As salaamu alaykum.
An Arab friend of mine, who has some la-madhabi tendencies, has said time and again that with the exception of Syria, Sufism is not really popular anywhere else in the Arab world. He does not say that it doesn't exist, but that it is not really that popular and that the major Ulema in the Arab world are rarely sufis.
I would like to prove to my friend that such is not the case and so I would really appreciate it if you guys could provide the names of some prominent, contemporary (i.e within the last 10-15 years) ARAB Ulema who are avid Sufis and who do not shy away from saying what Tariqas they belong to. When mentioning info on their names and affiliation with Sufism (i.e. either their statements praising Sufism, or where they mention their affiliation with a particular Tariqa), please also provide info on as to where those claims can be substantiated, for mere claims alone will not satisfy my friend. For example, when I told him that "Sharawi", the prominent Egyptian tele-Mufti (May Allah forgive him) was a follower of the Shadhili Tariqah, he was not convinced since he has listened to many of his tapes, lectures, etc., and said htat he has never heard of him refering to himself as a believer, practitioner, or member of an Tariqah, of Sufism.
If anyone could help me out, it would be most appreciated.