Muhammad bin Yahya al-Ninowy

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Muhammad bin Yahya al-Ninowy
Born 1966 (age 48–49)
Aleppo, Syria
Residence Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Nationality American
Ethnicity Iraqi
Alma mater Al-Azhar University
Occupation Islamic scholar, Imam
Title Shaykh
Religion Islam
Denomination Sunni (Sufism), Shafi'i[1]
Parents Yahya ibn Muhammad (father)

Muhammad ibn Yahya ibn Muhammad ibn Sa’id ibn Muhammad ibn Ali Al-Ninowy (born 1966) is a Syrian-born American Islamic scholar and Imam of Iraqi descent.


Al-Ninowy was born in Aleppo, Syria. He is a sayyid, a descendent of the Islamic prophet Muhammad,[2] through his grandson Hussein ibn Ali by way of Musa al-Kadhim. His family descends from the southern Iraqi village of Ninowa, where Hussein ibn Ali was martyred in a partial area which is also known as Karbala.[3]


Al-Ninowy began his study under his father, As-Sayyed Yahya ibn Muhammad, memorising the Qur'an and acquiring knowledge in Islamic sciences, including Aqidah (Islamic theology), Fiqh (Islamic jurispudence), Hadith (Prophetic tradition) and Ihsan (perfection and excellence), with ijazahs (certificate to teach). He particularly specializes in the fields of Hadith and Tawheed.

He attended Al-Azhar University, Faculty of Usool ud-Deen, where he studied under many scholars. He was also under the tutelage of many who resided in Syria, Medina, Mecca, Tangiers, Fez, Rabat, Egypt, Sudan and Jordan.[4]


Al-Ninowy has authored many books in the sciences of Tawheed and Hadith in Arabic, some of which have now been introduced into the English language.

Since 2001, al-Ninowy has been the Imam and khatib of Masjid Al-Madina in Atlanta, Georgia, United States, where he delivers the weekly khutbah (Friday sermon) and gives a weekly majlis (religious gathering) in Hadith and Tawheed. He participated in many national and international conferences on Islam, world peace, and welfare of humanity.[5] He has been an Al-Madina Institute foundation scholar since its inception.[6]

Al-Ninowy was also a professor of Anatomy and Physiology at the University of Georgia.

Personal life[edit]

Al-Ninowy lives with his family in Atlanta, Georgia, United States.[2][7][5] He is married, and has two sons and a daughter. His brother and mother also live in Atlanta.


  1. ^ "Islamic Belief الإسلام إسلام Aqeedah Tahawiyyah 1/8 :: Shaykh Muhammad Ninowy". AlhaqqDotNet. November 3, 2012. Retrieved December 3, 2013.  At 28:52 he mentions he follows the Shafi'i school of thought (madhab), although he was raised as a Hanafi
  2. ^ a b "Prominent Shaykh to speak at Rochdale event". Manchester: Manchester Evening News. October 14, 2009. Retrieved May 4, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Shaykh Muhammad bin Yahya Al-Ninowy Al-Husayni - Biography". Al-Madina Masjid. Retrieved November 13, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Muhammad al-Ninowy". Lamppost Productions. Retrieved November 13, 2011. 
  5. ^ a b "Shaykh Muhammad al-Ninowy". Gateway To Divine Mercy. Retrieved November 13, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Muhammad Bin Yahya Ninowy". Al-Madina Institute. Retrieved November 13, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Learned Muslim scholar inspires". Manchester: Manchester Evening News. November 11, 2009. Retrieved September 1, 2014. 

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