ABDUL SHAFI, MUHEIDDIN (SHEIKH) (1872-1954)

Member of the Supreme Muslim Council for Gaza and Southern Palestine

Born in 1872; Palestinian notable from Gaza; father of Haidar Abdul Shafi; Al-Azhar graduate; member of the ‘ulama (religious notables); served in many posts for the Ottomans until WWI; Director of Waqf properties; Shari’a Court judge in Gaza; Custodian of the Holy Places in Gaza and Hebron from 1925-27; appointed member of the Supreme Muslim Council for Gaza and Southern Palestine in 1930 until 1948; held this position until his death in Gaza in 1954.