Who is Dr. Nahla Al-Saeedi, The First Female Advisor to the Sheikh of Al-Azhar?

Who is Dr. Nahla Al-Saeedi, The First Female Advisor to the Sheikh of Al-Azhar?

The Grand Imam assigned Dr. Nahla Al-Saeedi, Dean of the Faculty of Islamic Sciences for Expatriates, the advisor to the Sheikh of Al-Azhar for expatriate affairs.

This is the first time a woman has been appointed as advisor to the Sheikh of Al-Azhar, as the matter was limited to men only.

So who is Dr. Nahla Al-Saeedi?

In 1974, the Al-Azhar scholar, Sabri Qutb Al-Saeedi, was the Azharite envoy in Algeria to spread the Islamic religion. There, his daughter Nahla was born.

Who is Dr. Nahla Al-Saeedi, The First Female Advisor to the Sheikh of Al-Azhar?

The child “Nahla” spent four years in Algeria and then returned to her mother country, Egypt, to start her educational journey in the care of Al-Azhar Al-Sharif.

Since the beginning of her educational stages, “Nahla” was one of the brilliamindnds. She obtained first place in high school and was honored by the late Imam Muhammad Metwally Al-Shaarawi.

Dr. Nahla Al-Saeedi graduated from Al-Azhar University in 1996, obtained an excellent grade in the Arabic language, obtained a master’s degree in rhetoric and criticism, and obtained a doctorate in the same specialty in 2004.

Who is Dr. Nahla Al-Saeedi, The First Advisor to the Sheikh of Al-Azhar

She also rose from a teaching assistant to a professor at the beginning of her academic career. She was appointed in January 2019 as Vice Dean of the Faculty of Islamic and Arabic Studies for Girls in Cairo and Dean of the Faculty of Islamic Sciences for Expats in Nasr City.

Moreover, she accompanied the Sheikh of Al-Azhar, His Eminence, and the Grand Imam, Dr. Ahmed Al-Tayeb, to the Vatican.

Furthermore, she opposed the underage marriage and supported women’s travel without a mahram.

She has many books, including Adwa Al-Bayan, The Foundation of Al-Budaiya, and Al-Azhar in its past and present.

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