Sheikh Dr Muhammad al-Ninowy is a Syrian-American scholar and author based in Atlanta, Georgia, whose lineage is traced back to the Prophet Muhammad (blessings and peace be upon him). Al-Ninowy is considered a muhaddith . In addition to holding a PhD in hadith science, he also holds a bachelor’s degree in microbiology from the University of Illinois, and a Doctor of Medicine degree. He is the founding director of Madina Institute and Seminaries, the Center for Non-Violence and Peace Studies, and the charitable organization Planet Mercy, which have operational activities worldwide. Madina Institute and Seminary is a groundbreaking initiative offering traditional Islamic theological education in a modern setting, and is geared toward producing homegrown leaders, thinkers, and scholars. He has been the forerunner in promoting non-violence among all people and religions worldwide. Al-Ninowy is also the spiritual guide of the Alawi-Husayni-Ninowi Zawiyah; a Shadhili Rifa’i Sufi order.