The Grand Imams of Al-Azhar (Shuyukhul Azhar)

43. [ 1958 - 1963 ] Shaykh Mahmud Shaltut

44. [ 1963 - 1969 ] Shaykh Hassan Ma’moon

45. [ 1969 - 1973 ] Shaykh Muhammad Muhammad al-Fahham

46. [ 1973 - 1978 ] Shaykh Abd al-Halim Mahmud

47. [ 1979 - 1982 ] Shaykh Muhammad Abd al-Rahman Bisar

48. [ 1982 - 1996 ] Shaykh Jadul-Haqq Ali Jadul-Haqq

49. [ 1996 - Currently ] Shaykh Muhammad Sayid Tantawi

Shaykh Muhammad al-Kharashi

 

The first shaykh to become the grand-imam of al-Azhar. Before his appointment, Al-Azhar never had an organizational supreme at its top. The organization of the institution was left to the Sultans and the princes. With the increase in the number of students attending the institution, it was inevitable to have a superior at the top level of the institution to organize its activities.

Shaykh al-Kharashi was born in the village of Abu-Khirash (Buhayra Province) in 1601 [1010 H]. He studied in al-Azhar the knowledges of Arabic language, Qur’anic interpretation (tafsir), prophetic traditions (hadith) , Islamic jursprudence (fiqh) following the Malikite school and logic (mantiq).

One of his well-known students was Shaykh Ibrahim al-Fayumi who later became al-Azhar’s grand-imam. Shaykh al-Kharashi passed away in 1690 [1101 H] leaving a multitude of publications which include:

- al-Sharh al-Kabir li-Mukhtasar Khalil (jurisprudence)

- al-Fara`id al-Saniya fi Hall Alfazh al-Sunusiya (theology) 

- Muntaha al-Raghba fi Sharh al-Nukhba

 

Shaykh Muhammad al-Khidr Husayn( 1876 – 1958 )

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