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.
Shaykh Salim al-Hammami from Damascus has passed away a few days ago in Madinah Sharif. The Noble shaykh was one of the last students of the Mujaddid, Muhaddith al-Akbar Shaykh Badruddin al-Hassani and he was one of the most respected Shaykh’s in Shaam, he was over 100 years old . 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 Shaykh was a master of the inner and outer sciences and he was a master of dream interpretation, when students visited Syria they would meet him and many would note about the Shaykh’s personality.
Shaykh Salim Al-Hammami
By Shaykh Muhammad al-Yaqoubi
Praise be to Allah in every state and we seek refuge with Allah from the state of the misguided. We send prayers and salutations upon our Master Muhammad, his companions, family and whoever follows their way.
We give condolences to the whole Islamic world upon the demise of a towering figure in the fields of knowledge, Quran, spirituality, dhikr, sainthood and piety. He is one of the Poles of Syria and from amongst the Ulema and the righteous and a pillar of the Shadhili Way in Damascus.
He is the elderly scholar Shaykh Salim Al-Hammami who passed away at Asr time on Friday in Madina al-Munawwara at the age of 108 years. His funeral prayer will take place on Saturday after Dhuhr after which he will be laid to rest in Al-Baqi.
Shaykh Salim Al-Hammami was a leading figure in Damascus and by him it became famous. He was a scholar, jurist, spiritual guide and a beautiful reciter of the Quran; as though he was given the implements of the Prophet Dawud (Peace be upon him) for reciting the Quran. Allah Almighty gave him a melodious voice. When he would sing praises of the Prophet (peace be upon him) his love for the Prophet (peace be upon him) would be felt through every word and breath. He was annihilated in love for the Prophet (peace be upon him) and determined in following his Sunnah.
He (may Allah have mercy on him) was consistent in praying in congregation, never missing it except when an illness incapacitated him. His persistence in congregational prayers was known since the time he was appointed Imam and preacher of Al-Ghawas Mosque in the Maydan district.
He accompanied the Greatest Muhaddith, Shaykh Badr Al-Din Al-Hasani for many years and benefited from his company. He would attend Shaykh Badr Al-Din’s public classes in the Grand Omayyad Mosque and his private classes in his home. He accompanied him even when the Shaykh moved from place to place and attended to his visits and narrated numerous pearls from his discourses. He took the license [Ijazah] from him and through it benefited vast amounts of people. He relates from Shaykh Badr Al-Din that a man asked the latter for duas. Shaykh Badr Al-Din replied: “May Allah forgive all of you, whoever sees you and whoever you see.” Shaykh Salim was amongst those present at this incident and was thus included in the dua.
He met Shaykh Muhammad ibn Ja’far Al-Kattani and received his blessings. He also accompanied Shaykh Amin Suwayd and benefited from him. He recited the whole Quran to the Shaykh of the Reciters, Muhammad Salim Al-Halwani, and under his tutelage perfected his tajwid and pronunciation and articulation until the Shaykh testified to his perfection in this.
He also met the latter generation of scholars in Damascus including the famous Gnostic Shaykh Muhammad Al-Hashimi, Shaykh Ali Al-Daqr and Shaykh Sa’id Al-Burhani whom he accompanied and underwent his spiritual development at his hands according to the Shadhili Way. Shaykh Sa’id permitted him to guide people in spiritual development and gave him the licence [Ijazah] to transmit the general litany. He also accompanied the Gnostic Muhammad Uthman and benefited greatly from serving and accompanying him.
He studied under Shaykh Hasan Habannaka Al-Maydani and benefited from attending his classes and studying with him. He also taught in Shaykh Hasan’s circles from the very beginning in Manjak Mosque, Damascus and in the Al-Ghurra’a institute. He taught most of Shaykh Hasan’s students; very few students left Shaykh Hasan’s Madrasah without having benefited from Shaykh Salim Al-Hammami (May Allah have mercy on him). The Shaykhs who benefited from him include Shaykh Husayn Khitab, Shaykh Mustafa Al-Khann and Shaykh Karim Rajeh.
Allah Almighty blessed him with love for the saints and the righteous and annihilation in love for the Prophet (peace be upon him) and his noble household. I visited the Shaykh once in his home. He entered a room and returned with an extremely large sum of money and gifted it to me saying: “I want you to say: Salim is from our Ahl Al-Bayt.”
We in Syria have no doubt he was from the Abdal about whom the Prophet (peace be upon him) said in an authentic hadith: “Through them you are given sustenance and through them you are supported.” He was an Imam in religious cautiousness and the epitome of piety, superior in guarding the limbs and devoutness.
In terms of narrating he was assuredly trustworthy, firm and upright. He had an alert mind, strong memory and a quick wit. His face was illuminated and his voice sweet. He could recall events and accurately relay what he heard over 90 years ago. We accompanied him for years and heard many incidents, anecdotes, and stories from him and hadith that he narrated from Shaykh’s he met, without any additions or deductions whatsoever. His anecdotes of the scholars and saints would fill volumes.
People would flock to him seeking ijazah and blessings and he would not turn away any student of the sacred knowledge and give them ijazah in whatever he narrated and whatever he received ijazah in; and these were limitless.
However he remained humble and considered himself unworthy of ijazah. I sought ijazah from him once but he refused unless I gave him ijazah so I exchanged with him. I would ask him about the Shaykhs he met and incite him with names of Shaykhs from the first half of the 14th century. He would be delighted by this and recall his anecdotes of those Ulema.
Allah Almighty gifted him deep insight in dream interpretation. He would interpret a dream and it would be as he said it would be and he never erred in his interpretation. He was also sought for Istikhara; he would never tell someone to do something except they would find good in it and he would never tell someone to abstain from something except they would find goodness in abstaining from it.
His morals were the Prophetic morals; reaching the pinnacle in manners, humility, guarding his tongue from backbiting, tale-bearing and gossiping and never speaking ill. He would always smile, frequently visit his brothers and friends, the greatest scholars, revere the Ahl Al-Bayt and sit with the righteous. He would not see defects or ills. No-one would be mentioned in an ill manner before him. His gatherings were filled with amiability, light and serenity. He disliked photographs and disallowed them, maintaining the position of his Shaykhs in this matter. He was cautious in his food and drink and elegant in his dress. He would serve his guests, be attentative towards students and display affection towards children.
He never missed sending prayers on the Prophet (peace be upon him), having inherited this connection with the Noble Prophet (peace be upon him) and reverence for him from some of his Shaykhs after Shaykh Badr Al-Din like the Gnostic Shaykh Uthman.
He was born in 1326 AH/1908 CE but it is not unlikely he was born before this date. He reached 108 years of age before his wish to die in Madina Munawwara and to be buried in Al-Baqi was fulfilled. His children travelled with him a few weeks ago from Syria to the Hijaz where he made the farewell visit to the Noble Prophet (peace be upon him) two days ago. Allah Almighty fulfilled his wish to die in the vicinity of the Beloved (peace be upon him).
He left behind 4 daughters and 6 sons; all people of knowledge, etiquette and virtue. They grew up in the arms of their father, inheriting devoutness, etiquette and love from him. They were blessed to serve him. His sons are: Muhammad Abu Sulaym, Muhammad Khayr Abu Al-Khayr, Ahmad Muadh, Abd Al-Rahman Abu Muhammad, Abd Al-Rauf Abu Bashar and Abd Al-Fattah Abu Hassan.
We have encountered a major calamity through the loss of a leading figure from amongst the righteous. We offer our deepest condolences to the Shaykh’s children, grandchildren, relatives, family members and the people of Syria – its scholars, Sufis, elect and masses. We ask Allah Almighty he place the Shaykh in Al-Firdous and grant him the companionship of his Beloved, the coolness of his eyes, our Master Muhammad (peace be upon him). He spent his life in loving the Prophet (peace be upon him), praising him and sending prayers upon him. We ask Allah Almighty that He compensate Syria with goodness and that He confer goodness, blessings, knowledge, righteousness and devoutness to the Shaykh’s family, sons and daughters, offspring and family till the Last Day.
Translated by Ustadh Adnan al-Shadhili
Shaykh Salim al-Hammami Rahimahullah with Shaykh Shukri al-Luhafi in Damascus: