Shaykh Saalih Aal ash-Shaykh (Head of Islamic affairs of KSA)


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بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Biography of ash-Shaykh al-‘Alaamah Saalih bin ‘Abdil-‘Azeez Aali ash-Shaykh (hafithahullah)

Translator: Aboo ‘Imraan al-Mekseekee

He is: Saalih bin ‘Abdil-‘Azeez bin Muhammad bin Ibraaheem bin ‘Abdil-Lateef bin ‘Abdir-Rahmaan bin Hasan bin Muhammad bin ‘Abdil-Wahhaab, may Allah have mercy upon all of those who have passed while preserving and protecting Shaykh Saalih. His lineage is traced back to the well known tribe of Banee Tameem. He was one raised in a religious home filled with knowledge and we do not purify anyone above Allah.

He was born in the city of Riyaadh in the year 1378 A.H. where he completed his secondary studies, and due to his aspiration for the university studies deservedly he entered into the Islamic University of Muhammad ibn Sa’ud in the College of Usool-ud-Deen in the Department of the Quraan and its Sciences. Upon graduating he worked in the teaching faculty of the Islamic University up until 1416 where he was then appointed as a representative to the Minister of Islamic Affairs of Religious Endowment, Inviting to Islam and Guidance.

In the year 1420 A.H. a decree was passed appointing him as the Minister of Islamic Affairs of Religious Endowment, Inviting to Islam and Guidance in addition to supervising several charitable organizations such as Muassasah al-Haramin al-Khaireeyah, Haiatul-Ighaathah al-Islaameeyah al-‘Aalameeyah, and an-Nadwah al-‘Alaameeyah li-Shabaab al-Islaamee.

The Shaykh (hafithahullah) devotes himself to the students of knowledge and provides solutions to their issues based on the understanding of the Major Scholars of the Salafee Da’wah and he has been upon this since his childhood, and he is persistent upon spreading and teaching it in his classes, lectures, and religious counsel that he gives in the various masaajid and in other places.

The Shaykh is an avid reader and researcher of the religious rulings of his grandfather his Eminence ash-Shaykh al-‘Alaamah Muhammad bin Ibraaheem (rahimahullah) whereas he occupies himself with studying these rulings and understanding their meanings along with studying the knowledge and fiqh based terminologies (found in the text of those rulings) as well as those meanings that are confined to a ruling given at a certain timeframe and locale.

And after Allah, he would seek the assistance of the Major Scholars with studying those rulings such as his Eminence ash-Shaykh ‘Abdil-‘Azeez bin Baaz (rahimahullah), his father ash-Shaykh ‘Abdil-‘Azeez bin Muhammad bin Ibraaheem (hafithahullah), his Eminence ash-Shaykh ‘Abdil-‘Azeez Aali ash-Shaykh the Current General Muftee of the Kingdom (hafithahullah) and his Eminence ash-Shaykh ‘Abdillah bin ‘Aqeel (hafithahullah), Former President of the Permanent Committee of Higher Board Jurisdiction.

He has sought knowledge from a number of Scholars such as:

1. His Eminence ash-Shaykh ‘Abdil-‘Azeez bin Baaz (rahimahullah).
2. His father ash-Shaykh ‘Abdil-‘Azeez bin Muhammad bin Ibraaheem (hafithahullah).
3. His Eminence ash-Shaykh ‘Abdullah bin ‘Abdil-‘Azeez bin ‘Aqeel
4. His Eminence ash-Shaykh ‘Abdullah bin Ghudayan (hafithahullah), member
of the Organization of Major Scholars.
5. His Eminence ash-Shaykh ‘Abdil-‘Azeez bin Murshid (rahimahullah).
6. His Eminence ash-Shaykh Ahmad al-Muraabit ash-Shanqitee (hafithahullah)
representative of Muftee for the areas of Mauritania in which he studied with
him the sciences of the Arabic language.
7. Ash-Shaykh Muhammad bin Sa’d al-Badal (hafithahullah) whom he learnt
an-Nahw from.
8. And he had numerous knowledge-based sittings and research with His
Eminence ash-Shaykh the Muhaddith Hamaad al-Ansaaree (rahimahullah).

He has pursued a collection of knowledge-based certifications from various parts of the land whereas he obtained a number of certificates from some Scholars of the Kingdom; he has also traveled to Tunisia, Morocco, Pakistan, India, and other places in the path of seeking knowledge. He has a number of writings and verifications of Islamic texts that are sought after by the students of knowledge due to their clearness and knowledge-based detail now reaching seventeen knowledge-based works.

He has also participated in a number of conferences within the Kingdom as well as abroad such as America, Europe, Egypt, and other places.

May Allah preserve the Shaykh and lead his steps towards the path of goodness.