Lebanon mourns prominent Shiite cleric's death

15:26, July 05, 2010      

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Lebanon was clouded by grief as the country's Grand Ayatollah Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah, one of Shiite Islam's main religious figures, died on Sunday at 75 after long time illness.

Fadlallah died from internal bleeding at Beirut's Bahman Hospital in the Shiite-inhabited southern suburb Dahiya. He had been hospitalized for several times in the last few months. On Friday he was admitted to intensive care as his health deteriorated.

An official at Fadlallah's office told Xinhua on condition of anonymity that the Ayatollah suffered from a second internal bleeding on Saturday after the first one on Friday.

Fadlallah was from a Lebanese family, but was born in Najaf, Iraq. He studied Islamic sciences in Najaf before moving to Lebanon in 1952. In the following years, he gave lectures, engaged in intense scholarship, wrote dozens of books, founded several Islamic religious schools, and established the Mabarrat Association.

Through that association he established a public library, a women's cultural center, and a medical clinic.


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