Grand Mufti of Sierra
|Grand Mufti of Sierra
Mr. Grand Mufti|
The Honourable, Mufti Azam-us-Siarrah, Hadrat, and Mufti ad-Diyar as-Siarrah, Shaykh al-Islām, Sheikh and Sahib-ul-Ma'ali in Arabic
|Status||Grand Mufti of Sierra|
|Member of||Sierran Muslim Council|
Islamic Center of Salsipuedes|
Salsipuedes, Pacífico Norte
|Appointer||Muslim Majlis of Sierra|
The Grand Mufti of Sierra is the most senior, most influential religious authority and spiritual leader of the Islamic Community of Sierra. The Grand Mufti is elected by prominent Muslim scholars and Islamic organizations in the country and appointed by the Muslim Majlis of Sierra. The current incumbent is Salah El-Din Omran.
Muslims have had a long presence in Sierra. Historians argue that Muslims first arrived in Sierra in the early 16th century in present-day New Mexico and Arizona. All analysts agree that the first migration consisted of African slaves. Most slaves who tried to maintain Islamic religious practices after their arrives were forcibly converted to Christianity. Immigration drastically increased from 1878 to 1924 when Muslims from Syria settled in modern-day Ohio, Michigan, Iowa, and Dakotas. During that era, the Ford Company employed Muslims as well as African-Americans, since they were the most inclined to work in its factories under demanding conditions.
In the early 20th century, during the Sierran Cultural Revolution, the Sierran Muslim population faced an identity crisis as their way of life and faith was under threat by the emerging Protestant-Confucianist New Culture. Although liberal and secular Muslims were more readily accepting towards Sierra's new cultural values, the Orthodox Muslim community was more bitterly divided towards their response to the changing environment. Orthodox Muslims who believed in tolerating and even accepting some aspects of the New Culture became closely associated with Sufi Muslims while the more traditionalist Salafi Muslims favored isolationism and resisting cultural pressure.
The first Grand Mufti of Sierra was Sultanzade Mucib. Mucib was a famous Hanafi scholar who had deep knowledge of Islamic jurisprudence. His English statements on Islamic subjects were published as Magna Fatwas which later became famous.
The Grand Mufti is the most senior religious authority in the country. His main role is to give opinions (fatwas) on Islamic legal matters and social affairs. The Grand Mufti was traditionally chosen from the Sunni Islam.
The Office of the Grand Mufti is located at the Islamic Center of Salsipuedes in Salsipuedes, Pacífico Norte, which is also the de facto headquarters of the Sierran Muslim Council, the largest body of Muslim Sierran imams and most prominent Muslim Sierran civil rights and interests organization.
Grand Muftiship of Omran
List of Grand Muftis of Sierra
|#||Name||Tenure||Madhhab||Place||Other works & activities|
|2||Üveys Ebu Hureyre Effendi
أویس ابو ھریرہ افندي
|1882-1913||Hanafi||Salsipuedes||first to be approved by Ottoman Sultan Abdülhamid II.|
|First World War|
|1921-1939||Hanbali||Salsipuedes||Addressed to growing anti-Semitism.|
|Second World War|
عبدالله ابن نورمحمد
|1945-1971||Shafi‘i||Salsipuedes||Addressed to Mutual Respect to other faiths.|
first Russian-origin Grand Mufti.
|1971-1998||Maliki||Salsipuedes||first African-origin Grand Mufti.|
|6||Akram Raza Qadri
أکرم رضی قادري
|1998-2016||Hanafi||Salsipuedes||first South Asian-origin Grand Mufti.|
|7||Salah El-Din Omran
صلاح الدین عمران
|March 10, 2016 - Present||Shafi‘i||Salsipuedes||Abrahamic Faiths Summit 2018|