John Mohammed Butt: The hippie who became an imam

John Mohammed Butt is an Islamic scholar and broadcaster, noted as the first and (as of 2011) only Westerner to graduate from Darul Uloom Deoband.

Arriving in Swat in 1969, he was impressed by the tribal way of life and settled in the area, learning Pashto and Dari (he speaks a total of seven languages). He converted to Islam in 1970. He then spent eight years studying at Darul Uloom Deoband, graduating in 1984, the only Westerner to do so since its foundation in 1866.

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