Canadian Islamic Scholar & Founder of AlMaghrib Institute, Shaykh Muhammad Alshareef Dies Aged 47

Admired by the masses, Shaykh Muhammad Alshareef died suddenly at the age of 47 in Dubai on Thursday, July 21. Known as one of the leading scholars of our times, Shaykh Muhammad was not known to have any ongoing illnesses, which is why his death shocked many. Despite this, his family remained patient remembering that life is not something promised. 

His life was one filled with effort for Islam.

Born in 1975, the Shaykh grew up in Winnipeg, Canada and went on to memorise the Quran at a young age. He then completed a degree in Islamic Law at the Islamic University University of Madinah. It wasn’t until 2002 that he founded the world-renowned AlMaghrib Institute. With humble origins in College Park, Maryland, Shaykh Muhammad began this noble endeavour with only 30 students. Through the AlMaghrib Institute online platform, many students across the world have continued to benefit from the many Islamic resources and study programmes.  

Since the announcement of his death, students, scholars and the general public have published many social media posts discussing his life and personality. 

I owe him more than words can describe. He was a true visionary, and his legacy will be felt for generations to come. [Shaykh Yasir Qadhi]

he was one of the best brothers you could have. Always checking in, always showing support, always offering his help. Reading through our messages and seeing that love always. Always giving words of encouragement and duas. Showing up randomly to places to be your brother. [Shaykh Dr Omar Suleiman]

The Muslim world is mourning the passing of a great leader and visionary Shaykh Muhammad Alshareef. []Boona Mohammed

Shaykh Muhammad was our leader and teacher, and he inspired hundreds of thousands of students to learn Islam. We ask Allah that it be counted in his scale of good deeds with him and that Allah beautifies his reception, forgives him his sins, and enters him into Al-Firdaws. [AlMaghrib Institute]

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