Ahmed Kuftaro

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Ahmed Muhammad Amin Kuftaro
Born December 1915
Died September 1, 2004 (age 89)
Nationality Syrian
Ethnicity Kurdish
Occupation head of the Naqshbandi Sufi tariqa
Religion Sunni Islam; Sufi
Spouse(s) married
Children twelve
Parents Mohammed Amin Kuftaro

Ahmed Muhammad Amin Kuftaro (December 1915 – September 1, 2004) was the Grand Mufti of Syria, the highest Sunni Muslim religious official in Syria. Kuftaro was a Sufi.[1]

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He was born in Damascus, the son of Kurdish theologian Mohammed Amin Kuftaro, whose position as head of the Naqshbandi Sufi tariqa he inherited. He was a founding member of the League of Muslim Ulemas. He became Mufti of Damascus in 1946, Grand Mufti of Damascus in 1958, and Grand Mufti of the Syrian Arab Republic in 1964.

He was an advocate of inter-religious dialogue. He was invited to many countries around the world as an unofficial ambassador of Islam. These visits culminated in 1985 with a visit to the Pope in Rome. Even in his later years, as his health began to wane, he made a point of traveling around the world to speak on Islam. He met with the Rev. Sun Myung Moon in 1990 and gave him a signed copy of the Quran.

He is one of the Ulama signatories of the Amman Message, which gives a broad foundation for defining Muslim orthodoxy.[2]

Ahmad Kuftaro issued a fatwa on the orders of the Assad regime calling for suicide and other attacks on American occupying forces in Iraq.[3]

Kuftaro had twelve children from the same wife. He first visited the USA in 1966, giving lectures on inter-faith dialogue.

He died of a heart attack and was buried at Abu Nur, the conservative Damascus quarter where he worked in one of the city's larger mosques.

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