Habib Umar bin Hafiz is well known for his Prophetic lineage and status as one of the most influential Sufi scholars alive today. His influence through scholarship and preaching is vast in Indonesia and East Africa especially. He is also incredibly influential through his leadership of the Ba’Alawi movement. He has been touring Europe and the US regularly in the past few years in response to his growing following there.
Cultivation of Scholarship
Habib Umar founded and runs Dar al Mustafa, a centre for traditional Islamic scholarship that currently hosts an array of international students, in Tarim, Yemen. He has joined the ranks of the world’s leading Muslim academics and scholars as a signatory of ‘A Common Word Between Us and You’, a document that builds bridges between the Muslims and Christians. He has also spoken at Cambridge University on the need for such a dialogue.
Da’wa & Humanitarian Efforts
Sheikh al Habib is noted for his da’wa efforts, with significant visits to the /02 and Europe. In July 2008, Sheikh al Habib Umar partnered with Muslim Aid Australia as founder of Yemen-based NGO Al Rafah Charitable Society to address issues of poverty and hunger and lack of su6cient health care that a1ect areas of Tarim.