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 Erudite Scholar Hazrat Shaykh Badruddin Yahya Efendi passed away at the age of 60 On The 6th of Dhul-Hijjah (22nd October 2012). 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.
About The Late Shaykh Alayhi Rahma:
The Shaykh Alayhi Rahma was Born in Cairo 1952, he began his Islamic studies under the tutelage of his father by memorizing the Quran. In addition to the outer sciences, he was guided on the Path by his father, who was an authorized and accomplished guide in the Shadhili and Qadri Tariqa’s. Like so many others of his generation, the Shaykh attended the University of Al-Azhar. During his studies there, his father passed away, and he was taken care of by his uncle Shaykh Tariq. After graduating from this prestigious learning-hub in the 70’s, his uncle Shaykh Tariq took the family to Syria. In Syria Shaykh Badreddin held classes in Hadith and the Fiqh according to the school of Imam ash-Shafi’i. It was in Syria that he met Mawlana Shamseddin Efendi at the Maqam of Shaykh Muhyiddin ibn Arabi. Shamseddin Efendi had asked him about the deeper realities of Tawhid, and their relation to man and his Creator. Perplexed, and unable to answer his questions, the young scholar asked the Shaykh to explain, to which he replied: “These things are not told, but seen. If you pledge not to object, nor to question me, I shall take you to His Presence, and you shall gaze at the marvels of His Majesty.”
From hereon he became a murid of Mawlana Shamseddin, and after performing seclusion (khalwa) in Damascus at his instructions, Shaykh Badreddin Efendi relocated to the Tekke (Sufi Center) in Diyarbakir, Turkey. Mawlana Shamseddin had been a student of Shaykh Abdur-Rrahman Samiyi al-Saruhani of the Khalwati, Qadiri and Naqshbandi orders, and he trained Shaykh Badreddin accordingly based on the methods of the Ussaki branch of the Khalwatiyya. After completing the Divine Names as prescribed by the Khalwati masters, he bestowed the Crown of Guidance with full khilafah upon Shaykh Badreddin.
In addition of receiving his training under Shaykh Abdur-Rahman al-Saruhani and his own father, Shaykh Shamseddin had also received additional guidance from two masters of the Senussi order, namely Shaykh Hassan, who had been a student and fighter under the banner of the Shaykh of the Shuhada, Umar Mukhtar; and Shaykh Shaykh Muhammad Idris as-Senussi, the King of Libya.
Shaykh Ahmet Onder Efendi, who was a student of Mawlana Shamseddin, and the leader of the Tekke (Sufi Center) in Diyarbakir as a khalifa of Shaykh Badreddin, described the relationship between the two as that of father and son, taking due care to impart every single aspect of the order to the latter, as if he knew that he would not be with us for long.
After Shamseddin Efendi passed away, Shaykh Badreddin went to Saudi Arabia at his master’s instructions to study the Fiqh of Imam Ahmad ibn Hanbal.
From the late 80’s onwards, Shaykh Badreddin divided his time between his native Egypt, Saudi Arabia, mastering the books of the Hanabilah; and Syria, where he stayed permanently until the recent unrest started. In 2011 he spent time in Libya striving to restore the Senussi legacy as a spiritual brotherhood, and not as a dethroned royal family. He was greatly inspired by Mujaddid of the Indian subcontinent, Shah Waliullah, who he saw as a counterpart to the North-African Shaykh Ahmad ibn Idris and his successor Shaykh Muhammad ibn Ali as-Senussi.
He was a kind, generous and fatherly figure, and a strict observer of the Sunnah. He is the author of a commentary on Ibn Arabi’s Fusus al-Hikam, which is yet to be published.
While we mourn the death of our teacher, we congratulate him for freeing himself from the shackles of the Dunya to return to his Lord.
Special Thanks to Sayyidi Isa (Hafidhahullah) for the Biography of The Shaykh Alayhi Rahma