The Grand Imams of Al-Azhar (Shuyukhul Azhar)

The Grand Imams of Al-Azhar (Shuyukhul Azhar) The Grand Imams of Al-Azhar Shuyukhul Azhar

Al-Azhar Mosque

Al-Azhar is the world’s oldest university, older than Cambridge or Oxford. Situated at the heart of Cairo, Egypt’s capital, Al-Azhar has been the greatest learning centre for Muslims since it was first built by the Fatimid dynasty in the 10th century AD.

The Fatimids were of Shiah belief. They erected Al-Azhar as an institution to propagate the teachings of the Isma’iliya madhhab. When the Ayyubids took over Egypt, they turned Al-Azhar into a school that taught the Sunni understanding of Islam.

Rich in tradition and knowledge, Al-Azhar had produced brilliant ulama throughout history. Examples of Imam Suyuti, Imam Ibn Hajar ‘Asqalani and Imam Ibn Hajar Al-Haitami bejeweled its glorious past. Contemporary ulama produced by this university include Shaykh Ghazali and Shaykh Sha`rawi. With thousands of others, these giants of Islamic knowledge became the symbol of Al-Azhar supreme position among Muslims, something unrivalled thus far.

Today, Al-Azhar is not just a university, but an institution that vanguard the teachings of Sunni Islam, and an umbrella body to which thousands of ulama affiliate themselves with. The Head of Al-Azhar, called the Grand Imam (Imamul Akbar Shaykhul Azhar), was previously appointed by a committee of Azharian top scholars (shuyukh). But now it is under the appointment from the Egyptian President from the advice of the committee. Recently however, the Egyptian government is getting inclined to leave the matter of appointment purely in the hands of the Azharian ulama.

 

 

The Shuyukh of Al-Azhar (The Grand Imams)

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1. [ ???? - 1690 ] Shaykh Muhammad al-Kharashi

2. [ 1690 - 1694 ] Shaykh Ibrahim al-Baramawi

3. [ 1694 - 1708 ] Shaykh Muhammad al-Nasharti

4. [ 1708 - 1711 ] Shaykh Abd al-Baqi al-Qillini

5. [ 1711 - 1720 ] Shaykh Muhammad Shannan

6. [ 1720 - 1724 ] Shaykh Ibrahim al-Fayyumi

7. [ 1724 - 1757 ] Shaykh Abd-Allah al-Shabrawi

8. [ 1757 - 1767 ] Shaykh Muhammad al-Hifni

9. [ 1767 - 1768 ] Shaykh Abd al-Ra’uf al-Sijjini

10. [ 1768 - 1776 ] Shaykh Ahmad al-Damanhuri

11. [ 1778 - 1793 ] Shaykh Ahmad al-Arousi

12. [ 1793 - 1812 ] Shaykh Abd-Allah al-Sharqawi

13. [ 1812 - 1818 ] Shaykh Muhammad al-Shanawani

14. [ 1818 - 1829 ] Shaykh Muhammad al-Arousi

15. [ 1829 - 1830 ] Shaykh Ahmad al-Damhugi

16. [ 1830 - 1834 ] Shaykh Hassan al-Attar

17. [ 1834 - 1838 ] Shaykh Hassan al-Quwaisni

18. [ 1838 - 1847 ] Shaykh Ahmad Abd al-Jawwad

19. [ 1847 - 1860 ] Shaykh Ibrahim al-Bayguri

20. [ 1864 - 1870 ] Shaykh Mustafa al-Arousi

21. [ 1870 - 1882 ] Shaykh Muhammad al-Abbasi

22. [ 1882 - 1882 ] Shaykh Muhammad al-Inbabi

23. [ 1882 - 1886 ] Shaykh Muhammad al-Abbasi

24. [ 1886 - 1895 ] Shaykh Muhammad al-Inbabi

25. [ 1896 - 1900 ] Shaykh Hassouna al-Nawawi

26. [ 1900 - 1900 ] Shaykh Abd al-Rahman al-Nawawi

27. [ 1900 - 1904 ] Shaykh Selim al-Bishri

28. [ 1904 - 1905 ] Shaykh Ali al-Biblawi

29. [ 1905 - 1909 ] Shaykh Abd al-Rahman al-Shirbini

 

30. [ 1909 - 1909 ] Shaykh Hassouna al-Nawawi

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