Shaykh Salih Al-Luhaidan, a respected scholar of great distinction, knowledge and repute and a stalwart of da’wah passed away today (Wednesday, 5 January 2022) after being hospitalised for an illness, may Allāh have mercy upon him, accept his good deeds and raise his ranks in Jannah. He was 90 years old.
Shaykh Salih Al-Luhaidan was born in the city of Bukayriyah in the Qassim region, Saudi Arabia, in 1931. He graduated from the College of Shari’ah in Riyadh and received his Master’s from the Higher Institute of Jurisprudence. He worked as Secretary to Shaykh Muhammad bin Ibrahim Aal ash-Shaykh, the previous Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia, after graduating until he was appointed Assistant to the Chief of the High Court of Riyadh.
He was co-founder and editor-in-chief of the “Rayatul Islam” magazine and regularly gave lectures in Riyadh and Makkah. He undertook monumental efforts for the betterment of society and gave lessons in the Sacred Masjid (in Makkah) which were broadcast. He gave fatwa for the program “Noorun ‘ala ad-Darb” and regularly participated in discussing Masters and Doctoral theses (of students of knowledge).
He was a member of the Council of Senior Scholars in Saudi Arabia and former head of the Supreme Judicial Council, and held several positions, including a member of the Council of Senior Scholars since its establishment, a member of the Muslim World League, and the former head of the Supreme Judicial Council.
He also served as president of the General Court in Riyadh between 1964 and 1970, a judge of cassation, a member of the Supreme Judicial Council in 1970, and a secretary and judicial lieutenant to the head of scientific research and Ifta in Saudi Arabia.