Al-Jifri began his pursuit of knowledge in his early childhood. His first teacher was his mother’s great aunt, a scholar of the Islamic sciences and spiritual educator. At the age of nine he was introduced to Habib Abdul-Qadir al-Saqqaf. Al-Jifri went on to spend over ten years in his company and studied many renowned works, including various hadith collections and the Ihya of Imam al-Ghazali (Revival of the Religious Sciences). Having learnt both the outward, theoretical knowledges and the inward, spiritual sciences at the hands of Habib Abdul-Qadir, Al-Jifri spent a further ten years in the company of Habib Umar bin Hafiz, starting with him in the Northern Yemeni city of Bayda where he spent time at the school of the erudite scholar Habib Muhammad al-Haddar. Al-Jifri returned to the ancient city of Tarim with Habib Umar in the mid-90s and assisted him in the establishment of the Dar al-Mustafa seminary for Islamic Studies.
Al-Jifri has strong connections with many centres and academies involved with international dialogue in religions and civilizations, including the Centre for Faith and Culture at Yale University in the United States. He is also a contributor to A Common Word, an Islamic-Christian dialogue. He received the annual award of the Augen Biser Foundation in Germany for the year 2008 for his contribution to Islamic-Christian dialogue.
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