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Amr Mohamed Helmi Khaled (Arabic: عمرو محمد حلمي خالد; born 5 September 1967) is an Egyptian Muslim activist and television preacher. The New York Times Magazine, in reference to Khaled's popularity in Arab countries, described him in its April 30, 2006 issue as "the world's most famous and influential Muslim television preacher." Amr Khaled has recently been chosen as one of the world's 100 most influential people by Time Magazine.
Amr Khaled was born in Alexandria, Egypt on 5 September 1967. He graduated from Cairo University in 1988 with a degree in Accounting. In 2001, he received a diploma from an Islamic Studies Institute. He received his Ph.D at the University of Wales, Lampeter in May 2010 with a grade of A. He began preaching in mosques in 1990 while still working as an accountant. In 1998, he moved to full-time preaching, primarily on satellite television. Khaled's popular lectures, which can be seen on the Iqraa TV channel via the Nilesat direct broadcast satellites, are also distributed over the Internet and on audio and video cassette tapes.
Ministry and audience
Amr Khaled rejects extremism and strongly denounces the actions of Osama bin Laden. He announced that Arab Muslims want to live peacefully in coexistence with the West. His main teachings remain the same as those before him in more modern media, talking about everyday actions to get closer to Allah such as honesty, humbleness, and being polite. He believes that for society to improve it must change from the grassroots (from the bottom up). Khaled promotes community development in the Arabic and Muslim nation based on what he terms "Faith Based Development" (Arabic: التنمية بالإيمان). The idea is for people to develop their communities and countries with faith as their motivator and guide.
Khaled's primary audience consists of Arabs ages fifteen through thirty-five. Khaled believes these are the ones most capable of changing the Islamic world. He is noted for his understandable everyday language and his friendly approach, even joking at times during his lectures.
In 2008, in an open online poll, Khaled was voted the 6th topmost intellectual person in the world on the list of Top 100 Public Intellectuals by Prospect Magazine (UK) and Foreign Policy (United States).
Khaled has many shows which were aired on TV in the Holy month for Muslim (Ramadan):
- Call for Coexistence (Arabic: دعوة للتعايش) is a TV program 2007, presented by Amr Khaled.
- Life Makers (Arabic: صناع الحياة) was a TV program aired from 2004 to 2005, presented by Amr Khaled, and is the main concept of his life. In this program the focus shifts from purely religious talk to action projects. The stated goal of the program is to produce a renaissance for the Arab and Muslim world. Projects in agriculture, education, small industries, health care, and other fields have been started and they are in progress.
- On the Path of the Beloved (Arabic: على خطى الحبيب) was Amr Khaled's show for Ramadan 2005 in which he recounted and discussed the life journey (Sira) of the prophet Muhammad. This show focused on Muhammad's personal side and how he dealt with difficult situations in his life.
- In Thy Name We Live (Arabic: باسمك نحيا) was Amr Khaled's show for Ramadan 2006, aired live at 7:30 GMT every night from Makkah. The main concept of this show was strengthening viewers' faith through the meanings of the Names of God in the Qur'an.
- Qur'an Stories (Arabic: قصص القرآن) is Amr Khaled’s show for Ramadan 2008, in which he focused on the moral lessons not only of prophets but normal people as well. The main idea of this program is to full the viewers with enthusiasm to be more active and affect their society positively.
- Tomorrow is better (Arabic: بكرا أحلى) is a show that began on 6 May 2011 on ESC (Egyptian space channel). In this show, he is not in a studio but in the streets of Cairo.
- Journey to Happiness (Arabic: رحلة للسعادة) is a show that aired during Ramadan 2011. The show's idea was to help people find happiness in their life.
- Omar: the maker of civilization (Arabic: عمر صانع حضارة) is a show that was aired in Ramadan 2012, he spoke about the second Caliph, Umar ibn Al Khattab.
- Qisat Al Andalus "The Story of Andalusia"
In December 2010, Khaled was invited by Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh to preach and broadcast in Yemen, to counter the growth of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and other extremist groups in the country causing chronic instability there.
The British Sunday Times reported on 30 May 2004 that Andrew Turnbull, the cabinet secretary and one of Tony Blair’s closest aides, intended to seek Amr Khaled's aid in furthering the British government’s agenda regarding Muslims. This article hurt Khaled's reputation among those Muslims who are resentful of the attitude of current western governments towards them. He is also criticised for the significant amount of money he makes from his television shows. His annual income in 2007 is estimated to be $2,500,000.
After the 25 January revolution in Egypt, Amr Khaled shared in establishing a political party called Egypt Party and has been elected as its president but one day after recent coup d'état he resigned.
Books by Amr Khaled include:
- Rafi Barakat, 2014 novel. ISBN 978-9771451815
- Dawoud,Khaled. "Getting it together". Al-Ahram Weekly. Retrieved 2012-10-01.
- Ethar El-Katatney [http://www.egypttoday.com/article.aspx?ArticleID=7718 A Religious man Egypt Today October 2007.
- The TIME 100 (13 of 100)
- Amr Khaled CV
- Piety for the young and affluent
- Prodger, Matt (December 7, 2010). "Newsnight - Superstar Muslim preacher Amr Khaled battles Al-Qaeda". BBC News. Retrieved 12 December 2010.
- Britain’s secret plans to win Muslim hearts and minds
- "Preacher Amr Khaled steps down from leading Egypt Party". Ahram News. July 17, 2013. Retrieved 25 May 2014.
- Official website (Arabic)
- Egypt Lifemakers Foundation
- Amr Khaled's video full lectures
- Amr Khaled's video lectures on Google Video
- Amr Khaled's video lectures of YouTube
- A Master of Philosophy Thesis on Amr Khaled by Lindsay Wise, Oxford University
- A Day in the life of Amr Khaled Egypt Today Magazine.
- CSMonitor: Moderate Muslim Voice falls silent from 2002
- Preacher on the run (Al Ahram Weekly)
- The Radical Middle Way
- "Amr Khaled: Islam's Billy Graham." David Hardacker, The Independent, January 4, 2006.
- "Copenhagen Conference Eyes Better Muslim-West Dialogue." Nidal Abu Arif, Islam Online, March 9, 2006.
- Muslims of Europe Conference July 2006.
- A phenomenon called Amr Khaled. A. Sallem Qasem, Yemen Times, April 2004.
- Interview with Amr Khaled: A Call for Muslims in the West to Serve Their Societies, Qantara.de, November 2010