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.


Saudi’s Qassim prepares over 200 mosques for Friday prayers

Updated 04 June 2020

Saudi’s Qassim prepares over 200 mosques for Friday prayers

  • Volunteers will help worshipers disperse between mosques
  • The first call to prayer will be announced 20 minutes earlier

DUBAI: Islamic authority in Qassim region have approved 205 mosques to perform Friday prayers according to new regulations, state news agency SPA reported.

The first call to prayer will be announced 20 minutes earlier, and khutbas – religious address delivered by the imam – to last at maximum for 15 minutes.

Also, volunteers will help worshipers disperse between mosques.

Mosques across the Kingdom, except for those in Makkah, have opened their doors to worshippers on Sunday, May 31, as coronavirus restrictions ease.

Last week, Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Islamic Affairs Sheikh Abdullatif Al-Sheikh called on Muslims to respect ongoing safety measures inside mosques, such as bringing their own prayer mats, wearing masks and washing hands prior to entering the vicinities.

Al-Asheikh said preventative measures will remain in place to ensure a safe return of worshipers to mosques for Friday prayers from May 31 until June 20.