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Sheikh Fareed Saleh (Hafez Saleh) May Allah’s mercy be upon him, was born in a Palestinian village. After completing his primary education he left school and worked in Palestine before moving to Kuwait in the early 1950’s. He obtained his secondary education at the end of the 1960’s in Jordan and attained a Baccalaureus degree and Masters in Islamic Studies in Pakistan in the mid 1980’s.
He was married and had twelve children and thirty-four grandchildren.
He began to carry the Islamic Da’wah from the 1950’s and prioritised this work above all other priorities. He carried the Da’wah in Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt, Pakistan and Tunisia. He was imprisoned in Jordan in 1969 and was given a life-sentence. He was imprisoned in Iraq in the days of Abd Al-Ilah, the days of Abdul Karim Qasim, Ahmad Hasaan Al-Bakr and Saddam. He was also imprisoned in Egypt in the days of Sadat in Egypt and hunted by the intelligence agencies of Habib Bourguiba (Tunisia) and Hafez Al-Assad (Syria).
He carried the Da’wah in the Wst Bank and Iraq in the sixties before returning to Jordan for a time before moving to Egypt in the days of Sadat. After being imprisoned he returned to Jordan and then went to Iraq where he was imprisoned. After that he returned for a short time to Jordan and then secretly went to Lebanon where he accompanied Sheikh Taqi ud-Deen An-Nabhani (rh) for three years until the Sheikh passed away. He then accompanied Sheikh Abu Yusuf (Abdul Qadeem Az-Zaloum) (rh) for a short time before moving to Tunisia where it has been mentioned that he conducted more than forty cultural Halaqaat (circles) weekly. He then left Tunis to return to Lebanon before being sent to Pakistan where he remained for two years before returning to Lebanon. At this time his health declined and he suffered a stroke that prevented his activity for a while. He was also being hunted by the Syrian intelligence and so he decided to return to live in Jordan in the latter 1990’s where he remained until he passed away (rh). At this time he stated in the introduction to a book that he never completed that his health prevented him from engaging in the active Da’wah and so he decided to spend his time writing in the hope that this would fulfil some of what he had been obliged with.
As for his affiliation and belonging then those who knew him bear witness and testimony to the fact that he saw himself as being from the family of the Da’wah movement. Every elder was his uncle, everyone from his age was his brother and everyone who was younger was like his son and if he was annoyed by any of them then they would not be his son but rather his nephew.
An-Nahdah was from amongst some of the books that he wrote and included.
- Democracy and the Islamic ruling in regards to it.
- The methodology of the Qur’an Al-Kareem in the Da’wah.
- Examination of the Da’wah in light of the Makki Surahs.
- Examination of the Da’wah in light of the Madani Surahs.
He also wrote other books and explanations in addition to some prose poetry (Qasaa’id).
May Allah (swt) accept this from him and raise him amongst the ranks of the pious, truthful, Shuhadaa’ and Anbiyaa’’.
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His full name is Mahmood bin Abdul Latif Mahmood Uwaydah and his Kunya is Abu Iyas. He joined Hizb Ut Tahrir in 1953 shortly after its formation and studied the culture and ideas of the Hizb in Palestine in Qalqiliya. He continued to be with the Hizb in Palestine until he had to travel to Saudi Arabia for work where he worked as a teacher in the Ministry of Education. The Saudi Government upon finding out sheikh's association with the Hizb deported Shekh Abu Iyas along with several other shebab back to Palestine in the 1960’s.
Shekh Abu Iyas has a very strong command on Usul al Fiqh, hadith and Fiqh and has written extensively on the subject. One of his well known books is the compilation to detailed answers to Questions that he has been asked. He says that his strongest command lies in the subject of Hadith. He has often undertaken ijtihad in issues where he found that the existing ijtihad's were weak or where there was no ijtihad.
As a result of his studies he wrote the book 'Aljaame li ahkhaam AsSalah – The Comprehensive Guide for the rules of Prayers' and 'Aljaame li Ahkaam asSiyaam – The Comprehensive guide for the rules of Fasting' and 'Masail Fiqhiya Mukhtarah – Selected Fiqhi Issues' among others.
His book on salah and siyam is unique because he unlike other authors does not merely discuss his own ijtihad and the evidences behind it, rather he also discusses why he finds the other opinions weak and the usuli reasoning for this.
His love for Fiqh and writing Fiqh started in the jail when he was arrested in 1982 and was put in the jail for over 6 years without being sentenced. Most of the book on Salah and Siyam was written in the jail. He would write the chapters and ask his prison mate, Shekh Ata abu Rashta to review them and give his inputs.
Sheikh Abu Iyas says that since he was not sentenced and he was still imprisoned he believed that the Jordanian government intended to keep him imprisoned for life.
Shekh was arrested by the Jordanian government for his association with Hizb ut Tahrir 5 times, for the first time in 1968, then in 1974, then in 1982 and then in 2000. He was once again arrested in the month of September in 2016 however he was released within a week.
His book on Salah & Siyam was translated into English which are currently being edited and an abridged version is available on MaktabaIslamia. Maktaba has also printed his arabic book 'masail fiqhiya mukhtarah' , His books can be viewed through the following link.