Shaykh Mazin Bakir is one of the brightest minds of the 21st century. He was born and bred in Damascus, Syria where he studied and graduated from a 10-year program at the esteemed Al-Fath al-Islami Institute of Islamic Sciences. He memorised the Quran and Hanafi Fiqh privately at the hands of the late Allamah and great Hanafi authority Abd al-Razzaq al-Halabi (may Allah have mercy upon him). Whilst at Al-Fath Institute, Shaykh Mazin memorised the Alfiyyah of Ibn Malik, a one-thousand line poem in Arabic grammar and morphology as well as numerous other primers in doctrine , fiqh, and other subjects, in addition to studying privately with the ulama of Damascus. He graduated from the renowned Al-Azhar university in Egypt after completing his studies in Syria.
Shaykh Mazin took up the post of supervisor and teacher at Al-Fath Institute, he spends day and night teaching at numerous institutes and mosques in Damascus. His teachers said that he was “created for al-Ikhtiyar” an extensive four-volume work in Hanafi Jurisprudence due to his proficiency in the book. He has taught al-Ikhtiyar, al-Hidayah, Maraqi al-Falah, al-Lubab, and numerous other texts in Fiqh principles and rulings from front to cover a number of times. When the late Shaykh Adib al-Kallas (may Allah have mercy upon him) became ill he commanded Shaykh Mazin to take over the positon of teaching Hanafi fiqh in Al-Fath.
Shakyh Mazin is also the khatib of Friday and eid prayers at Jami’ al-Abrar in Damascus where he has been giving the Friday sermons for a number of years. He currently resides in Damascus under the brutal, oppressive Assad regime.