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 position 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.