A Sad Passing - Sheikh al-Sharawi

Author of The Miracles of the Qur'an Dies at 87.

One of the best known and respected personalities of the Muslim world, Sheikh Mohammed Mutwali Sharawi, died recently. He was well known for his Friday televised lectures on Islamic teachings which were widely watched because of the simple way in which he conveyed Islamic principles. His colloquial manner of speaking presented the deepest meanings of the Qur'an to the 'common man'. His depth of knowledge was exhibited in a six-volume cassette series which explained every nuance of the Fatiha. The majority of his works were in his native Arabic, but his erudite Miracles of the Qur'an and Good and Evil were produced in English.

Sheikh Mohammed was born in 1911 in the village of Daqadus, Egypt and studied traditional Islamic sciences at the University of al-Azhar, Cairo, graduating in 1941. During his long career, he held numerous important positions, including those of President of al-Azhar, head of Graduate Studies at King Abd al-Aziz University, Jeddah, Minister of Awqaf of Egypt, and member of the Islamic Research Academy of al-Azhar.

His contribution to Islam will live on for many generations to come. Sheikh al-Sharawi will be deeply missed.



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