Introduction to Shaykh Fakhruddin Owaisi Al-Madani
Shaykh Fakhruddin Owaisi al-Madani is a distinguished Islamic scholar based in South Africa, advocating an understanding of Islam rooted in moderation and mercy.
Background and Early Life
Shaykh Fakhruddin Owaisi hails from a lineage of esteemed scholars and saints, descending from Sayyidina Owais al-Qarani, a lauded saint of Islam praised by Prophet Muhammad (saw) himself. Born in the USA in 1979, he spent the formative years of his life in the holy city of al-Madinah al-Munawwarah. This is where he completed his schooling and became proficient in the Science of Qasidah & Na’at rendition.
Religious Education and Influences
Under the mentorship of prominent Shaykhs, including the globally renowned Hadith scholar al-Sayyid Muhammad bin Alawi al-Maliki, Shaykh Fakhruddin Owaisi gained knowledge in Islamic Sciences and Spirituality. His education was further enriched by scholars from various parts of the world such as Shaykh Hazim Abu-Ghazaleh (Jordan), Mufti Ghulam Sarwar (Pakistan), Shaykh Ahmad al-Qat’ani (Libya), and Shaykh-al-Islam Imam Hassan Cisse (Senegal).
Academic Achievements and Contributions
Furthering his academic journey, Shaykh Fakhruddin Owaisi accomplished a Masters Degree in Islamic Studies from the University of Cape Town with distinction. He also earned an Alim Degree from the Islamic College of Southern Africa. Known for his scholarly prowess, he bagged the Best Student of the Year award during his Bachelor’s in Islamic Theology at the Islamic College of Southern Africa, recognized by Al-Azhar University.
Current Roles and Responsibilities
Shaykh Fakhruddin Owaisi currently resides in South Africa, leading as the Chairman of the Sunni Ulama Council in Cape Town. He has served various mosques in Cape Town as Imam and teacher, gaining nationwide and international recognition as a speaker. His influence has crossed borders as he attended conferences and seminars in over 30 countries.
Continued Engagement in Islamic Studies
In addition to his speaking engagements, Shaykh Fakhruddin Owaisi has contributed to Islamic literature by translating Arabic works into English. Since 2006, he has been lecturing on Hadīth, Sīrah, and History at the International Peace College of Southern Africa, where he now heads the Department of Islamic Studies.