Born and raised in Syria, Shaykh Muhammad al-Ninowy is the direct descendant of the family of Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him). His studies and teachings have come directly from father to father all the way down to Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him)’s teachings to his daughter Fatima Azzahra (RA). He currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A., as an Imam and Khateeb at Masjid Al-Madina where he delivers the Friday Sermons and gives a weekly majlis in Hadith and Tawheed.
Birth and Family lineage: He is Muhammad son of As-Sayyed Yahya son of As-Sayyed Muhammad son of As-Sayyed Sa’id son of As-Sayyed Muhammad son of As-Sayyed Ali Al-Ninowy, who’s family descends from the southern Iraqi village of Ninowa, the place where Al-Imam Al-Husayn was martyred, a partial area of which is also known as Karbala. Shaykh Muhammad’s 33rd grandfather is The known blind pious scholar, the flag bearer of Ahlus Sunnah of his time, Al-Imam Ibrahim Al-Mujab, (the first one of the family of the Prophet, sallallahu alayhi wa aalihi wa sallam, to migrate to Ninowa and established an Islamic University system). Al-Imam Ibrahim Al Mujab is the son of Al-Imam Muhammad Al-Aabed, son of Al Imam Musa Al Kathem, son of Al Imam Ja’far As-Saadeq, son of Al Imam Muhammad Al-Baqer, son of Al-Imam Zaynul’Abideen Ali,son of the Martyred Imam sayyidina Al-Husayn As-sibt, son of Maulana Al-Imam Ameer Al-Mu’mineen Ali bin Abi Taleb and the Lady Fatima Azzahra, daughter of the Best of the creation Sayyidina Muhammad bin Abdillah bin Abdil-Muttaleb bin Hashem from the tribe of Quraysh, sallallahu alayhi wa ala aalihi wa sallam. His fourth grandfather As-Sayyed Muhammad bin Ali immigrated for business and traded in olives and olive oil from Iraq to Northern Syria and settled in the north east parts of Aleppo (Halab) where he had his first born son As-Sayyed Sa’id who married a local woman and had a son; Sidi Muhammad bin Sa’id and a female. Sidi Muhammad married an honorable Lady named Fatima, and they had two sons : As-Sayyed Sa’id and As-Sayyed Yahya and 6 daughters. As-Sayyed Yahya (may Allah shower him with his Mercy and blessings and raise his rank in paradise) had two sons: Muhammad and Isa, may Allah protect them.
Shaykh Muhammad was born in Aleppo (Halab) the northern capital of Syria in 1389 AH in a family who maintained its religious and honourable Qur’an and Sunnah traditions.
Education: Shaykh Muhammad began his study under his father, Sayyed Yahya, rahmatullahi alaih, memorising the Glorious Qur'an and acquiring knowledge in many of the Islamic disciplines, including Aqeedah, Fiqh, Hadith and Ihsaan, with ijaazas (license to teach). He particularly specialises in the fields of Hadeeth and Tawheed.
He attended Al-Azhar Sharif University, Faculty of Usool-uddeen, where he studied under many scholars. In addition, he was under the tutelage of many stars of this century who resided in Syria, Madina, Makkah, Tangiers, Fez, Rabat, Egypt, Sudan and Jordan. He sat at the feet of, and was authorized by, many scholars such as Al-Imam Al-Hafeth As-Sayyed Abdullah bin Assidiqq Ghumari, Hafeth Abul Aziz bin Assiddiqq Ghumari, Hafeth Ibrahim bin Assiddiqq Ghumari, and Hafeth Hasan bin Assiddiqq Ghumari, radiaAllah anhum, Shaykh Hasan Qaribullah of Sudan, Shaykh Abdullah Al-Husayni, Shaykh Muhammad Al-Bata'ihi, Shaykh Jamil Ar-Rifaiy, Sayyed Al-Habib Al-Attas of Hadramout and others. Among the Mashayekh he learnt from are Shaykh Abdullah Siraj-Addin Al-Husayny, the Ba'Alawi scholars, Shaykh Abdullah At-Talidi, Shaykh Qaribullah of Sudan, the late Muhaddith Al-Haramayn Sayyed Muhammad Alawi Al-Maliki and many other honorable scholars in Morocco, and Hijaz.
Some of the books Shaykh Muhammad studied under his Shuyukh partially or wholly, and received Ijaza’s of Teaching in them with continued chain of narration, are as follows: Al-Qur’an Al-karim, Tafeer Al-Imam Al-Fakher Arrazy, Tafseer Al-Imam Al-Qurtubi, Tafseer Al-Imam At-Tabari, An-Nahrul Al Madd by Imam Abu Hayyan.
Took many books in Hadeeth and the Terminology of Hadeeth such as Nukhbatul Al-Fikr with the explanation by Hafedh Ibn Hajar, Al-bayquniyyah, Irshad Tullab Al-Haqaaeq by Imam Nawawi, Tadrib Arrawi by Imam Suyuti, Sahih Muslim with the explanation of Imam Nawawi, and Sahih Bukhari with the explanation of Imam Ibn Hajar Al-Asqalani.among others.
In the Shafi’iyy Fiqh he took Al-Muqadimmah Al-Hadramiyyah with the explanation of Imam Ibn Hajar Al-Haytami, Matn Abi Shuja’, Matn Azabad, Tanweer Al-Qulub, and part of Al-Majmu’ by Imam Nawawi, etc. In the Hanafi Fiqh took Matn Al-Quduri, Al-Ikhtiar by Musili, Al-Hidayah by Al Mirgani, etc. and in Maliki Fiqh took Ibn Asher by Mayyarah, and Matn Al-Ashmawiyyah., 1st volume of Athakhira by Al-Qurafi, Qawa’ed Al-Ahkaam by Al-Izz bin Abdussalam, Al-I’tisaam by Ash-Shatibi, and Bulugh Al-Maram by Ibn Hajar.
In Aqeedah, took At-Tahawiyyieh, An-Nasafieh, As-Sanoosieh, Aqeedat Al Imam Ibn Asaaker, Al-Fiqh Al-Akbar by Al-Imam Al-Atham Abu Hanifa, rahimahuAllah with explanation of Mullah Ali Al-Qari, Usul-Addin by Al-Imam Abdul Qaher Al Bagdadi, Daf’u shubahi At-Tashbeeh by Ibn Al-Jawzi, Daf’u Shubahi man Shabbaha wa tamarrada by Imam Al-Husany, Al-Asma wassifat by imam Bayhaqi, Sharhu Al-Jawhara by Imam Allaqaani, Al-Insaaf by Imam Al-Baqillani, Asasu At-Taqdees by Al-Imam Arrazy, Ida’atu Addujna by Al-Imam Al-Maqarri, Furqanu Al-Qur’an by Al-Quda’iy, Bahru Al-Kalam by Al-Imam An-Nasafiy, At-Talweeh by Al-Imam At-Taftazani, etc..
In Tasawuff, Ihya ulum Addin, Arrisala Al-Qushayrrieh, Ithaaf Assada Al Muttaqin by As-Sayyed Azubaydi, Al-Burhan Al-Mu’ayyad by Al-Imam Arrifa’iy, Halatu Ahli Al-Haqiqa by Imam Ar-Rifa’iy, Azzuhdu Al-Kabeer by Al-Imam Al-Bayhaqi, Tabaqatu Asufiyyiah by Al-Imam As-Salami, Arisala by Al-Hareth Al-Muhasibi, Al-Hikam of Ibn Ata’Allah, and At-Tabaqat Al-Kubra by al-Imam Asha’rani.
Current News: Shaykh Muhammad along with Shaykh Ahmad Darwish have been trying to provide the first interactive Islamic University over the internet, while utilizing technology, yet preserving the Sunnah tradition of TALAQQI (mouth to mouth transmission of knowledge) through interactive video and audio, and conferencing, leading to generating knowledgeable male and female Muslims to lead the Ummah through genuine teachings and adherence to the Saheeh of the Sunnah of Rasoolillah, sallallahiu alayhi wa aalihi wa sallam.
Shaykh Muhammad and Shaykh Ahmad Darwish are launching the first of its kind: The American Islamic University, an academic Islamic teaching system, based on Talaqqi and Ijaza in teaching and knowledge.
Shaykh Muhammad is an imam and Khateeb at Masjid Al-Madina in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A., where he delivers the Friday Sermons and gives A Weekly Majlis in Hadith and Tawheed. He participated in many national and international conferences on Islam, world peace, and welfare of humanity.