Dr. Abdalqadir as-Sufi, son of the Scottish Highland Dallas family that traces back to the 12th century AD, entered Islam in the early 1960s in the Qarawiyyin Mosque of Fes at the hand of its Imam Khatib, Shaykh Abdalkarim Da’udi, witnessed by Alal al-Fasi, the founder of the Istiqlal Party. He then took Tariqa at the hand of Shaykh Muhammad ibn al-Habib, the renowned Darqawi leader, and completed his khalwa with the ‘Alawi Shaykh of Benghazi, Shaykh al-Fayturi. Shaykh Abdalqadir went on to establish the Tariqa in England, founding a Mosque in Norwich gifted by Shaykh Adel Azzam of Madinah.
A decades-long Da’wa in Spain produced an educated Muslim community of indigenous Spanish people. This resulted in a Madrasah, and saw the first translation of Qur’anic meanings by a Spaniard in history. With the support of Shaykh Sultan al-Qasimi, Ruler of Sharja, the Great Mosque of Granada was built and opened, after vicious opposition by the catholic church and the socialists.
In 2001 the Science University of Penang, Malaysia, conferred on him an Honorary Doctorate of Literature for his life’s writings. Shaykh Dr. Abdalqadir as-Sufi’s scintillating insights on the collapse of capitalism and the reawakening of Islam provide a powerful analysis of events and issues affecting Muslims the world over. At the opening of the 21st century Shaykh Abdalqadir moved to South Africa, where he had previously been black-listed and expelled by the Apartheid regime. There he established the Jumu’a Mosque of Cape Town – gifted by Mukhtar al-Bukhari of Malaysia – as well as Dallas College as a tertiary college of leadership for young Muslim men.
Stemming from the context of his active world Da’wa programme, education and social activity, Shaykh Dr. Abdalqadir as-Sufi’s articles, monographs, fatwas and essays offer a deconstruction of false and obstructive dialectics, and a dynamic intellectual foundation for action. Visit www.shaykhabdalqadir.com