Ali al-Jifri

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Habib Ali Al-Jifri
Native name
الحبيب علي زين العابدين الجفري
Born (1971-04-16) April 16, 1971 (age 48)[1]
ResidenceAbu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
OccupationIslamic scholar
OrganizationTabah Foundation
TitleShaykh Sayyid

Ali Zain al-Abidin al-Jifri (Arabic: الحبيب علي زين العابدين الجفري‎; born April 16, 1971[1]) is a Sunni/Sufi][2] Islamic scholar and spiritual educator located in the United Arab Emirates. He is the founder of Tabah Foundation (مؤسسة طابـة),[3][4] a research institute based in Abu Dhabi, UAE.[5]

Early life[edit]

Ali Zain al-Abidin al-Jifri was born in the city of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on 16 April 1971[6] (20th Safar 1391 AH). Al-Jifri is a direct descendant of the Islamic prophet Muhammad through his grandson Imam Hussein.[7] He has written a number of articles and books including "The Concept of Faith in Islam."[8]

Awards and recognition[edit]

In 2009, Al-Jifri was listed 37th in the world’s 500 most influential Muslims by Georgetown University’s The Prince Al-Waleed Bin Talaal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding and Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre of Jordan.[9] He has since moved up on the list throughout the years, currently holding the number 24 spot.[10]

He was a recipient of the Eugen Biser award in 2008 for his contribution to the document A Common Word Between Us and You.[11]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Pierret, Thomas. Religion and State in Syria: The Sunni Ulama from Coup to Revolution. p. 127. ISBN 1107026415.
  2. ^ Aquila Style: "Scholar spotlight: Habib Ali al-Jifri, a Sufi kind of love" - By Omar Shahid 21st August 2014
  3. ^ Gerhard Böwering, Patricia Crone, Mahan Mirza, The Princeton Encyclopedia of Islamic Political Thought, p 600. ISBN 0691134847
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  5. ^ Philip Lewis, Young, British and Muslim (Continuum 2007), p 76.
  6. ^ Thomas Pierret, Religion and State in Syria: The Sunni Ulama from Coup to Revolution, p 127. ISBN 1107026415
  7. ^ Yvonne Y Haddad, Educating the Muslims of America, p. 151. ISBN 0199705127
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  11. ^ Joseph Nnabugwu, Analyzing A Common Word Between Us Muslims and You Christians: A Critical Discourse Analysis, p 101. ISBN 1462853072

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