By Ahmed Abdel- Salam , IOL Correspondents
DOHA – Prominent Muslim scholar Sheikh Yusuf Al-Qaradawi, the president of the International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS), has won Malaysia’s prestigious “Hijra of the Prophet” award.
Qaradawi is awarded the prize for his selfless contributions to serve Islam and Muslims. (Google)
Qaradawi will be given the award by Malaysian King Mizan Zainal Abidin in a ceremony on the first day of the new hijri year which falls on Friday, December 18.
He will deliver a speech during the event, to be attended by ministers, statesmen and public figures, on the mission of Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him).
The prominent scholar will also deliver a series of lectures and meet with members of the National Council of Muftis as well as Malaysian intellectuals.
The award comes in recognition of Qaradawi’s extensive knowledge and selfless contribution to serve Islam and Muslims, the development of Islamic culture for the benefit of the Ummah.
The “Hijra of the Prophet” award was initiated by the Malaysian Department of Islamic Development in 1987.
It is granted to Muslim figures on the first day of the hijri year in recognition of their contributions to serve Islam.
Leading among previous winners were Egyptian scholar Sheikh Mohamed Idris Al-Marbouy, Indonesian scholar and former religious affairs minister Haj Manour Shazali and Syrian scholar Wahba Al-Zuheili.
The Malaysian award is the eighth international prize given to Sheikh Qaradawi for his scholarly contributions.
Qatari Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani awarded Qaradawi the prize for achievements in the field of Islamic studies two months ago.
He was also the fourth Islamic figure chosen by Dubai International Holy Quran Award as the Islamic Personality of the Muslim nine years ago.
Qaradawi was born in the Egyptian governorate of Al-Gharbiya, west of Cairo, on September 9, 1926.
Following his father’s death, the two-year old Qaradawi was raised by his uncle.
The young Qaradawi learnt the Noble Qur’an by heart at the very young age of ten.
He studied at Al-Azhar and graduated at the top of his class in the Faculty of Principles of Islamic Jurisprudence in 1953.
In 1963, he was appointed at the Ministry of Awkaf (religious endowments) and was shortly dispatched to Qatar, where he decided to spend the rest of his life.
In 1977, Qaradawi established the Faculty of Shari`ah and Islamic Studies at Qatar University.
The prominent scholar has published dozens of books, chiefly The Lawful and the Prohibited in Islam.
He is known for his moderate views and considered to be one of the most influential scholars in the Muslim world.
He is the cofounder and president of the International Union of Muslim Scholars and the European Council for Fatwa and Research.