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Assim al-Hakeem

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Assim Luqman al-Hakeem
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Born (1962-11-23) November 23, 1962 (age 58)
Khobar, Saudi Arabia
OccupationIslamic scholar
JurisprudenceAll four madhhabs (Hanafi, Hanbali, Maliki, Shafi'i)[1]
Notable work(s)Kitab at-Tawheed[2]
Tafseer of Qur'an[3][4][5]
Alma materKing Abdulaziz University
Umm al-Qura University
King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals
Islamic Online University[6]

Assim Luqman al-Hakeem (Arabic: عاصم الحكيم‘āṣim alḥakīm) is a Saudi Islamic scholar. He has a large following online and publishes a large amount of Islamic material in English and Arabic on the Internet, appears on Islamic TV channels, and lectures at conferences around the world. Al-Hakeem lives in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia and is a Saudi national.[7][8][9]

Background and education[edit]

Assim Luqman al-Hakeem was born on November 3, 1962 in Al-Khobar, Saudi Arabia, and raised there until the age of 12 when his family moved to Jeddah. His family was Westernized and spoke with each other in English.

After finishing high school in 1980, he returned to eastern Saudi Arabia to attend the King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals but did not complete his education there. Thereafter, he returned to Jeddah and studied at the King Abdulaziz University, and in 1987, was accredited with a BA in Linguistics. Al-Hakeem received a High diploma in Islamic studies from Umm al-Qura University in Makkah in 1998.

In 1988, prior to his Islamic work, he began working as an English teacher at Radwa High School in Jeddah. Later, he re-targeted his career towards the field of human resources and public relations at the Saudi Amiantit Co. From January 2001 to January 2002, he worked as a HR & Admin Manager. From December 2001 to June 2008, he worked as a Public Relations Manager. He worked at Sami Rock from June 2008 to June 2011.[10][11][12][13][14][15]

Current Islamic activities[edit]

He was for many years full-time imam of the Aziz Mall mosque in Jeddah,[16] but now with his other speaking roles and online work, is only delivering Friday sermons there.

He was involved very early in Huda TV channel’s setup, and he was also the first Sheikh of Ask Huda.

Active in the English language in da'wah (preaching of Islam), he takes part in Islamic radio and television programs - over time including PeaceTV,[17] Questions and Answers (ASK HUDA),[18] Umdatul Ahkaam, Youth Talk,[19] Mercy to the Worlds,[20] and on TV and Radio channels such as Al Huda, Iqra (in Arabic) and the Saudi 2 channel.

He has studied the works of Muhammad ibn al Uthaymeen and been in close contact with him,[21] who was considered "a giant within conservative Salafi Islam".[22]

He lectures in Europe, Asia & Middle East, many of which can be found on YouTube[23]

He lectures often in the middle-east, one example: 2012 at the student dormitories of Imam University in Riyadh[24]

In 2011 debated with Bilal Philips discussing whether abandoning prayer makes a person a non-Muslim.[25]

During a talk, he stated that he is a friend of Muhammad Al-Munajjid, scholar of Islam and owner of IslamQA.info. He has stated that it is "one of the most reliable and trusted websites on Islam". Previously, he participated in answering questions on the website. This inspired him because Al-Munajjid received continuous thawab. Later, an anonymous Romanian Muslim woman who he had not met contacted him and created a website for him, with his approval. This was an example of an action performed anonymously that both parties benefited from (in terms of good deeds in Islam), comparable to IslamQA.[26]

Assim Al-Hakeem is has published knowledge on Twitter,[27] Facebook,[28] his website,[29] Instagram,[30] Google Plus,[31] and other websites. He has mobile apps in the iOS App Store and Google Play Store that provide access to a database consisting of over 5,000 Q&A's, audio lectures, khutbas, and allows for questions to be asked.[32][33]

Other views[edit]

Regarding homosexuality in Islam, he says that the hadith mentioning sodomy which states that both the person who does the act and the one it is being done to is to be killed is authentic.[34][35]

His views on the Khawarij include website Q&A's is that their taking of women as slaves is not related to Islam and their rule is illegitimate.[36]

He views that women-only mosques where all leadership and teaching is also carried by women, is not permitted and an innovation.[37]

Regarding female circumcision, a talk he gave titled 'Is female circumcision permissible' is available on YouTube.[38]

In 2014, he disapproved the talking of selfies when on Hajj in Saudi Arabia because he believes that it is a form of boasting and showing off.[39][40][41]

He condemns terror attacks and murdering of the innocent, regardless of their religion, and states that if one knows of an imminent terrorist attack, they should report the terrorist. He has stated that terrorism does not represent Islam. Additionally, he condemns Islamophobia.[42][43]

Visits to the UK[edit]

In July 2011, at Green Lane mosque, he was one of a number of speakers at talk titled 'Moments with the Messenger (SAW)'.[44]

In March 2012 he was prevented from speaking at University of Hertfordshire on the subject of Marriage in Islam, due to concerns about his stance against homosexuality.[45] Later that month he was also prevented from speaking at an event hosted by the University Islamic Society at Sheffield Hallam University, on this occasion the University said that it was due to the society not following the correct procedure for booking the event.[46]

On June 21, 2013, he preached at East London Mosque, the video is available on their YouTube channel.[47]

In November 2013, al-Hakeem was included in a report 'The Interfaith Industry' produced by Stand for Peace, a UK-based Jewish-Muslim interfaith organisation.[48]


  1. https://twitter.com/Assimalhakeem/status/1021228479122223104
  2. https://www.assimalhakeem.net/category/articles/kitab-at-tawheed/
  3. https://www.assimalhakeem.net/category/articles/tafseer-of-the-quran/
  4. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLKPhf5x_yp_F71RJp-D4oqElFaDikktfa
  5. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLmeZZmICk2Qc75ptXXuw7-xn6rjAtPEg3
  6. https://www.facebook.com/assim.alhakeem
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