A renowned Islamic scholar, Sheikh Bilal Philips has been rumoured dead from COVID-19, but how true is this report? AllNews follows up.
In October 2020, Philips was admitted to the hospital with COVID-19. He recovered the following month.
On February 16, 2021, Philips, the founder and chancellor of the Islamic Online University (IOU) made a two-minute video, where he refuted reports that he was deceased.
"Yes, I know you are surprised because you heard that I was deceased," Philips said.
"I didn't resurrect from the grave. I didn't die.
"Alhamdulillah, Allah saved me from COVID. The information you heard is not correct.
"But [the] reality is that we all could die anytime - in our sleep, in our waking, who knows when the time is gonna come.
"So, the most important thing to do is to leave something behind that is going to benefit us."
Philips taught Islamic studies for a decade years at an Islamic high school in Riyadh and was an Arabic and Islamic studies teacher in the American University of Dubai for 10 years as well.
He also lectures at the Ajman University (AU) in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
During the First Gulf War, Philips organized Islamic religious revival meetings for U.S. troops stationed in Saudi Arabia, during which (according to Philips) he converted thousands of soldiers to Islam.