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H.E. Mohammad bin Mohammad Al-Mansour

Imam of the Zaidi Sect of Shi‘a Muslims

His Eminence Mohammad bin Mohammad Al-Mansour is the Imam of the Zaidi branch of the Shi‘a sect of Muslims, one of the three main branches of Shi‘a Islam. With approximately ten million followers, Zaidis constitute almost half the entire population of Yemen, and around 3 percent in Saudi Arabia.


Lineage in the Imamate

Zaidi Muslims are a Shi‘a sect named after the followers of Zaid bin Ali, grandson of al Hussein (grandson of the Prophet Muhammad). The sect was formed by the followers of Zaid bin Ali who led an unsuccessful revolt against the Umayyad Caliph Hisham ibn Abd Al-Malik in 740 CE.

Current Social Influence

In the past decade a Zaidi movement known as the Shabab al Mumineen led by Hussein Al-Houthi has been gaining prominence in the northwest of Yemen. This has stoked some sectarian rivalry in Yemen between the Zaidi and radical anti-Shi‘a groups who are fearful of the resurgence of Zaidi rule in Yemen. Al-Mansour has maintained his quietist approach and enjoys much respect in Yemeni society. Al-Mansour was influential in stemming the escalation of conflict in 2005.

1073The number of years that the Zaidis ruled Yemen. It came to an end in 1970.
89The number of years he has lived since becoming blind at the age of 7.
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“I advise you with what I advise myself: Do not ever forget Allah.”

Birth: 1 January 1917 (Age: 97)

Source of Influence:

Influence: Imam of 10 million Zaidi Shi’a in Yemen and Saudi Arabia

School of Thought:

“I advise you with what I advise myself: Do not ever forget Allah.”
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1073The number of years that the Zaidis ruled Yemen. It came to an end in 1970.
89The number of years he has lived since becoming blind at the age of 7.
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