Shaykh Muhammad Mahdi Shams al-Din

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Muhammad Mahdi Shams al-Din
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Born1936
Najaf
Died2001
Beirut

Muhammad Mahdi Shams al-Din (1936-2001) was an Islamic political thinker.

Biography[edit | edit source]

Shaykh Muhammad Mahdi Shams al-Din was a religious scholar who was born in Najaf in 1936 to a family of scholars of Lebanon tracing their lineage to “Shaheed Awwal." Like his father Abd al-Karim, who both studied and taught in Najaf, , Shaykh Shams al-Din also studied in the city and stayed there for 33 years. Upon returning to Lebanon, Shaykh Shams al-Din became a public figure and supported Muslim-Christian harmony in Lebanon.

Being politically active, Shaykh Shams al-Din partook in establishing Hizb al-Da’wa in Iraq and was deeply devoted to the Amal Movement in Lebanon. In Beirut, the Imam al-Sadiq Mosque was established by him, where he was buried after his death in 2001 at the age of 67.

Career[edit | edit source]

  • Director, Supreme Islamic Shia Council, Lebanon, 1993
  • Chairman, Supreme Islamic Shia Council, Lebanon, 1978 - 1993
  • Deputy Chairman, Supreme Islamic Shia Council, Lebanon 1975 – 1978
  • Director, Cultural Charity Society, Lebanon, 1969 - 1975

Academic Activities[edit | edit source]

  • Established the al-Adwa magazine alongside Muhammad Rida Muzaffar and al-Sayyid Muhammad Baqir al-Sadr
  • Took part in the establishment of the Islamic University of Lebanon

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