In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
Allah, the Almighty, said in Surah Al-Fajr (27-30): "O soul at peace, return to your Lord, well-pleased and pleasing, and enter among My servants, and enter My Paradise."
With profound sadness and sorrow, we received the news of the passing of Sheikh Mamdouh Janid Al-Hamawi, one of Syria's prominent scholars, at the age of 83. Our hearts are filled with acceptance of Allah's decree and fate.
The late Sheikh Mamdouh Janid Al-Hamawi, born in the city of Homs, Syria, in 1940, graduated from the Faculty of Sharia at Damascus University.
He studied under several eminent scholars in Homs, including his father Sheikh Mohammad Janid, his uncle Sheikh Mahmoud Janid, Sheikh Ahmed Ka'akeh, Sheikh Wasef Al-Masadi, Sheikh Abdul Khaliq Al-Hassani, and Sheikh Mohammad Tahir Al-Rais, may Allah have mercy on them all. He studied various subjects under their guidance, including Quran recitation and Tajweed, Shafi'i and Hanafi fiqh (jurisprudence), Tafsir Ibn Kathir, Revival of Religious Sciences, Awarif al-Ma'arif, Lives of the Companions, Aleppian biography, and Arabic language.
The late Sheikh, may Allah have mercy on him, was one of the leading scholars and preachers in Homs. He had a remarkable record of contributions in establishing educational and da'wah institutions. He held significant positions throughout his noble career, serving as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Sham Preachers League and one of the founders of the Syrian Islamic Council. Additionally, he served as an imam and Friday sermon speaker in several mosques in Homs. He also worked as an Islamic Education teacher in some secondary schools in the city.
Furthermore, the late Sheikh devoted his efforts to the Sharia Institute affiliated with the Association of Scholars, where he was assigned teaching responsibilities. He also served as the Secretary-General of the Association before being appointed as its Deputy President in 2009.
The late Sheikh, may Allah have mercy on him, was a remarkable personality who left behind a rich legacy of knowledge. He was known for his steadfastness against injustice, tyranny, despotism, and corruption. He spent his life as a stranger, constantly migrating, until death met him in the city of the Prophet, peace be upon him.
The Islamic Ummah has lost one of its sincere scholars. We ask Allah, the Most High, to forgive him, have mercy on him abundantly, grant him the highest ranks in Jannah, gather him with the Prophets, the truthful, and the righteous, and provide patience and solace to his family and loved ones. Indeed, He is the Bestower of favor and the Best Responder.
Surely, to Allah, we belong, and to Him, we shall return.
Tuesday: 3 Dhu al-Hijjah 1444 AH
Corresponding to: 21 June 2023
Dr. Ali Al-Qurra Dagi Secretary-General
Dr. Salem Suqaf Al-Jafari, President