Jawdat Saeed: Who is the Syrian thinker that the Islamic world...

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Syrian and Arab bloggers mourned the prominent Islamic thinker Jawdat Saeed, known as the “Arab Gandhi”, after his death at the age of 91 in the Turkish city of Istanbul.

The late Syrian thinker, Jawdat Saeed

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The late Syrian thinker, Jawdat Saeed

The death of the Syrian thinker aroused wide echoes among Muslim scholars, politicians and Arab thinkers. Tweeters mourned him on social media, and they also shared many of his famous sayings, recalling his intellectual career rich in books and research.

owner School of “nonviolence”

The thinker Jawdat Said was born in 1931 in the Quneitra governorate in southern Syria, to a family of Circassian origins, and studied at Al-Azhar University. He is considered one of the most prominent contemporary Islamic thinkers. His ideas are an extension of the reformist school of Islam of Malik bin Nabi and Muhammad Iqbal.

The late thinker has many books such as “The Doctrine of the First Son of Adam”, through which he advocated the principle of “non-violence” and his vision of the idea of ​​renunciation of violence in Islam, in addition to other books such as “Until they change what is in themselves” and “Loss of social balance”.

The thinker Jawdat Saeed expressed his support for the Syrian protests at the beginning of the popular uprising against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad. He also participated in the demonstrations, stressing the need to adhere to “peacefulness and non-violence.” Saeed and his family were subjected to security persecution in Syria, and after the 2011 protests, he moved to Turkey, where he passed away.

Despite widespread praise for the thinker’s career and contributions, some people reserved his calls for the peacefulness of the Syrian protests, describing them as unrealistic.” This was after a wide circulation of excerpts from previous television interviews of the Islamic thinker talking about the necessity of “peaceful revolution” and its future when he said, “If the revolution succeeds with weapons.” We will continue to be governed by the weapons with which we have been governed for 1,400 years. And everything that is taken by the sword will perish by the sword.”

He was also mourned by the Secretary-General of the International Union of Muslim Scholars, and a group of Turkish politicians, such as Mustafa Shantop, Speaker of the Turkish Parliament.

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