Shaykh Dr. Gibril Haddad was born in Beirut, Lebanon in 1960 (1380H), and was raised in a typical middle-class Lebanese Catholic family and attended the Jesuit school that his predecessors had attended earlier. He embraced Islam while a graduate student in French Literature at Columbia University in New York. Shortly after taking shahadah, he met Shaykh Hisham Kabbani and was guided by him in the path of Islamic scholarship. He lived and studied in Damascus, Syria, for about 10 years where he studied under many Islamic scholars, chief among them being Shaykh Muhammad Nazim Adil Al-Haqqani of Turkish Cyprus, who is his spiritual guide of the Naqshbandi Spiritual Order. In Damascus, he studied under many scholars like Shaykh `Abd al-Fattah Abu Ghudda, Imam Muhammad Zahid al-Kawthari, Dr. Nur al-Din `Itr, Shaykh Adib Kallas, Shaykh Wahbi al-Ghawji, Shaykh Muhammad al-Ya`qubi, Dr. Samer al-Nass, Dr. Wahba al-Zuhayli, Shaykh `Abd al-Hadi Kharsa, Shaykh Muhammad Muti` al-Hafiz, Shaykh Bassam al-Hamzawi, Shaykh Munir al-Hayek. From Makkah, Dr. Muhammad `Alawi al-Maliki, from Morocco, Sidi Mustafa Bassir (Morocco) and from Beirut, Shaykh Husayn `Usayran, the last of the close students of the pious Qadi Shaykh Yusuf al-Nabhani. He holds ijazas from more than 150 Islamic scholars and Shaykhs from Algeria to Yemen.
Shaykh Gibril is an accomplished and influential Islamic scholar, religious leader, author, and Arabic translator of classical Islamic texts. He was listed in the inaugural edition “500 Most influential Muslims” and was referred to as “one of the clearest voices of traditional Islam in the West”. He is also a contributor to the website eshaykh.com, which offer guidance and traditional teachings on various aspects of Islam.
Shaykh Gibril Haddad is currently a Senior Assistant Professor at SOASCIS in Applied Comparative Tafsir. He holds a Doctorate from Kolej Universiti Insaniah, Kedah Darul Aman, Malaysia and a Ph.D. from Columbia University, New York where he was the recipient of several fellowships including one at the prestigious École Normale Supérieure in Paris, France. He also graduated summa cum laude from the New York University Latin and Greek Institute. He has lectured on Qur’an, Hadith, Prophetic Biography (Sīra) and Sufism in Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, the US, UK, Sweden, Lebanon, Syria, Morocco, the Republic of South Africa and Mauritius.
Shaykh Gibril Haddad is the author of over three dozen books, most recently the first critical edition and translation and first book-length study in English on the first Ḥizb of Tafsir al-Baydawi, a 900-page work published jointly by UBD Press and Beacon Books (UK). Published works include The Integrated Encyclopedia of the Qur’an, The Encyclopedia of Hadith Forgeries, as well as hundreds of articles. He was hailed in the inaugural edition of The 500 Most Influential Muslims in the World as “one of the clearest voices of traditional Islam in the West.”
Among Shaykh Gibril Haddad’s published works include:
- The Lights of Revelation: Tafsir al-Baydawi, Volume 1 (2016)
- The Encyclopedia of Hadith Forgeries (2013)
- The Muhammadan Light in the Qur’an (2012)
- The Integrated Encyclopedia of the Qur’an
- The Incineration of Persons in Jihad, Criminal Penalties and Reprisals: A Critique of ISIS’s Argument In Light of The Sources (2017)
- The Four Imams and their Schools: Abu Hanifa, Malik, al-Shafi’i, Ahmad (2007)
- From the Two Holy Sanctuaries: A Hajj Journal (2006)
- Sunna Notes: Studies in Hadith & Doctrine Volume II: The Excellent Innovation in the Qur’an and Hadith
- Sunna Notes: Studies in Hadith & Doctrine Volume I: Hadith History & Principles
- Albani and His Friends: A Concise Guide to the “Salafi” Movement (2004)
- Ibn Khafif. Al-‘Aqida al-Sahiha (“Correct Islamic Doctrine”).
- Al-Bayhaqi. Al-Asma’ wal-Safat (“The Divine Names and Attributes”).
- Ibn ‘Abd al-Salam. Ai-Mulha fi I’tiqad Ahl al-Haqq (“Belief of the People of the Truth”).
- Ibn ‘Arabi. Aqidat al-‘Awamm min Ahl al-Islam (“Common Doctrine of the Muslim”).
- Sayyid Muhammad ‘Alawi al-Maliki. Al-Anbiya’ fi-Barzakh (“The Prophets in the Isthmus-Life”). Revised bilingual edition.
- Al-Anwar al-Bahiyya fi Isra’ waMi’raj Khayr al-Bariyya (“The Prophet’s Night Journey and Ascension”). Revised English edition.
- Sayyid Yusuf Hashim al-Rifa’i. Nasiha li-Ikhwaninia Ulama’ Najd (“Advice to our Brethren the Scholars of Najd”). Introduction by M.S.R. al-Buti. With Sayyid ‘Alawi Ahmad al-Haddad’s Misbah al-Anam (“The Light of Mankind”). English.
- Al-Habib ‘Ali al-Jafri. Jesus Christ the Son of Mary and His Most Blessed Mother.
- G.F. Haddad. Afdalu al-Khalqi Sayyiduna Muhammad (peace be upon him) On the Prophetic Attribute “Best of Creation”). Bilingual.
- Al-Arba’un fi Fadli al-Shami wa-Ahlih wal-Hijrati ila Allahi wa-Rasulih (“The Excellence of Syro-Palestine and Its People in Emigrating to Allah and His Prophet 40 Hadith”) Bilingual. Forewords by Shaykh Abid Kallas, Shaykh Mustafa al-Turkmani, and Shaykh Salah Fakhri.
- Sayyiduna Abu Bakr al-Saddiq. Bilingual.
- Qubrus al-Tarab fi Suhbat Rajab (“The Joy of Cyprus in the Association of Rajab ”). Discourses of Shaykh Nazim al-Haqqani. Bilingual.
- Mawlid: Celebrating the Birth of the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him)
- Collective Supplication: Sunna or Bid’a? Bilingual.
- Ahmad ibn Taymiyya.
- ‘Ayn al-Hayb fi Usul Kashf al-Ghayb (“Proof-Texts of the Prophetic knowledge of the Unseen”). Bilingual.
- Siyar al-Khulafa’ al-Rashidin (“The Rightly-Guided Caliphs”). Bilingual.
- Usul al-Bid’at al Hasana fil-Qur’an wal Hadith (“Proof-Texts of the Good Innovation from the Qur’an and Hadith”). Bilingual.
- Al-Ziyarat al-Iraqiyya ila al-Hadarat al-Barzakhiyya bil-Imdadat al-Haqqaniyya wal-Suhbat al-Jiliyya (“Haqqani Visitation to the Sanctuaries of Iraq with Shaykh ‘Abd al-Qadir al-Jili al-Madani”). Bilingual.
- Min al-Haramayn al-Sharifayn (“From the Two Holy Sanctuaries: A Hajj Journal”). 2nd edition. Bilingual.
- Min al-Maghrib al-Mubarak (“From Blessed Morrocco”). English and Arabic.
- Our Mother ‘A’isha al-Siddiqa al-Nabawiyya. Bilingual.
- The Ash’ari School and the Literalists: Texts and Biographies. Abd al-Khaliq. Hujjiyat al-Sunna (“The Binding Proof of the Sunna”). Bilingual.