JNN 24 Jan 2011 : Prominent Shia religious scholar in Saudi Arabia, Sheikh Mohammed Ali Al Amri at the age of 120 years, Passed Away in holy city of Medina.
According to informed sources, Sheikh Mohammed Ali Al Amri passed away in Riadh hospital in the early hours of today.
He was the first Shai figure in Medina called the Shia Scholar Father among Arab people; he was born in Medina in 1901 and went to Najaf when he was 16.
Sheikh Al-Omari studied in the seminary and utilized the knowledge of Islamic scholars such as Ayatollah Mohammad Reza Mozaffar, Ayatollah Mohammad Hossein Mozaffar, Ayatollah Mohammad Javad Moghniye, Ayatollah Seyyed Moslem Helli, Ayatollah Mohammad Taghi Al-Sadegh, Seyyed Bagher Al- Shakhs, Sheikh Mohammad Taghi Faghih, Ayatollah Naeini, and Ayatollah Seyyed Abul Hasan Esfahani.
After studying in Najaf, he returned to Medina in 1950 and started teaching in this city. Sheikh Al-Omari whom most of Shia people said their prayers behind offered social and religious services for minorities in Medina.
This Shia scholar like other scholars was not safe from wahhabis and spent 45 years in Wahhabis’ prisons and was released some years after the victory of Islamic revolution.
To active and knowledgeable people in Saudi Arabia, he could reach to an import social and revolutionary position in this country.
“Sheikh Mohammad Ali Al-Omari suffered a lot and Saudi Arabia government sentenced him to execution so many times,” said Shirazi, the expert in Saudi Arabia issues and underlined,” but fortunately these ordered never executed because those gave these orders faced with different problems.”
Sheikh Al- Omari went to prison because of issuing some statements about Shia peoples’ right in Saudi Arabia and was sentenced to execution but God saved him.
He studied many years in Najaf and few years in Iran. He came to Tehran, Qom and Mashhad and get in touch with Iranian scholars. “He did not say anything to us but we know he followed the news and issues of Iran carefully,” Shirazi said.
Grand Ayatollah Naser Makarem Shirazi, Grand Aytatollah Lotfollah Safi Golpaygani and Grand Ayatollah Seyyeh Abdul Karim Musavi Ardebili expressed their condolences over the death of the Saudi Shia leader, Sheikh Muhammad Ali Al-Amari.
Suffering from Hepatic lesions, Sheikh Muhammad Ali Al-Omari went to coma last Monday and was transferred to the ICU section of the National Medina hospital.
All Muslims prayed a lot for his healing, but he passed away in Arbaeen at the age of 110 years.
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