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FaceOf: Sheikh Khalid Al-Ghamdi, Imam at the Grand Mosque in Makkah

Author: ARAB NEWSID: 1532729678651599700Sat, 2018-07-28 01:13

Sheikh Khalid Al-Ghamdi has been an imam at the Grand Mosque in Makkah since 2008.
Al-Ghamdi was born in Makkah, and completed memorizing the Quran under the supervision of a Pakistani cleric in Makkah at the age of 16.
He completed his schooling in Makkah, and continued his education at Umm Al-Qura University with a bachelors degree in Dawah, a masters degree in Recitation and Tafseer of Quran, and a doctorate in the same department.
He was chosen as a lecturer at the universitys recitation department, and then became an associate professor in Quran sciences.
Al-Ghamdi started calling for prayers as an imam in a small mosque in Makkah. In 2004, he was appointed to the Ramadan correction team in the Grand Mosque, and as deputy imam during the busy season.
He was appointed as a permanent imam in 2008, and during his first prayer, Isha prayer, as his voice echoed around the Grand Mosque he cried profusely.
Al-Ghamdi was appointed as imam of Masjid Al-Haram after a royal decree was issued. He delivered his first Khutbah (speech) in the Grand Mosque on Sept. 4, 2015.
During Fridays prayer, he gave a speech that concentrated on the Prophet Muhammads youngest daughter, Fatima.
She accompanied him from an early age and did not leave his side, witnessing great events in his life.
Al-Ghamdi gave examples of the times when non-believers threw a jug on the top of Prophets head while he prayed at the Kaaba and it was Fatima who hurried to remove the dirt.
He said: “It is our duty to know this blessed woman and set her as an example to our youngsters.”

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