An Imam holds a very prestigious position in the Muslim community. An Imam is a title given to the leader of a mosque. Since Masjid Al-Haram has appointed several Imams for the benefit of the Muslim Ummah, here is a list of them:
10 Imams of Masjid Al-Haram
1. Sheikh Yasir Al Dossary
One of the renowned reciters of the Muslim world and the Imam of Masjid Al Haram is Sheikh Dr. Yasir bin Rashid bin Hussein Al-Wadani Al-Dossary. Born in 1980 AD, and was appointed as Imam in Masjid al-Haram in 2015.
He has a good educational profile where he had obtained a Bachelor’s degree from Imam Muhammad bin Saud Islamic University, a master’s degree in comparative jurisprudence from the Higher Judicial Institute, and a doctorate degree in the Department of Comparative Fiqh from the higher institute of the Judiciary.
2. Sheikh Usaamah Khayyat
Sheikh Usaamah Khayyat has obtained his bachelor’s degree in 1977, a Master’s degree in 1982, and Ph.D. Degree in 1988 from Umm Al Qurra University, Makkah.
He got the honor of being an imam of the masjid Al Haram in 1997. His appointment was approved by King Fahad Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.
He is not only an imam but also a Professor in the Faculty of Dawah and Usool Deen in Umm Al Qurra University along with a member of the Shoura Council since 2003.
3. Sheikh Bandar Baleelah
Being born in Makkah in 1975, Baleelah graduated in 1996, completed his Master’s Degree from Umm Al Qurra University in 2002. In 2008, he obtained his Ph.D. Degree from the Islamic University of Madinah.
In 2013 he was appointed as Imam of the Masjid al-Haram, Makkah. Currently, he is also giving teaching services as a professor at the faculty of Shariah in Taif University.
4. Sheikh Saleh Al Humaid
Born in 1950, he was able to memorize the Holy Quran at an age of 20 only. He completed his bachelor’s, master’s, and Ph.D. from the Umm Al Qurra University, Makkah.
He was appointed as Imam in Masjid Al Haram in the year 1983 at the age of 33. He previously served as President of Soura Council as well as President of High Judiciary Commission
He also is a professor and Admin the Faculty of Ulema in Umm Al Qurra University and a member of senior Ulema council.
He also is a adviser to the Royal Court of Saudi Arabia
5. Sheikh Saleh Al Talib
Sheikh Saleh Al Talib was born in Riyadh, got his early education from Riyadh, then graduated from Imam Saud University, Riyadh, and got a Masters’s Degree in Comparative Islamic Jurisprudence.
He has the honor of having a Masters’s Degree in International Law from George Town, Washington DC, USA. He serves as a judge in the High Court of Makkah. He was appointed as an imam of Masjid Al Haram in 2003.
The reason for so little information about him is due to the fact that during his tour to New Zealand in 2014, he said that he doesn’t likes to be praised hence he gives out less information about himself
Sheikh Talib usually leads Salat Al Isha in Masjid Al Haram.
6. Sheikh Abdullah Awad Al Juhany
Known as the youngest of the imams of Masjid Al Haram, he was able to memorize the Holy Quran at an early age.
He also won the Quran Recitation Competition held in Masjid Al Haram.
He has four children, two sons and two daughters. Both of his sons are young and are memorizing the Holy Quran
As he came from a very religious background, his parents wanted him to progress in the field and hence he gained education from Umm Al Qurra University and gained a P.H.D Degree in Islamic Sharia and Quranic Recitation. Thus making him one of the youngest ones to gain a P.H.D Degree from Umm Al Qura University.
Sheikh Juhany has been blessed to be the only Imam who has led Salah in almost all significant Mosques in Islamic History, including Masjid Al Quba, Masjid Qiblatein, Masjid Al Jinn, Masjid Al Nabawi and Masjid Al Haram.
7. Sheikh Abdul Reham Al Sudais
One of the most popular Islamic personalities is Sudais. Gifted with a beautiful voice, Muslim Ummah loves his recitation. Sheikh Abdul Rehman Al Sudais is currently the Chief Imam and Khateeb of Masjid Al Haram.
He is a state-level minister as he enjoys the Presidency of the General Presidency for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques (GPH).
He was appointed Imam of Masjid Al Haram in 1984, at a very young age of 22.
He is also one of the senior teachers in the Faculty of Sharia of Umm Al Qura University
Since then Sheikh Sudais has been leading Taraweeh every year and in 2015, he completed his 35th time of completing the Quran and reading the Khatam ul Quran Dua.
In 2012, he was appointed as the President of General Presidency for the Affairs of the Haramain in a decree ordered by the Late King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia just before the Grand Expansion started in Masjid Al Haram
8. Sheikh Dr. Maher
Maher had a keen interest in mathematics and thereby started teaching it. He completed his Quranic learning and then started to lead the prayers in various mosques. He completed his Master’s and then P.HD from Umm Al Qurra University in 2012.
People would love to pray behind him as he recites beautifully. He has also been appointed as an adviser to Prince Abdul Majid in Makkah.
He also started to lead prayers he various Mosques in Makkah and Madinah. And during Ramadan, the Mosques in which he used to lead Taraweeh would overflow with Believers wishing to pray behind him and listen to his Recitation. Soon he was famous around Madinah and was now admired among the royal family members and then he was appointed as an Adviser to Prince Abdul Majid in Makkah.
9. Sheikh Khalid Al Ghamdi
He had completed his memorization of the Quran in Makkah at the age of 16 under a Pakistani cleric.
He holds a Masters’s Degree in Recitation and Tafseer of the Holy Quran from Umm Al Qurra University.
10. Sheikh Faisal Gazzawwi
Sheikh Faisal Gazzawi, born in 1965, graduated in 1989, was able to earn a master’s degree Ph.D. Degree from Umm Al Qurra University.
He had been appointed as Imam in Masjid Al Haram in 2008 and as Kateeb in 2016. He has also served as the President at the Faculty of Quranic Recitation in Umm Al Qurra University.
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