Abd Allah Umar Nasif (Saudi Arabia), Secretary General of the World Muslim League, was born in Jeddah in 1939. After completing general education in Jeddah, he obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Riyadh University (now King Saud University) and a Ph.D. in Geology from Leeds University in the U.K. He is a Fellow of the Geological Society of London. He was also Vice-Chairman of the Saudi Consultative Council for several years.
Dr. Nasif taught at King Saud and King Abd Al-Aziz universities, and became Secretary General, then Vice-President of the latter university. In 1983, he was appointed Secretary General of the World Muslim League. Under his leadership, the League carried out major relief operations to assist destitute Muslims in various parts of the Islamic World, launched campaigns against poverty, illness, and illiteracy among Muslims in developing areas, and provided unfaltering support of Muslim minorities worldwide.
Dr. Nasif’s commitment to serving Islam and Muslims is further illustrated by his association with numerous Islamic organizations, charities and learning institutions. He is the Chairman of the Islamic Relief Organization, Vice-President of the International Islamic University in Islamabad, and chairman or member of the boards of trustees of numerous Islamic research centers in Europe, United States and other parts of the world, including the Institute of Arabic and Islamic History in Frankfurt, the Islamic Cultural Center in Geneva, Dar as-Salam University in New Mexico, the Islamic College in Chicago, the Islamic Center in Georgetown University and the Islamic Academy in Cambridge.
Dr. Nasif was awarded King Abd Al-Aziz Drder (First Class), the highest decoration in Saudi Arabia, in addition to many other prestigious awards and honorary degrees.
Dr. Naseef had a distinguished record as youth leader and Islamic conference convener. At the head of the League he supervised the implementation of projects for the alleviation of poverty, ignorance and disease of Muslims worldwide. Muslim minorities had high priority in these endeavors.