Thursday, 16 May 2013

Timothy Winter (Sheikh Abdal-Hakim Murad)

Abdal Hakim Murad is Dean of the Cambridge Muslim College, UK, which trains imams for British mosques. In 2010 he was voted Britain’s most influential Muslim thinker by Jordan’s Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre.He has translated a number of books from the Arabic, including several sections of Imam al-Ghazali's Ihya' Ulum al-Din. His most recent book is Commen
tary on the Eleventh Contentions (2012).

Abdal Hakim Murad regularly leads Jum’a prayers at the Cambridge central mosque, and has spoken in major mosques in Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, Spain, and the United States. Recordings of his talks are available on the Cambridge Khutbas website. His articles have appeared in The Independent, the London Evening Standard, the Daily Telegraph, The Times, the Catholic Herald, Islamica, Zaman, the Times Literary Supplement, and Prospect. He is also a regular contributor to BBC Radio 4’s Thought for the Day.


Winter graduated with a double-first in Arabic from Cambridge University and then went on to study at Al-Azhar. He then studied under the direct tutelage of Islamic scholars, including the famous Habib Ahmad Mashhur al-Haddad. Winter conveys his knowledge to the English speaking world though his translations, articles and lectures. He has become a powerful voice of traditional Islam to the English-speaking world. He is also the director of the Sunnah project, which has published the foremost scholarly Arabic editions of the major Sunni Hadith collections.


Winter was the force behind establishing the Cambridge Muslim College – a pioneering institute, which aims to produce Islamic leaders who will help meet the many challenges facing Britain today. He is also the Chair of the Muslim Education Trust, which is overseeing the building of the new Cambridge Mosque. With its emphasis on sustainability and almost total reliance on green energy, the new Cambridge Mosque will be Europe’s first eco-mosque and a truly landmark building for the city of Cambridge and its residents.

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