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Shaykh Fadhlalla Haeri was born in Karbala, Iraq, a descendant of several generations of well-known and revered spiritual leaders. Educated in Europe and America, he founded a number of companies in the Middle East and worked as a consultant in the oil industry. He travelled extensively on a spiritual quest which led to his eventual rediscovery of the pure and original Islamic heritage of his birth.

In 1980 he established the Zahra Trust, a charitable organization with centers in the USA, Britain and the Middle East, which makes traditional Islamic teachings more widely available through courses and publications, promotes the revival of traditional systems of healing and supports a variety of charitable programs.

Shaykh Fadhlalla is currently engaged in lecturing and writing books and commentaries on the Holy Qur'an and related subjects, with particular emphasis on ethics, self-development and gnosis ('irfan).

In 2004, he established the Academy of Self Knowledge, http://www.askonline.co.za, which offers online courses on self knowledge and the prophetic revealed path.



Shaykh Hosam Raouf, a close friend of Shaykh Fadhlalla Haeri, was born in Baghdad, Iraq, in 1934. Attended schools in Iraq until 1952. Went to the U.K. on a scholarship to study Electrical Engineering. Graduated with a B.Sc. in 1958.

Worked for the Oil industry in Iraq in the Northern Fields in Kirkuk until 1972, and in the Southern Fields of Basrah until 1976. Seconded to the Ministry of Oil to work for the New Projects Division until 1977. At the end of that year, left Iraq for the U.K. and the Gulf to work as an Oil Consultant until 1987. Joined Crescent Petroleum Co. in Sharjah, UAE as Vice President until 1993. Went to South Africa and Zimbabwe as a Business Developer, until 2002.

Now retired and lives in Wales, U.K.