“The Sheikh enters the room and shakes everyone’s hand. He abhors people standing for him, let’s no one kiss his hand and orders us to stay seated. He does not like the pop culture figure status, but prefers strong students who focus on their studies and bring knowledge and good discussion to the lessons. Once I found him walking in Masjid al-Azhar after teaching the sisters the famous explanation of Ibn Rajab on al-Nawawi’s forty hadith. I left my studies, greeted him and started to walk with him. “What are you doing?” “Sheikh I want to walk with you.” “NO! Get back to your studies! You don’t have time to waste! Studying is more important. Go Go! Get back to your lessons.”

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