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Dr. Saleh as-Saleh Passes Away


Inna Lillahi wa inna ‘ilayhi raji’oon.

Dr. Saleh as-Saleh, a scholar who has also authored a number of books in the English language, passed away on Friday in Masjid an-Nabi in Medinah. May Allah (swt) forgive his sins, make his works a sadaqah jariyah for him, and grant him Jannatul-Firdaws.

Below is an email sent out by Sh. Muhammad al-Jibaly,

As-salaamu `alaykum wa-rahmat Ullaah.

Innaa lillaahi wi’innaa ilayhi raaji’oon.

One of our brothers in the da’wah to the Sunnah, Dr. Saleh as-Saleh, just passed away today here in Madinah, right after zuhr prayer in al-Masjid an-Nabawi.

I did not believe the news at first, but just called his phone, and his wife confirmed it to me, and said he was too exhausted, and this was the main cause of his death (at the young age of about 50). She said his body is now in al-Ansar hospital, and will be buried tomorrow morning in al-Baqee’.

His passing on Jumu’ah, and in the Prophet’s Mosque while performing `ibaadah, are indeed very good indicators. May Allaah (T) forgive him, augment his good deeds tremendously, and admit him to Jannah in the company of the prophets and the most righteous.

Saleh (Abu Rasheed) was with us on the board of QSS for a short time before he moved to Saudi Arabia (in the early 90’s). He went through a great and successful struggle to save his first two children from the bad influence of their non-Muslim mother. He wrote many beneficial books in various areas of Islamic knowledge, and he held regular paltalk halqas through his website:

Indeed, to Allaah belongs what He took and what He gives, and everything is with Him to a determined duration.

Was-salaamu `alaykum
Abu `Abdillaah Muhammad al-Jibaly
Al-Madeenah al-Munawwarah

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Dr. Saleh as-Saleh has made some important contributions to the field of Islamic literature in the English language. Some of the ones that are available are,

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  1. ibnabeeomar

    February 8, 2008 at 5:22 PM

    if anyone can find links to his other books online, please post them here. these are just the books of his i could find, but not all of them seem to still be available online.

  2. Yasir Qadhi

    February 8, 2008 at 5:42 PM

    May Allah forgive him and raise his ranks in Jannah!!

  3. Umm Reem

    February 8, 2008 at 6:26 PM

    May Allah azzawjal make him from among the ‘iliyyeen. I truly benefited from him books.

    Did we lose 2 shayookh in the same week?!

  4. Anis Shaikh

    February 8, 2008 at 6:57 PM

    May Allah(SWT) accept all his good deed and the efforts he put in to propogate the religion and give him the Best place in JANNAH

  5. Abu Omar

    February 8, 2008 at 7:35 PM

    In the span of a week we have lost Sh. Bakr Abu Zayd and Dr. Salih as-Salih.

    ‘Abd-Allâh ibn ‘Amr ibn al-‘Aas said: “I heard the Messenger of Allâh (peace and blessings of Allâh be upon him) say, ‘Allâh does not take knowledge away by taking it away from people’s (hearts); He takes knowledge away by taking away the scholars (i.e., when scholars die), and when there is not one scholar left, the people will turn to ignorant leaders who, when they are consulted, will give fatwas without knowledge. They are misguided and they misguide others.’” (Reported by al-Bukhaari, 98).

  6. Abdul-Alim

    February 8, 2008 at 7:40 PM

    Inna Lillahi wa inna ‘ilayhi raji’oon

  7. abdelrahman

    February 8, 2008 at 7:57 PM

    what does he look like?

  8. Aboo Uthmaan

    February 8, 2008 at 8:11 PM

    Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’oon!

    Shaykh, Dr. Saleh as-Saleh has left behind a mountain of knowledge, with there being well over one thousand audio lectures and a plethora of articles on his website ( alone, not to mention his published works. I have a number of transcriptions from the classes of the Shaykh available on my blog, and I am in the process of transcribing more. May Allaah make all of it an ongoing charity for him, ameen!

  9. ibnabeeomar

    February 8, 2008 at 8:35 PM

    aboo uthmaan – can you post direct links to those articles on your blog which are transcriptions of his talks here?

  10. M A

    February 8, 2008 at 8:55 PM

    Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’oon

    *frown* *sigh*

  11. Aboo Uthmaan

    February 8, 2008 at 8:56 PM


    Pearls of Grace (1/7): Acts of Worship

    How to Understand Islam (1/4): Awareness of the Need to Understand the Religion of Islam

    The 3 Types of Nafs

    Tabarruj (Display of Beauty)

    Is the Qur’aan a Proof for You or a Proof Against You?

    I am half way through transcribing the second lectures in the “Pearls of Grace” and “How to Understand Islam” series, and will post them on my blog as soon as I am done, inshaa’Allaah ta’aala! I ask Allaah to facilitate for me to not only finish transcribing them, but also the rest of the lectures in each respective series.

  12. Umm Layth

    February 8, 2008 at 9:12 PM

    inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un

  13. Amad

    February 8, 2008 at 10:12 PM

    inna lillah wa inna alahi rajioon…. another calamity in 2 weeks.

  14. Abdullah Almuslim

    February 8, 2008 at 11:17 PM

    Alsalamu alaikom

    Inna lillah wa inna ilaihi raaji’oon

    May Allaah gather us all with prophet Muhammad (salla Allah alaihi wasallam). May Allaah forgive him a great forgivness for all of his shortcomings. May Allaah make his strong and steadfast in the grave.

    When Allaah (sw) takes a soul of a knowledgable believer i always wonder who will replace him or her? Just think of all of us who gained knowledge and wisdom from those who had knowledge.

    I really did not need more sadness in my life. I will miss him. May Allah protect his family and produce his likes aameeen.

  15. Shirien

    February 8, 2008 at 11:31 PM

    inna lillahi wa inna illayhi rajioon, I was deeply saddened by this news when I heard. Subhanallah his lectures he would do everyday on paltalk were full of so much knowledge. He was truly a rarity. May Allah accept all his deeds and forgive him of his sins.

    i benefited so much from his work. may Allah ‘az wa jal grant him Jannat Al-Firdous and give his family patience, ameen.


    February 9, 2008 at 8:09 AM

    His janaza:

    “As-salaamu ‘alaykum wa-rahmat Ullaah.
    Just came back from the Janaazah of Saleh as-Saleh (r). We prayed over him here at the Prophet’s Masjid, then carried him over to al-Baqee’, then watched while two men entered into the grave and two others handed them the body. The body was placed in the lahd, facing the qiblah. Many brothers formed a train transporting the bricks that were then placed behind the body so as to seal the lahd off the rest of the grave. Finally, we started dumping soil into the grave until it was filled to the top, and we stayed a short while around the grave supplicating for him.
    His son, Rasheed (about 23 years old), told me that his father died following a sharp drop in his diabetic sugar level while he was leaving from Jumu’ah prayer yesterday. He was immediately transported to al-Ansaar hospital where he passed away soon thereafter. May Allaah forgive him, engulf him with His mercy, and admit him and us into His spacious Garden.
    Rasheed has one daughter, and he told me that his mother had recently embraced Islam after he had extended discussions with her in US. In addition to Rasheed and his sister (from the American wife), Saleh had Abdurrahman and Asmaa from a second wife (all currently in Egypt ), and he has several children (probably five) from his current wife, the oldest son being Abdullaah (about 12 years old, was present during the burial). May Allaah (T) grant his family patience, acceptance, and submission to Allaah’s will, and may He reward them for their great loss.
    Was-salaamu ‘alaykum
    Abu ‘Abdillaah Muhammad al-Jibaly
    Al-Madeenah al-Munawwarah “

  17. inexplicabletimelessness

    February 9, 2008 at 10:48 AM

    Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’oon

  18. yasmeen

    February 9, 2008 at 11:31 AM

    may Allah swt grant him jannat ul firdous and give him sawaab e jariya for all the work he has done ameen

  19. Hamdi

    February 9, 2008 at 1:55 PM

    Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi rajioon

  20. Sis Shaykha

    February 9, 2008 at 5:05 PM

    Asalaamu Alaaikum

    Inna lillahi wa inna ilahi rajiun,

    SubhanAllah, i cried reading this. May Allah swt have mercy on him, ameen! May Allah make his final destination jannah, ameen
    I had heard so much about the Sheikh, have seen lists upon lists of the lectures has made, and the books he either translated or wrote…

    Two Scholars…..

    Oh Allah, have mercy on them both, ameen. Oh Allah, give us more in their place, ameen!!!


    Wa’alaykum Asalaam wa Rahmatullah…

  21. Sis Shaykha

    February 9, 2008 at 5:28 PM

    Asalaamu Alaaikum

    Inna lillahi wa inna Ilahi rajiun,

    Truly saddening. I had heard so much about the Sheikh. Masha’Allah, and i have seen lists upon lists of his lecturs, books, etc.

    May Allah lighten his grave, May Allah swt forgive his and Sheikh Bakr Abu Zayd’s sins. May Allah swt make their final home jannatul firdaus, ameen

    A great loss for the Ummah, May Allah swt put in their place more righteous scholars…ameen


    Wa’alaykum Asalaam wa Rahmatullah

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  23. MR

    February 10, 2008 at 12:05 AM

    Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi rajioon. May Allah (swt) granthim jannat-ul-fridaus! Ameen!

  24. Bint Amina

    February 10, 2008 at 10:16 PM

    Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’oon

    SubhaanAllah, what a service to the ummah. We not only benefitted from his immense ilm, but his beautiful mannerisms, his humility, his patience, and his hikmah. He has left a huge impact on this ummah and those who attended his classes who witnessed his way first hand, and subhaanAllah, it left nothing but a smile on your face and immense gratitude in your heart.

    May Allah ta’ala forgive his sins, accept his deeds and enter him into Paradise. Ameen.

  25. Yus from the Nati

    February 14, 2008 at 12:18 AM

    Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’oon

    Subhan’Allah. I used to play with Rasheed in Cincinnati back in the day. I never even knew that Dr. As-Saleh was THAT Dr. Saleh that used to live here.

  26. Abu Ibrahim

    February 14, 2008 at 4:12 PM

    Subhanallaah! How Perfect Allaah is. I love the Shaikh-Dr Saleh as Saleh for the sake of Allaah. He had so much love and concern for the Muslims and how he used to stop his class to answer the questions of the non-Muslim and invited them to learn about Islaam and he had much patience in teaching and spreading the true message of Islam.
    Ma asha Allaah. La quwwata illaa billaah

    May Allaah grant him and Shaikh Bakr Aboo Zayd who authored the book called ‘the etiquette Seeking Knowledge’ which I benefited from tremendously Jannah al-Firdaus and grant their family patience and make them from the righteous. Ameen

  27. bubaker

    February 16, 2008 at 11:41 AM

    Inna li Allahi wa inna ilayhi raji`un

    May Allah(SWT) Accept the Shuyukh into Nearness to Him and Lighten their burdens and Elevate their Deeds.

  28. Barry

    March 3, 2008 at 3:06 AM

    Indeed we all will return to our Lord soon or later. We ask Allah subuhana wa t ala to forgive him and rewards him with Jannah. Ameen

    the same thing too to the other Sh. Bakr Abu Zayd .

  29. Abu Abdullaah

    May 19, 2009 at 12:23 PM

    Inna Lilaahi Wa Inna Ilaayhi Raajioon

    Someone please direct me to where I can his biograpghy please

    Shows we have to stick and benefit from the Ulemaah that upon the Sunnah before they depart from the earth.

    Jazaakum’Allaahu Khayr

  30. Abubakar Ahmad

    May 27, 2009 at 5:49 AM

    Assalamu Alaikum,
    I am from Kano in Nigeria
    Having just finished reading one of Dr Saleh as-Saleh’s books (on isbal) for the first time in my life, I felt inclined to know more about him, so i jotted down his name and the name of another scholar Muhammad al-jibily whose books made me want to know more about him and made me like him so much and here I am, in front of my computer only to find out that Dr Saleh as-Saleh has just passed away as confirmed by al-jibiliy himself of all people. May Allah blessed their homes with graces from above that all who dwell within may find it a shelter of Success. And may they get the rewards as their work continued to influence people positively across the globe. Ameen

  31. umm omar

    November 6, 2010 at 10:28 AM

    May Allah swt have mercy on him and all of us and grant the shaykh jannat al firdaws. Ameen.

  32. waladonsaleh

    December 1, 2012 at 2:26 PM

    If Anyone would like to have a hard copy of any of Dr Saleh El-Saleh Books His family are willing to provide with no cost and free shipping please email me @ Thanks :)


    February 13, 2015 at 11:58 AM

    Assalaamu Alaikum Alhamdulillah we are so blessed to have books and lectures from Dr. Sales as Saleh rahimahullaah…my husband has just started listening and benefiting from his so many sources of abundant knowledge…may Allay give him the reward of Jennah Al Firdous… I just discovered this site today with the opportunity to get free books. Inshaa Allah can we still get a book each ? “The Meaning of Allahs Most Beautiful Names and”Three Fundamental Principles” if these are not available at this time send what ever is in stock with the Arabic and English translated… so far we are just using our sourse of learning from our computers…we would love to have a few books. Jazaaki Allahu Khairan.

  34. soony Sandore

    October 7, 2015 at 3:12 PM

    What a loss !!!!
    Just learned his return to his maker.
    He was my late husband’s phycian for 4 years before my husband’s returning to his maker.
    If I may allowed, may I have her contact no. ?
    soony sandore

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