The Servant of the Husaynid Places

After [Shaykh Hasan al-Adawi al-Hamzawi]  memorized the Noble Qur’an, seekers of knowledge took him with them from his home town to the Azhar. He had no money, and became really hungry and was severely distressed, when he heard a man calling: “O people of generosity!”, so he said to him, “Where are these people of generosity that you are calling?” So the man took him by the hand to the dome of mawlana al-Husayn at night, where he found those who offered him bread and food. He stayed doing this until he finished his studies and obtained the diploma from the Azhar.

Later there happened a fitna between the scholars f the Azhar- some of them said: The head of mawlana al-Husayn is here in Egypt, and others said: No. The shaykh al-Hamzawi was of those who said that the head is in Egypt. He then saw mawlana al-Husayn in a dream vision saying to him: “How do you say that what is here is my head? Have you been taking your share of bread and meat from the head without the body?” So the next morning the shaykh al-Hamzawi went and stood among the ulama of the Azhar at the Husayn Mosque and said, “I swear by Allah, I swear by Allah, I swear by Allah: sayyidna al-Husayn is here in his head, his body, and his soul.” From that day the shaykh al-Hamzawi began writing about himself, “the Servant of the Husaynid Places,” and then the inner knowledges exploded in his heart until he became the Shaykh of the Malikis (in Egypt). (My) shaykh Muhammad Ibrahim al-Samaluti was one of his closest students.

– Shaykh Salih al-Ja’fari, the Friday Lessons.

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