Shaykh Muhammad Nimr al-Khateib
Shaykh Muhammad Nimr al-Khatib (1918-2010=1431)1
Muhammad Nimr ibn ‘Abd al-Fattah ibn Shaykh Sa’id al-Khatib was an eminent scholar whose lineage linked up with Shaykh Ahmad al-Sayadi al-Rifa’i. This has been established by Husayn al-Rifa’i in his book titled Bahr al-Ansab. The Khatib family is connected to the Ashraf in Egypt and have a legacy of Islamic sacred knowledge and they even carried the responsibility of fatwa in Haifa for many years.
Shaykh Nimr was born in the 1918 in the city of Haifa in Palestine into a scholarly family. In his youth he learnt the Quran and some of the basics of Islam. His first teacher was his father who was a renowned scholar and one of the persons who had a profound influence on his life. Shaykh Nimr grew up like his father and he displayed tremendous love, respect and obedience to his parents. His family was also known for their amazing hospitality and always welcomed students of sacred knowledge and other guests. In fact when students would pass by on the ay to pursue their studies at the al-Azhar University in Egypt, many used to stop at their home for a few days.
As a young boy, he witnessed the attempts by the British to imprison his father, Shaykh ‘Abd al-Fattah. After his father’s release from prison, the young Nimr proceeded to the city of Akka to pursue his education. He completed his primary and secondary schooling and also studied at the al-Ahmadi Institute. Here he studied under some renowned scholars. Some of them were:
• Shaykh al-‘Akki
• Shaykh Tawfiq al-Anbatawi
• Shaykh ‘Izz al-Din al-Qassam
• Shaykh Kamil al-Qassab
• Shaykh ‘Abd Allah al-Jazzar, Mufti of Akka
• Shaykh Muhammad al-Lubabidi, Senior Shafi’ Mufti
• Shaykh Muhammad al-Qablawi