Ibrahim ibn Muhammad Al ash-Sheikh

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Ibrahim ibn Muhammad Al ash-Sheikh was a leading Wahhabi scholar in Saudi Arabia and Minister of Justice between 1975 and 1990.


Ibrahim ibn Muhammad Al ash-Sheikh was born into the noted family of Saudi religious scholars, the Al ash-Sheikh, descendants of Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab, the influential Muslim innovator.[1][2] He was the eldest son of Muhammad ibn Ibrahim Al ash-Sheikh, Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia until 1969.[3]


Ibrahim ibn Muhammad was one of the most influential religious leaders in the early 1970s. He maintained a close relationship with King Faisal, with whom he met on a weekly basis. He believed that Saudi Arabia should take a leading role in the Arab world and pushed for Saudi involvement in war with Israel.[3]

Between 1975 and 1990, he served as Saudi Arabia's Minister of Justice.[1][2]


His brother Abdullah ibn Muhammad Al ash-Sheikh, a younger son of the late Grand Mufti,[4] also served as Minister of Justice, from 1993 to 2009.[1] his grandson Turki is a lawyer practicing in London and Riyadh.


  1. ^ a b c Baamir, Abdulrahman Yahya (2010). Shari'a Law in Commercial and Banking Arbitration. p. 29 (n. 87). ISBN 978-1-4094-0377-7.
  2. ^ a b Long, David E. (1976). Saudi Arabia. p. 41. ISBN 0-8039-0660-9.; Who's who in Saudi Arabia 1983-1984, Volume 3. Jeddah: Tihama. 1984. p. 32.
  3. ^ a b Gold, Dore (2004). Hatred's kingdom: How Saudi Arabia supports the new global terrorism. pp. 80–81. ISBN 978-0-89526-061-1.
  4. ^ "H.E Dr. Abdullah Bin Mohammed Bin Ibrahim Al-Sheikh". Majlis ash-Shura, Government of Saudi Arabia. Retrieved 15 July 2011.