Photo one: Hazrat shaykh Salih al-Ja’fari Alayhi Rahma
Photo Two: Shaykh Abdul Ghani al-Jafari Alayhi Rahma
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.
Hazrat Shaykh Abdul Ghani al-Jafari the son of Shaykh Salih al-Ja’fari (May Allah be pleased with him) has passed away. inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un.
A photo of the Janaza of Shaykh Abdul Ghani al-Jafari Alayhi Rahma
About Shaykh Abdul Ghani al-Jafari Alayhi Rahma:
Shaykh Abd al-Ghani was born in Dongola, the capital of the Northern State in the Sudan, and was the only son of shaykh Salih al-Ja’fari. His father left to Egypt and left him and his family in the care of his grandfather Muhammad Salih al-Ja’fari. Shaykh Abd al-Ghani was still very young then, not having yet entered the Quran school. Shaykh Salih al-Ja’fari went to Egypt to study at the Azhar Mosque, and having to leave behind his home, only son, and family, did not stop him from pursuing his goal. He combined between the seeking of knowledge and between calling to Allah by way of sermons, lessons, and counsel, as a service for the religion, and continued upon that path, not returning to Sudan except as a visitor until his death.
The care of Allah surrounded his only son whom he had left for the sake of the struggle to spread the Shari’a of Islam and to guide those who needed guidance. His son was therefore raised in the house of his grandfather where his mother took care of him.
When he reached the age of learning he entered the Qur’an school near Dongola’s grand mosque where he memorized the noble Qur’an and learned the basics of the Arabic language and grammar. He then moved on to primary school and the scientific institute in the Dongola mosque. While learning in the scientific institute he used to teach in the Qur’an school as an assistant to his shaykh.
In 1943, his father asked him to come to Egypt, so he came with his mother and two sisters and stayed for one year, during which he studied in the third year of the general studies department in the Azhar.
He travelled back to Sudan at the end of 1943 at the command of his father, to take care of his family’s affairs and to continue his studies at the scientific institute. He began teaching at the private primary school that was opened by the Egyptian Abbas Maher, and continued teaching at the Qur’an school until the teaching inspector Hassan Abu Dirq appointed him as an official teacher. When the famous shaykh of the school, shaykh Ahmad Najjar, died, he was replaced by shaykh Ahmad al-Bashkateb, and shaykh Abd al-Ghani continued teaching with him. Then the school expanded and became two classes, and shaykh Abd al-Ghani named it “The Dongola’s Children’s School.” Then it became a small private school and he named it “Al-Sa’ada Model School.”
He continued upon that path and was promoted from teacher to head teacher, then to school principal, until he reached the position of Education Supervisor. Then he became the Technical Supervisor for Teaching in the Middle Region (of Sudan). The shaykh then held many important positions, such as Secretary of the Dongola Department, and then the Executive Director of the Department of the Northern State.
Throughout this time, his father, the spiritual pole shaykh Salih al-Ja’fari, was guiding him by way of letters, and would meet him every year in Hajj. Those who read the collection of Friday Khutbas that Shaykh Abdul Ghani gave in his school in Dongola, which has been published, will see that he was becoming a mirror of his father, the imam and Friday orator of the noble Azhar.
When shaykh Salih felt that his time in the life of the dunya was nearing its end, he decided one of the great scholars of the Azhar as his successor, to guide the spiritual seekers after him. But, said shaykh Salih, the Messenger of Allah (salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam) refused this and insisted that his son will succeed him. On his last Hajj, shaykh Salih met his son in the blessed lands as usual, and told him that he does not believe he will see him again after that Hajj. He appointed him, while in Mecca, as his successor, and left him with the responsibility of looking after all those who took the Ahmadiyya Muhammadiyya path at the hands of shaykh Salih. He said to him,
“I leave the brothers in your trust. I leave the brothers in your trust. I leave the brothers in your trust. Those who have come together over the love of the Prophet (salla Allahu alayhi wa alihi wa sallam) and his family.”
In 1979 Shaykh Salih al-Ja’fari passed away. When he heard the news of his father’s death, Shaykh Abdul Ghani requested to go into retirement so that he could move to Egypt and continue the work that his father had begun in the raising of the followers of the Ja’fariyya Tariqa that he had established in the noble Azhar Mosque. This tariqa was not one of the official tariqas so the first thing that he did was to get an official recognition of the Tariqa Ja’fariyya Ahmadiyya Muhammadiyya from the Supreme Council of the Sufi Tariqas in Egypt.
He then exerted all his effort into spreading the tariqa and the preservation of the tradition and heritage of his father, establishing more than seventy mosques and centers for the tariqa across Egypt from Alexandria to Aswan. There were not only mosques for prayer and the remembrance of God, but usually had hospitals, pharmacies, and Qur’an schools attached to them, and provided many social services to their local communities. These centres have even went beyond the borders of Egypt by the grace of Allah, and include two centres in Libya and one in Malaysia. The shaykh also edited and published all the works of his father.
The shaykh struggled upon the path of his father, raising and elevating the banner of Islam by spreading the real Sufism that is free from all myths, superstitions, and acts of hypocrisy, ignorance or show. He did this in all humility, placing no importance for himself, in complete self-effacement, and wishing only to raise the name and teachings of his father, the imam of the Azhar and the spiritual giant of his time, shaykh Salih al-Ja’fari.
He passed away on Thursday the 19th of July 2012, being the 29th of Sha’ban 1433 to join his father and his noble ancestors and shaykhs, may Allah be pleased with them all, and reward them for all they have done for us and the ummah of the Messenger of Allah (salla Allahu alayhi wa alihi wa sallam).
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