Late Saudi sheikh’s early research on organ donation at center of Harvard study

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A collection of works by the late Saudi Sheikh Abdulrahman Abdulrahamn Ibn Saadi compromising of 96 books, including 30 published for the first time, and the number of pages totally 20,000 have been converted into an app that will make it easy for to assist science students and researchers correlate page numbers and volumes for the purposes of scientific documentation, according to the Saudi Press Agency (SPA).

A medical conference organized by Harvard University this year on the subject of "brain death and organ donation" included a poster presentation of works done by Ibn Saadi, who authored on the ethics of organ donations before his death in 1956.

Ibn Saadi pioneered the discussion about organ transplantation as an imaginary debate between two scholars, one representing the permissible view and the other representing the prohibiting view, according to Abdullah Aljoudi who presented at the conference.

The Sheikh’s grandson, Musaed bin Abdullah Saadi told SPA that his grandfather publications were translated into English, French, Russian, Turkish and Indonesian.

In the preface of the app, Saudi Grand Mufti Abdul Aziz ibn Abdullah Al ash-Sheikh praised the work of Saadi, considering him one of the most prominent scholars in the Arabian peninsula and was known for his method of theological approach in distinguishing between the deep understanding of the texts of the Quran and the Sunnah, and put it to contemporary issues in different dimensions with the statement of the spirit of Sharia.

The grand mufti added that these texts were characterized by fluency, the easiness and accuracy of the phrase, and a deep understanding of the language and taste of the Arab.

The design of the app was done in an unprecedented way that helps the reader to know the page number and corresponding folder in the printed version of the book while the reader is browsing the electronic version for the purposes of scientific documentation and assistance to researchers.

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