Tracing back his lineage to the family of ‘Ali, the fourth Caliph of Islam and cousin of the Prophet Muhammad, Habib Ali Zain al Abideen Al Jifri is a leading Islamic scholar and prominent speaker in the Muslim World. Al Jifri is Director General of the Tabah Foundation in the UAE, member of the board of Dar al Mustafa in Yemen, member of the Royal Aal al Bayt Institute for Islamic Thought in Jordan, and affiliated with various other international Islamic organizations.
As a Ba’Alawi Sufi, Al Jifri is part of a tradition that has been based in Yemen for approximately 800 years and traces back to the Prophet Muhammad. He is influential as a Sufi spiritual guide in the Muslim World; and Dar al Mustafa is an influential Islamic educational institution in Yemen.
Habib Ali founded the privately-funded philanthropic Tabah Foundation for Islamic Studies and Research in Abu Dhabi, a young non-profit institution that aspires to become a formidable source of reputable work in Islamic research and thought.
The Arab Spring events have not significantly affected the influence of Habib Ali.