Grand Imam


Dr. Ahmed Al-Tayyeb – Grand Imam of Al-Azhar

DrAltayebPresident Mohamed Hosni Mubarak appointed Professor Ahmad Al- Tayyeb as Sheikh Al-Azhar and Grand Imam, the world’s most prestigious seat of Islamic learning. Sheikh Ahmad Al-Tayyeb, spent more than forty years in the institution of Al-Azhar as he held several academic positions. Being a Professor of Theology and Philosophy in Al-Azhar University, Cairo, he was appointed Dean ofthe Faculty of Arabic and Islamic Studies in Quena, Egypt from 27/10/1990 till 31/08/1991 and Dean of the Faculty of Arabic and Islamic Studies in Aswan, Egypt from 15/11/1995 till 03/10/1999 as well as Dean of the Faculty of Usul Al-Din at the International Islamic University in Islamabad, Pakistan from 1999 till 2000, in addition to several academic posts in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and U.A.E. Sheikh Al-Tayyeb was then appointed as Mufti of the Arab Republic of Egypt from 10/03/2002 till 27/09/2003 and later as Rector of Al-Azhar University from 28/09/2003 till 19/03/2010. Sheikh Al-Tayyeb is now leading the whole educational body of Al-Azhar, which comprises schools, faculties and other educational institutions across Egypt. He is an expert in theology, religious philosophy, and has written books and studies in theology, Islamic culture and Islamic philosophy. Sheikh Al-Tayyeb is known for his open-mindedness and deep vision, his acceptance of differing points of view and discussing them to reach the best acceptable opinions. Being versed in languages other than Arabic, mainly French and English gave him access to other cultures and civilizations which made him successfully reach the other in fruitful dialogues. In an interview with local newspapers, Sheikh Al-Tayyeb stated that the development of the Azharite educational system is his top priority, with the assistance of scholars and experts, and through a stated plan which would start with reviewing and assessing the current educational system in order to identify the problems and obstacles, and would end with the implementation of the necessary procedures for the betterment of the Azharite educational system. He added that Al-Azhar has constants which cannot be altered. Al-Azhar is an institution which encourages dialogue that is open to others with a moderate approach and holds dialogues with the divergent parties of various cultures and creeds. Sheikh Al-Tayyeb stresses the fact that Al-Azhar is the most trustworthy reference to Muslims. He stated that he would maintain the constants of Al-Azhar and spread the moderate teachings of Islam. Sheikh Al-Tayyeb stressed that Al-Azhar would continue its journey of dialogue between religions and its openness to the various cultures. Sheikh Al-Tayyeb was also quoted saying: “Al-Azhar will continue to be a bastion for tolerance and moderation against extremism and fanaticism”; “All possible means, including the latest technology, will be used to spread moderate Islam across the world.” Sheikh Al-Tayyeb asserted that Islamic discourse was in dire need of review. Constructive change often requires institutions with historical, intellectual, and religious credibility. Al-Azhar is one such institution which Sheikh Al-Tayyeb is well suited to lead its efforts.

 

List of past Grand Imam of AlAzhar:

1. [ ???? – 1690 ] Shaykh Muhammad al-Kharashi

2. [ 1690 – 1694 ] Shaykh Ibrahim al-Baramawi

3. [ 1694 – 1708 ] Shaykh Muhammad al-Nasharti

4. [ 1708 – 1711 ] Shaykh Abd al-Baqi al-Qillini

5. [ 1711 – 1720 ] Shaykh Muhammad Shannan

6. [ 1720 – 1724 ] Shaykh Ibrahim al-Fayyumi

7. [ 1724 – 1757 ] Shaykh Abd-Allah al-Shabrawi

8. [ 1757 – 1767 ] Shaykh Muhammad al-Hifni

9. [ 1767 – 1768 ] Shaykh Abd al-Ra’uf al-Sijjini

10. [ 1768 – 1776 ] Shaykh Ahmad al-Damanhuri

11. [ 1778 – 1793 ] Shaykh Ahmad al-Arousi


12. [ 1793 – 1812 ] Shaykh Abd-Allah al-Sharqawi

13. [ 1812 – 1818 ] Shaykh Muhammad al-Shanawani

14. [ 1818 – 1829 ] Shaykh Muhammad al-Arousi

15. [ 1829 – 1830 ] Shaykh Ahmad al-Damhugi

16. [ 1830 – 1834 ] Shaykh Hassan al-Attar

17. [ 1834 – 1838 ] Shaykh Hassan al-Quwaisni

18. [ 1838 – 1847 ] Shaykh Ahmad Abd al-Jawwad

19. [ 1847 – 1860 ] Shaykh Ibrahim al-Bayguri

20. [ 1864 – 1870 ] Shaykh Mustafa al-Arousi

21. [ 1870 – 1882 ] Shaykh Muhammad al-Abbasi

22. [ 1882 – 1882 ] Shaykh Muhammad al-Inbabi

23. [ 1882 – 1886 ] Shaykh Muhammad al-Abbasi

24. [ 1886 – 1895 ] Shaykh Muhammad al-Inbabi

25. [ 1896 – 1900 ] Shaykh Hassouna al-Nawawi

26. [ 1900 – 1900 ] Shaykh Abd al-Rahman al-Nawawi

27. [ 1900 – 1904 ] Shaykh Selim al-Bishri

28. [ 1904 – 1905 ] Shaykh Ali al-Biblawi

29. [ 1905 – 1909 ] Shaykh Abd al-Rahman al-Shirbini


30. [ 1909 – 1909 ] Shaykh Hassouna al-Nawawi


31. [ 1909 – 1916 ] Shaykh Selim al-Bishri


32. [ 1916 – 1927 ] Shaykh Muhammad Abu al-Fadl al-Gizawi


33. [ 1928 – 1929 ] Shaykh Muhammad Mustafa al-Maraghi


34. [ 1929 – 1935 ] Shaykh Muhammad al-Ahmadi al-Zawahri

35. [ 1935 – 1945 ] Shaykh Muhammad Mustafa al-Maraghi


36. [ 1945 – 1947 ] Shaykh Mustafa Abd al-Raziq


37. [ 1948 – 1950 ] Shaykh Muhammad Ma’moon al-Shinnawi


38. [ 1950 – 1951 ] Shaykh Abd al-Majid Selim

39. [ 1951 – 1952 ] Shaykh Ibrahim Hamrush

40. [ 1952 – 1952 ] Shaykh Abd al-Majid Selim


41. [ 1952 – 1954 ] Shaykh Muhammad al-Khidr Husayn

42. [ 1954 – 1958 ] Shaykh Abd al-Rahman Taj


43. [ 1958 – 1963 ] Shaykh Mahmud Shaltut

44. [ 1963 – 1969 ] Shaykh Hassan Ma’moon


45. [ 1969 – 1973 ] Shaykh Muhammad Muhammad al-Fahham


46. [ 1973 – 1978 ] Shaykh Abd al-Halim Mahmud


47. [ 1979 – 1982 ] Shaykh Muhammad Abd al-Rahman Bisar

48. [ 1982 – 1996 ] Shaykh Jadul-Haqq Ali Jadul-Haqq

 
49. [ 1996 – 2010 ] Shaykh Muhammad Sayid Tantawi

 

References:

http://www.alazhar.gov.eg/English/GrandImam.aspx

http://www.sunnah.org/history/Scholars/mashaykh_azhar.htm