Ep. 81: Allie Khalfe

 

Allie Khalfe, founder of the IslamicText Institute in Cape Town, is a pioneering author with the ability to translate classical and traditional Arabic texts into the English language in a way that grasps audiences on various levels. Recognized as an assiduous student of sacred knowledge, he spent over a decade at the feet of Shaykh Seraj and Shaykh Ahmad Hendricks, who are Cape Town’s leading scholars and heads of the Azzawia Institute in Walmer Estate. They, in turn, graduated from the Umm Al-Qura University in Mecca specializing in Usūl al-Fiqh, and spent about ten years at the feet of the ocean of knowledge, Al-Sayyid Muhammad bin ‘Alawī al-Mālikī, may Allah be pleased with all of them. These Shaykhs have bestowed their blessings upon Shaykh Allie and given him license (ijāzah) to teach various disciplines of Islamic knowledge.

He also spent two years at the Grand Al-Azhar Mosque in Cairo, sitting at the feet of some of the foremost scholars alive today, including Shaykh ‘Alī Jumu’a, Shaykh Fat’hī ‘Abdurahmān Al-Hijāzī, Shaykh Hasan Al-Shāfi’ī and Shaykh Hishām Kāmil, may Allah be pleased with them, all of whom he heard traditional texts from, with their permission to transmit these texts.

He was afforded some private learning sessions with Shaykh Sa’īd Mamdūh, to whom he read hadīth, Dr. Shaykh Yuri Jabr and Dr. Nahlah el-Harraki, to whom he read the entire Jawharah al-Tawhid. He also read the latter work in Medina to the one of the oldest living descendants of the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, Habib Jibril al-‘Attas.

He is currently completing his Masters in Islamic Studies, with a focus on Theology, at UNISA. His other works include: Sūrah Al-Fātiha: A Fellowship of Faith; the Mind, Body and Soul primary school kids syllabus; The Honour and Status of the Human Being; The Legacy: A Spiritual Journey to God, Islam: A Tradition of Mercy and the IslamicText Trivia game.

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