Ummah mourns the loss of Sheikh Muhammad Ali Al-Sabuni-Shoayb Ahmad


19 March 2021

Today the world mourns the loss of the world renowned Muslim leader and scholar Sheikh Muammad ‘Ali al Sabuni, an Aalim who has been described globally as a giant and a Noorani of Islam.

The Syrian born scholar passed away on Friday morning in the city of Yalova, near Istanbul. News of his passing was met with a flurry of memories from social media activists recalling his positions, especially on Syria and Turkey.

International lawyer, Dr. Tariq Shindab, the mourner of the late scholar wrote:

A short while ago the Islamic world lost one of the most important scholars, Sheikh Muhammad Ali Al-Sabouni, the author of the book “The Best of Tafsir” and other books. Muslims in the world. To God and to Him we shall return. May God Almighty reward you.

Singer “Muhammad Badran” wrote:

“Today the Islamic world and Syria bade farewell to one of its men, Sheikh Al-Alamah Al-Mafsir # Muhammad-Ali Al-Sabuni, son of the city of Aleppo in the city of Istanbul.


In 2012, Sheikh Muhammad Ali Al-Sabuni stated that if the Arabs were like Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, they would have won. He also noted that the “bad ends” would be for everyone who supported the Assad regime in suppressing its Prime Time Zone, especially the regimes of Tehran, Moscow and Beijing.

The famous Syrian scholar Sheikh Muhammad Ali Al-Sabouni called for a public mobilization and to go out to confront the regime’s president, Bashar al-Assad, describing him as a “musulama liar” after his tyranny, his criminality, and his killing of Prime Time Zone intensified.

He also described the fatwas of the regime’s mufti, Ahmed Hassoun, as “a fuse that ignites sectarianism.”

Sheikh Muhammad Ali al-Sabuni is considered one of the most prominent scholars of the Sunnis and the community in the modern era, and one of the specialists in the science of interpretation of the Qur’an.

The late Sheikh has more than thirty books in a number of Islamic and Arabic sciences, and his books have been translated into a number of foreign languages ​​such as English, French and Turkish, the most prominent of which is “the elite of interpretations.”

The Late Sheikh constantly demonstrated his knowledge of our Deen through his unwavering condemnations and criticism of the global Ummah when it was required, his words often displaying his courage in his convictions.


Sheikh Muammad Ali al Sabuni was born in the city of Aleppo in Syria in 1930 to a family of learning. His father was one of the senior scholars of Aleppo. He received much  of  his  initial  and  formal  education  in  Arabic,  inheritance  and  sciences  of religion from his father,  sheikh Jamil.

He  memorized  the  Qur’an  in  the  primary  schools  and  completed  his  HifZ  in secondary  school  while  still  young.   Sheikh  Al-Sabuni  studied  under  some  of  the leading scholars of the city. In addition he attended other lessons with other Ulema in various mosques.

He  continued  his  formal  education  in  the  government  schools. After  obtaining  his primary school certificate he enrolled at the Madrassa al-Tijariyya where he studied for  one  year.  He  was  disinclined  because  they  were  teaching  the  students  about interest  based  transactions.  Even  though  he  obtained  the  best  results  he  left  and instead  he joined  the  famous  Khasrawiyya  school  of  Shari‘ah  in  Aleppo.  Here he combined Islamic Studies and studies in the secular subjects. He graduated in 1949.

He graduated with  excellent  results  and  the Ministry  of Awqaf  (Endowments)  sent him to further his studies at the famous al-Azhar University in Egypt. He graduated from  the  Faculty  of  Shari‘ah  in  1952  and  he  completed  his  specialization  course  in 1954.

After  completing  his  studies,  he  returned  to  Aleppo  where  he  taught  Islamic education  in  various  secondary  schools  in  the  city.  He taught for  about  eight  years from 1955 to 1962.

He  was  appointed  as  lecturer  at  the  Faculty  of  Shari‘ah  at  the  Umm  al-Qura’ University and at the Faculty of Education of the King ‘Abdul Aziz University both in Mecca,  where  he  taught  for  about  28  years. Many prominent scholars graduated under his guidance. Due to his academic work and his writing the University assigned some additional tasks to him.

These included editing some classical for the Centre for Academic Research and Reviving the Islamic Heritage.

He edited Ma‘ani  al-Qur’an by  Imam Abu Ja‘far  al-Nahhas  (d. 338). This book was published in 6 volumes. Thereafter he worked as an advisor with the Muslim World League  in  the  Council  for  Scientific Research  in  the Qur’an  and  the  Sunnah.  He remained there for a few years after which he devoted himself entirely to writing and to research.

sheikh  al- abuni authored numerous books which were  received  all over the world and  many  were  even  translated  into  other  languages.  He even  conducted  some lessons  in  the  Karam  of Mecca.  He also  conducted  a  weekly  lesson  in  one  of  the mosques of Jeddah in Tafsir. This lesson continued for about eight years during which he completed about two-thirds of the Qur’an. These lessons were recorded on audio cassettes.  He  also  recorded  about  600  programmes  for  television  broadcast.  He completed this in 1998 (1419).

Some of the books he wrote are:

• Safwat al-Tafasir

• Rawa’i al-Bayan fi Tafsir Ayat al-Ahkam

• Qabas min Nur al-Qur’an al-Karim

• Al-Tafsir al-Wadih al-Muyassar

• Kashf al-Iftira’at fi Risalat al-Tanbihat Hawla  Safwat al-Tafasir

• Al-Tabsir bi-ma fi Rasa’il Bakr Abu Zayd min al-Tazwir

In 2007, the Organizing Committee for the Dubai International Qur’an Award chose  sheikh Muhammad  ‘Ali  al- Sabuni  as  the  personality  of  the Muslim World  for  his contribution  to  Islam.

He was  selected  from a  large  list of other nominees and was approved by Prince Muhammad ibn Rashid Al-Maktum, Deputy of the Head of State of Dubai.