Nimr al-Nimr

Shia Sheikh in al-Awamiyah in Saudi Arabia's Eastern Province

Nimr Baqr al-Nimr (Arabic: نمر باقر النمر‎‎‎; 1959 – 2 January 2016), better known as Sheikh Nimr, was a Saudi Shia Sheikh and human rights activist. He was a sheikh from around 2008 until his death. He was one of the best known Shia clerics in Saudi Arabia. In July 2012, he was arrested by Saudi police and shot in the leg. He was put on trial for terrorism charges and sentenced to death in October 2014.

Al-Nimr was born in Al-Awamiyah, Qatif. He studied for about ten years in Tehran, Iran and also studied in Syria.

Al-Nimr was among the prisoners killed by beheading in a mass execution on 2 January 2016. He was 56.[1]


  1. "Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr: Saudi Arabia executes top Shia cleric". BBC. 2 January 2016. Retrieved 2 January 2016.