Posted by: Faqir | December 12, 2012

Shaykh Muhammad Nuruddin Biryun Passes Away

Shaykh Muhammad Nuruddin Briyun Passes Away

Bismillah …

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 Muhammad Nuruddin Briyun passed away yesterday at the age of 88 in Tripoli. 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.

To Allah we belong and to Him we return. The scholar, the ascetic, the knower of Allah, the educator and writer, Shaykh Muhammad Nuruddin Biryun has returned to his Lord on the 11th of December, 2012, at the age of 88. Shaykh Biryun was born in Tripoli, Libya, and memorized the Qur’an at the hands of many of its scholars. He studied in the Ahmad Pasha academy in Tripoli and became one of Tripoli’…

A great scholars, literary figures, educators, and cultural pioneers. He opened Tripoli’s biggest bookshop, Al-Najah Bookshop, which made the books of the Muslim east more accessible to the Muslim west, and which became an important destination for the scholars of North and West Africa, until it was closed down by the regime of Gaddafi. He also encouraged people he knew to establish libraries and bookshops in different cities of Libya and gave them his support and provided them with books.

He published tens of books in the fields of Islam, education, and languages, and published a monthly journal on education. Himself a great teacher and educator, he raised many of the great men of Libya in the last half of the 20th century. He was also chosen in 1950 as president of the Cultural Committee for Tripoli’s Teachers Association.He was especially interested in Tasawwuf, and in the Ja’fariyya Tariqa in particular, which he took from shaykh Salih al-Ja’fari. He is considered to be one of the tariqa’s prominent members. Like his shaykh, he wrote poetry expressing his love of the Best of Creation, the Messenger of Allah, (salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam) and in 2007, he won the award for best poem in praise of the Prophet in the International Tripoli Festival.Not only a scholar, teacher, writer, publisher and ascetic, but a worshiper who led the Taraweeh prayer for 40 years.

His full biography can be found in the book: Islam and the Muslims in Libya, vol. 4, pp. 164-170.

May Allah cover him with His mercy and gentleness and reward him for all that he gave for his people and for his brothers and sisters in the faith. We ask Allah most kind to give us more people like him at this crucial time in which the Muslims are in dire need for those who spread the light of knowledge which feeds the souls, brings life to the hearts, and illuminates the minds.


He was the grandfather of Ustadh Amjad Tarsin.


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