Posted by: Seeker of the Sacred Knowledge | February 12, 2015

Sufi Abdullah Khan Passes Away


Sufi Abdullah Khan Passes Away 2015

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.

Sufi Muhammad Abd Allah Khan Sahib Naqshbandi has passed away today at the age of 92, he was the Khalifa of Sayyiduna Zinda Pir Sahib Naqshbandi Rahimahullah of Ghamkol Sharif . 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.

انا لله وانا اليه راجعون
انتقل الى رحمة الله تعالى
الرجل الصالح العلامة الشيخ عبد الله خان النقشبندي رحمه الله
الله يرحمه ويجعل مثواه الجنة
إنا لله وإنا إليه راجعون ولله ما أخذ ولله ما أعطى

A Loss of A Great Gem

Hazrat Sufi Muhammad Abdullah Khan Sahib Naqshbandi Returned to his Lord

With sorrow and patience, we announce the death of a great Man of Allah, and a Sufi Master, a gem of wisdom and a spring of guidance.

A man who served Muslims in the UK for and promoted Sunni Islam and sufism relentlessly for over 50 years.

He is Hazrat Sufi Muhammad Abdullah Khan Sahib Naqshbandi who died today at the age of 92.

While we offer our condolences to his family and his murids in Birmingham and in Pakistan, we pray that Allah, Most Generous, envelop him with His infinite Mercy and raise him to the highest ranks in the Garden.

As being unable to travel to the UK to attend his funeral in person, I call upon all our students to represent us in his funeral and offer condolences on our behalf.

– Sayyid Shaykh Muhammad Abul Huda al-Yaqoubi

Short Biography

Hazrat Sufi Muhammad Abdullah Khan Sahib Naqshbandi

Khalifa of Hazrat Khwaja Zinda Pir Sahib of Ghamkol Sharif.

Born in 1923 in the District of Chakwal in Pakistan.

Joined the army in 1940 and after completing military service was sent to the UK in 1962 by his Shaykh, Hazrat Khwaja Zinda Pir Sahib.

Upon reaching the UK he established regular dhikr circles and gatherings to promote Tassawuf and the Naqshbandi Tariqa. In later years he worked on a number of projects aimed to serve the local community and introduced religious studies and classes for the memorization of Quran.

One of his greatest achievements was in 1996, when under his guidance the largest mosque in Western Europe, Central Jamia Mosque Ghamkol Sharif, was completed.

He devoted his life in service of Islam for the Muslims of the UK following the command of his Shaykh toward whom he always possessed and displayed the utmost respect, love, devotion and obedience.

Shaykh Muhammad Zahid Sultani al-Naqshbandi al-Bakri al-Siddiqi of Kashmir recalls his meeting with Sufi Abd Allah Khan Rahimahullah in Madinah al-Sharif about 10/11 years ago:

دس گیارہ سال قبل ماه رمضان میں مدینہ منورہ میں بندہ عاجز اور صوفی صاحب مرحوم اعتکاف میں قریب ، قریب هوتے تهے.بندہ نے انہیں اپنا تعارف نہیں کروایا تها .ایک روز ایک مرید صوفی صاحب کو ویل چیئر پر اعتکاف والی جگہ لیجارها تها. ویل چیئر جونہی بندہ کے پاس سے گزری صوفی صاحب اچانک اٹھ کھڑے هوئے اور بندہ عاجز کی دست
بوسی کی اور جلدی سے گزر گئے

Translation

Approximately 10/11 years ago in the month of Ramadan in Madinah Munawarrah Myself and Sufi Sahib marhoom use sit very close I did not introduce myself to them. One day a Mureed of Sufi Sahib was pushing on their wheel chair towards the ithikaaf area, as soon as the wheel chair reached near Me, Sufi Sahib suddenly stood up and kissed my hand (Dast Bosi) and quickly carried on.”

A brother had a dream of Sufi Abdullah Khan Sahib Naqshbandi Rahimahullah after they passed away

I was thinking about what I’ve read and seen of Sufi Abdullah, and how he carried banners of Mawlid in parades and I fell asleep after Asr for a few moments and I had a quick vision in a dream of the Prophet ﷺ carrying a banner for masjid Ghamkol Sharif in honor of Sufi Sahib and what he established in that community. I just relay that for the sake of the news of Sufi Sahib.

On the life of Shaykh Abd Allah Khan al-Naqshbandi Rahimahullah

The Shaykh was born in 1923 in the village of Behkri, district Chakwal, Pakistan. Upon completing his formal schooling, he entered the army in 1940. He served in World War II serving in the British Army, but was taken as a prisoner of war by the Germans and held captive for a number of years. After the war, Sufi Sahib returned to Pakistan. He was very keen on reciting Naat Sharif (poem praising the Holy Prophet ) at religious gatherings at the Unit mosque within the barracks. This is where he met Sayyiduna Zinda Pir Rahimahullah in 1945 whilst stationed in Abbottabad.

the Shaykh took ba’ait (vow of allegiance) a year later in 1946, at the hand of Sayyiduna Zinda Pir Rahimahullah. He became a disciple and continued to serve his Pir Sahib whilst they were both in the army. When Zinda Pir Sahib returned from Hajj in 1952, and embarked upon his Hijrat to Kohat, the Shaykh accompanied his Pir Sahib on that historic journey. Sufi Sahib spent much time at the Darbar during its early founding years and would regularly spend his entire leave from the army at Ghamkol Sharif. Sufi Sahib naturally became a very close companion of Zinda Pir Sahib Rahimahullah . the Shaykh continued visiting the Darbar and serving his Pir Sahib over the course of the next 10 years.

The Shaykh left the army in 1962 when it was decided by Sayyiduna Zinda Pir Rahimahullah to send him to the UK. the Shaykh became overcome with self-doubt in how he would manage such a task. Zinda Pir Rahimahullah reassured him and stated that “Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) is with you”. Upon Sufi Sahib’s departure for the UK,  Zinda Pir Rahimahullah conferred upon him the Khilafat (spiritual representation) of the Tariqa and gave him the following words of wisdom in 1962:

–  To stay firm on the “aqeeda-e-Tawheed” (belief in the oneness & supreme being of Almighty Allah
–  To always have at the forefront of your mind the “rahza” (pleasure) of Almighty Allah& His Beloved Prophet (peace be upon him) before embarking upon any task
– To use your ‘Ilm (knowledge) & Aql (intellect/sense) for the “Rahza” (pleasure) of Almighty Allah as this results in attaining the “shaf’qat” (love, affection) of the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him)
– Do not undertake any task for your personal Izat (honor) or that which leads to “be-iz’zatee” (dishonor/disgrace)

From Signs on the Horizons (All Night Long)

Sufi Abdullah Khan Passes Away

Sufi Abdallah cut a striking figure. He was a tall, handsome, powerfully built with an easy swagger, thick salt and pepper beard, a rakish smile and piercing eyes. It was said he worked sixteen hours a day – two consecutive shifts – as a shop foreman in a Birmingham factory. It was also said that he rarely slept, although I had trouble believing this.

He led a Naqshbandi Sufi order in Birmingham, The Naqshbandiyya trace their lineage directly back to our Master Abu Bakr Al-Siddiq, may God be well pleased with him, and their practice, reflecting the quiescence of their spiritual father, was inward and silent. It has been said that the Naqshbandiyya preserved Islam throughout the Central Asian republics during the repressively atheistic Soviet period because their spiritual practice could be carried out in silence, invisibly, without a trace.


The Naqshbandis of Birmingham were anything but invisible. They were a flamboyant, vigorous bunch, mostly working class Pakistani emigrants who congregated with a wonderful sense of processional solidarity behind their towering, energetic leader, arriving at gatherings like the Eid prayers by the busload, brandishing banners and flags and carrying trays groaning with Pakistani food. They were far and away the most organized group of Sufis in Britain.


I was always impressed by Sufi Abdallah and the men around him but wondered whether theirs was a case of style over substance. I had my chance to find out when a few friends and I were invited to attend a night of Dhikr in London. We gathered at a modest brick row house in a working class neighborhood after sunset. We had tea and talked casually until the night prayer, after which a delicious Pakistani supper was served on tablecloths spread across the floor of the room we had gathered in. This seemed more like a social gathering and I began to think my suspicions about these Naqshbandiyya were justified.


For us a meal after the night prayer usually signaled the end of an evening. These men, I discovered, were just getting started. A large circle was formed and the invocation began. The practice of the Naqshbandiyya revolved around the silent invocation of La ilaha illa ‘llah – “No god but God” – on the breath and with a rhythmic movement of the head down on the “La” and the “illa” and in a circular motion accompanied by a visualization of light. Although silent, it is an incredibly powerful practice.


Sufi Abdallah led the assembly with single-minded intensity. The practice began slowly and accelerated gradually in unison until the group breathed as a single body, lost in remembrance. Time passed. We were swept away in this luminous circular breath. Time flowed. The invocation ended. It was dawn.


We prayed the dawn prayer and the assembly broke up. I staggered out into the early morning air, ready to collapse. Sufi Abdallah walked out with me. On the working class street he looked down at me with a twinkle in his eye and a chuckle and gave me a pat on the back with his large hand, as if to say, “Nice try”. He shook my hand with an iron grip. Unruffled, he was ready to head back to Birmingham to start his first shift. As we parted ways in the cold morning light, I realized that I had just experienced a case of substance over style.

Our abode is transitory, our life therein is but a loan,
our breaths are numbered, and our indolence is manifest.

– Sayyiduna Abu Bakr al-Siddiq RadiAllahu Anhu

Sayyiduna Zinda Pir Sahib Rahimahullah of Ghamkol Sharif in Kohat

Sayyiduna Zinda Pir Rahimahullah of Ghamkol Sharif, Kohat, Pakistan

Sayyiduna Zinda Pir Rahimahullah of Ghamkol Sharif, Kohat, Pakistan

Sayyiduna Zinda Pir Sahib Rahimahullah emanated from the illustrious family of eminent Awliya and Saliheen, both from his maternal and paternal genealogies.

At a very tender age, Sayyiduna Zinda Pir Rahimahullah used to stay awake at nights and fast during the day, and continued doing so till his demise. As a youth, whoever has seen Sayyiduna Zinda Pir Rahimahullah, was overwhelmed by him and automatically became devoted to him, because of his external and spiritual beauty, which was seen through his luminous face.

A special thanks to Ghamkol Sharif and Michael Sugich for the information regarding the Noble Shaykh

Photos of Sufi Abdullah Khan Sahib Rahimahullah and Zinda Pir Rahimahullah

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Sufi Abd Allah Khan Rahimahullah reciting the Shajarah Sharif of Ghamkol Sharif

Sayyid Shaykh Muhammad Abul Huda al-Yaqoubi meeting Sufi Abd Allah Khan Rahimahullah

Dua by Sayyiduna Zinda Pir Rahimahullah

Shaykh Muhammad Imdad Hussain Pirzada pays tribute to Sufi Abdullah Khan Rahimahullah

The Funeral of Sufi Abdullah Khan Rahimahullah

The Funeral of Sufi Abdullah Khan Rahimahullah

 

Posted by: Seeker of the Sacred Knowledge | January 7, 2015

Sayyiduna Imam al-Nawawi’s Maqam Destroyed in Nawa


Sayyiduna Imam al-Nawawi's Maqam Destroyed in Nawah

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.

The Maqam of The Erudite Scholar and Friend of Allah Sayyiduna Imam Abu Zakariyah Muhiy al-Din Yahya Ibn Sharaf al-Nawawi Radi Allah ‘anhu has been destroyed in Nawa.  La hawla wala quwatta illa billah.

تدمرت اليوم ضريح إمام من أبرز أئمة أهل السنة والجماعة الإمام النووي رحمه الله تعالى شارح صحيح الإمام مسلم على أيدي الإرهابيين. اللهم انصرنا على القوم الكافرين.

He is Yahya Ibn Sharaf , Muhiy al-Din Abu Zakariyah al-Nawawi (631–676 AH) the pious, ascetic, most learned, scrupulously Godwary, accomplished jurisprudent and Hadith Master, the impeccable Shaykh al-Islām by the unanimity of the people of the Sunna of the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace), fearless before kings, lordly and chaste, who died young yet, in a short life of 45 years, produced works of learning that made him the principal authority in the later Shāfi‘ī school. He is the “the standard-bearer of the Friends of God” (al-Dhahabī); and he himself said, “God has blessed me in the right use of my time,” in reference to Imām al-Nawawī’s remarkable scholarly output and achievements.  Imam al-Nawawi is named after his hometown of Nawa near Damacsus. He is “the Spiritual Pole of the noble Friends of God, the Legist of Humankind, the Reviver of the Sunna and the Slayer of Innovation” (al-Sakhāwī). May God bestow great and endless mercy on him, bless him, and reward him on behalf of every Muslim!

It was said to him (al-Subki) that he (al-Nawawi) had departed for his home place of Nawa. He then passed away there after falling ill for a few days. So he (al-Subki) asked for the place where he (al-Nawawi) used to sit, when they pointed it out to him Imam al-Subki placed his head on the ground of that place and covered his cheek and face with dust on it saying:

And in Dar al-Hadith there is a subtle meaning

On carpets where I incline and take refuge:

Perhaps I might touch with my very face

A spot touched by al-Nawawi’s foot.

Imam al-Suyuti said in his ‘Minhaj al-Sawi’ (subtitles from translator):

His Study in Damascus and Striving in the Seeking of Knowledge

Ibn al-Attar said: The Shaykh said, ‘When I was 19 years of age, my father took me to Damascus, in the year 49 and I took up residence in the Madrassa al-Rawahiyyah.  I spent around two years there where I did not place down my side on the ground.  My provisions in it were the rations of the Madrassa and nothing else.’

He said, ‘I memorized al-Tanbih in four and half months and a quarter of al-Muhadhab in the rest of the year.’

He said, ‘I studied with our Shaykh, the Imam, asectic scrupuluos scholar, Abu Ibrahim Ishaq bin Ahmad bn Uthman al-Maghribi al-Shafi.  I kept his company and he was impressed by me when he saw my busying myself (with knowledge), punctuality and not mixing with people.  He loved me greatly and made me the repeater of the lesson in his circle for the majority of the group.

His First Hajj and Opening

He said, ‘When it was the year 51 I performed Hajj with my father and the standing (in Arafat) that year was on Friday. Our journey was from the first of Rajab and I resided in the city of the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) for around a month and a half.’

His father said, ‘When we set out for the journey from Nawa he fell ill with fever until the day of Arafah.’  He said, ‘He did not groan (in pain) at all.  When we returned to Nawa he travelled to Damascus, Allah poured forth upon him abundantly.  He continued to busy himself with knowledge and follow the example of his Shaykh Abu Ibrahim Ishaq in worship, prayer, fasting continuously, asceticism and scrupulousness.  When his Shaykh passed away he increased his involvement with knowledge and action and performed Hajj another time.’

If Imam al-Qushayri Had Met Imam al-Nawawi

Ibn al-Attar said, ‘Our Shaykh Qadi Abul Mafakhir Muhammad bin Abd al-Qadir al-Ansari said to me: If al-Qushayri the author of the Risalah had met your Shaykh and his Shaykh he would not have not have mentioned anyone before them both due to their great scholarship.  This is due to their encompassing knowledge, action, asceticism, scrupulousness, articulating wisdom and other than these.

Twelve Lessons in One Day

He said, ‘The Shaykh mentioned to me saying:  I would study every day 12 lessons a day with the scholars by way of explanation and correction.  Two lessons in al-Wasit, a lesson in al-Muhadhab, a lesson in al-Jam’ bayn al-Sahihain, a lesson in Sahih Muslim, a lesson in al-Luma’ of Ibn Junni, a lesson in Islah al-Mantiq of Ibn al-Sikkayit in language, a lesson in Tasrif, a lesson in Usul al-Fiqh, a lesson in Asma al-Rijal and a lesson in Usul al-Din.’

He said, ‘I would record all that would related to the explanation of the difficult, clarification of expressions and precision of language.’

He said, ‘Allah blessed me in my time, busying myself (with knowledge) and helped me with it.’

An Experience with His Seeking to Study Medicine

He said, ‘It occurred to me to study medicine (ilm al-tibb) so I purchased al-Qanun and resolved to study it.  However my heart became darkened and I remained for days unable to busy myself with anything, so I reflected on my matter and from where the intruder had entered upon me.  Allah (Most High) inspired me that its cause was my involvement with medicine (tibb).  I sold immediately that book and removed from my hime all that related to medicine.  After this my heart became enlightened, my state returned back to me and I returned to that which I was upon originally.’

Khatm of Imam Nawawi’s 40 Hadith | Sayyid Shaykh Muhammad Abul Huda al-Yaqoubi
 

The life of Sayyiduna Imam al-Nawawi Rahimahullah

From Imam al Nawawi’s time until now over 200 known commentaries written

–       Concern with the transmission of this book was unparalleled

–       Aspects of biography of Imam Nawawi:

–       One of great reasons for success of this book is related to who compiled it

–       In our history see the extent to which an individual was sincere had a pure intention was concerned for Allah and the good of the community alone is the extent to which a book will have blessing, extent to which it will have constant transmission

–       There have been many short books of Hadith, but there’s something about this book, knowing Imam Nawawi will help with that

–       Imam Nawawi given the title Abu Zakariya (name was Yahya, never married) born in 631 of Hijra in small town outside of Damascus “Nawa”, this man was a shopkeeper lived a simple life known for his piety and honesty

–       Much of what we know is through his father (who outlived his son), Shaykh Afthar one of his greatest student

–       Father mentions one night in Ramadan when Imam Nawawi was 7 years old, small 2 room home, everyone slept in one main room together, Imam Nawawi in middle of the night he woke up and started waking everyone else up yelling do you all see that (27th night of Ramadan) they say what? He says don’t you see it the room is filled with light, father said no one else had seen anything, but he said I knew that my son this 7 year old had seen laylat’al qadr

–       Another indication of who this boy was to become, at age of 10, a Shaykh Yasin al-Murakashi walking in the streets of Nawa see boys playing in the street and they’re all picking on one why don’t you come play with us, and he’s off to the side crying and holding a mushaf and he’s saying I don’t want to play I just want to read the mushaf

  • Shaykh Yasin comes over and finds the boy’s Quran teacher, he tells him pay attention to this boy because he will be someone for the ummah
  • His Quran teacher looks at Shaykh Yasin and says are you an astrologer? Shaykh  Yasin tells him take care of him and asks where his father
  • Shaykh  Yasin goes to Imam Nawawi’s father Sharaf and tells him you need to be concerned about this boy and make sure that he’s taken care of in terms of his learning because he will be someone for this Ummah
  • His father says my son could be someone for this ummah? He sat him in the store and told his son all you do is sit here and memorize the Quran, so Imam Nawawi all he did was memorize
  • After that his father started him in what he could in town of Nawa and took him to the teachers, and when that was exhausted, at age of 19 he takes him to Damascus

–       At 19 they move to Damascus and Imam Nawawi becomes enrolled in a famous school there, school of one of the famous muhaditheen, at that point Imam Nawawi says for the 2 years I was in that madrasa I never slept on my side, I slept leaning back because I wouldn’t allow myself to sleep too much (this was known of Imam Al Bukhari himself as well) because of that in 4 months he memorized Qitab Al-Tarbih a very difficult book in Shafii fiqh, and then spent rest of period memorizing hadith

–       After that he and his father decide they’re going to Hajj, as he leaves Imam Nawawi is taken over by a strong fever, that fever didn’t end until the day of Arafah (took a month just to get to Hajj let alone the journey and he had a fever this whole time) his father said he did not moan or complain once traveling in desert to Hajj with a sever fever, for him it’s sabr that he has that chance

–       When they return from that Hajj, his father said it was like Allah was pouring knowledge down into Imam Nawawi

–       At that point, he would spend the day time in 12 different lessons with Shuyukh, he would use the time in between the classes to walk to the next class to memorize the previous lesson and to look at books that he doesn’t have time to because he’s studying so much

–       He would go home at night and he would write, he would write until he couldn’t write anymore that evening, then he would lean back sleep the athan would come and he’d wake up and the day would start again

–       One of great statements he makes about that time “it came to my mind while I was engaged in all this study, that perhaps I should study some medicine. So I bought Qitab al-Qanoon of Ibn Sina and brought it home and I resolved that I was going to study medicine. So my heart began to darken and days would pass I was unable to do anything so I started thinking what could it be? And then it came to me I was inspired to recognize, it was because I was busying myself with medicine, so I sold the book and I took out of my house any book that was related to medicine and light entered my heart, and I came back to the state I was in before.”

–       People would visit his home (one room attached to the madrasa), and to make room for them to sit he would take books and place them on others, there was nothing else in the house but books,In reality all of those books he had were borrowed from other individuals he didn’t even own them

–       He would eat one meal a day after ishaa, and for the 25 years he was in Damascus was bread sent from his father in Nawa because he was sure it was halal he would have that with some spread, he would have meat once a month, he never ate fruit in those 25 years, he was asked why. Because he wasn’t sure if the fruit was a public trust that was to be first distributed to the poor so he never had fruit

–       He was known as a person that in addition to whatever else he was doing, he would go to the Syrian King ruling at the time and would stand before him the injustices occurring to the point that the king would tell his advisors don’t bring him in front of me I start to shake when he’s around, when he wasn’t able to gain an audience he would write him letters

–       Imam Nawawi would speak truth to power, wrote letter to the king telling him reduce the taxes king wrote him back a letter threatening him severely and Imam Nawawi replies with another letter telling him your threats or actions mean nothing, the next life is where we remain I leave my matter to Allah and Allah will take care of his servants and that the Prophet Muhammad Peace Be Upon Him has commanded us that we speak the truth no matter where we are and we fear the blame of no one when we speak the truth

–       Imam Nawawi was there, concerned, and took stands, and this was one letter of many, he is making sure his voice is heard taking a stand and was not silent against wrong

– He was best known for his works in Hadith, Imam al-Nawawi was also the Imam of the later Shafi’i school of Jurisprudence, and widely acknowledged as the intellectual heir to Imam Shafi’i Rahimahullah

–       Shortly before his death, he returned all the books he had borrowed, he visited the graves of his teachers, he went to Jerusalem and made a ziyara to Jerusalem, and then came back to his father’s home in Nawa

–       Shortly before he was about to die, some of people around him said remember us on the day of judgment and he said if I will have a place on that day (he’s not sure) if I have some stature some thing that I can do on that day I promise that I will not enter paradise until all of you do (this was his state)

–       He was told before he was going to die that a number of family and such want to build a dome on his grave marking that this is where he lies and he refused, he said that is not for the likes of me

–       His father called him Muhiy al-Din (the reviver of the religion), Imam Nawawi who always had adab for his father refused the name, he said who am I to give life to the deen the deen lives and I die

-       If you go to the grave of Imam Nawawi today you see a tree which grew from the grave, he refused a dome and Allah built one, the tree emerges out of the little building that’s around the grave

-       In year 676 at the age of 45 Imam Nawawi passed away, the only thing he had left to his name was one thobe, his staff, and his turban, he left behind him numerous works of great importance, the most famous of these being:

al-Arba’un Nabawi (An-Nawawis Forty Hadith)

Riyad as-Salihin

al-Maqasid (al-Nawawi’s Manual of Islam).

Kitab al-Adhkar,

Shar’ Sahih Muslim (he was the first to arrange the sahih of Muslim in the now familiar categories)

A Special thanks to Iman High and Dar al-Hadith for the Information regarding the life of Imam al-Nawawi Rahimahullah

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Update –

al-‘Arif Sayyiduna Sayyid Shaykh Muhammad al-Nabhan al-Shadhili al-Halabi, may Allah have mercy upon him

al-‘Arif Sayyiduna Sayyid Shaykh Muhammad al-Nabhan al-Shadhili al-Halabi, may Allah have mercy upon hims grave Desecrated

The graves of al-‘Arif Billah Sayyiduna Sayyid Shaykh Muhammad al-Nabhan al-Shadhili al-Halabi, may Allah have mercy upon him, his wife and son have been desecrated, this happened a few days ago

Sayyid Shaykh Muhammad al-Nabhan Passed away in 1974  and he was no ordinary Scholar but was widely regarded as a Wali and was deeply loved and adored by the scholars of Syria, Iraq and Hijaz. Even the former king of Saudi Arabia, King Faisal called him a king, the King Handed him the keys to enter al-Rawdah al-Sharifah but he refused and said this is not from the etiquette that we have with Sayyiduna Rasul Allah ﷺ and he spent the Day in front of the Rawdah weeping, -

The Shaykh stressed that one must absolutely have love for the `Awliya of Allah. He says that a righteous and an upright man might still nevertheless be in 99% danger of dying on Iman if he does not love the Awliya of Allah. On the contrary, he says that a thief or a drunkard whose heart is filled with the love of the Awliya of Allah will not die except on Tawba due to his affection for Allah’s beloved servants. The Shaykh calls the love of the Awliya – “Wilaya Sughra” (Lesser Sainthood). He also says that the Awliya will intercede for us in our graves. He was also asked about a drunkard who keeps repeating “Ya Abd al-Qadir! and “Ya Rif’ai!”. The shaykh replied that the man will not die except on tawba.

The Shaykh used to be constantly in the presence of Sayyiduna Rasul Allah ﷺ and Sayyiduna Sayyid Shaykh Abd al-Qadir al-Jilani RadiAllahu Anhu in the state of wakefulness and he was a good friend of al-‘Arif Sayyiduna Shaykh Ahmad al-Harun al-Dimashqi Rahimahullah and Sayyiduna Shaykh Abd Allah Faiz al-Daghestani Rahimahullah

May Allah sanctify his secret and raise his station in Jannah. Amin.

A statement by Sayyid Shaykh Muhammad Abul Huda al-Yaqoubi regarding recent events

حول هدم مقامات الأولياء
بيان الشيخ محمد أبو الهدى اليعقوبي

تقوم جماعات مسلحة متعددة في سورية باستغلال ثورة الشعب لفرض عقائد شاذة ومذاهب بعيدة عن اعتقاد أهل السنة تحمل تعصبا بغيضا وغلوّا مَقيتا.
وقد وصل الأمر إلى أن قامت بهدم المقامات التي يحمل أهل السنة في الشام والعراق لأصحابها من الأولياء والعلماءالمحبة والاحترام . لقد فعلوا ذلك بناء على رأي ابن تيمية الذي تتبناه جميع الجماعات السلفية ، وهم يحاولون فرض مذهبه في بلادنا بقوة السلاح ، رغم أن الخلاف بينه وبين علماء عصره من فقهاء المذاهب الأربعة ومن جاء بعدهم إلى يومنا هذا معروف مشهور ، وقد ألفت في الرد على آرائه عشرات المصنفات .
وقد سمعنا أخيرا بتفجير مقام الإمام الجليل محيي الدين يحيى بن شرف النووي صاحب المؤلفات العظيمة في الحديث والفقه الذي تعد مؤلفاته مرجعا لا لأهل الشام فحسب ، بل للمسلمين في كل مكان . وبلغنا قيام هذه الجماعات أمس بهدم ضريح الشيخ محمد النبهان ونبش قبره ، وهو شيخ شيوخ حلب ، وصاحب نهضة إسلامية خرجت العديد من العلماء والدعاة ، ووقفت سدا منيعا أمام الإلحاد ، وكانت أحد أهم دعائم الدعوة الإسلامية في حلب .
إننا ندعو جميع العلماء إلى استنكار هذه الجرائم وخصوصا أولئك الدعاة الذين يصفقون لهذه الجماعات ويفضلون الصمت في مثل هذه المواقف .
إننا نعلن بكل شموخ واعتزاز أننا في سورية نتبع في الفقه المذاهب الأربعة ، وخصوصا مذهب الإمام أبي حنيفة ومذهب الإمام الشافعي ، وفي الاعتقاد مذهب الإمام أبي الحسن الأشعري ومذهب الإمام أبي منصور الماتريدي ، شأننا في ذلك شأن أكثر من مليار ونصف مليار مسلم من أهل السنة في العالم .
ونؤكد أن أهل الشام لا يشركون بالله تعالى شيئا ، ولا يعبدون القبور وإنما يعبدون الله تعالى ، وهم يرون استحباب زيارة القبور ، ويرون جواز التوسل بالأنبياء والأولياء ، كما هو مذهب أهل السنة والجماعة . إننا في سورية نعتقد أن التصوف هو جزء لا يتجزأ من الإسلام وهو علم السلوك للوصول إلى مقام الإحسان بطريق تزكية النفس ، ونفتخر بأن الإمام الغزالي ابتدأ تأليف كتابه الجليل في التصوف (إحياء علوم الدين) وهو مقيم في الجامع الأموي بدمشق . ومما يميز أهل السنة في سورية هو أننا نعظم النبي عليه الصلاة والسلام ونتوسل به ونتبرك بآثاره ونحتفل بمولده الشريف ونقيم مجالس الصلاة والسلام عليه ، ونحب الأولياء والصالحين ونتقرب بهم إلى الله تعالى . وهذا ما استقر العمل به في مذاهب أهل السنة والجماعة وأئمة المسلمين على ذلك .
ونستنكر أي تغيير للدين أو تحريف أو تعصب أو غلو أو ونستنكر هدم المقامات ونشجب ما يجري على أئمة المساجد من اغتيال واعتقال وإساءات من قبل هذه الجماعات التي تدعي الانتساب للسلف زورا وبهتانا ، والسلف الصالحون منهم براء .
وحسبنا الله ونعم الوكيل ، نعم المولى ونعم النصير

Photos of the Maqam of Sayyiduna Imam Abu Zakaria Mohiuddin Yahya Ibn Sharaf al-Nawawi Radi Allah ‘anhu & the Maqam of al-‘Arif Sayyiduna Sayyid Shaykh Muhammad al-Nabhan al-Shadhili al-Halabi Rahimahullah

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The Destruction of the Maqam of Sayyiduna Imam al-Nawawi Rahimahullah

The Biography of Sayyiduna Imam al-Nawawi Rahimahullah

Dua by al-‘Arif Sayyiduna Sayyid Shaykh Muhammad al-Nabhan al-Shadhili al-Halabi, may Allah have mercy upon him

On the life of  al-‘Arif Sayyiduna Sayyid Shaykh Muhammad al-Nabhan al-Shadhili al-Halabi, may Allah have mercy upon him

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

Shaykh Ghassan Darkal al-Hassani Passes Away


Sayyiduna Shaykh Ghassan Darkal al-Hassani al-Shadhili

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 Ghassan Darkal al-Hassani has passed away, he was one of the Notable Ulama & he was the Khadim of Sayyiduna Sayyid Shaykh Abd al-Rahman Zayn al-Abideen al-Shaghouri 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.

Sayyiduna Sayyid Shaykh Abd al-Rahman Abideen al-Shaghouri al-Shadhili al-Damishqi

Sayyiduna Sayyid Shaykh Abd al-Rahman Zayn al-Abideen al-Shaghouri al-Hasani al-Shadhili al-Dimashqi Rahimahullah

“To the mercy of Allah, Sayyid Shaykh Ghassan Darkal al-Hassani

We have received with great sadness and sorrow the news of the death of our brother and beloved friend, sheikh Ghassan Darkal. A Great Sufi, a man of Allah, an ascetic, and caller to the way of Allah, and a Sharif. May the mercy of Almighty God’s wrap him and may his soul rest in Paradises. He belonged to the Shadhili order and his father was a disciple of the Great Shaykh Muhammad al-Hashimi, Rahimahullah.

Sheikh Ghassan lived and married in Spain and spoke Spanish and did huge efforts to help Spanish Muslims and several people took shahada at his hands.

He was an example of good character and humility, generous, opened his home to students and took care of foreigners. He accompanied the late Sayyid Shaykh Abdul Rahman al-Shaghouri, Rahimahullah for all his life and benefitted from him.

We extend our condolences to his family especially his sons and his students and to our Shadhili fellows in Syria and around the World. We pray that Allah Almighty grant them patience and fortitude and that Allah end our lives with the best of actions in a state of invocation with our tongues being moist by the Name of Allah.”

– Sayyid Shaykh Muhammad al-Yaqoubi, Hafidahullah

إلى رحمة الله تعالى العارف بالله الشيخ غسان دركل رحمه الله

تلقينا ببالغ الحزن والأسى نبأ وفاة أخينا وحبيبنا العالم العامل الداعية الفاضل الصابر الشاكر العابد الذاكر ولي الله العارف بالله الشريف الحسني الشيخ غسان دركل رحمه الله تعالى رحمة واسعة وأسكنه فسيح جنانه. كان فينا نعلم ولا نزكي على الله أحدا صوفيا حقا نشأ في بيت نسب وعلم وولاية على الطريقة الشاذلية فوالده الشيخ وجيه دركل كان مريدا عند العلامة المحقق والعارف المدقق قطب الولاية والإرشاد وإمام الأولياء الزهاد الشيخ محمد بن الهاشمي التلمساني. فنشأ ابنه في هذه الحلقات مريدا وطالب علم ثم اشتغل بالدعوة إلى الله تعالى ورحل إلى بلاد الأندلس (إسبانية) وتزوج بها وانتفع به أهل تلك البلاد فقد تحدث لغتهم وهدى الله على يديه العديد منهم ولازم العارف بالله المرشد الشيخ عبد الرحمن الشاغوري وانتفع به وما زال مستقيما على الذكر والمذاكرة وإقامة الدروس وجمع الطلبة على الله تعالى حتى توفاه الله راضيا مرضيا.
نتقدم بالعزاء إلى آل بيته وأبنائه وإخوانه وطلابه داعين المولى عز وجل أن يرزقهم جميل الصبر وحسن السلوان وأن يجعل فيهم الخير والبركة إلى يوم الدين.

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

Shaykh Abd al-Wahhab al-Janabiy Passes Away


Shaykh Abd al-Wahhab al-Janabiy

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 Abd al-Wahhab al-Janabiy has passed away, he was one of the leading Qaris at the Maqam of Sayyiduna Sayyid Shaykh Abd al-Qadir al-Jilani RadiAllahu Anhu, and he was the Khadim of Sayyiduna Shaykh Abd al-Karim Mudarris al-Sharazuri 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.

Shaykh Abd al-Karim al-Sharazuri Rahimahullah

Sayyiduna Shaykh Abd al-Karim Mudarris al-Sharazuri al-Qadri al-Baghdadi Rahimahullah

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
قال تعالى: ( كُلُّ نَفْسٍ ذَائِقَةُ الْمَوْتِ وَإِنَّمَا تُوَفَّوْنَ أُجُورَكُمْ يَوْمَ الْقِيَامَةِ فَمَنْ زُحْزِحَ عَنِ النَّارِ وَأُدْخِلَ الْجَنَّةَ فَقَدْ فَازَ وَمَا الْحَيَاةُ الدُّنْيَا إِلَّا مَتَاعُ الْغُرُورِ)
’’ إنا لله وإنا اليه راجعون ’’
إنتقل إلى رحمة الله تعالى
فضيلة الشيخ / عبدالوهاب حسين الجنابي
الإمام في جامع الشيخ عبدالقادر الكيلاني رضي الله عنه و
الذي تخرج على يده الكثير من خيرة العلماء في احكام التجويد والتلاوة ومخارج الحروف
رحم الله الفقيد رحمة وأسعه وأسكنه فسيح جناته والهم أهله وذويه الصبر والسلوان.
اللهم اغفر له وأرحمه وأعف عنه.
اللهم أكرم نزله ووسع مدخله وبدّله داراً خيراً من داره وأهلاً خيراً من أهله.
اللهم أغسله بالماء والثلج والبرد ونقه من الذنوب والخطايا كما ينقى الثوب الابيض من الدنس.
اللهم باعد بينه وبين خطاياه كما باعدت بين المشرق والمغرب.
اللهم ثبته بالقول الثابت.
اللهم قه عذاب القبر وعذاب النار.
اللهم أظله بظلك يوم لاظل إلا ظلك.
اللهم أدخله الجنة مع الأبرار.
اللهم الهم أهله وذويه الصبر والسلوان.
اللهم لا تحرمهم أجره ولا تفتنهم بعده.
اللهم وارحم أموات المسلمين وأرحمنا إذا ما صرنا إلى ما صاروا إليه.
اللهم أنت القائل وقولك الحق (أدعوني استجب لكم)
اللهم هذا الدعاء ومنك الإجاب إنك على كل شئِ قدير.
’’ إنا لله وإنا اليه راجعون ’’

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

Sayyid Shaykh Nizar al-Khatib al-Husayni Passes Away


Sayyid Shaykh Nizar al-Khatib al-Husayni Passes Away in Damascus

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.

Sayyid Shaykh Nizar al-Khatib al-Husayni al-Hanafi al-Qadri has passed away at the age of 83 in Damascus, 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.

He was Al-Shaykh Nizar ibn al-Shaykh Muhammad ibn al-Shaykh Kamal ibn al-Shaykh Salih ibn al-Shaykh ‘Abd al-Rahman ibn al-Shaykh Salih ibn al-‘Allamah al-Shaykh ‘Abd al-Rahim ibn al-Shaykh Muhammad, al-Khatib al-Qadiri al-Hasani al-Hanafi al-Dimashqi.

He was born in 1931 in Damascus, and started his primary studies in the madrasahs (named after): ‘Abd al-Rahman al-Ghafiqi, Abu ‘Ubaydah ibn al-Jarrah, and Tariq ibn Ziyad, and completed the primary studies in 1945, Allah placed a great love for ‘ilm in his heart.

He started attending the halaqahs of Al-Shaykh Salih Farfur in the Umawi masjid in 1948, which whom he studied, among other things: Tafsir al-Nasafi, Al-Risalah al-Qushayriyah, parts of Hashiyah ibn ‘Abidin and Sahih Muslim and Sharh Sahih Muslim (Al-Nawawi) and Ihya Ulum al-Din and Al-Kamil of Al-Mubarrad.
He also studied:

  • Nahw and Nur al-Idah and Maraqi al-Falah in Hanafi fiqh with Al-Shaykh Shu’ayb al-Arna’ut
  • Tajwid with Al-Shaykh ‘Abd al-Qadir al-Arna’ut
  • Balaghah with Al-Shaykh Ramzi al-Bizm
  •  ‘Aqidah (Sharh Ibn ‘Abd al-Salah ‘ala al-Jawharah and Tuhfat al-Murid), Nahw (including part of Sharh Ibn Aqil), fara’id [inheritance], Hanafi usul al-fiqh (Al-Manar with the Sharh of Ibn Malak and Usul al Bazdawi with Hashiyah of ‘Abd al-Aziz al-Bukhari) with Al-Shaykh Adib Kallas
  • Hanafi fiqh (part of Al-Ikhtiyar, Al-Hidayah, Maraqi al-Falah with Hashiyah al-Tahtawi), Mustalah al-Hadith (Muqaddimah Ibn al-Salah), Hanafi usul al-fiqh, ‘Aqidah (Al-Musayarah of Ibn al-Humam and its sharh by his student, Al-Musamarah) with Al-Shaykh ‘Abd al-Razzaq al-Halabi.
  • Hanafi fiqh (Maraqi al-Falah with Hashiyah al-Tahtawi) with Al-Shaykh ‘Abd al-Hamid Kiwan (or Kaywan?)
  • Al-Quran al-Karim with Al-Shaykh Dr. Sa’id al-Hulwani

[This is basically the first half of the translation of the Arabic bio there, all I had time for at the moment. Insha Allah someone could summarize the rest or maybe I can do it soon. Masha Allah, his list of teachers are a who’s who list of great ‘ulama!]

انا لله وانا اليه راجعون
انتقل الى رحمة الله تعالى
العلامة العارف بالله الشيخ محمد نزار الخطيب القادري الحسني الحنفي الدمشقي رحمه الله
الله يرحمه ويجعل مثواه الجنة
إنا لله وإنا إليه راجعون ولله ما أخذ ولله ما أعطى

الشيخ نزار بن الشيخ محمد بن الشيخ كمال بن الشيخ صالح بن الشيخ عبد الرحمن بن الشيخ صالح بن العلامة الشيخ عبد الرحيم بن الشيخ محمد الخطيب القادري الحسني الحنفي الدمشقي

ولد عام 1931 م في حي القيمرية بدمشق، نشأ في حجر والده تاجر الأقمشة في سوق الحرير، وتعلم العلم الابتدائي في مدارس عبد الرحمن الغافقي في القيمرية ثم أبي عبيدة بن الجراح في زقاق البرغل ثم طارق بن زياد في المهاجرين ونال الابتدائي سنة 1945 م.

ووضع الله تعالى حب الدين في قلبه عن طريق أستاذه جمال العش، فالتحق بحلقة الشيخ صالح فرفور في الأموي سنة 1948 م ،وقرأ على الشيخ شعيب الارناؤوط الدروس النحوية الثاني والثالث، ونور الاضاح ومراقي الفلاح.

وأخذ التجويد على الشيخ عبد القادر الارناؤوط وعلى الشيخ رمزي البزم البلاغة، وعلى الشيخ أديب الكلاس التوحيد. شرح الجوهرة للباجوري ولابن عبد السلام، والدروس النحوية الرابع، وشيء من ابن عقيل على الألفية والفرائض وقرأ على الشيخ عبد الرزاق الحلبي شيء من الاختيار والهداية، ومقدمة ابن الصلاح في الحديث.

كما قرأ بعد ذلك على الشيخ صالح فرفور تفسير النسفي والرسالة القشيرية، وشيء من حاشية ابن عابدين وصحيح مسلم وشرح للنووي، وشيء من أحياء علوم الدين للغزالي، والكامل للمبرد.

وقرأ الأصول على الشيخ عبد الرزاق الحلبي والشيخ أديب الكلاس المنار وشرحه لابن ملك، وأصول البزدوي (الأسرار)، وعليه حاشية للبخاري (عبد
العزيز).

كمت قرأ على الشيخ عبد الرزاق المسامرة والمسايرة في التوحيد، والمراقي وحاشية الطحطاوي.

كما قرأ على الشيخ عبد الحميد كيوان المراقي وحاشية التحطاوي وقرأ القرآن على الشيخ الدكتور سعيد الحلوني.

وبدأ جديا قراءة الحاشية لابن عابدين بعد قراءتها على الشيخ صالح فرفور، على كل من العلماء مفتي الشام الشيخ الطبيب محمد أبي اليسر عابدين ثم الشيخ عبد الرزاق الحلبي ثم الشيخ أديب الكلاس، وكان أكثرها على الشيخ محمد أبي اليسر عابدين وقد كتب عليها الشيخ بخطه على حاشيته أنه بدأ بقراءتها مع الشيخ نزار الخطيب والشيخ أديب الكلاس……ونال منه إجازتين إجازة علمية وإجازة روحية، وكان يحضر معهما الشيخ سعيد الطناطرة، والشماع ،وسامر النص،والسيدة انعام رمضان الحمصي, وأخذ الطريق النقشبندي والقادري والشاذلي من السيد أحمد وهاج الصديقي التيمي مع الشيخ أديب الكلاس، كما أخذ الطريق النقشبندي من الشيخ محمد أبي اليسر عابدين أيضا.

تسلم امامة الأموي من الشيخ بشير الخطيب في 1 رمضان 1961م ،والخطابة في مسجد سنان باشا 1970 م في صفر الخير، وتسلم التدريس من دائرة الفتوى 1969م بعد امتحانه في دار الفتوى ونالة الإجازة بدرجة عالية،وكان له درسا في الأموي والقلبقجية وفي جامع العفيف وله دراسات خاصة، وديوان خطب ،وأبحاث من الفرق بين المذاهب الإسلامية وغير الإسلامية، ولح مكتبة خاصة جمعت أطراف العلوم كتبا وصحافة ومجلات.

وكان والده الذي توفي سنة 1944 م قد ورثه تجارة القماش في محله التجاري في سوق الحمدية سوق الحرير ، وبعد طلبه للعلم أصبح محله قبلة للفتوى.

حج بيت الله الحرام 49 حجة حتى نهاية 2010 م .

كان الشيخ نزار يحضر مع الشيخ ابراهيم اليعقوبي في حلقة الشيخ صالح فرفور، ومع الشيخ سعيد تناطرة ،وأحمد رمضان ، ومحمد القطان ، والسيد عزة الخيمي، والشيخ فكري (مفتي تركيا)

وقرأ على الشيخ شفيق العمري شيئا من القرآن، وأثنى على درسه الشيخ العالم هاشم الخطيب

حين تسلم امامة الشافعي في الأموي ، كان ينزل من المهاجرين إلى الأموي ماشيا يوميا صيفا وشتاء قبل الفجر. ليصلي إماما، ثم يذهب إلى جامع فتحي حيث المدرسة (معهد الفتح الآن)، وكان من كرم الله عليه أن حفظ في الطريق ثلثي القرآن غيبا.

له ترجمة في كتابين الأول كتاب غرر الشام لشيخ عبد العزيز الخطيب ،والثاني كتاب من صلى وأم وخطب ودرس في المسجد الأموي للدكتور حسن الصواف.

A Special Thanks to Sidi Imran Ahmed for the English Translation of the Arabic Biography

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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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Meeting Sayyid Shaykh Ahmad Zafar al-Jilani Rahimahullah

A Miracle of Sayyiduna al-Ghawth Shaykh Abdul Qadir al-Jiani RadiAllahu Anhu  | A Flood in Baghdad ash-Sharif | Sayyid Shaykh Hashim al-Din al-Gaylani al-Qadiri al-Baghdadi:

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, Shaykh Monawwar Ateeq Ridawi and Shaykh Abu Bakr Banaras 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.

The Students of Sayyid Shaykh Muhammad Salih al-Farfour al-Hassani Rahimahullah

The Students of Sayyid Shaykh Muhammad Salih al-Farfour al-Hassani Rahimahullah

The Students of Sayyid Shaykh Muhammad Salih al-Farfour al-Hassani Rahimahullah

Sayyid Shaykh Ibrahim al-Yaqoubi al-Hassani Rahimahullah

Shaykh Muhammad Adib Kallas, Rahimahullah

Shaykh ‘Abdur Razzaq al-Halabi, Rahimahullah

Shaykh Shu’ayb al-Arna’ut, Hafidahullah

Shaykh ‘Abdul Qadir al-Arna’ut, Rahimahullah

Shaykh Suhayl az-Zabibi, Rahimahullah

Shaykh Ahmad Ramadan, Hafidahullah

Sayyid Shaykh Nizar al-Khatib al-Hussayni, Rahimahullah

Shaykh Nur al-Din Rahimahullah

Shaykh Sa’id Rahimahullah

Shaykh Fawzi Rahimahullah and many others

amongst his Female Students was the Late Hajjah Amina Adil Rahmatullah Alaiyha, the Wife of the Late Sayyid Shaykh Muhammad Nazim ‘Adil al-Haqqani al-Naqshbandi Rahimahullah from Cyprus the Student of Grand Shaykh Abd Allah Faiz al-Daghestani Rahimahullah from Damascus

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.

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…

Sayyiduna Sayyid Shaykh Muhammad Nazim Adil al-Haqqani al-Naqshbandi Rahimahullah with Grand Shaykh Abdullah Faiz al-Daghestani Rahimahullah in 1957 - on  Jabal Qāsiyūn Mountain in Damascus

Sayyiduna Sayyid Shaykh Muhammad Nazim Adil al-Haqqani al-Naqshbandi Rahimahullah with his Teacher Grand Shaykh Abd Allah Faiz al-Daghestani Rahimahullah in 1957 – on Jabal Qāsiyūn Mountain in Damascus, Syria

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.

Sayyiduna Shaykh Abd Allah Faiz al-Daghestani al-Naqshbandi Rahimahullah a few Years before he Passed Away

Sayyiduna Shaykh Abd Allah Faiz al-Daghestani al-Naqshbandi Rahimahullah a few Years before he Passed Away

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).

Sayyiduna Sayyid Shaykh Muhammad Nazim Adil al-Haqqani al-Naqshbandi Rahimahullah accompanying his Teacher Grand Shaykh Abd Allah Faiz al-Daghestani Rahimahullah back to his Home on Jabal Qāsiyūn Mountain in Damascus, Syria

Sayyiduna Sayyid Shaykh Muhammad Nazim Adil al-Haqqani al-Naqshbandi Rahimahullah accompanying his Teacher Grand Shaykh Abd Allah Faiz al-Daghestani Rahimahullah back to his Home on Jabal Qāsiyūn Mountain in Damascus, Syria

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, Hafidahullah

Shaykh Muhammad Adnan Kabbani, Hafidahullah

Shaykh Gibril Fouad Haddad, Hafidahullah

Shaykh Abdul Kerim Efendi al-Kibrisi, Rahimahullah

Shaykh Muhammad Mehmet Adil, Hafidahullah

Shaykh Bahauddin Adil, Hafidahullah

Shaykh Naimatullah, Hafidahullah

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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.

Tribute to the Life & Legacy of Mawlana Sayyid Shaykh Nazim al-Haqqani Rahimahullah

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:

The Janaza of Shaykh Sayyid Nazim al-Haqqani Rahimahullah

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