16 Facts About Abdul-Rahman al-Sa'di


Abdul-Rahman al-Sa'di was a teacher and an author in Unaizah, Saudi Arabia.


Abdul-Rahman al-Sa'di authored more than 40 books in several different fields including tafsir, fiqh, and 'aqidah.


Abdul-Rahman al-Sa'di served as the imam and khateeb for the largest jami' mosque and director of the religious training school, al-Ma'had al-'Ilmi, of Unayzah.


Abdul-Rahman al-Sa'di's father, Nasir al-Sa'di, was an imam and preacher in a mosque in the Unayzah.


Abdul-Rahman al-Sa'di was initially cared for by his father's second wife and was later transferred to the guardianship of his oldest brother, Hamad ibn Nasir al-Sa'di.


Abdul-Rahman al-Sa'di completed his memorization of the Qur'an by the age of eleven and then pursued religious education from the scholars in his locality.


Historically, this role had been linked to the position of qadhi for the city, such that the imam of the jami' mosque would be the city's qadhi, however Abdul-Rahman al-Sa'di declined this position and the two roles have been distinct and separate since his time.


Abdul-Rahman al-Sa'di was the first person to introduce loud speakers to the city of Unayzah, which was initially met with some resistance.


Abdul-Rahman al-Sa'di held that the relatively novel practice of organ transplantation was permissible under Islamic law.


Abdul-Rahman al-Sa'di appointed al-'Uthaymeen to take over his role as the teacher and khateeb of the jami' mosque after his death.


Abdul-Rahman al-Sa'di regularly received and responded to letters asking for fatawa from other countries in the Arabian Peninsula and Indian Subcontinent.


The disagreement persisted as news spread until the issue was raised with King Abdul-Aziz ibn Saud, who then sent for Abdul-Rahman al-Sa'di to meet with him in Riyadh.


Abdul-Rahman al-Sa'di traveled alone to meet the King where he was greeted with hospitality by the King and a number of scholars gathered there.


The King asked Abdul-Rahman al-Sa'di to leave the issue because of the disturbances that it had causes, and Abdul-Rahman al-Sa'di agreed to do so, saying that he had not anticipated such issue would arise from a minor issue of scholarly investigation.


Abdul-Rahman al-Sa'di did not ultimately publish this book or mention any of the issues it contained in subsequent teaching or written works, though he is not known to have publicly renounced these positions.


Abdullah Abdul-Rahman al-Sa'di was a student of knowledge and published some of the writings of his father posthumously.