Sheikh Habib Ali Zain Al Abideen Al-Jifri
Director General of the Tabah Foundation, UAE
Sheikh Habib Ali Zain Al Abideen Al-Jifri
Director General of the Tabah Foundation, UAE

Tracing his lineage to the family of Ali, the fourth Caliph of Islam and cousin of the Prophet Mu­hammad (PBUH), 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 is affiliated with various other international Islamic organizations.


Birth: 16 April 1971 (Age: 53)

Source of Influence: Philanthropy, Charity & Development, Scholarly, Lineage: Lineage

Influence: Preacher, Social Issues

School of Thought: Sunni, Traditional Sunni, Shafi'i, Ba'Alawi Sufi Order

Status: Featured in current year


Beginnings: Habib Ali was born in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, to a family with ancestral roots in Yemen. From his early childhood he was nurtured in the Islamic sciences by distinguished teachers, starting with his mother’s great aunt, Safiyya bint Hasan Al-Jifri, a scholar of the Islamic sciences and a spiritual educator.

Ba Alawi school:  Al-Jifri is part of a tradition that has been based in Yemen for over 1,000 years. His numerous teachers include the late scholars and spiritual masters Habib Abdul-Qa­dir bin Ahmad Al-Saqqaf and Habib Ahmad Mash­hur bin Taha Al-Haddad as well as the current leader of the Ba Alawi, Sheikh Habib Umar. Habib Ali often teaches at Dar al-Mustafa in Tarim, Yemen, and also travels all over the world meeting his students and giving lectures. Al-Jifri’s counselling is also in demand, and his spiritual insights have left a huge impression on many. His guidance is based on incorporating as much of the sunnah into one’s daily life as one can.

Think Tank: Al-Jifri founded the privately funded philanthropic Tabah Foundation for Islamic Studies and Research in Abu Dhabi, a non-profit in­stitution that is a source of reputable work in Islamic research and thought. It applies traditional religious principles to analyze contemporary issues. Some of these have inevitably become controversial such as when he made statements against popular rev­olutions during the Arab Spring for his belief that the preservation of peace and reducing bloodshed is paramount.

Worldwide Following: Habib Ali’s popularity has grown enormously over the past few years with over 15 million followers on different social media platforms. His inspirational speeches often leave many in tears, and his smile and gentleness touch all who meet him. He is constantly in demand and visits people from all socioeconomic levels, travelling the globe regularly. Despite not speaking English, he is in huge demand by English-speaking Muslims.


“Your being on the lookout for the vices hidden within you is better than your being on the lookout for the invisible realities veiled from you.”


36 number of countries he has lectured in

2005 CE the year the Tabah Foundation was founded