Shaykh Muhammad al-Yaqoubi is a world-renowned Islamic scholar of theology, jurisprudence, Prophetic tradition, and a spiritual leader to thousands of Muslims across the globe. He has been named one of the 500 most influential Muslims in the world for the past five years (theMuslim500.com).
Shaykhal-Yaqoubi was born in Damascus in 1963 and trained from an early age in the Islamic sciences by his father, who was an Imam and instructor at the Grand Umayyad Mosque in Damascus. Since the age of eleven, he has been continuously teaching the Islamic sciences and has been giving Friday sermons since the age of fourteen. He descends from a scholarly family that traces its lineage back to the Prophet Muhammad s. Three of his ancestors were also Imams at the Grand Umayyad Mosque.
A Sufi Master of the Shadhili Order, his primary focus is on the purification of the heart, the spiritual well-being of Muslims, and the rectification of their social conduct and interaction within society based on the highest virtues of the Prophet of Islam, peace and blessings be upon him.
He has travelled around the world teaching Muslims, and bringing awareness to and spreading moderate Islam.Thousands of students have studied under him, many of whom are now Imams and teachers in the Islamic Worldâ€”in the Arab world, the West, the Far East, and South Africa.
Shaykh Al-Yaqoubi was one of the first scholars to speak up against the Assad regime and, subsequently, against the rise of ISIS, denouncing its atrocities and proving its actions to be un-Islamic. To this end, he has delivered numerous lectures, penned articles, and given several TV and paper interviews to media agencies such as CNN, BBC, and PBS.
He is the author of several books in Arabic in the areas of Islamic law and Prophetic Tradition.
He speaks Arabic, English, and Swedish, and reads French and German.
1981â€“1990 Friday Imam, al-Tawusiyyah Mosque, Damascus
1983â€“1990 Instructor, al-Darwishiyah Mosque, the Fatwa Administration, Damascus, Syria
1986â€“1991 Teacher of Islamic law, the Institute of ShaykhBadr al-Din al-Hasani, Damascus, Syria
1992â€“1996 Researcher and teacher, Ph.D program of linguistics, Institute of Oriental Studies, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
1992â€“1996 Imam, Islamic Society of Gothenburg
1993â€“1998 Co-Founder of NCID – Nordic Centre for Inter-religious Dialogue, Gothenburg Sweden
1995 Member of an independent â€œPeace Mission to Sarajevo”â€ coordinated by the Swedish Foreign Department
1996 Winner of Peace Prize â€œHaggesFredspris,â€ Gothenburg, Sweden
1998-2000 Assistant director for research and studies at the Islamic museum of Kuwait, Dar al-Athar a-Islamiyyah, Kuwait
2000 Founding member of the Swedish Muslim Academy, Stockholm, Sweden
2006-2011 Lecturer in Sufism, IbnArabi Mosque, Damascus
2007â€“ Patron of the educational organization Sacred Knowledge – UK and USA
2008-2011 Lecturer at the Grand Umayyad mosque, Damascus, Syria.
2008-2011 Friday Imam at al-Hassan mosque, Damascus, Syria
2008â€“ Patron of the humanitarian relief organization SKT Welfare â€“ UK and USA
2010â€“2011 Former member of the Supreme committee overseeing Islamic insurance companies and their compatibility with the Shariah
2010â€“2011 Member of the High Committee for reforming curricula of Islamic schools in Syria.
2012â€“2013 Guest Professor at Al-Akhawin University, Ifrane, Morocco (teaching Jurisprudence, Philology and Exegesis of the Quran)
2014â€“ Foundation Fellow, Muslim Faculty of Advanced Studies, Norwich, UK
2014â€“ Patron, Al-Huda Center for Education &Counseling, Amman, Jordan