Nasib al-Bitar

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Sheikh Nasib Al Bitar

Judge Shaikh Nasib Al Bitar(June 13, 1890June 26, 1948) was a Palestinian jurist, born in the city of Nablus in Palestine on June 13, 1890 as the second son of Al Sayyed Said Al Bitar Al Husseini.

Nablus City in Nablus

Nablus is a city in the northern West Bank, approximately 49 kilometers (30 mi) north of Jerusalem,, with a population of 126,132. Located between Mount Ebal and Mount Gerizim, it is the capital of the Nablus Governorate and a Palestinian commercial and cultural center, containing the An-Najah National University, one of the largest Palestinian institutions of higher learning, and the Palestinian stock-exchange.

Palestine (region) geographical region in the Middle East

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He finished his elementary education in Nablus on July 13, 1902. He completed Al Rushdieh by 1905. For his college education he started in Nablus and then went to Al Azhar University in Cairo for his university degree. He then went to Istanbul for his higher education in Islamic Law. He finished as the First World War broke out.

Cairo Capital city in Egypt

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Istanbul Metropolitan municipality in Marmara, Turkey

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Military career

As a new graduate he was recruited by the Ottoman Army sent to the Military Cadet School and graduated as an officer. He served gallantly for about four years moving up the ranks, thus got his share of the First World War and a medal for his honorable discharge and gallant service. He had served most of his military duty in Iraq.

Iraq Republic in Western Asia

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Career in the justice system

After the War he worked all over Palestine in Islamic Law courts, starting in Jaffa in 1921, to Jerusalem in 1923 followed by Gaza as an Islamic Judge in 1938, Nazareth and Jenin came later in 1942 together with Beisan. He then was appointed to Haifa in 1944. Finally back to Jerusalem in 1946 as the Jerusalem Islamic Judge.

Jaffa old part of the city of Tel Aviv-Yafo

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Gaza City City in Gaza Governorate

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Nazareth Place in Israel

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Judicial services

Sheik Nasib Al Bitar in Gaza - Palestine 1938, Also with him was Aref Al Aref, the Mayor of Gaza and the British PA to Palestine during the British Mandate Nasib-bitar-2.jpg
Sheik Nasib Al Bitar in Gaza - Palestine 1938, Also with him was Aref Al Aref, the Mayor of Gaza and the British PA to Palestine during the British Mandate
Jerusalem City in the Middle East

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Jenin City in Jenin Governorate

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Haifa Place in Israel

Haifa is the third-largest city in Israel – after Jerusalem and Tel Aviv – with a population of 281,087 in 2017. The city of Haifa forms part of the Haifa metropolitan area, the second- or third-most populous metropolitan area in Israel. It is home to the Bahá'í World Centre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a destination for Bahá'í pilgrims.


He wrote a book [1] about the law of inheritance in Islam, first published on 30 September 1931 under the title Al Fareedah Fi Hisab Al Fareeddah. When he died it was discovered that he was in the process of writing another book on the same topic in Turkish, unfortunately he could not finish the manuscript. In 1986 Al Nahar Daily News Paper wrote about him quoting a paragraph from Ajjaj Nuweihed's book [2] Men from Palestine. [3]

Turkish language Turkic language (possibly Altaic)

Turkish, also referred to as Istanbul Turkish, is the most widely spoken of the Turkic languages, with around ten to fifteen million native speakers in Southeast Europe and sixty to sixty-five million native speakers in Western Asia. Outside Turkey, significant smaller groups of speakers exist in Germany, Bulgaria, North Macedonia, Northern Cyprus, Greece, the Caucasus, and other parts of Europe and Central Asia. Cyprus has requested that the European Union add Turkish as an official language, even though Turkey is not a member state.

Community leadership

A sample of Sheikh Nasib's calligraphy skills in Al Khat Al Farisi Arabic Calligraphy in Farsi Style.jpg
A sample of Sheikh Nasib's calligraphy skills in Al Khat Al Farisi

Whenever he went to Nablus he was always invited to lead the prayers in the main mosque as a gesture of respect. He also was an expert in Arabic calligraphy and sometimes gave lessons of "Al Khat Alarabi" at Al Rawdah School in Jerusalem next to the court-house. He was a member of al-Muntada al-Adabi المنتدى الأدبي. He wrote poetry but never published it, he only exchanged reciting it with his intellectual friends in his Majlis مجلس.


One day during the 1948 War and as a result[ clarification needed ] of it, he felt a severe headache and felt very sick, and because of the war all hospitals in Palestine would not take him in. He had to be taken to the Italian Hospital in Amman, Jordan. There he died on June 26, 1948. He was buried in Nablus his birthplace in Palestine.[ citation needed ]

Life coincidences

One astonishing fact was the death of Sheik Nasib and his wife Bahija.

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  2. This is an article that appeared in the Lebanese Al Nahar daily newspaper on June 20 1986
  3. Men From Palestine

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