Amr Tantawi, the son of the Sheikh of Al-Azhar during the era of the late Egyptian President Mohamed Hosni Mubarak, who is Mohamed Sayed Tantawi, revealed the scenes of the last hours before his father’s departure in Saudi Arabia.
Amr Tantawi said: “My father died at the airport during his return flight from Saudi Arabia to Cairo, after he was awarded the King Faisal Prize.”
Amr Tantawi added that his father, Sheikh Mohamed Sayed Tantawi, the former Sheikh of Al-Azhar, whose 93th birthday is commemorated today, “was a virtuous man who loved his religion and his country, and mastered his work, even working on holidays, and was keen on interpreting the Holy Qur’an visually, audibly and read it.” .
And about his death, the son of the former Sheikh of Al-Azhar said that his father had received an invitation to attend the celebration of the Shariah Assembly to grant the King Faisal International Prize for Service to Islam, an award of high Arab, Islamic and international standing, and the travel period was scheduled to be two days, and despite that, the Grand Imam traveled with a bag office only.
He continued: “After the ceremony was completed and during my father’s return to Cairo, he died at the airport, and was then buried in Al-Baqi’ next to the companions of the Messenger of God, may God bless him and grant him peace.” And that was achieved by the grace of God.”
Regarding the will of the former Sheikh of Al-Azhar, to donate his organs after death, Counselor Amr Tantawi, son of the late Imam Muhammad Sayed Tantawi, said: “My father was in a meeting with the captain of doctors and a number of those concerned to discuss the draft law on organ transplantation, and during the meeting he recommended the transfer of his organs after his death to encourage people on this matter.”
He added that the will was not carried out because God Almighty wanted him to die in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and be buried in Al-Baqi’.
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