03 September 2008

* Al Habashi dies at 98

Sheikh Abdullah al-Harari, the founder of the Sunni Muslim group Habashi, has died. He was 98.

The death was announced by the group, which is also known as The Association of Islamic Philanthropic Projects. It said Harari died at his home in Beirut at dawn Tuesday. The group described the death as a "loss to the entire Islamic nation."
It said Harari, also known as al-Habashi, was buried after noon prayers Tuesday in Beirut.
Harari kept a low-profile in Lebanon's internal politics.
He was born in Ethiopia in 1910, and received religious training from a number of clerics there as well as in Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries.
He came to Lebanon in early 1950s and wrote several books on Islam. The Habashi group, which he founded in the 1970s, stayed out of Lebanon's 1975-90 civil war that killed more than 150,000 people.
Unlike other Lebanese groups, the Habashis never ran a militia. The group was founded mainly to gain ground among Sunnis, offering financial aid and social services to the needy. It runs schools, clinics and supermarkets in mainly Sunni areas of Beirut and elsewhere in Lebanon.
The group supported Yasser Arafat's PLO in the 1970s and later shifted allegiance to Syria in the early 1990s but never grew into an influential political force in Lebanon. It strongly backed the Hizbullah-led opposition during the power struggle with the Western-backed parliamentary majority last spring.
The group's previous leader, Sheikh Nizar Halabi, was assassinated by gunmen outside his Beirut home in 1995. Halabi was reportedly vying to become the spiritual leader of Lebanon's Sunni community, and his murder appeared to result from rivalry over the post.
Three Muslim extremists -- a Palestinian and two Lebanese -- were convicted in the assassination and executed in 1997.


AbouHousam said...

What a great loss for the islamic nation in the whole world.
Mouhammad from Paris

sharaz said...

may Allaah raise the rank of shaykh Abdullah; and may He give us the ability and strength to continue teaching the correct knowledge. Ameen .Truly we have lost a man so great in our lifetimes.

bill said...

ay allah punish this evil man in the hell fire for all the hatred and fanatizm that he infested in Lebanon and inside his mind twisted followers.
I am sure that a lot of people are happy to see him dissapear.

bill said...

ay allah punish this evil man in the hell fire for all the hatred and fanatizm that he infested in Lebanon and inside his mind twisted followers.
I am sure that a lot of people are happy to see him dissapear.

Al-Hajj said...

Bill, there are many more people sad than there are happy. You are obviously a person who does not appreciate the religion of Islam and this great man's teachings. I will not at all be suprised that you have never heard a teaching of his and have listened to plenty of heresay. Unfortunately, you also most likely don't even know your religion to which was ordained. Tsk tsk tsk, i fear for you.

Anonymous said...

He said the Quran is not the word of Allah but of Gibrael. He also allows muslims to steal from non muslims and to take riba or interst as long as the contract is conducted with a non muslim.
I leave it for ur inteligence and open mindness and a proper research to consider a man with suc views. may Allah don't make us blind followers but followers of rasool Allah upon sound knowledge.

Darth said...

Really Bill? I don't think so. From what I read from the AICP's own publications, they said that Qur'an is Allah Ta'ala's eternal speech. If I am wrong about that, then may Allah Ta'ala forgive me.

Anonymous said...

Bill You really don't know nothing about this great and pious man. Sheik Abdullah is not at all evil, rather it is your filthy comments that is disgusting. You certainly know nothing about this pious man because if you did, you wouldn't even dare to think about saying words like this. May Allah grant you a better and clearer mind

Anonymous said...

may ALLAH raise the rank of syekh Abdullah , we love him so much. he so humble. masha ALLAH, may ALLAH guide people who always make fitnah of him. Amin


Anonymous said...

Among their beliefs, and this information is freely available:
1) They allow seeking help from and seeking refuge with the dead, and praying to them instead of to Allaah. This is clear disbelief.
2)Making what is haram halaal, for example: "They permit looking at a non-mahram woman in a mirror or on a screen, even with desire; they say that persisting in looking at a non-mahram woman is not haraam; they say that for a man to look at any part of a woman who is not permissible for him is not haraam; they say that if a woman goes out wearing make-up and perfume but she does not have the intention of attracting men, this is not haraam; they permit free mixing of men and women; and they have other odd and outrageous fatwas which go against sharee’ah and they consider things which are major sins to be permissible. We ask Allaah to keep us safe from that which will provoke His wrath and earn His punishment." (See ISLAM QA)

People do haram things, but you can't say they are allowed even if you do it, or even worse make these things halal as part of a new sect or religion. Otherwise you've just invented yourself a new religion, so call it that and don't call it Islam.

Anonymous said...

May Allah raise the rank of our beloved sheikh Abdullah. a very pious man and humble very much loved by all in the AICP

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