Sheikh Dr Abdalqadir as-Sufi, a Sheikh of the Darqawi-Shadhili-Qadiri Tariqa, entered Islam with the Imam of the Qarawiyyin Mosque in Fez, Morocco in 1967. His spiritual inheritance comes from Sheikh Muhammad ibn al-Habib of Meknes and Sheikh Muhammad al-Fayturi of Benghazi. Sheikh Abdalqadir has been responsible for the most far-reaching and successful Islamic dawa of the modern era, founding mosques in England, Spain and South Africa. As a result, communities of his students can be found across the world. His writing encompasses well over 20 books, as well as many essays and articles, covering various topics. Perhaps most notable has been his call for the proper implementation of zakat, a return to just forms of trade, the revival of Imam Malik’s legal school and his emphasis on correct and coherent community and family dynamics. He has initiated the translation and publication of translations of the Qur’an into various languages, as well as numerous classical works of Islam, including the Muwatta of Imam Malik and Ash-Shifa of Qadi ‘Iyad.
Source of Influence: Preachers & Spiritual Guides
Date of Death: 1 August 2021
Status: Not featured in current year
Place of Death: United Kingdom