Posted by: Seeker of the Sacred Knowledge | July 19, 2014

Sayyid Shaykh Ahmad Zafar al-Jilani Passes Away


Sayyid Shaykh Ahmad Zafar al-Jilani Passes Away

Assalamu Alaykum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuh , We pray this finds everyone well, wrapped in Allah’s mercy and steadfastly travelling the path to eternal felicity, in sha Allah.

Naqib al-Ashraaf  Sayyid Shaykh Ahmad Zafar al-Jilani has Passed Away, he passed away this morning in Baghdad, he was the Custodian of the Mosque and Maqam (Tomb) of Ghawth al-Adham Sayyiduna Shaykh ‘Abd al-Qadir al-Jilani in Baghdad, Iraq and he was the older brother of the Late Qudwatul Awliya Sayyid Shaykh Tahir Allauddin Al-Qadri Al-Gillani RadiAllahu Anhu.  Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un. May He give him to drink from the Basin of His Prophet (alayhi salat wa salam), that he may never thirst thereafter, and may He enter him into the highest gardens of Paradise! Ameen.

The genealogy of  the Naqib al-Ashraaf  is as follows:

Sayyid Shaykh Ahmad Zafar al-Jilani, Son of Shaykh Sayyidna Mahmood Hussamu-ud-Din Al-Jilani Al–Qadri Son of Shaykh Sayyidna Said Abd Al-Rahman Al-Jilani Al-Mehadh Al-Qadri, Son of Shaykh Sayyidna Ali Al-Qadri, Son of Shaykh Sayyidna Mustafa Al-Qadri,Son of Shaykh Sayyidna Suleman Al-Qadri, Son of Shaykh Sayyidna Zain-ud-Din Al-Qadri, Son of Shaykh Sayyidna Muhammad Dervesh Al-Qadri, Son of Shaykh Sayyidna Hussamm-ud-Din Al-Qadri, Son of Shaykh Sayyidna Noor-ud-Din Al-Qadri, Son of Shaykh Sayyidna Wali-id-Din Al-Qadri, Son of Shaykh Sayyidna Zain-ud-Din Al-Qadri, Son of Shaykh Sayyidna Sharaf-ud-Din Al-Qadri, Son of Shaykh Sayyidna Shams-ud-Din Al-Qadri, Son of Shaykh Sayyidna Muhammad Hattak Al-Qadri, Son of Shaykh Sayyidna Abdul Aziz Al-Qadri, Son of Ghawth al-Adham Shaykh Muhyiuddin Abd al-Qadir al-Jilani (radhi allahu ta’ala anhu).

انتقل الى رحمه الله الواسعه السيد احمد الكيلانى متولي الحظره القادريه المشرفه ظهرهداليوم وسيقام مجلس الفاتحه في جامع الشيخ عبدالقادرالكيلاني

 

Photos of the Late Shaykh, general and family photos

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A Miracle of Sayyiduna al-Ghawth Shaykh Abdul Qadir al-Jiani RadiAllahu Anhu  | A Flood in Baghdad ash-Sharif:

Posted by: Seeker of the Sacred Knowledge | June 30, 2014

Ustadh al’-Ulama Shaykh Ghulam Muhammad Tonswi Passes Away


Ustad al'-Ulama Shaykh Ghulam Muhammad Tonswi Passes Away

 

Assalamu Alaykum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuh , We pray this finds everyone well, wrapped in Allah’s mercy and steadfastly travelling the path to eternal felicity, in sha Allah.

Ustad al’-Ulama Shaykh Ghulam Muhammad Tonswi has Passed Away, he passed away this morning , he was a student of Shaykh al-Kul Malikul Ulama, Allamah Ata Muhammad Mateen Bandyalwi  (Allah have mercy on him), who was considered the greatest Muhaddith in Pakistan for over 50 years. Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un. May He give him to drink from the Basin of His Prophet (alayhi salat wa salam), that he may never thirst thereafter, and may He enter him into the highest gardens of Paradise! Ameen.

Update – The Janaza of His Eminence Allamah Shaykh al-Hadith wa Tafseer Ghulam Muhammad Tonswi Rahimahullah will be held on, Thursday, 06, July, 2014 [Thursday 06, Ramadan, 1435 A.H] at 6.30 PM in Hazrat Sultan Bahu Trust, Balsall Heath, Birmingham .

 

He is the greatest scholar in Pakistan today. He is from Multan and has taught over 30 sciences and over 100 books in the last 53 years with an endless list of ‘Ulamah that he has produced, who are now serving all over the world.

The Shaykh is considered the master of logic, classical philosophy, Kalam, tafsir, balaghah, Arabic grammar, usul, astronomy and many other sciences. He continued to teach 6 hours a day and spends 6 hours preparing lessons, I have never met a man as disciplined and time concious as him. He teaches what other ulama have stopped teaching and each book is incredibly difficult. Hamdullah, Meer Zahid, Umur Amah, Shamse Bazighah, Mulla Sadra, Mulla Abdul Ghafoor, Chighmini, Mullah Hasan, Talweeh Tawdeeh, Musallam Thubut, Baydawi, Maani, Rasheediyah, Khayali, Sharh al-Mawaqif, Khudri ala Ibn Aqeel are just some of the classical Darse Nizami books our beloved Shaykh has taught for several years. He was also a senior teacher at Jamia Naushahia at Naushapur Shareef. Amongst his students are many young English speaking ‘Ulamah who have studied with them, The Madrassa is under the guidance of the noble Shaykh; Sayyid Mahroof Hussain Naushahi Qadri.

The noble Shaykh read the dars-e-nizami books twice (it takes eight years to do the course once) at the hands of the teacher of the ulamah, the master of Islamic sciences, Allamah Sayyidi Ata Muhammad Bandyalwi who then commented “you have eaten much lentils of bandyaal, it is time for you to leave”.

One of the Shaykh’s miracles is that he cannot write. He never went to school. But he is one of the greatest authorities of the Islamic sciences in Pakistan!

His memorisation is amazing and when he teaches, he offers all the commentary to Khayali, for example, all from his memory in such a way that he analyzes Nibras and Hashiya Abdul Hakeem at once and gives his original remarks too (all 3 of these are commentaries to single aqida text Sharhul Aqaid). This is with the tawfiq of Allah Almighty.

He is perhaps one of the healthiest men I have met at his age. He eats yoghurt for breakfast and tea after a while, has food just once a day at noon, sleeps after zuhr, has tea after he wakes up, meets guests between asr and magrib and then prepares lessons for the following day till midnight in a single seat. He walks 2.5 hours everyday at tahajjud/fajr time whether at home, in the madrasa and even during his travels to other cities. He always told us one of the reasons for good health was walking in the morning as it circulated blood around the entire body.

Many gems of the ummah are sitting in a single seat where the whole world turns up to them. These are true Awliya of Allah almighty who have sacrificed their lives for the service of the Islamic sciences..

 

 

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Shaykh al-Kul Allamah Ata Muhammad Bandyalvi

Shaykh al-Kul Allamah Ata Muhammad Bandyalvi

When a Mountain Vanished – The Demise of His Eminence Allamah Ghulam Muhammad Tonswi (Allah have mercy on him).

Only two days prior, upon the advent of Ramadan, I visited a mountain. Two days later, that mountain has vanished.

With tear filled eyes and a grieved heart, I convey the news that today morning, 2nd Ramadan 1435, our beloved teacher, the Erudite Scholar, Sufi and Saint, Teacher of Scholars, Allamah Ghulam Muhammad Tonswi (Allah have mercy on him) left this world, aged 88 years. It has come as a shock to all who knew him. I was speaking to him only two days ago, at about 1am, wherein he made a lot of duas for all present.

His Eminence was a towering figure among the Ulema of Pakistan and an accepted authority in the sacred sciences. He was a direct student of the respected Allamah Ata Muhammad Bandyalwi (Allah have mercy on him). He studied hadith with the Grand Hadith Scholar Sardar Ahmad Qadiri (Allah have mercy on him). He began teaching the sacred sciences during his teen years, and for over 65 years he has produced thousands of scholars; this is his gift to this Ummah.

His character was gentle, his speech subtle. His behaviour and personality were a paradigm of knowledge, sincerity and integrity. No matter how another person would behave, Ustadh Sahib would maintain a good opinion for that individual – he was a Radiant Sun of Husn Al-Dhann.

He was blessed with a powerful memory; he memorized all that he learnt from his teachers without making notes. His advanced scholarship was evident from the classes he taught, wherein he would teach advanced texts such as Umur Aamah, Mullah Hasan and Qazi Mubarak, to name a few.

He was always in a state of dhikr; outside the classroom I rarely saw his hand without a subhah. Sufi poetry was his delight; especially the poetry of Rumi and Shirazi, which he would quote often.

He was more than a teacher of knowledge: He was a door to good character; a reflection of the Salaf. Allah have mercy on him.

We ask Allah Almighty to have mercy on this Heir of the Prophet (peace be upon him); to grant patience to his family and students; to elevate the Shaykh to the highest ranks of Paradise; to make his grave a garden from the gardens of Paradise and grant him ease in the hereafter.

To Allah we belong and to Him is our return.

A Special thanks to Shaykh Adnan al-Shadhili, Shaykh Mufti Wajid Iqbal al-Shadhili and Shaykh Abu Bakr al-Shadhili for the photos and the information regarding the late Shaykh 

Announcement of the Passing of Ustad al’-Ulama Shaykh Ghulam Muhammad Tonswi Rahimahullah

 

Photos of the Noble Shaykh and some of his teachers

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Posted by: Seeker of the Sacred Knowledge | June 17, 2014

Shaykh Muhammad Abdul Latif al-Farfour al-Hassani Passes Away


Shaykh Muhammad Abdul Latif al-Farfour al-Hassani Passes Away

Assalamu Alaykum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuh , We pray this finds everyone well, wrapped in Allah’s mercy and steadfastly travelling the path to eternal felicity, in sha Allah.

Shaykh Muhammad Abdul Latif al-Farfour al-Hassani from Damascus has Passed away, he passed away recently, Shaykh Muhammad is the son of Sayyid Shaykh Muhammad Salih Farfour (born in Damascus in 1901 and died 1986)  who was renowned for his piety, knowledge and diligence in the pursuit of educating others who sought knowledge. He founded the famously known institute in Syria known as Al-Fatih (Ma’ad al-Fath al-Islami) in Damascus, graduating students by the thousands as well as a specific branch of the school for females, Shaykh Salih had famous students such as Sayyid Shaykh Ibrahim al-Yaqoubi, Shaykh Adib Kallas, Shaykh ‘Abdur Razzaq al-Halabi, Shaykh Shu’ayb and ‘Abdul Qadir al-Arna’ut, Shaykh Suhayl az-Zabibi, and others. Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un. May He give him to drink from the Basin of His Prophet (alayhi salat wa salam), that he may never thirst thereafter, and may He enter him into the highest gardens of Paradise! Ameen.

Sayyid Shaykh Muhammad Salih al-Farfour Rahimahullah

Sayyid Shaykh Muhammad Salih al-Farfour Rahimahullah

Before the news of his passing was verified –

Between veracity and prevarication

Sayyid Shaykh Muhammad al-Yaqoubi

I heard that my friend Shaykh Dr. Abdullatif Farfoor died; then people said it was a rumour. So, I wrote this poem in 20 lines; and here is the highlights of it in English:

Enviers claimed I died
But I actually I won the Mercy of Allah (because when someone dies we say rh)

They wish everyday for my death
Yet, I am alive by my praiseworthy deeds (i.e. not by my breath and heartbeat – if if that stops I am still alive)

I am a sun which never eclipsed at any time (so, it will not again)
I am a moon which is safe from waning

I am as firm as a mountain; never worried
The more winds blow the more stable I become

How many a unfortunate persons die everyday
While he is a meaninglessly live and never missed!

And a noble man dies while he is remembrance remains
written forever in the annals of history

If I were ambitious at some point in my life;
Today, I have repented from all my ambitions

I do not fear meeting my lord and I am indeed
ready for it; when its time is due.

 

التعزية بفقيد الشام العلامة الشيخ الدكتور عبد اللطيف الفرفور رحمه الله

 

الأخ الفاضل الشيخ محمد صالح وإخوانك الكرام ووالدتكم المصونة وإخوان الشيخ المشايخ الفضلاء وتلاميذه النجباء

 

أحسن الله عزاءكم في درة الشام وفقيد الإسلام ، وجبر مصابكم في هذا العلامة الإمام والأديب الهمام. ورحم الشيخ رحمة واسعة.

 

يعز علي أنه توفي غريبا عن بلده بعيدا عن أصحابه ، ولكن يؤنسني أن الله تعالى عصمه من الوقوع في الفتنة والتلوث بالنفاق. ولعمري إنها لكرامة له من الله تعالى تحسبُ له.

 

يعز علي أنه توفي مقهورا يشتكي جور الأقارب ولسع العقارب وعقوق التلاميذ وخيانة الأصحاب، ولكن سلواننا أنه مضى وهو ثابت على طريق العلم لم يغير ولم يبدل، لم تزده الصعاب إلا ثباتا، ولا الشدائد إلا قوة ومضاء.

 

إن حق الصحبة والأخوة بيني وبين الشيخ يقتضي مني أن أكتب في تأبينه ما هو أوسع من ذلك. فقد كان نادرة الزمان وأعجوبة العصر. ولعمري إنه لمصاب جلل وخطب عظيم نزل بالشام ورمى العلم عن يد واحدة.

 

لكم منا أصدق العزاء والدعاء ونسأل الله تعالى أن يجعل فيكم الخير والبركة وأن يتغمد الراحل بالرحمة والمغفرة، وأن يمن عليكم بجميل الصبر وحسن السلوان.

وإنا لله وإنا إليه راجعون.

Rare Photos of Sayyid Shaykh Muhammad Salih al-Farfour RadiAllahu Anhu and some of  his many Students

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Talk on at-Tazkiyah (Purify your soul) by Sayyid Shaykh Muhammad Abdul Latif al-Farfour al-Hassani Rahimahullah

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xKPhLJa031U

Posted by: Seeker of the Sacred Knowledge | May 30, 2014

Shaykh Sa’ad ad-Din al-Murad Passes Away


Shaykh Muhammad Sa'ad ad-Din al-Murad Rahimahullah

Assalamu Alaykum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuh , We pray this finds everyone well, wrapped in Allah’s mercy and steadfastly travelling the path to eternal felicity, in sha Allah.

Shaykh Muhammad Sa’ad ad-Din al-Murad al-Hamwi al-Hanafi ash-Shadhili has passed away, he passed away shortly after Fajr, he was the first khalifa of Shaykh ‘Abdal Qadir ‘Isa al-Halabi Rahimahullah,  Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un. May He give him to drink from the Basin of His Prophet (alayhi salat wa salam), that he may never thirst thereafter, and may He enter him into the highest gardens of Paradise! Ameen.

The Janaza of Shaykh Muhammad Sa’ad ad-Din al-Murad al-Hamwi al-Hanafi ash-Shadhili Rahimahullah was held in Masjid al-Nabawi and he was laid to rest in Jannatul Baqi, a large group of scholars attended the Janazah amongst them was Shaykh Dr. Khalil Mulla May Allah preserve him

انا لله وانا اليه راجعون
انتقل الى رحمة الله تعالى
العلامة العارف بالله الشيخ سعد الدين بن محمد سليم المراد الشاذلي رحمه الله
الله يرحمه ويجعل مثواه الجنة
إنا لله وإنا إليه راجعون ولله ما أخذ ولله ما أعطى
His Family:

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Posted by: Seeker of the Sacred Knowledge | May 7, 2014

Shaykh Sayyid Nazim al-Haqqani Passes Away


Shaykh Sayyid Nazim al-Haqqani Passes Away

Assalamu Alaykum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuh , We pray this finds everyone well, wrapped in Allah’s mercy and steadfastly travelling the path to eternal felicity, in sha Allah.

Shaykh Sayyid Muhammad Nazim al-Haqqani from Cyprus has Passed today away at the age of 92. Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un. May He give him to drink from the Basin of His Prophet (alayhi salat wa salam), that he may never thirst thereafter, and may He enter him into the highest gardens of Paradise! Ameen.

The Janaza prayers will be at Salamiya Mosque in LEFKOŞA after asr the. To Lefke InshaAllah. Please spread word. 5pm Cyprus time today.

إنا لله وإنا إليه راجعون

وفاة العالم الرباني العارف بالله تعالى الشيخ محمد ناظم الحقاني القبرصى

انتقل إلى رحمة الله تعالى وجوار الأنبياء والصديقين والشهداء والصالحين اليوم الأربعاء في قبرص شيخ الطريقة النقشبندية العارف بالله تعالى القطب الشيخ محمد ناظم الحقاني عن اثنين وتسعين سنة (ويقال إن عمره يزيد على المائة).

وهو أحد كبار أولياء هذه الأمة وأعلام المسلمين الذين أحيا الله تعالى بهم الدين في القرن العشرين. نشر الإسلام في بلاد الغرب والشرق وأسلم على يديه الآلاف من الناس، وكان سببا لهداية أعداد لا تحصى من المسلمين.

إنه خطب جلل ومصاب عظيم حل بالأمة في هذا الوقت العصيب الذي تعاني فيه الأمة من التمزق والضعف وموت العلماء وذهاب الصالحين.

نسأل الله تعالى أن يتغمد بالرحمة والرضوان هذا العالم الجليل والإمام الكبير، وأن يجعل في أبنائه وتلاميذه الخير والبركة، وأن يعوض الأمة الإسلامية خيرا. إنه سميع مجيب. ونقدم تعازينا لأخليفة الفقيد وسائر أبنائه وتلاميذه.
وإنا لله وإنا إليه راجعون.

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It is a sad day when such a great man of Allah leaves this world. With a lot of grief and sadness we announce the passing away of the great Qutb and Murshid, shaykh Sayyid Muhammad Nazim Al-Haqqani, who passed away today Wednesday and was buried in Cyprus at Asr time.

We offer our condolences to his Khalifa and son, shaykh Mehmet and to his family and students around the world.

It is a big loss to the Muslim Ummah, so we pray that Allah compensate this Ummah.

We request all our brothers and sisters and students to recite Fatiha for his blessed pure soul and do as many khatem of al-Qur’an as possible.

- Shaykh Sayyid Muhammad Abul Huda al-Yaqoubi from Damascus

Update -

Many scholars have offered their condolences including:

Shaykh Sayyid Muhammad Abul Huda al-Yaqoubi from Damascus
Shaykh Sayyid Muhammad Bin Yahya al-Ninowy from Aleppo
Shaykh Sayyid Afeefuddin al-Gaylani from Baghdad
Shaykh Sayyid Hashimuddin al-Gaylani from Baghdad
Shaykh Muhammad Zahid Sultani from Kashmir

Including many other scholars from Pakistan, India, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Yemen, Iraq, Syria, Makkah, Madinah, Jordan, Lebanon, Dubai, Kuwait, Egypt, Turkey, Abu Dhabi, Palestine, Morocco, Spain, Ghana, Somalia, Iran, Kurdistan and several countries in the East and west such as the UK, USA and so on ..

As well as this many custodians from Maqams of ‘Awliya in India and Pakistan such as Ghamkol Sharif, Golra Sharif, Nerian Sharif, Gulhar Sharif, Balawara Sharif, Mohra Sharif and so on…

Miracles on the Passing of Shaykh Sayyid Nazim al-Haqqani

As the Prophet ﷺ said in an authentic Hadith, “Mention the good tidings of your deceased” so we wanted to share with you all the Karama [e.g. miracles] Mawlana Shaykh Sayyid Nazim al-Haqqani showed us after his passing:

1- In Cyprus the last time it rained in May was 42 years ago and similarly in the Middle East. Yet the day of Mawlana’s passing, there was powerful thunder and flashes of lightning that woke people from their sleep. It rained heavily, non-stop, for two days. The ocean, after 2 or 3 days of big waves, became suddenly calm. 

Even in Makkah al-Mukarramah and al-Madīnah al-Munawwarah, Damascus, India and the UK rain was falling at the time that coincided with Mawlana’s soul leaving his body. Later that afternoon, everyone realized that even the sky was weeping for the loss of the world’s great saint. It is a mercy [rahmah] from Allah that these rains were falling to show how much love Allah has for His saint. 

2 – Many people witnessed an amazing incident during the burial of Mawlana Shaykh in his Masjid in Lefke. Men had dug a very large grave approximately 4 meters [12 feet] in length. Four people stood in the grave to place Mawlana Shaykh´s holy body inside. As they carried his beloved body down into the grave it was weightless, as if carrying a feather. When they laid his holy body down, miraculously his body had become long enough to fill the grave from one end to the other! His head was touching one end and his feet touching the other, which measured over 4 meters. This was to show all of those present that Mawlana was inheriting from the prophetic tradition of being a stature and size exceeding normal human beings. Never has anyone seen during a burial that a body would stretch so his grave is almost insufficient. Perhaps if we were to expand his grave to 10 meters Mawlana´s body might stretch to fill it. That was a tremendous indication that he truly was the inheritor of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ.

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In Memoriam of Shaykh Sayyid Nazim al-Haqqani RadiAllahu Anhu from Cyprus

In the Name of Allah, Most Compassionate, Most Merciful. Peace and Salutations be upon His Messenger

His full name is Muhammad Nazim ‘Adil ibn al-Sayyid Ahmad ibn Hasan Yashil Bash al-Haqqani al-Qubrusi al-Hanafi, may Allah sanctify his soul and preserve his secret. His kunya is Abu Muhammad – after his oldest son – and he is also the father of Baha’ al-Din, Naziha, and Ruqayya.

He is the Grand Mufti of Turkish Cyprus. He was born in 1341 (1922) in the city of Larnaca, Cyprus (Qubrus) to a family of Arab origin with Tatar roots. His father descended from the Cardinal Saint of Islam, Sultan al Awliya Shaykh ‘Abd al-Qadir al-Jilani; who declared “My foot is on the necks of all Saints”. His mother descends from Mawlana Jalal al-Din al-Rumi.

He grew up in Cyprus, as a top student in all of his classes and he also showed great signs of Wiliyat throughout his youth. As a youth, he was initiated and trained in both the Qadri and Mevlavi Paths. He excelled in both of these to the extent that elders would come to visit him and ask him to make istakharah for them regarding various matters concerning their personal lives.

His Educational Background

After finishing school in Cyprus, young Shaykh Nazim went to university in Istanbul and graduated in Chemical Engineering. While in Istanbul, he also studied Arabic and fiqh under Shaykh Jamal al-Din al-Alsuni (d. 1375/1955) and received ijaza from him. He also took initiation into the Naqshbandi Tariqa from Shaykh Sulayman Arzarumi (d. 1368/1948) who eventually sent him to Syria in search of the renowned Wali of the epoch, Shaykh ‘Abd Allah Daghestani, who held the secrets of the Naqshbandiyya.

Shaykh Nazim then left his homeland and headed towards the Middle East, where he sought the company of Shaykh ‘Abd Allah Daghestani. He spen five years looking for his Shaykh. During these intense five years, he continued his Shari’a studies in Halab (Aleppo), Hama, and Hims. He studied at the shrine and madrassah of Khalid ibn al-Walid (radi allahu anhu) in Hims under its great Ulema and obtained ijaza in Hanafi fiqh from Shaykh Muhammad ‘Ali ‘Uyun al-Sud and Shaykh ‘Abd al-Jalil Murad, and ijaza in hadith from the Muhaddith Shaykh ‘Abd al-’Aziz ibn Muhammad ‘Ali ‘Uyun al-Sud al-Hanafi.

Shaykh ‘Abd al-’Aziz ibn Muhammad ‘Ali ‘Uyun al-Sud al-Hanafi is one of the ten great hadith teachers of the late Rifa’i Hafiz of Aleppo, Shaykh al-Islam ‘Abd Allah Siraj al-Din (1924- 2002 CE) who met Shaykh ‘Abd Allah Daghestani in 1959 and gave bay’a to Mawlana Shaykh Nazim during the latter’s last visit to him in Aleppo in 2001.

Shaykh Nazim also studied under Shaykh Sa’id al-Siba’i who sent him to Damascus after receiving a sign related to the coming of Mawlana Shaykh ‘Abd Allah al-Daghistani to Syria. After his initial arrival in Syria from Daghistan in the late thirties, Mawlana Shaykh ‘Abd Allah lived mostly in Damascus but often visited Aleppo and Hims. In the latter city he got to know Shaykh Sa’id al-Siba’i who was director of the Khalid ibn Walid madrassah. Shaykh Sa’id wrote to him, “We have a remarkable student from Turkey studying with us.” Mawlana Shaykh ‘Abd Allah replied to him, “That student belongs to us; send him over!” That student was Mawlana Shaykh Nazim who came to Damascus and gave his bay’a to Shaykh ‘Abd Allah Daghestani between 1941 and 1943.

According to the Ulema

The director of Dar al-Ifta’ in Beirut, Lebanon, Shaykh Salah al-Din Fakhri wrote by hand: “On the morning of al-Ahad 20 Rabi’ al-Akhir 1386 corresponding to Sunday 7 August, 1966, we were granted the privilege of visiting Shaykh ‘Abd Allah al-Daghistani – Allah have mercy on him – in Mount Qasyun in Damascus on the initiative and in the company of Mawlana al-Shaykh Mukhtar al-’Alayli – Allah have mercy on him – the Mufti of the Republic of Lebanon at the time; Shaykh Husayn Khalid the imam of Nawqara Mosque; Hajj Khalid Bashir – may Allah have mercy on both of them; Shaykh Husayn Sa’biyya [the present director of Dar al-Hadith al-Ashrafiyya in Damascus]; Shaykh Mahmud Sa’d; Shaykh Zakariyya Sha’r; and Hajj Mahmud Sha’r. The Shaykh received us most kindly, with a warm welcome full of happiness and mirth. This was in the presence of Shaykh Nazim al-Qubrusi – Allah save and keep him! We sat from nine o’clock in the morning until the zuhr call to prayer while the Shaykh – Allah have mercy on him – explained and spoke about Sham, its excellence, its extraordinary merits, and the fact that it is the site of the Resurrection and that Allah will gather all human beings in it for the final Reckoning. He mentioned things that moved our hearts and minds, imbued with the glorious spirit of the Salihiyya district, and he spoke about the indissoluble link – in practice as well as discourse – between tasawwuf and the Shari’a….”

Reverence From the Pious Ulema

There are many more prestigious names of the Ulema and Awliya’ of Syria who loved and associated with both Shaykh ‘Abd Allah Daghestani and Shaykh Nazim Al Haqqani during the golden thirty-year period of their association such as Shaykh Muhammad Bahjat al-Baytar (1311-1396), Shaykh Sulayman Ghawji al-Albani (d. 1378) the father of Shaykh Wahbi, Shaykh Tawfiq al-Hibri, Shaykh Muhammad al-’Arabi al-’Azzuzi (1308-1382) the Mufti of Lebanon and principal Shaykh of Shaykh Husayn ‘Usayran, al-’Arif Shaykh Shahid al-Halabi, al-’Arif Shaykh Rajab al-Ta’i, Shaykh al-Qurra’ Shaykh Najib Khayyata al-Farazi al-Halabi, al-’Arif Shaykh Muhammad al-Nabhan, Shaykh Ahmad ‘Izz al-Din al-Bayanuni, al-’Arif Shaykh Ahmad al-Harun (1315-1382), Shaykh Muhammad Zayn al-’Abidin al-Jadhba, and others – Allah have mercy on all of them!

Thus has it been noted that in every encounter with the Awliya’ and righteous Ulema of this Ummah, they invariably show the highest respect and most fearsome humbleness to Mawlana and his silsila even when they are ostensibly on a different path such as al-Habib ‘Ali al-’Aydarus in Malaysia; Sayyid Muhammad ibn ‘Alawi al-Maliki in Makka; al-Habib ‘Umar ibn Hafiz of Tarim; Sayyid Yusuf al-Rifa’i of Kuwait; Shaykh ‘Isa al-Himyari in Dubai; Sayyid ‘Afif al-Din al-Jilani and Shaykh Bakr al- Samarra’i of Baghdad; al-Sharif Mustafa ibn al-Sayyid Ibrahim al-Basir in central Morocco; the Grandmufti of Syria Shaykh Ahmad Kuftaro ibn Mawlana al-Shaykh Amin and his friends Shaykh Bashir al-Bani, Shaykh Rajab Dib, and Shaykh Ramazan Dib; the Kattani Shuyukh of Damascus; the late Shaykh ‘Abd Allah Siraj al-Din and his nephew Dr. Nur al-Din ‘Itr; Mawlana al-Shaykh ‘Abd al-Rahman al-Shaghuri; Dr. Samer al- Nass; Shaykh Osman Sirajuddin from Kurdistan, Shaykh Abdul Karim Mudarris from Baghdad, Shaykh Mahmud Efendi from Istanbul, Shaykh Abdul Baki from Turkey, Shaykh Muhammad Sadiq from Kashmir, Shaykh Ahmad Habbal, Shaykh Muhammad Zakariyya al-Bukhari from Madina, Shaykh Muhammad Alauddin Siddiqui from Kashmir, Shaykh Faqir Rehmat Karim from NWFP, Pakistan, Shaykh Babikir Ahmed Babikir from Sudan, Shaykh Muhammad Iqbal Abbasi from Madinah, Shaykh Habib Abdul Qadir as-Saqqaf from Jeddah, Shaykh Muhammad Amin al-Hasanat Shah from Punjab, Shaykh Sufi Muhammad Aslam from Jhelum, Shaykh Muhammad Tahir from Jhang, Shaykh Shukri al-Luhafi from Damascus,  Shaykh Sayyid Shah Turab ul-Haq Qadri from Pakistan, Shaykh Murabit al-Hajj from Mauritania, Shaykh Sayyid Hashmi Miyan from India, Shaykh Sayyid Shabir Ali Shah from Attock, Shaykh Sayyid Naseer ud din Naseer from Islamabad, Shaykh Muhammad Naqib-ur-Rehman from Rawalpindi, Shaykh Hazim Abu Ghazala from Amman, Shaykh Muhammad Ahmad al-Mahi from Madinah, Shaykh Abdul Ghani al-Jafari from Egypt and more- may Allah have mercy on them! Each of the above-named Ulema all invoke tarazzi on Mawlana al-Shaykh Nazim, expressing belief in the loftiness of his wilaya and asking for his du’a. “And Allah suffices as Witness that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah” (48:28-29).

His Seclusions

During his thirty years of intense training under Shaykh ‘Abd Allah Daghestani, Shaykh Nazim was placed in numerous seclusions. When he was only 33 years old, he was ordered into seclusion by Shaykh ‘Abd Allah Daghestani who told him, “I have received an order from the Prophet for you to make seclusion in the mosque of Shaykh ‘Abd al Qadir Jilani in Baghdad. You go there and make seclusion for six months.”

About this same seclusion Shaykh Nazim himself states, “I only emerged from my room for the five prayers. Other than that I spent my whole time in that room. I was able to reach such a state that I was reciting the whole Qur’an in nine hours. In addition to that I was reciting 124,000 times the Dhikr ‘Laa ilaha ill-Allah’ and 124,000 prayers on the Prophet (salawat) and I was reading the entire Dalail al-Khayrat [book of devotions]. Added to that I was regularly reciting 313,000 ‘Allah Allah’ every day, in addition to all the prayers that were assigned to me. Vision after vision was appearing to me every day. They used to take me from one state to another and give me a state of complete Annihilation in the Divine Presence.”

 

His Students & his representatives :

Students & representatives of Sayyid Shaykh Nazim al-Haqqani

Shaykh Muhammad Hisham Kabbani

Shaykh Muhammad Adnan Kabbani

Shaykh Gibril Fouad Haddad

Shaykh Abdul Kerim Efendi al-Kibrisi

Shaykh Muhammad Mehmet Adil

Shaykh Bahauddin Adil

Shaykh Naimatullah

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Inheritor of the Masters

Before his passing from this temporary abode, Shaykh ‘Abd Allah Daghestani made a will and appointed Shaykh Nazim Adil Al Haqqani as his Caliph and Sucessor. He granted to him his office and the secrets of the Naqshbandi Tariqa. He ordered that Shaykh Nazim’s name be included in the Silsila of the Naqshbandi Tariqat and that people take Shaykh Nazim as their Murshid in his place, who would now connect them to the Naqshbandi Masters. Since then, Mawlana Shaykh Nazim in addition to his travels towards the East, he began frequenting the West regularly, conveying to Europeans and Americans the spiritual and peaceful message of Islam and its mystical teaching as taught by the Naqshbandi Masters.

Mashallah, Mawlana Shaykh Nazim Al Haqqani  dedicated his entire life to Defending Truth and constant ascetic worship of his Lord. His spirituality has attracted hundreds of thousands of Seekers to the Path from all walks of life and from all over the world, including internationally acclaimed musicians, artists, businessmen and even Monarchs and Heads of States such as the Sultans of Malaysia and the Sultans of the UAE. His miracles (Karamah) are countless, from literally disappearing into thin air and later reappearing while in presence of numerous witnesses to appearing countless times in dreams and visions with the Messenger of Allah, the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) to guide his Murids to their heavenly destinations. Mawlana’s efforts to spread Islam in the West have resulted in more than 100,000 persons having taken the Naqshbandi Order through him both directly and indirectly and more than 10,000 people having embraced Islam through him.

Grand Mufti of Syria the late Shaykh Yaseen Ahmed Kuftaro calls Mawlana al-Shaykh Nazim “Our greatest Shaykh”

Shaykh Sayyid Muhammad al-Yaqoubi from Damascus never mentions Shaykh Nazim except with awe and respect.

Shaykh Abd al-Qadir al-Jili of Madina the son of Sidi Muhammad Mahi al-Bukhari when he visited the shiekhs house in Damascus shook from head to toe and was saying Allah, Allah the whole visit.
The Grand Shaykh of the Shadhili Tariqa, Shaykh Sayyid Abdul Rahman Shaghouri Rahimahullah, Shaykh Nuh Keller’s Shaykh, when he sees a Murid of Sheikh Nazim always says to them: “Remember us in your Du`a.”

Sheikh Sayyid Alawi al Malaiki who is considered by millions to be one of the main supreme knowledgeable ulema of this century took bayat with the sheikh Nazim al Haqqani and said; “If you follow Shaykh Nazim then you must be Haqqani.” he also added Sheikh Nazim Is the ‘sheikh of sheikhs’ perhaps some of you don’t know Syedina Nazim al Haqqani holds many of the most fascinating hadith sharif’s along with there entire chains which have been narrated over period of time, which ulema such as Sheikh Syed Alawi al Malaiki have been presented with, which many sub continental ulema continue to translate even today.

 

Habib Ali al-Jifri visits Shaykh Nazim al-Haqqani:

Mawlana Shaykh Nazim Speaks About Visiting the Maqam of Imam Ali Hajveri Rahimahullah in Lahore:

Shaykh Habib Kadhim al-Saqqaf And Habib Ja’far Visit Mawlana Shaykh Nazim:

Conversation between Grand Shaykh Abdullah Faiz Daghestani And Shaykh Nazim:

 

 

 

Posted by: Seeker of the Sacred Knowledge | April 27, 2014

Shaykh Hisham Burhani Passes Away


Shaykh Hisham Burhani Passes Away (30)

Assalamu Alaykum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuh , We pray this finds everyone well, wrapped in Allah’s mercy and steadfastly travelling the path to eternal felicity, in sha Allah.

Shaykh Muhammad Hisham Burhani from Damascus has Passed away at the age of 82, Shaykh Muhammad Hisham Burhani was a leading senior scholar of Damascus who came from a prominent family of scholars, he was the son of the Late Waliy Shaykh Muhammad Sa’id Burhani al-Shadhili Rahimahullah. Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un. May He give him to drink from the Basin of His Prophet (alayhi salat wa salam), that he may never thirst thereafter, and may He enter him into the highest gardens of Paradise! Ameen.

إنا لله وإنا إليه راجعون
ننعي إلى الأمة الإسلامية وفاة شيخنا العلامة المربي العارف بالله بقية السلف الصالح سيدنا الإمام الشيخ محمد هشام نجل مولانا العارف بالله محمد سعيد البرهاني

Clarification regarding a misconception about the body of Shaykh Muhammad Sa’id Burhani Rahimahullah:

كما ورد..
نقلا عن..
الأخ ابو انس ظريفة
وهو الذي أنزل جسد الشيخ هشام الى قبر والده:
( وجدت هيكلاً عظميا كاملا”فقط ..
ولا اثر لأي بقية من جسد الشيخ سعيد..
وتم جمع العظام في كيس خام و وضعتها في طرف القبر.)
يرجى الحذر من تناقل أخبار غير موثقة
والله اعلم..
كما ورد..
- Shaykh Muhammad al-Yaqoubi

Gathering with the Late Shaykh Hisham Burhani Rahimahullah:

Photos of the Late Shaykh:

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Posted by: Seeker of the Sacred Knowledge | April 8, 2014

Shaykh Muhammad Abdul Qadir al-Maini al-Qadri Passes Away


Shaykh Muhammad al Maini al-Qadri Passes Away

Assalamu Alaykum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuh , We pray this finds everyone well, wrapped in Allah’s mercy and steadfastly traveling the path to eternal felicity, in sha Allah.

al-Arif Billah Shaykh Muhammad Abdul Qadir al-Maini al-Qadri from Halab (Aleppo) has passed away at the age of 94. He compiled his own Diwan and he was one of the teachers of Shaykh Samir al-Nass. Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un. May He give him to drink from the Basin of His Prophet (alayhi salat wa salam), that he may never thirst thereafter, and may He enter him into the highest gardens of Paradise! Ameen.

 

إنا لله وإنا إليه راجعون اختارت العناية الإلهية شيخنا الشيخ محمد عبد القادر معيني القادري لينتقل إلى رحمته تعالى ليل الاثنين 7 جمادى الاخرة 1434 الموافق 7 ابريل / نيسان 2014 في القاهرة

وسيصلى عليه في جامع سيدنا الحسين بعد صلاة ظهر الثلاثاء .

ولا حول ولا قوة الا بالله العلي العظيم

ولا حول ولا قوة الا بالله العلي العظيم

 

Posted by: Seeker of the Sacred Knowledge | March 28, 2014

The Miracles of the Prophet ﷺ | Shaykh Muhammad al-Yaqoubi | 19-21 April 2014


The Miracles of the Prophet ﷺ  Shaykh Muhammad al-Yaqoubi  19-21 April 2014 Birmingham

Assalamu Alaykum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuh , We pray this finds everyone well, wrapped in Allah’s mercy and steadfastly traveling the path to eternal felicity, in sha Allah.

Join us for a special 3-day course on the Miracles of the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ

Taught by Shaykh Muhammad al-Yaqoubi

April 19th-21st (Bank Holiday Weekend) 2014

Ghamkol Sharif Mosque, Birmingham

http://www.MiraclesoftheProphet.com

Join us on April 19th for a special 3-day course on the Miracles of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), taught by the erudite scholar of Islam from Syria, Shaykh Muhammad al-Yaqoubi.

The course will take you on a journey describing the beautiful characteristics of the most influential person to have ever walked the face of the Earth, with particular focus on events and miracles which took place at his blessed hands.

We kindly invite people from all walks of life to attend this event, young and old, male and female, Muslim and Non-Muslim. This is an opportunity for all to witness a true representation of Islam, a way of life embodied by knowledge, wisdom, and mercy.

Who is Shaykh Muhammad al-Yaqoubi?

 

Shaykh Muhammad al-Yaqoubi is one of the most influential scholars in the world today, having been included in the Royal Aal al-Bayt’s publication of the 500 most influential Muslims several years running. He is a popular figure amongst young Muslims in the West, especially the UK and USA, thousands having embraced Islam after listening to and attending his lectures.

The Shaykh descends from a scholarly family that traces its roots back to Morocco, and lineage to the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him). He studied the various sciences of Shari’a and Arabic, as well as logic and philosophy, under his father, the late Shaykh Sayyid Ibrahim al-Yaqoubi (may Allah show him mercy), who also trained him in the Shadhili way and granted him several ijaza’s to qualify him as a scholar, with authority to teach, relate hadith, issue fatwas, and as a Master of Tasawwuf able to guide people to Allah. He also received several ijazas from prominent scholars in Syria, including Mufti Abul Yusr ‘Abidin and Shaykh Makki al-Kittani (may Allah show them mercy) which places him in one of the shortest chains of transmission of hadith in the world today. He has trained hundreds of scholars and imams in Syria and in the West. He has travelled the world extensively and participated in conferences, lectures and taught several intensive programmes from Finland to South Africa, and Indonesia to the west coast of the USA.

He was the first from amongst the ulema to speak out against the use of excessive force against the populace in Syria at the start of the uprising in 2011, subsequently being forced into exile. Shortly after, he became the patron of the UK-based charity, SKT Welfare, one of the leading organisations delivering humanitarian aid inside Syria.

Foreign ministers, dignitaries and political think-tanks from around the globe have sought his advice and guidance.

Shaykh Muhammad is a father to 4 children and currently resides in Morocco, where he continues to teach, and impart guidance to people around the world.

Posted by: Seeker of the Sacred Knowledge | March 12, 2014

Women in Islam | Shaykh Muhammad al-Yaqoubi


 The Grave of the Mother of Believers | Khadijatul Kubra Radiallahu anhu

The Grave of the Mother of Believers | Khadijatul Kubra Radiallahu anha


Assalamu Alaykum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuh , We pray this finds everyone well, wrapped in Allah’s mercy and steadfastly traveling the path to eternal felicity, in sha Allah.

In a Friday Khutba delivered at the New York Islamic Center (USA), Shaykh Sayyid Muhammad al-Yaqoubi discussed the role of women in Islam.

O mankind, indeed We have created you from male and female and made you peoples and tribes that you may know one another. Indeed, the most noble of you in the sight of Allah is the most righteous of you. Indeed, Allah is Knowing and Acquainted. [49:13]

The best amongst you in front of Allah is not a certain race, is not a specific gender, it is not a specific human being, it is not male over female, or female over male, it is not that males are the best in society nor are females the worst in society, it is not a certain people, tribe, certain country or certain area in the world, it is the most righteous before Allah.
And righteousness does not stem from a void it comes from difference, the divine laws are the only rules for mankind, for humanity to follow and seek righteousness and survival in this life and the other.

So in order to know who is the best and most righteous we need to refer to a certain verdict.

It is not man made law, it is not a ideology, it is not a philosophy, it is not a declaration of human rights, constitution of a certain state, nor a book that any human being has ever written, there is no reference to humanity in other than the word of Allah, the word of God, that is the supply, reference and the supreme power over all texts and all laws on earth.
We find that Allah put certain laws to limit the freedom of certain people in certain times. We believe that man and women are equal before Allah. Equality is one principle that Allah stated in Quran.

And the conjunction here, does not give preference to one gender over other, because the particular used here is used for both male and female, So no one is mentioned specific over the other.
Yet equality nowadays means something different, man and women are equal indeed before Allah, in responsibility and in rights. Yet they are not identical, not even 2 people are created identical in the world, they have similar rights, equal rights, yet they do not have identical rights, not 2 human beings could ever be identical on earth.

Not in way of behavior, thinking, intellectual or any other social way of behavior. What modern societies are seeking is not equality between men and women, but giving women identical rights, exactly like the rights of men, which is completely wrong, because it’s against the very nature of human being, against the very nature of man and women together.

Islam elevated women, Islam honored women. These societies nowadays humiliate, exploit and abuse women.

The woman that carries human beings, in her womb, for 9 months, and offers human beings, offers man care love and tender, should not be his shoe shiner. Islam does not say so.
A woman that carries man 9 months in her womb, and cares for him for 2 years, nursing him, should not be a dish washer in a restaurant.
A woman that raises up the man and makes of a man something to be mentioned on earth, should not be in these societies a truck driver.

Looking at these societies now, see the change of functions, between a mother that is a queen in her monarchy, with a job that has been given to her, to raise up generations, to take care of her babies, to educate them, to cultivate their character, look at how Islam did not ask mothers to be dish washers as home, Islam does not ask wife’s to be house maids, Islam does not ask wife’s to do housework for the man, she does not have to do this work, she does not have to serve and cook for the man, she does not have to clean the kitchen and make up the bed, she does not even have to change the kids diaper, she does not even have to nurse the babies, if the husband is able to provide someone else.

Is there any better society that has given women, housewife’s, mothers and wife’s a better status than this one?

If the wife tells that she is not going to nurse her baby, then the father has to provide a milk mother for the baby, if he is able to.
The man has to bring someone to do the housework if he is able to, his wife is not his servant, his wife is his life partner.

And of His signs is that He created for you from yourselves mates that you may find tranquillity in them; and He placed between you affection and mercy. Indeed in that are signs for a people who give thought. [30:21]

This verse does not talk about a specific gender, it denotes both male and female. The female and male, both were created to comfort each other, the man to comfort his wife, and the wife to comfort her husband.

The love that Allah has put in the hearts between mates is different from the love that modern cultures speak about. Allah did not use the word Love, he used a different word which in Arabic denotes a permanent love that never moves or changes or shakes in the hearts.

This love is accompanied with compassion for each other, in every moment of their life, so the wife is not the man’s housemaid, his wife is his life partner, she’s equal to him, and he has no authority to command her or to force her to do the housework or wake her up in the middle of the night to cook for him.

A man cannot ask this of his wife, if she does it out of love she will be rewarded but she is not obliged to do so.

The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said:

‘’The best of you are those who are best to their families, and I am the best of you to my family.”

And also:

‘’He is the best amongst you who is the kindest towards his wives and I am the kindest amongst you towards my wives.’’

The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) used to sow his own garments, clean his home, was the dishes, and even though he was the best of humanity, the most perfect man on earth, it never prevented him from doing those things even while he was the leader of the Muslim community, the Prophet, the Messenger, the ruler and the judge, it did not prevent him from helping out his wife’s at home and doing simple housework.

Islam does discriminate man against woman or woman against man, there is nothing about gender discrimination in Islam. It happens that the masculine pronoun is the common pronoun in the Arabic language as it is in most other languages, yet there is something different in the Arabic language from the English language.

Allah is neither masculine nor feminine, we refer to Allah by a neutral pronoun, not a masculine pronoun, the name of Allah, ALLAH, does not come in a feminine form, it does not come in a plural form, it is Allah as it is a proper noun for Him, Almighty Allah.

Yet compare this to the English language, you have the word God, you say goddess and you have a feminine god, like Venus, because this is the impact of the Greek mythology on Christianity and European cultures, then you have gods masculine plural form and goddesses feminine plural form.

In Arabic you don’t have any of that. And we need to understand that the English language was not used as a channel of revelation at all, it is not a sacred language.
I don’t consider any language that makes the name of god, when its reversed, turn into Dog, a sacred language.

In Arabic you have Allah the name of God, Arabic is the sacred language. Yes, indeed Allah revealed the gospel but in Aramaic, the language of Jesus, Allah revealed Torah in Hebrew, the language of Moses.
Allah chose the Arabic language to be language of His divine message and word, and made of it a sacred channel, purified it, exactly as Allah purified the virgin Mary.

We find in the Quran marvellous stories of women either mentioned by name or by reference to their stories. Mary is not the only one, you have the wife of pharaoh, mother of Moses, wife of the prophet, Aisha, and there are over 20 women specifically mentioned in the Quran, and Allah relates the stories of these women, he dignifies women.

Allah mentions two examples of women who were believers and righteous, and two women who were disbelievers and unrighteous.

God sets forth an example to those who disbelieve: the wife of Noah and the wife of Lot, they were both under two of Our righteous servants, but they acted treacherously towards them so they availed them naught against God, and it was said: Enter both the fire with those who enter. [66:10]

And right after that He says:

And Allâh has set forth an example for those who believe; the wife of Fir’aun (Pharaoh), when she said: “My Lord! Build for me a home with You in Paradise, and save me from Fir’aun (Pharaoh) and his work, and save me from the people who are Zâlimûn (polytheists, wrong-doers and disbelievers in Allah’’ [66:11]

Mary the daughter of Imran, who guarded her chastity; and We breathed into (her body) of Our spirit; and she testified to the truth of the words of her Lord and of His Revelations, and was one of the devout (servants).” [66:12]

llah makes here a parable, a gives the likeness of two women, two disbelievers and two believers, and gives to us two women to be followed as the best examples for all of humanity!
There is no gender preference in Islam or in the Quranic text to a certain race over another or a certain gender over another.

Allah says in the Quran:

The Muslim men and Muslim women, the believing men and believing women, the obedient men and obedient women, the truthful men and truthful women, the patient men and patient women, the humble men and humble women, the charitable men and charitable women, the fasting men and fasting women, the men who guard their private parts and the women who do so, and the men who remember Allah often and the women who do so – for them Allah has prepared forgiveness and a great reward. [33:35]

When the Quran speaks of males and females, there is nothing that portrays women as the origin of sin, Allah tells us in the Quran the story of Adam, and He did not lay the responsibility of sin on Eve, or on the female race.

Allah says:

And Adam disobeyed his Lord and erred. [20:121]

It is not Eve, it is not the Islamic culture that makes of women the worst in the society. It is the western culture that says women are evil, because it was believed that the woman is the source of evil, women were a curse in the Middle ages, now compare this to how Islam treats women and how Islam looks upon women.

When talking about Islam many questions are raised about the veil the laws of inheritance, polygamy and so forth. To answer these questions one has to have one basic rule, it is that we as human beings have to follow the laws of Allah and not the laws of human beings.

Because human beings make errors, may turn away from the truth, may not find the best solutions for themselves. The laws of human beings are relative, what is good today might be bad the next day, what is the actual norm of societies nowadays might become a source of embarrassment the next day.

And you can see how the laws developed in western societies and how social behaviour developed in western societies. What was shameful a few decades ago causes no shame nowadays. People can even walk naked in the streets and demonstrate, without any embarrassment, but if you ask how the elderly people feel about this they will say that such things were not possible a few decades ago.
So relativity is one of the signs of modern society while the laws of Allah are consistent with the needs of human beings and permanent and ever lasting, and this is why Allah made the final revelation the last and ever remaining revelation, the only valid message till the day of judgement.

People ask about Polygamy while in Sweden people can marry their own half-siblings, and it is not the only unique law within that respect within European laws.

This law of incest is still present TODAY! And then they come talking about Polygamy, where is their shame? They can marry their own sisters and brothers and then they come criticize polygamy in Islamic societies which is one of the marvellous features of the laws of Allah.

I’m not talking about the unjust polygamous marriages created by some unjust males, but I am talking about the principal itself, which Allah revealed to solve the problems of societies.
They talk about laws of inheritance, between man and woman, saying that women get only half of what male gets, but they never mention that women don’t have to spend any money on themselves, wife’s are guaranteed the top and best level of sustenance of the wealth of their husbands, if the wife gets half of what the man gets and she invests her money in business, in few decades the husband has to spend to finance her, to finance his kids, and to pay for other social responsibilities while the wife has just to use up her wealth and take care of her business.
This is all she has to do and nothing else, is this not the best way for a woman to invest in her business? She is getting half but getting equal, not same amount, but equal amount. Because you have to look at the other side, duties and rights on the one hand and responsibilities on the other hand.

Aa’ishah reported that a girl came to her and said, “My father married me to his brother’s son in order to raise his social standing, and I did not want this marriage [I was forced into it].” Aa’ishah said, “Sit here until the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) comes. The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) came and she told him about the girl. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) sent for her father, then he gave the girl the choice of what to do. She said, “O Messenger of Allaah, I have accepted what my father did, but I wanted to prove something to other women.” (Reported by al-Nisaa’i, 3217).

This happened 14 centuries ago, not in 2012 in some village in a Islamic country, No, 14 centuries ago Islam already created justice for women!

The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) encouraged all sorts of education for women and encouraged them to participate in society. One example of this is the scholarship of women and their contribution to the establishment of Islamic civilization, this contribution is beyond any imagination.

Pick up any book now on who is who in America and look at the level of ‘’important’’ men and women. Do the same for the companions of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him), and look at who was important during his life.

You will find that there were over 15.000 companions, of those 1.500 women contributed to the Islamic society during the life of the Prophet, their biographies are documented, these women contributed to cultural, social, economical, and intellectual life of the Islamic society.

You will find thousands of female scholars who were even teachers of great male scholars.

There was a woman by the name of Maryam bint Abdul Kadir, her life has been forgotten now, but she was remembered for one thing, she left behind six volume manuscript written with her right hand. This book has survived and is available in the Public libraries of the Islamic world.

At the end of her book she says that if anyone comes across a error to please pray for her forgiveness because when she was writing the manuscript with her right hand, she was rocking the cradle of her baby to put him to sleep with her left hand.

Isn’t this a wonderful example of a housewife, a mother and a scholar who contributed to the establishment of Islamic civilization, and the fact that she was a housewife or a mother did not prevent her from writing this manuscript with her right hand while putting her baby to sleep with her left hand.

Yes indeed, Islam is the religion that dignified and elevated women.

A Link to the Video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OYslNPLHlns‎

Via Invitation to Islam

Posted by: Seeker of the Sacred Knowledge | February 25, 2014

Motivation | Shaykh Sayyid Habib Ali al-Jifri


Motivation by Shaykh Sayyid Habib Ali al-Jifri 2014

Motivation | Shaykh Sayyid Habib Ali al-Jifri

Assalamu Alaykum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuh , We pray this finds everyone well, wrapped in Allah’s mercy and steadfastly traveling the path to eternal felicity, in sha Allah.

When I was young man I used to sit and listen to our elders, once I heard one of the elders saying something about the electricity that had entered into our village. He said this is a bad innovation and I remembered at the time, the other young children I was with laughed at this old man and thought he was silly, that he couldn’t see the progress that this would bring. Because I had heard similar comments from several of our elders; I approached Habib Abdul Qadir as-Saqqaf Rahimahullah and asked them, why some of the elders were against the electricity coming into our village, when it is a means to something very good and positive?

At the time he said something that I wrote down because I didn’t fully understand the meaning but knew it was of importance. He said they are not upset with the thing in of itself, but what troubles them is what it might be used for and how there using it now. When I was a lot older I reflected on how this technology was used throughout the world and realised there was an immense amount of wisdom in what our elders said. If you look at human beings and our purpose, this is something that often people don’t contemplate on. Why are we doing this thing? Why are we using it and what’s its purpose?

If you look at your own experiences of the schools you went to in primary, middle and high school. The differences are that the basic structure from society to society; however the basic principles of modern education are all the same, you move along this route and progress to higher levels and stages of education until you find that you reach university. How many of you are doing this with a understanding that the reason I’m doing this is in order that I might acquire knowledge that is going to be beneficial in this world, that it is going to actually benefit other people as well.

So many people in their schools are in fact thinking nothing other than how can I get a job? How can I find my personal gratification? And this becomes the purpose of their studies, for their endeavours that they strive for this and so there entire processes are actually moving towards indulgence and exploitation, because this is ultimately their goal in search for worldly desires.

They ask how can I use these things around me in order to serve me, to facilitate my enjoyment in the world, and because of that they begin to oppress others and we like to look at the oppression committed around the world. We look at political oppression and how these political structures are behaving and working; but very few of us are willing to reflect on our own actions, purposes and our intentions and do not realise that those things we see around the world hat are so odious are driven by the very same thing that is driving us in our own little world, that it is only a reflection of the same thing that is driving us as individuals. These same drivers exist in people that are carrying out these terrible acts around the world.

What we have to realise is that this increasing acceleration of destruction and the disintegration of humanity is nothing other than a testimony to the fact that we are in a mode of complete societal failure, in essence a failed project, and if we think hard about this you may find an alternative to this
situation.

I’m talking about a system that actually cared for the needy, established water wells all around the desert for travellers as an act of charity. With the aim not to make money but only to draw closer to their Lord in service of his creation. I’m talking about the trust that we were given for taking care of the birds. I’m talking about the dogs and cats in our cities being looked after. I’m talking about societies that when a ruler became the head of it, in two years he achieved something unprecedented, that there was not one person that could be found in need, and that the needs of the impoverished were actually being fulfilled by society because of a governor serving the people and utilising everything in his power to achieve that end.

When we see this type of motivation in human beings, in a society, one can truly stand up and feel a sense of pride that he can actually call him or herself a human being. This is the religion that Sayidna Bilal al Habashi who was a slave and in the time of slavery, the Arabs would put there sandals on his face because he was a black Ethiopian slave, and that this is the man who went onto actually place his sandals on the holiest of holy places which is the roof of the Ka’abah itself in order to make the Azaan by the order of the Arabian Prophet Sallah alayhi Wasalam. Because the one being stepped on when ignorance ruled was now the one-stepping on the holiest of holy places in Islam.

I’m talking about Al Khatab who struck his sister because she was reciting the Quran, a man who buried his daughter alive because he considered her a shame and a possible blemish on his own honour. This is the man who actually became one of the rulers of the Muslims, he was a man who carried a jug of water and flour on his back to the elderly and needy, and when he was asked why he said I looked at the roman rulers and saw how arrogant they had become and I was fearful anything like that would enter into my heart so I wanted to do this as a reminder to keep me humbled in this position. And would say I have been instructed by my Lord, and he made this his practice. This was a man of breaking his own ego and protecting himself of what he feared power might make
him. This is a man when Sayidina Abu Bakr freed Sayidna Bilal said Abu baker is my master and freed another of my masters Bilal the Ethiopian. This is something we know has existed in human history and there are numerous examples of human beings that were not driven by merely material concerns, by desires to exploit, by desires to get all they could for their own self-gratification. But human beings that we’re motivated by higher principles, by Devine principles and this is something that if you go back and examine the book of Allah you will find these meanings embodied in that book, you will find in that book are the very principles that are so sorely needed by the current humanity in order to prevent continual disintegration and disillusion, until nothing is left of our humanity. May god grant us success in achieving what we will need in order to change our condition. Ameen

- Notes by Sidi Billal Ba’Alawi Taken from a Class with Shaykh Sayyid Habib Ali al-Jifri Hafidahullah from Yemen

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