When the death of Sheikh Abu Bakr al-Jaza’iri was announced two days ago, the first thing that came to my mind was that it’s just a similarity of names, as I thought that the Sheikh Jaber al-Jaza’iri we know had passed away a long time ago!
However, the fact that Sheikh al-Jaza’iri was distant during his older withering years is what gave me that impression. Sheikh Jaber, may he rest in peace, had gotten old by then.
Today, I remember this man who immigrated with his family in the beginning of the 1950s to Saudi Arabia and “neighbored” the Prophet’s Mosque in Medina like many scholars from all over the world did throughout centuries.
The pious Algerian young man, a descendent of royal traditions and the schools of Algerian scholars association led by the first revolutionary religious symbol Sheikh Abdelhamid Ben Badis, later become a star in the sky of preaching and religious movement in Saudi Arabia and the Islamic world.
The story of the Islamic University in Medina and the case of Juhayman’s group, which occupied the Grand Mosque for two weeks in 1979, won’t be complete without the remarks, opinion, vision and testimony of Abu Bakr al-Jaza’iriMashari Althaydi