We sincerely pray for him to return to his Rabb (Allah Subhanahu wa Ta'ala)
Jakarta (ANTARA) - Popular Muslim preacher Yusuf Mansur expressed his heartfelt condolences over the passing away of Indonesia's Saudi Arabia-born ulema Sheikh Ali Jaber at Jakarta's Yarsi Hospital on Thursday at 8:30 a.m. local time.

Sheikh Ali Jaber was a figure, who had left behind proper legacies of teachings and memories, Mansur wrote on his Instagram account @yusufmansurnew that ANTARA quoted here on Thursday.

Mansur recalled having several unforgettable memories with Sheikh Ali Jaber, whom he called as a "close friend", "family member", "teacher", and a "place to ask".

As an ode to his treasured memories with Sheikh Ali Jaber, Mansur uploaded a video on an event that he had attended with the charismatic ulema.

Sheikh Ali Jaber’s demise was officially announced by Syekh Ali Jaber Foundation Chairman Habib Abdurrahman Alhabsyi on the foundation's official Instagram account on Thursday morning.

Alhabsyi revealed that Sheikh Ali Jaber had tested negative for the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) prior to his death. He was hospitalized since December 29, 2020.

"We sincerely pray for him to return to his Rabb (Allah Subhanahu wa Ta'ala)," he noted while urging Muslim communities to pray for him and forgive his any faults.

Ali Jaber's demise was extensively reported by several news media outlets of Indonesia.

Born in Medina, Saudi Arabia, on Feb 3, 1976, Sheikh Ali Jaber, whose full name is Ali Saleh Mohammed Ali Jaber, is widely known as a Muslim preacher and ulema.

Ali Jaber holds an Indonesian citizenship. He is popular among Indonesian Muslims as a juror of Quran memorization contests on the country's TV stations.

In September last year, this popular Muslim cleric attracted the attention of the Indonesian public and media as well as foreign media outlets after a young man assaulted him at Falahudin Mosque in Bandar Lampung City.

Sheikh Ali Jaber survived the knife attack that occurred while he was attending an Islamic mass gathering at a mosque in the Suka Jawa neighborhood of Tanjung Karang Barat Sub-district, Bandar Lampung City, Lampung, on September 13, 2020.

However, this popular ulema suffered a minor injury to his right arm in the sudden attack launched by Alfin Andrian, 24, while he was conversing onstage with two of the event's participants.

According to a video of the incident circulated on a YouTube channel, Andrian, who reportedly resided in proximity to the mosque, was caught by several participants of the event shortly after attacking Ali Jaber.

Tanjung Karang Barat Police Chief Adjunct Commissioner David Sianipar stated that Sheikh Ali Jaber was admitted to the Gedong Air Public Health Center to receive medical treatment for the wound he incurred during the stabbing incident, while the attacker was detained.
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