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The prominent Islamic scholar, Ayatollah Sharaf od-Din Ameli

Compiled By: Syed Ali Shahbaz
On 8th of the Islamic month of Jamadi as-Sani in 1377 AH, the prominent Islamic scholar, Ayatollah Seyyed Abdul-Hussein Sharaf od-Din Ameli, passed away in Lebanon at the age of 87. He was born of Lebanese parents in the Iraqi holy city of Kazemain. On completion of his studies in holy Najaf he returned to Jabal Amel in Lebanon and in addition to Islamic welfare and academic activities, campaigned against French colonial rule.
He was forced to seek refuge in Egypt, where he came into contact with Shaikh Saleem al-Bishri the Dean of Egypt’s famous seat of Islamic learning, al-Azhar (founded by the Fatemid Shi’ite Dynasty in honour of the Prophet’s Infallible Daughter, Hazrat Zahra (SA) – hence “Azhar”).
The two had a lively discussion on key issues of faith, especially the prime position in Islam of the Ahl al-Bayt of Prophet Mohammad (SAWA). On the return to Lebanon of Seyyed Sharaf od-Din, the discussion continued in the form of exchange of letters, and in the end Shaikh Bishri admitted the truthfulness of the school of Ahl al-Bayt.
The result is the excellent book titled “al-Muraja’at”, which has been translated into major world languages, including English as The Right Path. The Dean of al-Azhar, as a gesture of Islamic solidarity, issued the historic fatwa of endorsing Ja’fari or Shi’ite Fiqh, as one of the five recognized jurisprudential schools of Islam.

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