Shaykh al-Islam al-Imam al-Akbar Assoc. Dr. Abdul Halim Mahmud was born on May 12, 1910 equal to 2 Rajab 1328 AH in the state Syarqiyyah, Egypt. He grew up in families that are relatively easy, is respected by the community.His father was a devout, pious, virtuous and have a strong religious background. Added glory of consanguinity of the parents is connected with Sayyiduna Husain bin Ali RA. He has memorized the Qur’an when he has not reached 10 years. After completing his studies at the secondary level Maahad al-Azhar, in 1923, he continued to pursue al-Azhar University. There, he focused attention on Islamic studies to be able to obtain a Bachelor of the Faculty of Usuluddin. In 1932, he enrolled as students of the Sorbonne University of Paris, until obtaining a Doctorate of Islamic mysticism in terms of research and salafussoleh figure of the famous Sufi, al-Harith bin Asad al-Muhasibi under the supervision of Assoc. Louis Massignon. Thesis research in the French awarded the rank of excellence and given approval to appear for a general dispersion. Career earliest in Egypt is a lecturer of Psychology at the Faculty of Science Al-Azhar Arabic. Then transferred to the Faculty of Usuluddin and awarded the title of professor of philosophy. Due to the continued dedication and commitment in the field, in 1951 he was appointed by the university to take on trust as Dean of the Faculty of Usuluddin al-Azhar in Cairo. In 1969 he held position of trust as the Secretary-General Majma ‘al al-Islamiyya-Buhuth (Islamic Research Academy of Al-Azhar), then as Minister of Awqaf of Egypt. Within a year was appointed as Minister of Awqaf, he successfully implemented many changes and noble efforts to manage the Ministry of Endowments as treasury functions at the time of Prophet SAW for plight of Muslims in Egypt, especially the poor and the seeker of knowledge is also related with other Islamic affairs.
After the death of Sheikh al-Azhar al-Imam Muhammad al-Fahham, President Anwar Saadat had gone to meet Sheikh Muhammad Khalil al-Khatib to appoint him as Sheikh al-Azhar. However, Sheikh Muhammad Khalil was refused for reasons which prevented him from certain accepted the position.Anwar Saadat He asked his advice and opinion on who would have to be appointed as Sheikh al-Azhar. Through his eyes gaze, he has proposed to appoint Sheikh Abdul Halim as Sheikh al-Azhar new. Sheikh Abdul Halim then formally appointed and entrusted with responsibilities as Sheikh al-Azhar began on March 27, 1973. Sheikh Abdul Halim has done both official and unofficial visits to all parts of the world, including Malaysia. Presence in Malaysia is the largest gift from al-Azhar for Muslims in this country. The first time he set foot in Malaysia is that when the trust as a representative of al-Azhar. In 1973 after being appointed as Sheikh al-Azhar, the earth once again honored by his presence when Malaysia was invited to attend the Islamic declaration of 400 families in the state. He also played a part in chanting the call of Islam and jihad spirit blew into the soul of the Egyptian army against Israel on October 6, 1973. He was among the scholars the most support and support for the war in October 1973. He visited the camps and military headquarters to deliver speeches and sermons of the holy spirit of jihad blow to the soul of the Egyptian army. At the same time he visited troops injured in battle in order to give some strength to them through a test with patience and ease. Until one night Sheikh Abdul Halim The Prophet saw flying the flag of Allahu Akbar written word, which indicates that the great victory will be owned by the Egyptian army. Dream finally came true when Egyptian forces managed to penetrate and destroy the stronghold of Israel in the Sinai Peninsula which was conquered by them. Sheikh Abdul Halim to return to God in the morning of Tuesday, October 17 AD 1978 AH corresponding 15 Zulkaedah 1397 after leaving the great service for Islam and Muslims. His departure mourned by Muslims all over the world as a great loss. His body was buried at Balbis, Zaqaziq Egypt and visited regularly by his tomb near and far. May Allah bless and make the grave as a garden from the gardens of heaven, he gathered together nendanya noble Prophet Sayyiduna in Paradise highest position of great glory.