danner born Victor Danner was born in Mexico in 1926. As a
young man he served in WWII. After the war he attended Georgetown
University where he received his B.A. magna cum laude in 1957. Later that
year he travelled to Morocco to become an instructor and then Director of
the American Language School in Rabat. In 1964 he returned to the United
States to pursue graduate studies at Harvard University where he received
his Ph.D. in 1970.
He came to Indiana University in 1967 and had a joint appointment in both
the Religious Studies Department and in the Near Eastern Languages and
Cultures Department (formerly known as Near Eastern Languages and
Literatures), and served as chairman of the latter from 1980-1985. He
taught courses in Arabic language, classical Arabic literature, newspaper
Arabic (believe it or not!), Sufism, World Religions, and comparative
mysticism. His classes on religion were always full, and he was probably
one of the few professors in his discipline who could fill up a classroom
or auditorium with students.
He is the author of many articles mostly on Islamic mysticism and three
books the most recent of which is The Islamic Tradition: An Introduction
published in 1988.
Abu Abdur-Rahman Muhammad Shabbir Usmani was born in the district of Faisal
Abad, in Pakistan. At a very early age he began to learn the holy Qur'aan
and at the age of fourteen he had memorised the whole Qur'aan.
to England in 1997 to take up the position of Imam and simultaneously he
pursued his quest for further education. To that end, he completed his
doctorate through working on Sahih Al-Bukhaari, in 1999. Since then he has
translated and written a number of books. Now, he is working on Sheikh
Al-Albaani's two major books: Silsilah Ahaadith as-Sahihah and Irwa
al-Ghaleel. This work will be soon available in the bookshops. In Shaa