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Muhammad Al-Munajjid

Muhammad Saalih Al-Munajjid
Born 1960
Era Modern era
Region Saudi Arabian scholar
Jurisprudence Hanbali
Creed Salafi
Notable idea(s) founder of IslamQA.com fatwa website

Muhammad Saalih Al-Munajjid is an Islamic lecturer who was born in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, in 1960. He was raised in and currently lives in Saudi Arabia.[1]

Education

Al-Munajjid graduated from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM) in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, with a Bachelor's degree in Industrial Management.[2]

Al-Munajjid studied Islamic law under the scholar 'Abd al-'Aziz ibn Baaz, who authorized him to teach and give lectures in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia while he had not yet reached the age of thirty. He also studied under the scholars Muhammad ibn al Uthaymeen, Abdullah Ibn Jibreen, Saleh Al-Fawzan, and Abd ar-Rahmaan al-Baraak.[1]

Activities

  • Al-Munajjid is the imam and lecturer at the 'Umar ibn Abd al-'Aziz mosque in the city of Al-Khobar, where he teaches and gives lectures in Sharia and da'wah.
  • Al-Munajjid was the first person to launch a website www.islamqa.com in Saudi Arabia representing Islam. The site was launched in 1997 and presented in a QA format. It has been translated into 11 languages, in addition to the original Arabic: English, French, Russian, Hindi, Spanish, Urdu, Indonesian, Chinese, Japanese, Turkish and Uyghur.[1]
  • Al-Munajjid has several radio and television programs on channels in Saudi Arabia and throughout the Persian Gulf. He also has over four thousand hours worth of media broadcasts on the internet, including through his

Controversies

  • On the cause of the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami: "The problem is that the [Christian] holidays are accompanied by forbidden things, by immorality, abomination, adultery, alcohol, drunken dancing, and … and revelry. A belly dancer costs 2500 pounds per minute and a singer costs 50,000 pounds per hour, and they hop from one hotel to another from night to dawn. Then he spends the entire night defying Allah. "Haven't they learned the lesson from what Allah wreaked upon the coast of Asia, during the celebration of these forbidden? At the height of immorality, Allah took vengeance on these criminals. "Those celebrating spent what they call 'New Year's Eve' in vacation resorts, pubs, and hotels. Allah struck them with an earthquake. He finished off the Richter scale. All nine levels gone. Tens of thousands dead. "It was said that they were tourists on New Year's vacation who went to the crowded coral islands for the holiday period, and then they were struck by this earthquake, caused by the Almighty Lord of the worlds. He showed them His wrath and His strength. He showed them His vengeance. Is there anyone learning the lesson? Is it impossible that we will be struck like them? Why do we go their way? Why do we want to be like them, with their holidays, their forbidden things, and their heresy?"[3][4]

In a video posted on the Internet in January 2011 (as translated by MEMRI), Al-Munajjid issued a Fatwa to allow hacking to "Jewish Websites". Al-Munajjid stated that "In principle, hacking into websites and sabotaging them is forbidden. This is not allowed because Allah has forbidden spying" but explained, regarding "Jewish Websites," that:

References

External Sources

  • Biography and selected fatwas on Islamopedia online.
  • PDF-format
  • Report: Saudi Cleric Says Mickey Mouse 'Must Die'
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