Muhammad Sadik Muhammad Yusuf
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Sheikh Muhammad Sadik Muhammad Yusuf (Muhammad Sodiq ibn Muhammad Yusuf ibn Muhammad Ali) was born in the region of Andijan (vilayah) on April 15, 1952 and is the former mufti of the Spiritual Administration of the Muslims of Central Asia and Kazakhstan. He was Uzbekistan’s first mufti after independence and is a prominent theologian in the country. Muhammd Sodiq is a member of the International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS), a non-governmental organization of Islamic scholars.
He received his primary religious education from his father. After he finished a middle school in 1970, Muhammad-Sodiq was accepted into the Mir-i Arab madrassa in Bukhara. He then studied at the Higher Islamic Institution in Tashkent, finishing with distinction in 1975.
In 1976, Muhammad Sodiq Muhammd Yusuf was admitted to ad-Dawa al-Islami National Islamic University in Libya, which he finished with distinction and a financial award. This period of study exposed him to a future generation of Muslim clerics, mostly from the Arabic world but even reaching to places as far away as Japan.
In 1997 Sheikh Muhammad Sodiq Muhammd Yusuf was put in charge of Muslim countries and federations of the Commonwealth of Independent States within Rabita al-Alam al-Islami (Muslim World League), an international Islamic organization in Saudi Arabia. He is a permanent member of the governing council of this organization.
Sheikh wrote many sunni books. From 1994 to 2000 he produced 60 percent of all his published work, including approximately thirty popular articles and twenty-five books and pamphlets. Most were written in Uzbek, and some were translated into Russian. The Kara Su branch of the press of the Islamic cultural center in Osh, Kyrgyzstan, published most of Muhammad-Sodiq’s writings during that period.
His best books include: Tafsiri Hilal (Translation and interpretation of the meanings of the Glorious Qur'an, in 6 volumes), Hadith wa Hayot (Hadith and life, series of books talking about the history and all details of Islam systematically in details, history of all the prophets sent by The Almighty to mankind.., around in 40 volumes.), Ruhiy tarbiya (Spiritual attitude development/education, 3 volumes), Kifoya (books on fiqh, Islamic law, 3 volumes), and many other important books, booklets, audio and video materials in Islam and translations of Imaam Al Buhariy's famous books into Uzbek language.
In all of his books since 2002 he writes the following credo at the beginning, in the style of an Islamic movement that is seeking to transcend the divisions within the faith:
|“||Our motto: We aspire toward a true faith, toward a pure Islam, we desire to study the Qur'an and Sunna in order to follow them, and we want to spread the study of Islam. We want to follow the true Mujahids—the blessed ancestors (as-Salaf as-Salihun); we want to spread toleration and brotherhood (of Muslims). We also want to eradicate religious illiteracy and to put a stop to our contradictions and splits, to purge our fanaticism, and our sinful affairs.||”|