Shaykh ‘Umar ibn Muhammad as-Subayyal passes away

Earlier today, Fatwa-Online was informed that:

Shaykh ‘Umar ibn Muhammad as-Subayyal, 43, who was an imaam and khateeb of al-Masjid al-Haraam in Makkah for the past 11 years, died at the Armed Forces Hospital in Hada near Taif yesterday after entering a coma two weeks ago following a traffic accident.

Funeral prayers for the imaam will be held at al-Masjid al-Haraam today after Salaat al-‘Asr.

Shaykh ‘Umar, who was the youngest of the imaams of al-Masjid al-Haraam, is survived by his wife and seven children – four sons and three daughters.

Shaykh Muhammad as-Subayyal, former Head of the Presidency for the Two Holy Mosques’ Affairs, has received messages of condolence from a large number of people within the Kingdom and abroad.

The accident that led to Shaykh ‘Umar’s death took place while he was travelling on the Taif-Riyadh Expressway with his family.

Born in Bakhayriyah in the Qaseem region in 1958, Shaykh ‘Umar received his religious education from prominent Islaamic scholars, including the late Shaykh ‘Abdul-‘Azeez ibn Baaz. He received his doctorate from Umm al-Quraa in 1991.

In 1992 he was appointed a lecturer at Imaam Muhammad ibn Saud University in Riyadh. The following year he moved to Umm al-Quraa and was appointed imaam of al-Masjid al-Haraam and head of the Sharee’ah College.

In 1995, Shaykh ‘Umar was named director of the Higher Islaamic Studies Center and undersecretary of the College of Sharee’ah and Islaamic Studies at Umm al-Quraa. Two years later, he was appointed principal of the college.