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Shaikh Mohammed Daniel (Arabic: محمد دانيال) is a Muslim imam of British birth, who currently serves as a consultant to the Director of Public Affairs at the Kuwait Ministry of Endowments and Islamic Affairs, having previously worked as a consultant on Western Affairs for the Assistant Undersecretary at the same Ministry. In addition he consults for numerous organizations including Emanway Foundation, Human Investment Corp. and Islam Presentation Committee (IPC).
Islamic and secular education
After completing his secular education in England, Daniel migrated to the Middle East in pursuit of Islamic knowledge and spirituality. Throughout his years of studying Islam in Syria, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, he has received personal recognition and authorizations, or ijazah (الإِجازَهْ) with a traceable chain of narration going back to the prophet Muhammad in numerous books of hadith (prophetic traditions) and Fiqh (jurisprudence) from scholars in the Middle East, South Asia and Africa.
His strong desire to learn the "beneficial" knowledge as described by Muhammad coupled with his belief that one should gain from all scholars irrespective of their Islamic partisanship, has allowed him to study under some of the world's leading scholars in their respective fields of Islamic Sciences, including: Allamah Abdul Wakil bin Abdul Haq Al Hashmi (Makkah), Dr. Mohammed Said Ramadan Al Buti (Syria), Shaikh Thanaullah Khan Madni (Pakistan), Dr. Wahba Zuhayli (Syria) and Sheikh Abdur Razzaq Halabi (Syria).
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Abu Hanifa an-Nu'man - 699
Malik ibn Anas - 715
Ahmad ibn Hanbal - 780
Imam Bukhari - 810, Hadith compiler
Imam Muslim - 821, Hadith compiler
Abu Dawud - 817, Hadith compiler
At-Tabari - 838, Historian
Al-Nasa'i - Hadith compiler
Ibn Maja - 824, Hadith compiler
Al-Tirmidhi - 824, Hadith compiler
at-Tahawi - 853
Al-Barbahaaree - 940
Ibn Hazm - 994, Andalusian philosopher
Al-Ghazali - 1058, Persian theologian/philosopher
Abdul-Qadir Gilani - 1077
Ibn Qudamah - 1147
Ibn Athir - 1160
An-Nawawi - 1234
Ibn Taymiyyah - 1263, famous Sunni scholar
Ibn al-Qayyim - 1292
Ibn Khaldun - 1332, Historian
Ibn Rajab - 1335
Suyuti - 1445
al-Albanee - 1914, Hadith scholar
Ahmed Deedat - 1918, Comparative religionist
Zakir Naik - 1965, Comparative religionist
As a scholar of Islam with particular research interests in Islamic Jurisprudence, Comparative Religion and Qur'anic Exegesis, Daniel is a proponent of traditional methods in acquiring Islamic Theology..
He has authored numerous articles on Islam and society that have been published in the national press and popular magazines  throughout the Middle East, as well as appearing in various TV programmes, online video sites and magazines addressing matters related to Islam, inter-faith dialogue, human rights and extremism and lecturing. Professionally, Daniel is a Cambridge University-credentialed language specialist currently lecturing in Kuwait..
Imam Daniel has been identified as one of 300 young Muslim Leaders of Tomorrow from over 75 countries for his as leadership work that he carries out  as well as a being part of the Muslim Professionals Network, CEDAR (Connecting European Dynamic Achievers & Role-Models)
Promotion of sectarian tolerance
Stemming from his belief that one should co-exist peacefully with others, Daniel refrains from aligning himself to any particular sect of Muslims, instead seeking to benefit from all rightly-guided people. He is against separatism and hopes to see unity amongst the Muslim ranks as well as fellow human beings. He has been quoted as saying "There needs to be a more balanced coverage of Islam in the media. Disproportionate coverage of extremists only exacerbates Islamophobia and causes further cleavage between Western powers and Islam. How many media outlets covered the Grand Mufti of Russia in his recent Eid sermon expressing appreciation towards Patriarch Alexy II of the Russian Orthodox Church for his defence of Islam? He called the Patriarch a peacekeeper, a person of open spirit, an advocate of strengthening religious peace, promoting a dialogue and cooperation between the traditional regions of Russia. And in comparison how many cover the ranting of unknown radicals on the same day... How many covered the recent award of a Canadian Muslim with the Order of Canada. And the list is endless."
Originally from London, he has visited over 30 countries in five continents . and continues to be invited regularly to speak at and participate in conferences and colloquiums most recently (October 2009) being invited to the 7th Doha Conference of Inter-Faith Dialogue as well being invited as a Global Religious Leader at the World Economic Forum that was held under the patronage Abdullah II bin al-Hussein of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan in May 2009. As well as the Muslim Leaders of Tomorrow (New York April 9) He has been engaged in spreading the message of Islam, tolerance and co-existence with all peaceable faiths for the past 12 years and continues to give regular lectures on Prophetic character.
Views and Criticism
- On the veil
In the light of the recent debate regarding the wearing of the veil by Muslim women Daniel defended the rights of Muslim women to wear the Hijab out of modesty and dispelled the stigma attached to it by Women's rights groups in the West. He said, "In essence the veil is nothing new. It has been prescribed upon Muslim women for the same reason that Jews and Christians before practiced it: modesty... "References to it can be found in the Jewish and Christian scriptures, one such example from the Holy Bible is: If a woman does not cover her head, she should have her hair cut off; and if it is a disgrace for a woman to have her hair cut or shaved off, she should cover her head. (1 Corinthians 11:6),""The reason is that in JudeoـChristian theology, the backbone of Western belief, the wearing of the veil for a woman was not only a sign of modesty and honour, but was also a sign of subjugation of the woman to man. This causes many womens rights advocates and others to campaign for the removal of the veil, when in fact there is no such stigma attached to the wearing of the veil in Islam," 
- On education in Arab Countries
In criticizing educators at Arab educational establishments he has been known to say:
"They still employ oldـfashioned methods of rote learning and "chalk and talk". So what you find is a dull education system whereby students are required to memorize facts and regurgitate them in exams. Curriculums need to be redesigned to provide for stimulating critical thinking, active learning and communication. The Muslim youth needs to be thinkers and leaders, not parrots and imitators." 
"Education plays a huge role in creating a better understanding between cultures and religions. The current education system needs a complete revamp. I myself being an educator have found that for children to ask questions and make mistakes in the Arab culture and classroom is frowned upon. It was not always like that as we can see from Islamic contributions to philosophy etc. Critical thinking skills need to be taught from a younger age to our children. So if an extremist comes to our children and tries to brainwash them they are not so na•ve and are able to ask questions and think for themselves," 
- On Gulf parenting of children
"In my opinion, the youth in the Gulf and the Middle East are being neglected by their elders in society. The responsibility is collective and no single entity should be singled out as a scapegoat. For example, if we look at the responsibility parents have towards their children, they are simply not providing the goods. How often is it that you find that children are left with their maids for hours on end, rarely getting a chance to sit with their parents and get attention or an intelligent conversation? When we know that the Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) said: "A father teaching his child good manners is better than giving a bushel of grain in charity" and he also said: "No father can give his child anything better than good manners." 
- Moderation in Islam
"We live in an age where the true teachings of Islam have become indistinct between the liberalism of soـcalled Progressive Muslims and the extremism of Radical Muslims. I feel that these voices are hijacking Islam and the worldwide, moderate peaceـloving Muslims have to struggle to reclaim Islam and show the world the true wisdom of Islam,"..."In chapter two, verse 143, Allah calls us the best nation as we are moderate and justly balanced. This is corroborated by the saying of the Prophet (PBUH) The best way is the middle way." 
- On Muslim Scholars
"Scholars are failing the youth by not learning enough about pop culture. Currently there is a generation gap between scholars and the youth. Scholars need to be aware of the challenges that the youth are facing in the 21st century in order to empathize and relate to them," 
Shaykh Mohammed Daniel Muhajir al-Dimishqi currently serves as a consultant to the Director of Public Affairs at the Kuwait Ministry of Endowments and Islamic Affairs, having previously worked as a consultant on Western Affairs for the Cultural Sector at the same Ministry. During the years that he studied in Damascus, he was fortunate to study at both of the most famous seats of learning, Mahad Abu Nour and Mahad Fath al-Islami where he read in Azhar University Master’s Degree Program. In his second term at Mahad al-Fath he was requested to teach Islamic Studies to postgraduate students in the Faculty of Islamic Studies in International Languages, something he gladly took on while simultaneously studying at the Mahad and personally at the hands of renowned scholars.
Throughout his years of studying Islam predominately in Syria, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, as well as his journeys to over 30 countries he has had the immense privilege of studying under some of the world's leading scholars in their respective fields of Islamic Sciences and has received personal recognition and authorization (ijazah) with a traceable chain of narration going back to the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) from dozens of Islamic scholars in numerous books of Tafseer (Quranic Exegesis), Hadith (Prophetic tradition), Fiqh (Jurisprudence), and Mantiq (Logic) from scholars in Hijaz, Yemen, Greater Syria, Pakistan, India, Morocco, Egypt, Iraq, and various other countries. A maximum of five scholars for each region has been provided below:
Shaikh al-Muqri Abdur Rahman al-Sudais (Imam Holy Mosque Makkah) Shaikh al-Muhaddith Abdullah ibn Abdur Rahman Saad Shaikh al-Muhaddith Abdullah ibn Hamood al-Tuwaijri Shaikh al-Muhaddith Malik Arabi al-Sanusi Shaikh al-Muamur Abdur Rahman al-Ayaaf India
Shaikh al-Muhaddith Mohammed Yunus Jaunpuri Shaikh al-Muhaddith Mohammed Isra’eel al-Nadwi Shaikh al-Muhaddith Ahmed Ali Surti al-Chishti Shaikh al-Muhaddith Abdus Shakur al-Mazahiri Shaikh al-Muhaddith Taqi Uddin al-Nadwi
Shaikh al-Muamar Hussain Hasan al-Sa’biyah (Head of Dar al-Hadith) Shaikh al-Khateeb Nizaar al-Khateeb (Imam of Ummayad Mosque) Shaikh al-Muhaddith Mohammed Fouad Taha al-Zabadani Shaikh al-Faqih Wahbi Sulayman al-Ghawji al-Albani Shaikh al-Muamar Shukri al-Luhafi
Shaikh al-Murabee Mohammed Sufi Sarwar al-Ashrafi Shaikh al-Muhaddith Thanaullah Khan al-Madani Shaikh al-Muhaddith Abdul Mannan Nourphoury Shaikh al-Muhaddith Ghulamullah Rahmati Kakari Shaikh al-Muhaddith Abdul Hafeez al-Makki Al-Maghrib
Shaikh al-Muhaddith Abdur Rahman ibn Abdul Hay Al-Kittani Shaikh al-Ustadh Mamoun ibn Abdul Hafeez al-Fasi al-Fihri Shaikh al-Muhaddith Dr Idris ibn Mohammed Jafar al-Kittani Shaikh al-Muhaddith Mahammed ibn Mohammed al-Hujoojee Shaikh al-Muhaddith Abdur Rahman al-Sheybaan Yemen
Shaikh al-Muhaddith Mohammed ibn Isma’il al-Imrani (Mufti of Yemen) Shaikh al-Muhaddith Abdur Rahman al-Attas Shaikh al-Muhaddith Mohammed ibn Ali Mansoor As-Sanani Shaikh al-Muhaddith Mohammed Qasim al-Washali Shaikh al-Muhaddith Abdullah al-Shoaibi Jordan
Shaikh al-Muhaddith Mohammed Shakur al-Mayadini (Retired teacher Holy Mosque Makkah) Shaikh al-Muhaddith Mohammed Zuhayr al-Shaweesh Shaikh al-Ustadh Sharif Omar Sharow Shaikh al-Muhaddith Shuayb al-Arna’ut Shaikh al-Muhaddith Essam Hadi
Shaikh al-Muhaddith Akram Abdul Wahab al-Mosuli Shaikh al-Muhaddith Subhi Jasim al-Samura’ee Shaikh al-Muhaddith Bashar Awad Maruf Shaikh al-Muhaddith Maher Yaseen Fahal Shaikh al-Ustadh Ra’id al-Samura’ee Egypt
Shaikh al-Ustadh Nafi Arabi al-Sanusi Shaikh al-Muhaddith Ali ibn Mohammed al-Nahaas Shaikh al-Muhaddith Mohammed Basyouni Zaghloul Shaikh al-Ustadh Ali ibn Mohammed Tawfiq al-Nahaas Shaikh al-Muhaddith Mohammed ibn Ali Ba-alawi al-Husaini Shaikh al-Muhaddith Mes’ad Abdul Hameed al-Husaini al-Alawi Al-Jazirah (Gulf)
Shaikh al-Allamah Dr Yusuf al-Qardawi Shaikh al-Muhaddith Dr. Ali Mohiuddin Al-Quradagi Shaikh al-Muhaddith Abdullah ibn Salih al-Obaid Shaikh al-Muhaddith Dr Waleed al-Munayis al-Kuwaiti Shaikh al-Muhaddith Abdus Salaam al-Failakawi
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- "MLT Website (Under Search Kuwait)". 2009-11-25.
- "Cordoba Academy". 2009-11-25.
- "Mercy towards animals". 2008-09-22.
- "Ramadan: A time for altruism, sympathy". 2008-09-09.
- "Youtube Clip". 2010-24-02. Check date values in:
- "Unique Magazine". 2009-06-22.
- "Chillnite". 2010-03-07.
- "Arab Time Online". 2010-03-07.
- "What's On (Google Docs)". 2009-22-12. Check date values in:
- "ASMA Society Journal". 2010-03-07.[dead link]
- "Al-Watan". 2009-02-07.
- "CEDAR Website". 2010-03-07.[dead link]
- "Al Watan Interview". 2009-10-02.
- "DICID Website Participants List (Kuwait)" (PDF). 2010-03-07.
- "MLT Newsletter". 2010-10-01.
- "Kuwait Agenda". 2009-22-07. Check date values in:
- "Alwatan.com.kw". 2009-18-03. Check date values in:
- "Al Watan Daily". 2009-07-07.
- "Al Watan Arabic". 2008-01-09.