Beirut / Naim Berjawi / Anatolia
The Lebanese scholar Sheikh Khalil Al-Mays, the mufti of Zahle and the Bekaa region (central) passed away on Thursday at the age of 80 after a struggle with illness.
According to a statement issued by the Lebanese Dar Al-Fatwa, the Grand Mufti of the Republic, Sheikh Abdul Latif Derian, mourned Sheikh Al-Mays.
Derian said that Lebanon, Muslims and Arabs have lost a great scholar, an accomplished jurist and one of the country’s top Muslim scholars.
The obituary statement stated that Sheikh Al-Mays, the eminent scholars of Dar Al-Fatwa, the most prominent of them in the jurisprudence of Imam Abu Hanifa Al-Numan, has held many important religious positions where he contributed to its development and activation.
Sheikh Al-Mays also called for moderation and moderation, and dealt with many urgent issues in the Islamic community, and he has special fatwas in this regard, as well as several intellectual and cultural contributions in the Arab and Islamic worlds, according to the statement.
Sheikh Khalil Al-Mays obtained the Sharia secondary certificate in 1961, then joined Al-Azhar Al-Sharif in Egypt and spent 7 years there, where he obtained a master’s degree in comparative jurisprudence in 1967.
After his return from Egypt, Sheikh Al-Mays took over the administration of Azhar Lebanon from 1969 until 2009, and in 1985 he was appointed to the position of Mufti of Zahle and the Bekaa.
Sheikh Khalil al-Mays is a member representing Lebanon in the Islamic Fiqh Academy in Mecca, affiliated to the Organization of the Islamic Conference, as well as a member of the community of Sharia scholars in the United States.
According to a statement issued by the Lebanese presidency, the country’s President, Michel Aoun, expressed his pain for the absence of the Mufti of Zahle and the Bekaa, Sheikh Khalil Al-Mays.
Aoun praised “the contributions of Mufti al-Mays in the Islamic-Christian dialogue, the consolidation of coexistence and the convergence of views between the Lebanese of different sects,” awarding him the “National Cedar Medal” in appreciation of his contributions.
In turn, Prime Minister-designate Najib Mikati said that the Islamic nation has lost a scholar, a jurist who had major contributions through Al-Azhar Al-Beqaa, one of the legitimate scientific institutions in Lebanon, according to a statement issued by his media office.
We also mourned the caretaker Prime Minister, Hassan Diab, in a statement issued by his media office, Sheikh Al-Mays, stressing that Lebanon has lost a man of dialogue and jurisprudence, who was a symbol of unity and brotherhood.
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