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Ali is an economist and political analyst, working at a private UK-based company. He worked previously at the World Health Organisation and has an MSc in Development Studies from SOAS. You can follow him on Twitter (@alialsaffar).

The death of a great man

The death of Ayatollah Mohammed Hussain FadhlAllah is a massive blow for all those that believe in equality, dialogue and respect. The Ayatollah’s ability to speak to 21st century Muslims in a manner that really made them feel like he actually understood their issues was perhaps one of his most distinguished features. Yet another is the Ayatollah’s refusal to shirk at the massive responsibility placed on his shoulders and his insistence that his guiding principles be the main source of his rulings, even if they be counter to those of the more powerful, more conservative  establishment.

In my mind, there was nothing controversial about the Ayatollah; he preached decency, moderation and peaceful coexistence- all universally acceptable themes in themselves. There will be other champions of his message, but the Ayatollah’s demise has left a huge void for his followers and the wider world.

4 Comments on “The death of a great man”

  1. Ali D July 5, 2010 at 9:56 pm #

    He was indeed a great man and will undoubtably leave a unique legacy amongst many in the Islamic and Arab world.

    Though perhaps his position was more crucial to the social and political stability of Lebanon at previous and more volatile times, what do you imagine the repercussions, if any, will be of the arguably irreplaceable void he will leave behind him?

    Perhaps more relevant to this discussion platform, will his passing away have any effects on the current or future Iraqi political situation, in your view?

  2. Ali Rashid July 6, 2010 at 9:20 am #

    The internal dynamics of Lebanese politics really isn’t my strong point so I am not sure how large a void he will leave there. As for Iraq, Visser has written a bit about the Da’awa/SIIC tensions regarding Sayyid Fadhlallah on his blog, I don’t think it will play out at all now though; the two parties have far more significant, existential differences than the question of the Sayyid’s scholarly credentials.

  3. Sadiq shamren July 6, 2010 at 10:12 pm #

    Today the whole world will greatly miss this man, he was and will be a a bacon for those who seek guidance, Sayyed Mohammed faddllah wast just a scholar, he was a unique man, he was an inspiration to the youth. He understood the language of the current gerneration, and he took the leading role in encouraging dialoug with the others, he believed that no one should claim the truth unless he is willing to be questioned about it.
    He ideology of questioning the history from a reasoning point of view, he stood beside the opperrsed and never give up on hope

  4. john July 9, 2010 at 11:42 pm #

    i hope he will be a beacon rather than bacon!!!

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