Ali al-Jifri

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Habib Ali Al-Jifri
الحبيب علي زين العابدين الجفري
Born (1971-04-16) 16 April 1971 (age 52)[1]
OccupationIslamic scholar
OrganizationTabah Foundation
TitleShaykh Sayyid

Habib Ali Zain al-Abidin al-Jifri (Arabic: الحبيب علي زين العابدين الجفري; born 16 April 1971[1]) is a Yemeni Sunni Islamic scholar and spiritual educator based in the United Arab Emirates.[2][3] He is the founder of Tabah Foundation (مؤسسة طابـة),[4][5] a research institute based in Abu Dhabi, UAE.[6] He is a direct descendant of the Islamic prophet Muhammad.

Early life[edit]

Ali Zain al-Abidin al-Jifri was born in the city of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on 16 April 1971[7] (20th Safar 1391 AH). Al-Jifri is a direct descendant of Muhammad through his grandson Husayn ibn Ali.[8][9] He has written books including "The Concept of Faith in Islam."[10]


Shaykh Habib Ali al-Jfri has been closely associated with some of the famous scholars of Islam like Shaykh Hamza Yusuf, Timothy Winter (Sh Abdal Hakim Murad), Yahya Rhodus, Shaykh Habib Kadhim al Saqqaf and many others. He had close ties with Naqshbandi Shaykh Nazim Al Haqqani.[11]

Habib Ali al-Jifri with Timothy Winter (Sh. Abdal Hakim Murad)
Habib Ali al-Jifri with Sh. Hamza Yusuf and Shaykh Yahya Rhodus

Awards and recognition[edit]

In 2009 Al-Jifri was listed 37th in the world's 500 most influential Muslims by Georgetown University's Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding and Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre of Jordan.[12] and in 2023 was number 22.[12] He was a recipient of the Eugen Biser award in 2008 for his contribution to the document A Common Word Between Us and You.[13]


  1. ^ a b Pierret, Thomas (25 March 2013). Religion and State in Syria: The Sunni Ulama from Coup to Revolution. p. 127. ISBN 978-1107026414.
  2. ^ Aquila Style: "Scholar spotlight: Habib Ali al-Jifri, a Sufi kind of love" - By Omar Shahid 21 August 2014
  3. ^ Aggarwal, Ricky (7 June 2019). "Scholar spotlight: Habib Ali al-Jifri, a Sufi kind of love". Aquila Style. Retrieved 4 October 2019.
  4. ^ Gerhard Böwering, Patricia Crone, Mahan Mirza, The Princeton Encyclopedia of Islamic Political Thought, p 600. ISBN 0691134847
  5. ^ "مؤسسة طابة للأبحاث والإستشارات | Tabah Foundation".
  6. ^ Philip Lewis, Young, British and Muslim (Continuum 2007), p 76.
  7. ^ Thomas Pierret, Religion and State in Syria: The Sunni Ulama from Coup to Revolution, p 127. ISBN 1107026415
  8. ^ Yvonne Y Haddad, Educating the Muslims of America, p. 151. ISBN 0199705127
  9. ^ "Biography | al Habib Ali AlJifri".
  10. ^ "The Concept of Faith in Islam - by Habib Ali al-Jifri - Full book (English and Arabic) in PDF". 8 January 2013. Archived from the original on 1 April 2019. Retrieved 11 December 2018.
  11. ^ Habib Ali Al Jifri Visits Mawlana Shaykh Nazim al-Haqqani in Cyprus, retrieved 24 February 2024
  12. ^ a b "Habib 'Ali Zain Al Abideen Al-Jifri". The Muslim 500.
  13. ^ Joseph Nnabugwu, Analyzing A Common Word Between Us Muslims and You Christians: A Critical Discourse Analysis, p 101. ISBN 1462853072

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