22 April 2015 (4th Rajab 1436H) marked the inaugural session of Habib Ali Zainal Abidin bin Abu Bakar Al-Hamid’s monthly lessons in Singapore and it is only appropriate that Majlis Al-Muwasolah Singapura includes a post covering his profile.
Habib Ali Zainal Abidin bin Abu Bakar Al-Hamid was born on Friday, 12 April 1974, after the Jumaah prayers in the village of Bondowoso, East Java, Indonesia. He is the second of six children. Habib Ali comes from a modest family. His home village has many traditional Islamic scholars and an Islamic seminary. Habib Ali embarked on the journey to seek Islamic knowledge in his home village and elsewhere in Indonesia at a young age.
At the age of 21, with the blessings of his father, Habib Ali furthered his studies in the city of Tarim, Hadramawt, Yemen. Therein, Al-Habib studied at the feet of scholars including Ad-Dai ilaAllah Al-Allamah Al-Habib Umar bin Hafidz (the Dean and Founder of Dar Al-Mustafa Institute for Islamic Sciences), Ad-Dai ilaAllah Al-Allamah Al-Habib Ali Mashhur bin Hafiz (the chief Mufti of Tarim), Ad-Dai ilaAllah Al-Allamah Al-Habib Salim bin Abdullah Ash-Shatiri (the current Dean of Rubat Tarim), Al-Marhum Al-Habib Hasan bin Abdullah Ash-Shatiri (the former Dean of Rubat Tarim), Al-Habib Abdullah Bin Shihab, Habib Abdul Qadir Jailani Al-Mashhur, Habib Abdullah bin Shaykh Al-Aydarus, Al-Marhum Ash-Shaykh Fadal Ba Fadal (Mufti Tarim), Al-Habib Musa Al-Kazim bin Ja’afar As-Seggaf, Ash-Shaykh Umar bin Husain Al-Khatib, Ash-Shaykh Umar bin Abu Bakar Al-Khatib, Al-Habib Ali bin Abdul Rahman Al-Jufri. Al-Habib Ali is one of the earliest graduates of Dar Al-Mustafa, having enrolled therein soon after its founding by Al-Habib Umar bin Hafiz. Habib Ali, like most of his contemporaries at Dar Al-Mustafa, had received personalised guidance from Sayyidil-Habib Umar and his brother Al-Habib Ali Mashhur whilst in Tarim.
After his time at Dar Al-Mustafa, Al-Habib Ali’s thirst for knowledge brought him to Egypt where he spent 5 years at the famed Al-Azhar University. Besides his studies at university, Al-Habib had also studied at the feet of the likes of Dr. Abdul Badi’ Abu Hashim, Dr. Saad Jawish, Dr. Ali Jum’ah and Dr. Muhammad Jibril. Whilst a student in Egypt, Habib Ali continued his da’wah work by teaching and tutoring students from various countries.
Today, Habib Ali is a major figure in da’wah. He is scholar-in-resident of Majlis Ta’lim Darul Murtadza, Jalsah Ithnayn and other study sessions in Malaysia and of Majlis Al-Hadyun Nabawi in Singapore.
Majlis Al-Muwasolah Singapura wishes Habib Ali success in his dakwah mission and in every other noble mission he embarks on.