Shaykh Gibril Fouad Haddad is a well-known Lebanese-American scholar and religious leader and has emerged as one of the clearest voices of traditional Islam in the West and is quickly earning a reputation as a respected translator and interpreter of the sacred Islamic texts.
Born in 1960 in to a middle-class Lebanese Catholic family in Beirut, Lebanon, and schooled in England, he declared his shahadah in 1991 as a graduate student at Columbia University in New York where he obtained his PhD degree in French literature.
The same year, he met his teacher, Mawlana Shaykh Nazim al-Haqqani of Cyprus, from whom he took the Naqshbandi tariqa. He taught at the State University of New York at Stony Brook for 2 years and in 1997 moved to Damascus where he studied the Islamic disciplines for 9 years.
Among the teachers he has been honoured to read with are Shaykh Dr. Nur al-Din `Itr, Shaykh Adib Kallas, Shaykh Wahbi al-Ghawji, Shaykh Muhammad al-Ya`qubi, Shaykh Adnan al-Majd, Shaykh Mu`tazz al-Subayni, Shaykh Dr. Samir al-Nass, Shaykh Dr. Wahba al-Zuhayli, Shaykh `Abd al-Hadi Kharsa, and Shaykh Muhammad Muti` al-Hafiz. He also holds ijazas from Shaykh Dr. Muhammad ibn `Alawi al-Maliki and Shaykh Husayn `Usayran, the last of the close students of the pious Qadi Shaykh Yusuf al-Nabhani, as well ijazas from more than 100 shaykhs from Algeria to Yemen - Allah reward them all and continue to benefit us through them.
Shaykh Gibril is an accomplished and influential Islamic scholar, religious leader, author, and Arabic translator of classical Islamic texts. He is also a teacher on the traditional online Qibla Islamic institute (formerly SunniPath) [website]. He was listed in the inaugural edition “500 Most influential Muslims” and was referred to as “one of the clearest voices of traditional Islam in the West”. He is also a contributor to the website eshaykh.com, which offer guidance and traditional teachings on various aspects of Islam.
Shaykh Gibril Haddad has written, translated and published many books, among them being:
* The Four Imams and their Schools: Abu Hanifa, Malik, al-Shafi’i, Ahmad (2007)
* From the Two Holy Sanctuaries: A Hajj Journal (2006)
* Sunna Notes: Studies in Hadith & Doctrine Volume II: The Excellent Innovation in the Qur’an and Hadith
* Sunna Notes: Studies in Hadith & Doctrine Volume I: Hadith History & Principles
* Albani and His Friends: A Concise Guide to the “Salafi” Movement (2004)
* Ibn Khafif. Al-’Aqida al-Sahiha (“Correct Islamic Doctrine”).
* Al-Bayhaqi. Al-Asma’ wal-Safat (“The Divine Names and Attributes”).
* Ibn ‘Abd al-Salam. Ai-Mulha fi I’tiqad Ahl al-Haqq (“Belief of the Poeple of the Truth”).
* Ibn ‘Arabi. Aqidat al-’Awamm min Ahl al-Islam (“Common Doctrine of the Muslim”).
* Sayyid Muhammad ‘Alawi al-Maliki. Al-Anbiya’ fi-Barzakh (“The Prophets in the Isthmus-Life”). Revised bilingual edition.
* Al-Anwar al-Bahiyya fi Isra’ waMi’raj Khayr al-Bariyya (“The Prophet’s (peace be upon him) Night Journey and Ascention”). Revised English edition. Sayyid Yusuf Hashim al-Rifa’i. Nasiha li-Ikhwaninia Ulama’ Najd (“Advice to our Brethren the Scholars of Najd”). Introduction by M.S.R. al-Buti. With Sayyid ‘Alawi Ahmad al-Haddad’s Misbah al-Anam (“The Light of Mankind”). English.
* Al-Habib ‘Ali al-Jafri. Jesus Christ the Son of Mary and His Most Blessed Mother.
* G.F. Haddad. Afdalu al-Khalqi Sayyiduna Muhammad (peace be upon him) On the Prophetic Attribute “Best of Creation”). Bilingual.
* Al-Arba’un fi Fadli al-Shami wa-Ahlih wal-Hijrati ila Allahi wa-Rasulih (peace be upon him) (“The Excellence of Syro-Palestine and Its People in Emigrating to Allah and His Prophet (peace be upon him)
* 40 Hadith”) Bilingual. Forewords by Shaykh Abid Kallas, Shaykh Mustafa al-Turkmani, and Shaykh Salah Fakhri.
* Sayyiduna Abu Bakr al-Saddiq (may Allah be well pleased with him). Bilingual.
* Qubrus al-Tarab fi Suhbat Rajab (“The Joy of Cyprus in the Association of Rajab “). Discourses of Shaykh Nazim al-Haqqani. Bilingual.
* Mawlid: Celebrating the Birth of the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him)
* Collective Supplication: Sunna or Bid’a? Bilingual.
* Ahmad ibn Taymiyya.
* ‘Ayn al-Hayb fi Usul Kashf al-Ghayb (“Proof-Texts of the Prophetic knowledge of the Unseen”). Bilingual.
* Usul al-Bid’at al Hasana fil-Qur’an wal Hadith (“Proof-Texts of the Good Innovation from the Qur’an and Hadith”). Bilingual.
* Al-Ziyarat al-Iraqiyya ila al-Hadarat al-Barzakhiyya bil-Imdadat al-Haqqaniyya wal-Suhbat al-Jiliyya (“Haqqani Visitation to the Sanctuaries of Iraq with Shaykh ‘Abd al-Qadir al-Jili al-Madani”). Bilingual.
* Min al-Haramayn al-Sharifayn (“From the Two Holy Sanctuaries: A Hajj Journal”). 2nd edition. Bilingual.
* Min al-Maghrib al-Mubarak (“From Blessed Morrocco”). English and Arabic.