Dr. Taha Jabir al Alwani dead: An Islamic reformist is no moreÂ
Renowned author, thinker and Islamic ideologue, Dr. Taha Jabir al Alwani is no more. He was 81.
Al Alwani was among the top Islamic ideologue of our times who will be known for his contribution on burning issues like reform in fiqh and fiqh al aqalliyat or jurisprudence of Muslims living in minority.
Dr. Taha Jabir al Alwani received his primary and secondary education in his native land and then graduated with an Honors Degree from the College of Shariah and Law at Al Azhar University in Cairo in 1378/1959. From the same university he was awarded his Master’s Degree in 1388/1968, and a Doctorate in Usul al Fiqh in 1392/1973.
He was one of the founders of International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT). For ten years (from 1395/1975 to 1405/1985) Dr al ‘Alwani was a Professor of Fiqh and Usul al Fiqh at Imam Muhammad b. Sa’ud University in Riyadh. Dr. al ‘Alwani participated in the founding of the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT) in the USA in 1401/1981. He is a founder-member of the Council of the Muslim World League in Makkah. A member of the OIC Islamic Fiqh Academy in Jeddah since 1407/1987. President of the Fiqh Council of North America 1408/1988. (less)
A press release on IIT website said, â€œWith immense grief, we announce the passing of Dr. Taha Jabir Al-Alwani, one of IIIT founders, past presidents, and great leaders. May Allah, subhanahu wa taâ€™ala, forgive him and grant him a place in Paradise. Ameenâ€¦Sheikh Tahaâ€™s demise is an enormous loss not only for his immediate family but for the larger IIIT family around the world, for the American Muslim community, and the Muslim Ummahâ€.
The statement went on to add, â€œHis remarkable intellectual contributions to the reform and revival of Islamic Thought are an enduring legacy he leaves behind in the form of many books that he wrote, including Islamic Thought: An Approach to Reform, Source Methodology in Islamic Jurisprudence, The Ethics of Disagreement in Islam, and The Qurâ€™an and the Sunnah: The Time-Space Factorâ€¦His intellectual contributions will continue to guide our work at IIIT and that of generations of Muslim scholars and intellectuals throughout the worldâ€¦We ask Allah, subhanahu wa taâ€™ala, for sabr and strength in this time of grief for his family, friends, and his IIIT colleagues. Please remember him in your duâ€™asâ€.