Sheikh Dr. Faisal Jameel Ghazzawi, Makkah Grand Mosque imam

Sheikh Dr. Faisal Jameel Ghazzawi
Updated 18 May 2019

Sheikh Dr. Faisal Jameel Ghazzawi, Makkah Grand Mosque imam

  • Ghazzawi lectured at Umm Al-Qura University from 1989 until 2004
  • Ghazzawi majored in Qur’an recitation at Umm Al-Qura University and now holds a bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate in this field

Sheikh Dr. Faisal Jameel Ghazzawi is an imam at the Grand Mosque and the dean of the Da’awa and Fundamentals of Religion Faculty at Umm Al-Qura University in Makkah.

Ghazzawi said in his latest Friday sermon that the faith of Muslims could not be complete without them having the best wishes and intentions toward other people.

He also called on Muslims to instigate good deeds and multiply them during the holy month of Ramadan, so that this practice became a habit they could not be rid of. He warned Muslims about social media sites becoming a distraction during Ramadan, and how these could lead them astray from diligence and hard work in a season meant for good deeds.

Ghazzawi was born in 1965. He majored in Qur’an recitation at Umm Al-Qura University and now holds a bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate in this field.

During his academic years, he dedicated his research material to Ibn Attiyah’s approach in presenting recitations and the impact of it on interpretation, and a segment of Ibn Al-Mulqin’s book about what makes a true mosque.

Ghazzawi lectured at Umm Al-Qura University from 1989 until 2004, when he climbed up the career ladder after obtaining his doctorate to be an associate professor until 2010.

He has served as an imam in Makkah’s mosques since 1993, and led prayers in some of the bigger mosques such as Al-Huda, becoming an imam at the Grand Mosque in 2007.


Madinah museum showcases over 2,000 rare artifacts

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Madinah museum showcases over 2,000 rare artifacts

  • The museum has issued more than 44 books and publications on Madinah’s architecture

MADINAH: Dar Al-Madinah Museum offers visitors the opportunity to view historical pieces associated with the Prophet’s life. It features artifacts that capture the history, heritage, social life and culture of Madinah.

The museum’s executive director, Hassan Taher, said that it aims to promote the noble values of the Prophet Muhammad, encourage a sense of belonging and capture the history, culture and heritage of Madinah. The exhibits start with the Prophet’s life and end with the Saudi era.

Taher said: “The museum carries out specialized research in Madinah’s architectural heritage. It contains a library of relevant books, research and magazines, all of which are accessible to researchers.”

He said that the museum has issued more than 44 books and publications on Madinah’s architecture.

Taher explained that when preparing the museum’s narrative, it was necessary to reconcile temporal and spatial contexts so they created an added moral and intellectual value for the visitor.

He added: “There are around 2,000 artifacts in the museum’s exhibition halls. These include antiquities, extremely accurate models, handicrafts, manuscripts, documents, correspondence, old publications, postage stamps, photographs and artworks.”

One of the museum’s most valuable exhibits is a large collection of rare pieces associated with important moments in the Prophet’s life and the history of Madinah. 

These include various parts of the Kaaba, rare coins used in Madinah during different eras, ancient pottery, Islamic manuscripts, jewelry and collectibles from the pre-Islamic era.

Taher said that the museum has a professional team of guides who speak several languages, including English, Turkish, Urdu and Malay.