Habib Umar bin Hafiz

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Habib Umar bin Hafiz
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Native name عمر بن حفيظ
Born عمر
(1963-05-27) May 27, 1963 (age 50)[1]
Tarim, Hadhramaut, Yemen
Residence Tarim, Hadhramaut, Yemen
Nationality Yemeni
Ethnicity Arab
Citizenship Yemeni
Occupation Islamic scholar, teacher
Organization Dar al-Mustafa
Known for Founder and dean of
Dar al-Mustafa Seminary
Title Shaykh
Religion Islam
Denomination Sunni (Shafi'i)
Parents Muhammad bin Salim bin Hafiz (father)

Habib Umar bin Hafiz (Arabic: عمر بن حفيظ‎; born May 27, 1963), is a Yemeni Islamic scholar, teacher, founder and the dean of Dar al-Mustafa Islamic seminary.


Umar bin Hafiz was born in Tarim, Hadhramaut, Yemen, and raised in a household that possessed a tradition and lineage of Islamic scholarship and righteousness by his father. His father was Al-Habib Muhammad bin Salim bin Hafiz, a mufti of Tarim, a pious caller to Islam, scholar, and a martyr of the communist uprising. He is a sayyid (a descendent of the Islamic prophet Muhammad) through his grandson Hussein ibn Ali.[2] The surname “Hafiz” comes from a clan of the family of “Shaikh Abubakr,” which originated from the name of his twelfth paternal great-grandfather.[3]

His lineage is recorded as follows: He is Umar bin Muhammad bin Sālim bin Hafiz bin Abdullah bin Abu Bakr bin Aydarus bin Umar bin Aydarus bin Umar bin Abu Bakr bin Aydarus bin al-Husayn bin al-Shaykh al-Fakhr Abu Bakr bin Salim bin Abdullah bin Abd al-Raḥman bin Abdullah bin Shaykh Abd al-Rahman al-Saqqaf bin Shaykh Muhammad Mawla al-Dawilah, bin Ali Mawla al-Darak, bin Alawi al-Ghayur, bin Muhammad al-Faqih Muqaddam, bin Ali, bin Muhammad Sahib Mirbat, bin Ali Khali Qasam, bin Alawi al-Tsani, bin Muhammad Sahib al-Ṣawma'ah, bin Alawi al-Awwal, bin Ubaydullah, bin Ahmad al-Muhajir, bin Isa al-Rumi, bin Muhammad al-Naqib, bin Ali al-Urayḍi, bin Ja'far al-Sadiq, bin Muhammad al-Baqir, bin Ali Zayn al-Abidin, bin Husayn, bin Ali bin Abi Thalib and Fatimah al-Zahra, the daughter of Muhammad.[4]

Early life[edit]

Having memorized the Qu'ran at a very young age, bin Hafiz also studied and memorized core texts in Fiqh (Islamic jurisprudence), the Arabic language, Hadith (Prophetic traditions) and many other religious sciences. He studied Islamic sciences including spirituality from his father.

Later, he enrolled at the Ribat of al-Bayda’, where he began studied the traditional Islamic sciences under the tutelage of Al-Habib Muhammad bin Abd-Allah al-Haddar, as well as under the Shafi‘i jurist and scholar Al-Habib Zain bin Sumait. Habib Umar was given permission to teach soon after.[1]

He then studied under the mufti of Ta‘iz, al-Habib Ibrahim bin Aqil bin Yahya. He also studied under Shaikh al-Habib Muhammad al-Haddar, who gave him his daughter’s hand in marriage. Bin Hafiz then traveled to the Hejaz and studied several books with scholars, including Al-Habib Abdul Qadir bin Ahmad al-Saqqaf, Al-Habib Ahmed Mashur al-Haddad, and Al-Habib Attas al-Habashi.[1]

At the age of 15, Bin Hafiz began to teach, while continuing to study and receive lessons.[1]


Habib Umar with Imam Zaid Shakir in Oakland, CA, 2011

After returning to Tarim, bin Hafiz established Dar al-Mustafa, an Islamic educational seminary. Bin Hafiz currently lives in Tarim, where he oversees the development of Dar al-Mustafa and the schools that have been set up under his management. Dar al-Mustafa has been featured in The New York Times.[5] His seminary accepts students from a variety of countries. Some of his prominent students in the United States are Abdul Karim Yahya and Shaykh Yahya Rhodus, while his prominent student in Indonesia includes Habib Munzir Al-Musawa.

Bin Hafiz has travelled to many countries to spreading Islamic knowledge including; the Gulf States, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Morocco, Algeria, Sudan, Mali, Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, the Comoros Islands, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, Australia, Britain, France, Germany, Holland, Belgium, Denmark, Sweden and Spain. He has connected to the chains of transmission of the scholars of these regions.

Bin Hafiz has also participated in many Islamic conferences. He has also conducted many programs to raise religious consciousness as well as numerous lessons and interviews on a number of satellite channels. He continues to teach and call to Allah.

Bin Hafidz has joined the ranks of the world's leading Muslim academics and scholars as a signatory of 'A Common Word Between Us and You', a document that builds bridges between the Muslim and Christian community. He has also spoken at Cambridge University on the need for such a dialogue.

In 2006, Bin Hafiz met with Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri; they exchanged knowledge on Islam, and he also received an Ijazah (certificate to teach) of Hadith from Tahir-ul-Qadri.[6]

In July 2008, He partnered with Muslim Aid Australia as founder of Yemen-based NGO Al Rafah Charitable Society to address issues of poverty and hunger and lack of sufficient health care that affect areas of Tarim.

In 2011, Bin Hafiz toured the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States for outreach purposes and da'wah (calling others to Islam).[7][8][9]


In 2009, Bin Hafiz was listed 33rd in the world’s 500 most influential Muslims by Georgetown University’s Prince Alwaleed Bin-Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding and the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre of Jordan.

In 2013, Bin Hafiz was listed 28th of the top-50 world's most influential Muslims.[10]

Writings and publications[edit]

Habib Umar has many audio and visual publications as well as writings. Among his works are (the books which have been translated into English are underlined, others are in the process of being translated):

  • Two collections of hadith: Selections from Shifa al-Saqim (al-Mukhtar min Shifa al-Saqim) and The Light of Faith From the Speech of the Beloved of al-Rahman (Nur al-Iman min Kalam Habib al-Rahman)
  • Aid to Those Seeking the Pleasure of the Creator Through the Clarification of Noble Character (Is’af Talibi Rida al-Khallaq bi Bayan MaKaram al-Akhlaq)
  • Advice to Students (Tawjihat al-Tullab)
  • Our Traits (Khuluquna)
  • Forthpourings of Favor from the Mercy of the Giver of Favors (Fa’idat al-mann min Rahamat Wahhab al-Minan)
  • Directing the Intelligent to the Contentment of the Beneficent (Tawjih al-Nabih li-Mardat Barih)
  • The Glorious Treasure (al-Dhakira al-Musharrafa)
  • The Summary of Prophetic Aid, a book of invocations (Khuslasa al-Maddad al-Nabawi fil-Adhkar)
  • Two mawlids, celebrating the life of the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him): The Shimmering Light Mentioning the Birth of the Interceding Prophet (al-Diya al-Lami’ fi Dhikr Mawlid al-Nabi al-Shafi’) and The Pure Drink Mentioning the Life of the Fullest of Moons (al-Sharab al-Tuhur fi Dhikri Sirati Badri al-Budur)
  • The Forthpouring of Spiritual Aid, a Compellation of Sermons (Fayd al-Imdad)
  • The Preacher’s Refinement (Thaqafat al- Khatib)
  • A collection of poetry

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d "A Brief Biography of Habib Umar". Habib Umar. Retrieved July 2, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Habib ‘Umar bin Hafiz". Qibla. Retrieved August 18, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Al-Habib Muhammad bin Salim bin Hafidz". Ahlus Sunah wal Jamaah. Retrieved March 4, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Habib Muhammad bin Salim". Retrieved January 1, 2014. 
  5. ^ Worth, Robert F. (October 14, 2009). "Crossroads of Islam, Past and Present". Tarim Journal (The New York Times). Retrieved August 5, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Shaykh-ul-Islam meets Shaykh Habib Umer bin Muhammad bin Salim bin Hafeez". Minhaj-ul-Quran International. November 20, 2006. Retrieved October 1, 2011. 
  7. ^ "The 2011 Canada, US & UK Tour". Habib Umar. Retrieved August 5, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Habib Omar in NYU". 144. April 12, 2011. Retrieved August 18, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Habib Umar Ajeeb San Francisco Dua". mashabibi. April 11, 2011. Retrieved September 16, 2011. 
  10. ^ "The Top 50". themuslim500.com. Retrieved December 21, 2013. 

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