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’’.