Muhammad bin Yahya al-Ninowy
Muhammad bin Yahya al-Ninowy
|Born||1966 (age 50–51)
|Occupation||Islamic scholar, Imam, Researcher, Medical doctor|
|Main interest(s)||Hadith sciences and Sufism|
|Alma mater||Al-Azhar University|
|Sufi order||Shadhili Rifaa'i Qadiri|
|Disciple of||Abdullah al-Ghumari, Abdullah al-Talidi, Muhammad Yasin al-Fadani, 'Adab al-Hamsh, Subhi al-Saamurra'iy|
Al-Ninowy was born in Aleppo, Syria. His lineage is traced back to the Islamic prophet Muhammad, through his grandson Hussein ibn Ali by way of Musa al-Kadhim. His family descends from Madina, then the southern Iraqi village of Ninowa, where Hussein ibn Ali was martyred in a partial area which is also known as Karbala where his great grandfather Ibrahim al-Mujab was buried, then to city of Mosul in the northern Iraqi province of Ninowa, then to Aleppo in northern Syria a few hundred years ago.
Al-Ninowy began his study under his father, As-Sayyed Yahya ibn Muhammad, and many of the scholars in Aleppo memorising the Qur'an and acquiring knowledge in Islamic sciences, including Aqidah (Islamic theology), Fiqh (Islamic jurisprudence), Hadith (Prophetic tradition) and Ihsan (Sufism), with ijazah's (certificate to teach). He particularly specializes in the fields of Hadith, Tawhid, and Sufism.
He attended Al-Azhar University, Faculty of Usool ud-Deen, where he studied under many scholars. He got his PhD in Hadith sciences.  He also travelled to seek knowledge under many scholars who resided in Syria, Madina, Mecca, Morocco, Egypt, Sudan, Jordan and more.
Dr. Al-Ninowy is the Founding Director of Madina Institute, Madina Seminary, and Planet Mercy, with campuses in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, South Africa, Norway, Sudan, and Malaysia.
Through the Madina Institutes and Seminaries, Al-Ninowy is offering Islamic Studies Degree programs geared toward educating imams and theological scholars. Dr. Al-Ninowy is considered to be a Muhaddith – a scholar of Hadith sciences.
He has authored books in theology, hadith, usul, and sufi sciences. He has been a pioneer working at grass-root levels, to centralize "unconditional compassion and love" as the main themes of religion, and has been the forerunner in promoting non-violence among all people and religions, worldwide. He is the author of Non-violence: a Fundamental Islamic Principle, and established a school for Non-violence and Peace Studies based on Islamic Principles.
Dr. Al-Ninowy is also a spiritual guide and heads a worldwide Shadhili Sufi order under the Alawi-Husayni-Ninowi Zawiyah. In addition to a PhD in Islamic Studies, Al-Ninowy also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology from the University of Illinois, and a Doctor of Medicine degree.
Since 2001, al-Ninowy was the Imam and khatib of Al-Madina Institute and Masjid located in Norcross, Atlanta, Georgia, United States, where he delivered the weekly khutbah (Friday sermon) and gave a weekly majlis (religious gathering) in Hadith and Tawheed. He moved to establish Madina Institute in Duluth in Atlanta, Georgia since 2011. He participates in conferences on Islam, world peace, and welfare of humanity.
Al-Ninowy is a professor of theology and was a professor of Physiology and Anatomy at the University system of Georgia.
Center for Nonviolence and Peace Studies
The Center for Non-violence and Peace Studies is an integral part of Madina Institute, a premier destination for Islamic education in which Muslims from all backgrounds can engage traditional Islamic teachings in a healthy and tolerant environment. The primary goal of the Center for Nonviolence and Peace Studies is to continue the Madinan School of Nonviolence and Peace as laid down in the Prophetic example, and to challenge global extremism, in both its violent and nonviolent forms. Madina Institute's center for Non-violence and Peace Studies offers diploma's and degree programs in non-violence.
Al-Ninowy lives with his family in Atlanta, Georgia, United States. He is married, and has two sons and a daughter. His brother Shaykh Sayyid Isa (is the Imam of Masjid Hamzah in Atlanta) and mother also live in Atlanta.
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