In a time when there is increasing adversity against Muslims and ever-rising fear & hate, it is important to remember how our Prophet ﷺ and his Companions handled their trials.
Please join us on Friday evening – May 22, 2015 at 7:30pm, In-Shā-Allāh, with Dr. Shadee Elmasry of the Safina Society – New Brunswick Islamic Center who will discuss this very important topic.
About Our Visiting Scholar:
Dr. Shadee Elmasry was born and raised in New Jersey. He began studying the traditional sciences rigorously at age eighteen after a summer in Fes, Morocco. Since then he has studied all over the world including Hadramawt (Yemen), Mecca and Madina (Saudi Arabia), London (UK), Cairo (Egypt) and New Jersey (U.S.) under several luminaries of our time.
Beginning in his home state of New Jersey, he learned tajweed under Shaykh Mohammed Jibreel and hadith (Sahih Muslim) & tafsir under Hafidh Ghulam Yasin. In London, he learned hadith from Mufti Barakatullah, while keeping the company of the city’s noble imams Ahmed Ba Bikir Sudani, Mufti Barakatullah, and Shaykh Abu Bakr Ba Shuayb. Dr. Elmasry went on to study Arabic grammar and poetry under Shaykh Taleb al-Qalqami and Dr. Shadi Naser. He then pursued principles of jurisprudence by learning the Maqasid al-Sharia from Shaykh Hamza Karamali and the Matn of Ibn Abi Kaff under Ustadh Abdullah bin Hamid Ali. Dr. Elmasry also studied the Risala of Ibn Abi Zaid in Maliki fiqh under Mauritanian scholar, Shaykh Salek bin Siddina, and took ijaza in the Matn al-Ghaya from Shaykh Imaddudine Abu Hijleh in Shafi’i fiqh, and in the the Tahawiyya (beliefs) and the Bayquniyya (hadith) from Sheikh Muhammad Al-Ninowy.
Last but not least, Dr. Elmasry traveled to Hadramawt, Yemen to study Islamic spirituality from the venerable scholars Habib Ali al-Jifri and Habib Umar bin Hafiz. Under their tutelage, Dr. Elmasry studied from the works of several traditional masters including Imam Abu Hamid al-Ghazali, Sheikh Ibn Ata’illah al-Sakandari, Sheikh Umar al-Suhrawardi and Sheikh Abu Talib al-Makki to name a few.
In addition to traditional learning, Dr. Elmasry has received has an impeccable academic record in Western studies. He graduated with a B.A. from Rutgers University in New Jersey in sociology, religions, and philosophy and went on to receive his Masters from The George Washington University with a thesis on Sayyid Muhammad Alawi al-Maliki under the supervision of Seyyed Hossein Nasr.
Dr. Elmasry received his Ph.D. from the University of London in February 2007. His thesis was entitled Da’wa in the Works of Imam Abd Allah bin Alawi al-Haddad, and is in the process of revision for publication. His articles have been published by the Routelege Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs (September 2010) as well as the Zaytuna Seasons Journal (Autumn 2007).
Dr. Elmasry went on to teach at several universities including Yale University, University of London SOAS, Trinity College, Hartford Seminary and Manhattanville College.
Currently, Dr. Elmasry has found his way back home as Scholar in Residence and Director of Education and Community Affairs at the New Brunswick Islamic Center in New Jersey. He is also the founder and head of Safina Society—an institution dedicated to the cause of traditional Islamic education in the West.