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.
We have translated some notes on some of the Karamat (Miracles) of the late Hafiz and Shaykh al-Islam of Aleppo, Sayyid `Abd Allah Siraj al-Din al-Hussayni al-Rifai Rahimahullah
During Rabi-ul-Awwal Sayyid Shaykh `Abd Allah Siraj al-Din travelled to al-Madinah al-Munawarah, he was going to Umrah and to visit the Prophet Muhammad Peace Be Upon Him. He stayed in al-Madinah al-Munawarah for a while by the order of the Prophet Peace Be Upon Him who he would frequently see in Dreams and Awake and he wouldn’t do anything without the Prophets permission, he was happy to visit the Prophet Peace Be Upon Him, when someone asked him about his situation he would say Alhamdulillah, I am happy to be next to the Prophet Peace Be Upon Him.
Some of Sayyid Abd Allahs poetry:
And I said if I stayed in al-Madinah al-Munawarah by the luminance of the prophet,
Oh heart good tidings to you you have returned and this is the house of the Ahbab we have gathered.
Cant you see the smell that is coming out from Tayba and the light,
So live happy with those you have travelled with,
And testify by the beauty of whom his luminance struck the eyes of the people (the Prophet) Peace Be Upon Him
He also used to say:
If your neighbour was not valued, and was healthy and in no harm, so how about the situation of the one who visits the Prophet Peace Be Upon Him.
The Prophet praised al-Madinah and made Dua for its inhabitants, and alleviated the hardships from it, and the Prophet Promised the Martyrdom and Shafa’a for those who visited him there or died there, These are from different Hadiths.
I have heard many Karamat from him and have witnessed in dreams and by the tongues of the Lovers from al-Madinah and others.
I will tell some of them and the details in a book in shaa’ Allah, One of them is that he saw that he was accepted by writing on the Ka’aba. He was accepted by Allah and he saw that he entered the Prophets mosque from Bab-us-Salaam and many Awliya greeted him, they sat him in an area that was big and also one time he saw that Sayyidah Fatima had her cloak and her cloak was large. A voice was heard saying: he who will put his head under this cloak will attain peace and happiness, so Shaykh Abd Allah walked towards it and and they looked at each other. He put the cloak all over his body. During that time voices were shouting “he has won” he has won” “he has won”
One time he saw the Prophet, upon him blessings and peace, ordered our liege lord ‘Ali ibn Abi Talib RadiAllahu Anhu to dress the Shaykh with his cloak, and another time the Prophet himself dressed him with his noble hand, and another time the Prophet told him: “You are our dedicated servant,” after which he would say: “The Prophet is pleased to have me as his servant.”
Many years Passed in al-Madinah because he was teaching and writing books and worshipping, he longed to serve in al-Madinah. He initiated Quran schools and many have benefited from him. It is until this day the Scholars are teaching from his teachings any many students graduate Alhamdulillah.
He used to visit the Prophets mosque to pray there a lot and also to visit his grave. He would enter from Bab-us-Salaam and would face the Rawda, and would pray and leave with respect to the Prophet and stand in front of the grave and stare at it. He would say Salawat many times and make Dua until he was given permission to leave, he left with good manners as well and he left the same way he came.
One time a man who took care of the Mosque followed him to outside the Mosque, he followed him to kiss his hand, but the Shaykh out of his humbleness did not let him as he was in the land of the Prophet. This man said the Shaykh” Wallah I saw light come out of the Hujra and stretch towards you and followed you” “that’s why I followed you to seek Baraka from you” the Shaykh then made Dua for him.
His lessons always contained Dhikr and good manners It was narrated that Imam Malik Rahimahullah would walk in al-Madina barefoot and would not ride an animal and if he was to perform the excretions, he would go to the outskirts of al-Madina because of his good manners and if he wanted to converse in the Prophets mosque he would make Wudu and put perfume and wear new clothes and wore a Turban when he would narrate he would be very emotional.
Our Shaykh did not return to Aleppo until he got his permission from the prophet Peace Be Upon Him
From the Shaykhs habit he would before he goes to bed make Tabaruk by the relics of the prophet and face the Qibla and would wipe his eyes and face and his head and his chest then give it to the others with him from his children and relatives and students. He would start making Dua and say poetry:
To you I give you my longing hand and who enters it will be satisfied
I ask you oh Allah by the shafa’a of the Prophet who I love.
And also if the shaykh became ill, or complained of pain, he would get the relic of the Prophet and wipe on that area and make Dua and by the will of Allah it would cure
And this relic is a Hair of the prophet from his beard passed down generations with a lineage tree he received from it from Sayyid Shaykh Muhammad Najib Siraj al-Din and my grandfather Hajj Muhammad Tatriyy Rahimahullah received it from Shaykh Awni Khalasiyy Rahimahillah and gifted it to Sayyid Muhammad Najib and has a chain leading to the Prophet and it is placed with the hair. The hair is placed in glass in some wax and in a gold case. It says the shahada written on it. The case is covered with green cloth and has beautiful smell naturally the Shaykh would glorify this relic and would place it on the uppermost portion of his office.
Before is death he would not leave his home because he didn’t have permission from the Prophet Muhammad Peace Be Upon Him and the day he passed away he got permission and It rained in al-Madina al-Munawara on the day he passed away in 2002
Dr. Shihab al-Din Farfur said in his elegiac poem (ratha’) which he read for the first time at a gathering after the passing of Shaykh Abd Allah: “Messenger of Allah, I send the expression of my sadness [at the passing of our teacher] to you, and we have no other request than meeting you.” He said he composed it after he gifted the Fatiha to the Shaykh, whereupon he received its inspiration. Indeed, such a line itself seems straight from the mouth of Shaykh Siraj al-Din.
These are our teachers and fathers in the Religion, and even the stone pillars around them could tell you most eloquently: If, after you sit with them attentively, you can boast of better living examplars at these two levels, point them out to us so that we may travel to them on the apples of our eyes and kiss their feet. Otherwise, leave us in peace with them for they are the testament of the Prophet, upon him blessings and peace, concerning the people of Shaam.
Translated by Sidi Ibrahim al-Rifai al-Beiruti
Photos of Sayyid Shaykh Abd Allah Siraj al-Din al-Hussayni al-Rifai Rahimahullah, his father Sayyid Shaykh Muhammad Najib Siraj al-Din Rahimahullah and his son Shaykh Muhammad Najib Siraj al-Din
Books written by Sayyid Shaykh Abd Allah Siraj al-Din al-Hussayni Rahimahullah
Surah al-Isra Recited by Shaykh Abdullah Sirajuddin Rahimahullah from Halab
Dhikr in the presence of Shaykh Abdullah Sirajuddin Rahimahullah in Halab
A Lecture given by Shaykh Abdullah Sirajuddin Rahimahullah in Halab
As Subhu Bada Min recited by Shaykh Abdullah Sirajuddin Rahimahullah
Dua by Shaykh Abdullah Sirajuddin Rahimahullah in Halab
The Maqam of Shaykh Abdullah Sirajuddin Rahimahullah in Halab