Born in 1889, Al-akkad is proof that being successful in school doesn’t necessary mean being successful in life, as he had minimum formal education only completing his elementary education. Yet this Egyptian scholar spent all his allowance on books as a child. His passion for knowledge kept him occupied in the pages of many books on religion, geography, history and many other subjects. He became popular for his proficiency in English and French.
He founded Al Diwan a school for poetry with Ibrahim Al Mazny and Abdel Rahman Shokry. Although he passed away in 1964 yet his hundreds of books on philosophy, religion and poetry live on, some of which were translated into English. His most famous works were al-‘Abkariat, Allah, and Sarah.
“I do not read for I have renounced life, I read because on life is just not enough for me.” Abbas Al Akkad.