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Two great sons of Islam pass away
By Zafarul-Islam Khan
|Within days the World of Islam lost two of its great sons. Shaikh Abdul Hameed Al-Sayeh (above) died in Amman on 8 January. A former Jordanian minister and prolific author on Islamic issues, he was the chairman of the Supreme Islamic Council of Palestine, once headed by Mufti Ameen al-Husaini. A resident of Jerusalem, he was among the very first Jerusalemite Arabs who were exiled by Israel after the occupation of the holy city in June 1967.
Two days later one of Saudi Arabia’s greatest living ‘ulama, shaikh Muhammad ibn Saleh ibn Uthaimeen died in Riyadh after a prolonged illness. He used to deliver lectures in the main mosque in his hometown of ‘Unaizah and in the Sacred Mosque in Makkah. His recorded lectures are very popular in the Arab world and cover almost all aspects of Islam and Muslims. He authored about 40 important works. His fatwas alone have been collected in 14 volumes. In one of his fatwas he allowed Muslim students in foreign countries to pray qasr as long as they stay in those countries.
Shaikh Uthaimeen was a recipient of the King Faisal Award for services to Islam and was very recently selected by the London-based magazine Al-Majallah as the ‘Muslim of the Year’. Shaikh Yusuf Al-Qaradawi termed his death as a loss for the whole World of Islam.