Shaykh As’ad Sagharji is acknowledged as one of the leading contemporary Hanafi jurists of the Arab world and spent many of his formative years as a scholar, teaching Classical Islamic Sciences in the mosque of the Prophet (peace & blessings be upon him), in the blessed city of Madinah al-Munawara. The Shaykh is a prolific author and has produced a number of notable works, including the classic work, al-Fiqh al-hanafī wa adillatuhū, a comprehensive manual on Hanafi fiqh, which along with the Shaykh’s other famous works such as Shu’ab al-īmān, Sayyidunā Muhammad Rasūlallāh (sallallāhu alay’hi wa ālihī wa salam), Zawjatun-Nabī (sallallāhu alay’hi wa ālihī wa salam) and Hajj wal-‘Umra are readily taught as study texts in many famous Arab universities, including the renowned Al-Azhar University in Cairo.
One of the Shaykh’s most prominent teacher’s was the distinguished Syrian scholar, Al-Shaykh al-Sayyid Ibrahīm al-Ya’qūbī (RA), descendent from the family of the Prophet (peace & blessings be upon him). The Shaykh has a number of chains of transmission (Ijazāt) linking him directly back to the founder of the Hanafī Madhab, Imām al-A’zam Abu Hanifa Nu’mān ibn Thābit (RA). As well as being an exalted jurist the Shaykh is also a spiritual guide and an adherent of the famous Shāzalīyya Arab Sufi order. He is presently the Grand īmām, khatīb al-A’zam, of the famous Jāmi’a Masjid al-Umawī (the Umayyad Mosque) in Damascus, Syria, presiding over the 9 permanent īmām’s.