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Sheikh Ekrima Sa'id Sabri

Influential religious leader, former Mufti

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Date of Birth:



Qalqilya, Palestine

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Why Featured?

Sheikh Sabri is renowned for his role as the former Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and Palestine and as an influential religious leader in the region.

Brief bio

Sheikh Ekrima Sa'id Sabri served as the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and Palestine from October 1994 to July 2006. He is well-respected for his forthright views and is also known for his academic contributions, holding a doctorate from Al Azhar University in Egypt. His tenure as Mufti was marked by various political and religious statements, often stirring controversy.

Major Milestones


  • Appointment as Grand Mufti (1994): Appointed by Yasser Arafat, Sabri served as the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and Palestine.

  • Doctorate from Al Azhar University: His doctoral thesis focused on "Islamic Endowment Between Theory and Practice."

  • Banned from Al-Aqsa Mosque (various times): He faced restrictions and was at times banned from entering Al-Aqsa Mosque.

  • Denial of Entry into the Netherlands (2007, 2008): Sabri was denied entry into the Netherlands on two occasions.

  • Religious Leadership at Al-Aqsa Mosque: As an Imam, he played a significant role in leading prayers and religious activities...See More

  • Advocacy Against Occupation: Sabri was vocal against the occupation and its policies in Jerusalem...See More

  • Public Statements on Political Issues: Made several statements on political issues affecting Palestine and the broader Middle East.

  • Academic Contributions: His scholarly work on Islamic endowments contributed to the field of Islamic studies.

Date of Last Update: 
January 13, 2024

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