There’s an interesting blog set up by a friend of mine, Saud Inam, called MUSLIM HEROES which highlights exceptional Muslims and the projects they do. The website lists scholars, activists, academics, and other types of public figures that are engaging in positive work at different levels within society. The moderate Muslim majority is often castigated as being a silent majority but the truth of the matter is that the overwhelming majority is anything but that. Along with the projects of organizations such as the Muslim Public Affairs Council, this website is an excellent step in correcting the negative stereotypes of Muslims in the media.
The following post is on one of my favorite scholars – Shaykh Abdul Hakim Murad who has been coined “The Ghazzali of the West.” May Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) preserve our Muslim Heroes. Ameen!
120. Sheikh Abdal Hakim Murad (Director, Sunna Project)
Abdal Hakim Murad graduated from Cambridge University with a double-first in Arabic in 1983. He then lived in Cairo for three years, studying Islam under traditional teachers at Al-Azhar, one of the oldest universities in the world. He went on to reside for three years 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, Shaikh Abdal Hakim returned to England and spent two years at the University of London learning Turkish and Farsi. Since 1992 he has been a doctoral student at Oxford University, specializing in the religious life of the early Ottoman Empire. He is currently Secretary of the Muslim Academic Trust (London) and Director of the Sunna Project at the Centre of Middle Eastern Studies at Cambridge University, which issues the first-ever scholarly Arabic editions of the major Hadith collections.
Shaikh Abdal Hakim is the translator of a number of works, including two volumes from Imam al-Ghazali’s 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; Q-News International, Britain’s premier Muslim Magazine; andSeasons, the semiacademic journal of Zaytuna Institute.