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Sh. Mohammad Sulayman Al-Ashqar Passes Away (Rahimahullah)

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Sh. Mohammad Sulayman al-Ashqar, rahimahullah 1930-2009

Another great scholar has just past away, November 16, 2009 in Amman, Jordan

Sh. Mohammad Sulayman al-Ashqar, the author of “Zubdat at-Tafsir” the abridged version of Tafsir ash-Shawkani and the author of the Usool book “al-Waadih fee Usool al-Fiqh” among many other works of the sheikh rahmiahullah. He was the older brother of sh. Omar Sulayman al-Ashqar the author of the famous series on Aqeeda and articles of Imaan which was translated into English language and many other languages.

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Sheikh Mohammad al-Ashqar was born the Burqa, near Nablus in Palestine back in the 1930s, he moved to Riyadh in the 1950s were he lived briefly and studied in the first institute was ever established for religious studies. He served as the librarian for “Dar al-Iftaa” The Office of Fatwa.

He then continued his studies in the Shari’ah College in Riyadh and became amongst the early graduates in 1956-7, then the first graduate to teach in the same college.

Among his teachers were sh. Mohammad al-Ameen ash-Shanqeeti the famous usooli (legal theorist) and Mufassir, and sh. Ibn Baz the late mufti of Saudi Arabia rahimahum Allah.

Sh. Al-Ashqar continued teaching in Riyadh until he moved to the University of Madinah in 1961 where he taught for two years before moving to Kuwait. In Kuwait the sheikh supervised the library of the ministry of Islamic affairs for twelve years while finishing his masters and Ph. D from al-Azhar university. His thesis was  in the field of Usool, the legal theory of Islamic law, and was titled “The actions of the Messenger of Allah and their legal authority in establishing the law”. His study was later published and now available in  Arabic language.

Sheikh al-Ashqar then joined the efforts in completing a very famous Encyclopedia of Fiqh, Islamic jurisprudence,  “al-Mawsoo’a al-Fiqhiyyah” sponsored by the ministry of Islamic affairs in Kuwait, a leading project to summarize and modernize the code of Islamic jurisprudence for easy access and quick reference to the different Fiqh issues according to different schools of thoughts.

He was a member of the Fatwa Counsel in Kuwait until the invasion of Kuwait in 1990. Sh. Al-Ashqar then moved to Amman, Jordan were he dedicated his time for research and writing until he passed away rahimahullah.

(summarized, edited and translated from his website www.alashqar.net)

I personally met the sheikh many times when he lived in Kuwait and after he moved to Amman, Jordan.

May Allah forgive him and raise his status in Jannah, and give us all patience for the loss of another icon of ilm and knowledge.

Inna lillah wa inna ilayhi rajioon.

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Sh. Yaser Birjas is originally from Palestine. He received his Bachelors degree from Islamic University of Madinah in 1996 in Fiqh & Usool, graduating as the class valedictorian. After graduating, he went on to work as a youth counselor and relief program aide in war-torn Bosnia. Thereafter, he immigrated to the U.S. and currently resides in Dallas, Texas. He is also an instructor at AlMaghrib Institute, where he teaches popular seminars such as Fiqh of Love, The Code Evolved, and Heavenly Hues.

18 Comments

18 Comments

  1. Uthman

    November 16, 2009 at 2:35 PM

    Inna lillah wa inna ilayhi raji3oon…..ameen to the dua! A sad day.

  2. Safaa A

    November 16, 2009 at 2:38 PM

    inna lillahi wa inna ilaihi rajioon

  3. Mirza Baig

    November 16, 2009 at 3:07 PM

    inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi rajioon. Qaddara Allaaha masha Fa’ala.

  4. Muslima02

    November 16, 2009 at 3:30 PM

    Inna lillahi Wa inna ilaehi rajioon. May Allah grant him Jennah, Ameen.

  5. abrar

    November 16, 2009 at 3:57 PM

    asalamualaykum, may allah have mercy on him, i got his zubra tafseer this past summer and started to read it, its very beautfiul( very good tafseer for learining arabic ), may allah have mercy on him, true sadness, he passed away, muhammad ibn abdul wahab al banna (r) the other day, and ibn jibreen a few months ago.

  6. Amatullah

    November 16, 2009 at 4:15 PM

    inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’oon.

    may Allah enter him into His Mercy and make his sadaqah jariyah one that will gain him reward until the Day of Judgment. Ameen.

  7. Sista

    November 16, 2009 at 4:41 PM

    Inna lillahi Wainna ilayhi Raji’oon.
    Ameen to all the du’as

  8. Moin

    November 16, 2009 at 7:26 PM

    Inna lilahe wa inah ilayhe rajeoon.

    May Allah swt grant him the highest place in Jannah with the shuhada, the sahaba and the prophets! May Allah swt make his work a sadaqa jariya for which he will benefit from until youm al qiyamah. Ameen. Subhan’Allah when the shuyoukh pass away it is such sad news.

  9. ayesha

    November 16, 2009 at 10:26 PM

    inna lillahi wa inna ilaihi rajioon
    May Allah forgive him and have mercy on him..and admit him to “jannah”

  10. Ibn AbuAisha

    November 16, 2009 at 10:36 PM

    Innalillah Wa Inna Iayhi Raji’oon. May Allah fill his grave with Noor and magnify his reward in the Aakhirah

  11. Anon

    November 16, 2009 at 10:37 PM

    Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’oon.

    I was recently reading about Shiekh Muhammad Marzook Al-Banaa (Rahimullah) and this was another sad news.

    May Allah (subhanahu wa taala) forgive them both, make their knowledge increase in it’s continous benefit to the ummah, bless them with the best in the next life, and grant their families patience, Ameen.

  12. Abu Ikrimah

    November 17, 2009 at 6:09 AM

    Bismillah
    inalila wa ina elahi rajiun
    a great gem he was
    i keep searching 4 his arabic site and am yet to comeby
    it, so sad if only i can get all his writings
    may Allah grant him the highest stations in jannah
    Ameen.

  13. Abu Rumaisa

    November 17, 2009 at 9:46 AM

    Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’oon.

    “he moved to Riyadh in the 1950s were he lived briefly and studied in the first institute was ever established for religious studies.”

    which institute is the article referring to?

  14. Imtiaz

    November 17, 2009 at 6:22 PM

    Inni Lilahi wa inna ilayhi rajioon… what a blow to the ummah.

  15. mohammed

    November 17, 2009 at 6:48 PM

    inna lillahi wa inna ilaihi rajiun

    May Allah have mercy on him and grant him Jannat al firdaus. May Allah provide strengh and patience to his family and friends and all muslims

  16. Abu Muawiyah

    November 18, 2009 at 3:22 AM

    “To Allah we belong and to Him, we will all return”

    May Allah grant the Shaykh the highest stages of Paradise, forgive his shortcomings, grant his family patience and unite us all with him in paradise

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