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Other Shaykhs (Mostly Azhari)

Other Shaykhs from the Muslim World
(Mostly with Links to the Famous Al Azhar University in Cairo)

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Imam Hasan al-Banna

He is the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood and one of the pioneers of today’s Islamic revival. All Muslims working for the revival of the Ummah should be aware of this man and his contribution towards what we see today. 

About whom an American journalist wrote a 'Within six months, this man will either be the undisputed leader of the East (i.e Islam) or he will be dead.' 

Imam Hasan al-Banna, may Allah have mercy on him and grant him paradise, may have been assassinated and martyred, but his legacy continues'.


Muhammad Abdullah Draz

Born in 1894 in northern Egypt. His father was an Islamic scholar educated at Al-Azhar, the oldest university in the world.

His work included the editing of a remarkable work, Al-Muwafaqat, by Imam Al-Shatibi, which brought a great treasure of former Islamic scholars into the hands of contemporary readers.

What Muhammad Abdullah Draz wanted to do was to highlight the Islamic approach to morality as might be derived from the Qur’an, and to look at its theoretical basis and practical implementation.

obtained his doctorate at the Sorbonne in Paris  and also  taught the history of religion at the University of Cairo, Qur’anic Commentary in Dar Al-Uloom, a teachers’ college which was, at the time, affiliated to Al-Azhar.

He also taught Arabic and moral philosophy at Al-Azhar University. Furthermore, he was elected to the membership of Senior Islamic Scholars, i.e. Jamaat Kibar Al-Ulema’ in 1949. 

He continued in these positions until his death in January 1958, when he was attending a conference in the city of Lahore, Pakistan.

By the time of his death, in 1958, he had established himself as one of the world's leading Islamic scholars. his magnum opus, ' Read More about M A Draz.


Dr. Taha Jabir al 'Alwani 

He was born in Iraq 1354/1935. He received his primary and secondary education in his native land and then graduated with an Honors Degree from the College of Shari`ah and Law at al Azhar University in Cairo in 1378/1959. 

From the same university, he was awarded his Master's degree in 1388/1968 and a doctorate in usool al fiqh in 1392/1973.

For ten years (from 1395/1975 to 1405/1985( Dr. al `Alwaanee was a professor of fiqh and usool al fiqh at Imaam Muhammad ibn Sa`ood University in Riyadh.

Dr. al`Alwaanee participated in the founding of the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT) in the USA in 1401/1981 and was till now the Institute's president and a member of its Board of Trustees. He was also:

  • A founder-member of the Council of the Muslim World League in Makkah.
  • A member of the OIC Islamic Fiqh Academy in Jeddah since 1407/1987.
  • The president of the Fiqh Council of North America since 1408/1988.

He passed away on 4 March 2016. His demise is an enormous loss not only for his family and IIIT but for the whole Muslim Ummah.



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In this respect al-Nawawi's advice is very sensible: One who can discover deeper meanings by contemplation should read less, similarly one who has to devote time in pursuits like education, affairs of government, or important tasks entrusted by Islam may read less (Kitab al-Adhkar).Ref: Way to the Qur'an