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List Rules People on this list must have gone to Al-Azhar University and be of some renown.

List of famous alumni from Al-Azhar University, with photos when available. Prominent graduates from Al-Azhar University include celebrities, politicians, business people, athletes and more. This list of distinguished Al-Azhar University alumni is loosely ordered by relevance, so the most recognizable celebrities who attended Al-Azhar University are at the top of the list. This directory is not just composed of graduates of this school, as some of the famous people on this list didn't necessarily earn a degree from Al-Azhar University.

This list is made up of a variety of graduates, including Abdullah Yusuf Azzam and Tariq Ramadan.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Al-Azhar University?” and “Which celebrities are Al-Azhar University alumni?”

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Abdullah Yusuf Azzam is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Al-Azhar University Alumni
Author, Preacher, Philosopher Abdullah Yusuf Azzam a.k.a. Father of Global Jihad was a Palestinian Sunni Islamic scholar and theologian and founding member of al-Qaeda. Azzam preached both defensive jihad and offensive jihad ...more

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Timothy Winter is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Al-Azhar University Alumni
Writer Timothy John Winter, also known as Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad, is a British Sunni Muslim shaykh, researcher, writer and academic. He is the Dean of the Cambridge Muslim College, Director of ...more

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Suhaib Webb is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Al-Azhar University Alumni
Imam Suhaib Webb is an American Muslim imam who is currently the imam of the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center.

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Tariq Ramadan is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Al-Azhar University Alumni
Theologian, Professor, Author Tariq Ramadan is a Swiss academic, intellectual, philosopher and writer. He is the professor of Contemporary Islamic Studies in the Faculty of Oriental Studies at Oxford University and also ...more

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Burhanuddin Rabbani is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Al-Azhar University Alumni
Politician, Professor, Warlord Burhanuddin Rabbani was President of the Islamic State of Afghanistan from 1992 to 1996. After the Taliban government was toppled during Operation Enduring Freedom, Rabbani returned to Kabul and ...more

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Taha Hussein is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Al-Azhar University Alumni
Editor, Educator, Writer Taha Hussein, was one of the most influential 20th century Egyptian writers and intellectuals, and a figurehead for the The Egyptian Renaissance and the modernist movement in the Middle East and ...more

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Yusuf al-Qaradawi is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Al-Azhar University Alumni
Theologian Yusuf al-Qaradawi is an Egyptian Islamic theologian, and chairman of the International Union of Muslim Scholars. He is best known for his programme, al-Sharīʿa wa al-Ḥayāh, broadcast on Al ...more

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Ekmeleddin İhsanoğlu is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Al-Azhar University Alumni
Professor Ekmeleddin Mehmet İhsanoğlu is a Turkish academic and diplomat who was Secretary-General of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation from 2004 to 2014. He is also an author and editor of academic ...more

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Abdurrahman Wahid is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Al-Azhar University Alumni
Politician, Journalist Abdurrahman Wahid, born Abdurrahman Addakhil, colloquially known as Gus Dur, was an Indonesian Muslim religious and political leader who served as the President of Indonesia from 1999 to 2001. ...more

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Aliko Dangote is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Al-Azhar University Alumni
Businessperson, Entrepreneur Aliko Dangote GCON is a Nigerian billionaire businessman. who owns the Dangote Group, which has interests in commodities. The company operates in Nigeria and other African countries, including ...more

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Maumoon Abdul Gayoom is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Al-Azhar University Alumni
Maumoon Abdul Gayoom Politician Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, GCMG, is a politician from Maldives who served as the President of Maldives from 1978 to 2008. After serving as Minister of Transport, he was nominated as President by the ...more

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Ahmed Yassin is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Al-Azhar University Alumni
Politician, Imam, Teacher Sheikh Ahmed Ismail Hassan Yassin was a Palestinian imam and politician. He was a founder of Hamas, an Islamist Palestinian paramilitary organization and political party. Yassin also served as ...more

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Muhammad Karam Shah al-Azhari is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Al-Azhar University Alumni
Muhammad Karam Shah al-Azhari Judge Justice Diya al-'Ummah Hadhrat Shaykh Mawlana Mufti Muhammad Karam Shah al-Azhari, Sitara-e-Imtiaz, was an eminent Sheykh of tariqa Chistiyya and an Islamic scholar from Pakistan.

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Haj Amin al-Husseini is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Al-Azhar University Alumni
Haj Amin al-Husseini Mufti Haj Mohammed Effendi Amin el-Husseini was a Palestinian Arab nationalist and Muslim leader in Mandatory Palestine. Al-Husseini was the scion of a family of Jerusalemite notables, who trace their ...more

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Amien Rais is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Al-Azhar University Alumni
Politician Muhammad Amien Rais is a prominent Indonesian politician who led and inspired the reform movement that forced the resignation of President Suharto in 1998. Amien Rais was the leader of ...more

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Ahmed Subhy Mansour is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Al-Azhar University Alumni
Pacifist Dr. Ahmed Subhy Mansour, born March 1, 1949, in Abu Harair, Kafr Saqr, Sharqia, Egypt is an Egyptian-born activist, whose website describes him as an Islamic scholar with expertise in Islamic ...more

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Alwi Shihab is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Al-Azhar University Alumni
Alwi Shihab Politician Alwi Abdurrahman Shihab is one of the leading authorities and scholars on the interaction of Christian and Muslim communities. Currently he is the Indonesian President's special envoy to the ...more

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Muhammad Abduh is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Al-Azhar University Alumni
Muhammad Abduh Philosopher Muḥammad 'Abduh was an Egyptian Islamic jurist, religious scholar and liberal reformer, regarded as one of the key founding figures of Islamic Modernism, sometimes called Neo-Mu'tazilism after ...more

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Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Al-Azhar University Alumni
Politician Tuan Guru Dato' Bentara Setia Haji Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat was a Malaysian politician and Muslim cleric. He was the Menteri Besar of Kelantan from 1990 to 2013 and the Mursyidul Am or Spiritual ...more

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Houari Boumediene is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Al-Azhar University Alumni
Houari Boumediene Politician Houari Boumediene, also transcribed Boumédiène, Boumedienne etc., served as Chairman of the Revolutionary Council of Algeria from 19 June 1965 until 12 December 1976 and thereafter ...more

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Jawdat Said is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Al-Azhar University Alumni
Jawdat Said Writer, Philosopher Jawdat Said is an Islamic scholar, of Circassian descent, who belongs to the School of the famous Islamic thinkers professor Malek Bennabi and Muhammad Iqbal.

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Ali Gomaa is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Al-Azhar University Alumni
Ulama Ali Gomaa is an Egyptian Islamic scholar, jurist, and public figure. He specializes in Islamic Legal Theory. He follows the Shafi`i school of Islamic jurisprudence and the Ash'ari school of ...more

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Abdel-Halim Mahmoud is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Al-Azhar University Alumni
Abdel-Halim Mahmoud Sheikh Abdel-Halim Mahmoud served as Grand Imam of Al Azhar from 1973 until his death in 1978. He was known for his modernizing approach to teaching at Al Azhar, preaching moderation and ...more

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Mustafa Cerić is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Al-Azhar University Alumni
Mustafa Cerić Mustafa Cerić is a Bosniak politician who served as the reis-ul-ulema of Bosnia and Herzegovina and currently president of the World Bosniak Congress.

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Fathulla Jameel is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Al-Azhar University Alumni
Fathulla Jameel Politician Fathulla Jameel was the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Maldives from 1978 to 2005. Jameel was the Permanent Representative of the Maldives to the United Nations from April 14, 1977 to 1978. He ...more

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Omar Abdel-Rahman is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Al-Azhar University Alumni
Sheikh Omar Abdel-Rahman, commonly known in the United States as "The Blind Sheikh", is a blind Egyptian Muslim leader who is currently serving a life sentence at the Butner Medical ...more

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Panakkad Sayeed Mohammedali Sh... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Al-Azhar University Alumni
Panakkad Sayeed Mohammedali Shihab Thangal Politician Panakkad Syed Mohammedali Shihab Ba-Alawi Al-Hussainy was a Muslim religious leader and politician from Kerala, and one of the most famous Islamic scholars from the Indian state of Kerala. He ...more

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Izz ad-Din al-Qassam is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Al-Azhar University Alumni
Imam, Preacher, Teacher Izz ad-Din Abd al-Qadar ibn Mustafa ibn Yusuf ibn Muhammad al-Qassam was a Syrian-born Palestinian Muslim preacher who was a leader in the fight against British, French, and Zionist ...more

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Saad Zaghloul is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Al-Azhar University Alumni
Saad Zaghloul Politician Saad Zaghloul was an Egyptian revolutionary, and statesman. Zaghloul was the leader of Egypt's nationalist Wafd Party. He served as Prime Minister of Egypt from 26 January 1924 to 24 November

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Soheib Bencheikh is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Al-Azhar University Alumni
Soheib Bencheikh Politician Soheib Bencheikh is an Islamic religious leader and author and would-be French politician. Bencheikh graduated in Islamic theology at Al-Azhar University, Cairo, Egypt, and at the Free ...more

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Mark A. Gabriel is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Al-Azhar University Alumni
Mark A. Gabriel Writer Mark A. Gabriel, is a writer on Islamic affairs who lives in the United States. He is the author of five books critical of Islam, including Islam and the Jews: The Unfinished Battle and Journey ...more

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Mohamed Haji Mukhtar is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Al-Azhar University Alumni
Mohamed Haji Mukhtar Writer Mohamed Haji Mukhtar is a Somali scholar and writer.

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Nasib al-Bitar is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Al-Azhar University Alumni
Nasib al-Bitar Judge Shaikh Nasib Al Bitar was a Palestinian jurist, born in the city of Nablus in Palestine on June 13, 1890 as the second son of Al Sayyed Said Al Bitar Al Husseini.

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Hedley Churchward is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Al-Azhar University Alumni
Hedley Churchward Al-Hajj Hedley Churchward, was an English set designer and painter, notable for converting to Islam and in 1910 being the first known British Muslim to make the Hajj. Hedley's father, a member ...more

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Hussain Rasheed Ahmed is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Al-Azhar University Alumni
Hussain Rasheed Ahmed Hussain Rasheed Ahmed is a Maldivian Sunni Islamic scholar and political leader in Republic of the Maldives. He is also the first elected President of Adhaalath Party, a political party in the ...more

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Kareem Amer is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Al-Azhar University Alumni
Kareem Amer Abdul Kareem Nabeel Suleiman Amer is an Egyptian blogger and former law student. He was arrested by Egyptian authorities for posts on his blog that were considered to be anti-religious and ...more

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Fadzil Noor is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Al-Azhar University Alumni
Fadzil Noor Politician Dato' Ustaz Haji Fadzil bin Muhammad Noor was a Malaysian politician and religious teacher. He was the president of Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party from 1989 to 2002 and Leader of the Opposition in ...more

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Muhammad Sayyid Tantawy is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Al-Azhar University Alumni
Muhammad Sayyid Tantawy Muhammad Sayyid Tantawy, also referred to as Tantawi, was an influential Islamic scholar in Egypt. From 1986 to 1996, he was the grand Mufti of Egypt. In 1996, president Hosni Mubarak appointed ...more

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Talal Eid is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Al-Azhar University Alumni
Talal Eid Imam Talal Eid is an Imam from Quincy, Massachusetts. He was born in 1951 in Lebanon. He studied at Jamia al-Azhar University in Cairo. In 2005, he received his Doctor of Theology degree from ...more

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Abd al-Hamid Kishk is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Al-Azhar University Alumni
Khatib, Ulama, Imam Abdal-Hamid Kishk was an Egyptian preacher, scholar of Islam, activist, and author. He was a graduate of the prestigious Al-Azhar University in Cairo and was known for his humour, popular ...more

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Ahmed ‘Urabi is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Al-Azhar University Alumni
Politician Colonel Ahmed ‘Urabi or Orabi, widely known in English as Ahmad Arabi or Arabi Pasha, was a nationalist Egyptian and an officer of the Egyptian army. The first political and military leader in ...more

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Muhammad Habib Shakir is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Al-Azhar University Alumni
Muhammad Habib Shakir Muhammad Habib Shakir, was an Egyptian judge, born in Cairo and a graduate from Al Azhar University.

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Hasan al-Lawzi is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Al-Azhar University Alumni
Hasan al-Lawzi Hasan Ahmad al-Lawzi is a Yemeni politician and writer. He is the Minister of Information. Al-lawzi was born in Sana'a and was educated at Cairo's Al-Azhar University. He published several ...more

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Shire Jama Ahmed is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Al-Azhar University Alumni
Shire Jama Ahmed Writer thumbnail Shire Jama Ahmed was a Somali linguist who is credited with having devised a unique Latin script for transcribing the Somali language. Shire Jama's winning Somali Orthoraphy was chosen ...more

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Haseeb Ammar is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Al-Azhar University Alumni
Haseeb Ammar Journalist, Writer

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Hany El-Banna is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Al-Azhar University Alumni
Hany El-Banna Physician Hany Abdel Gawad El-Banna OBE is the co-founder of Islamic Relief, the largest Western-based international Muslim relief and development NGO, established in 1984 in Birmingham, UK.

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Mohamed Salamah is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Al-Azhar University Alumni
Mohamed Salamah Mohamed Salamah was a student at Al-Azhar University who became a Qur'anic reciter at a young age. He fought in the rebellion against the British in 1919. He is the only prominent reciter to ...more

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Aleem Said Ahmad Basher is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Al-Azhar University Alumni
Aleem Said Ahmad Basher Aleem Said Ahmad Basher is a Filipino-Muslim Alim, an active Islamic preacher, broadcaster, lecturer and Islamic consultant. He is the current chairman of the Imam Council of the Philippines. A ...more

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Umar Sulaiman Al-Ashqar is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Al-Azhar University Alumni
Umar Sulaiman Al-Ashqar Dr. Umar Sulayman 'Abd-Allaah al-Ashqar was a professor in the Faculty of Islamic Law at the University of Jordan in Amman, Jordan, who was born in 1940 and died on August 10, 2012. He is not to ...more

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Akbar Muhammad is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Al-Azhar University Alumni
Akbar Muhammad Akbar Muhammad is an associate professor of history and Africana studies at Binghamton University in New York. He specializes in African history, as well as the study of Islam in Africa and the ...more