Shaykh Muhammad Abdul Baqi. He was a student of Shaykh Salih al-Ja’fari for 37 years. Shaykh Salih said to him, “Shaykh Ahmad ibn Idris has paired the two of us as brothers.” Meaning that just as the Messenger of Allah (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) paired the Sahaba with each other as brothers, shaykh Ahmad ibn Idris paired Shaykh Salih and Shaykh Muhammad Abdul Baqi as brothers.
He was a scholar of the Azhar who attained its highest degree, the Alimiyya. He used to say, “I got the Alimiyya by way of the Azeemiyya,” meaning by the blessing of the Salaat Azeemiyya of Shaykh Ahmad ibn Idris. Shaykh Salih used to appoint him to teach in his place when he traveled.
Shaykh Salih had wanted Shaykh Muhammad Abdul Baqi to succeed him as spiritual guide and shaykh of the tariqa, but the Messenger of Allah (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) refused this strongly, and insisted that Shaykh Salih’s son Shaykh Abdul Ghani will be his successor.
When Shaykh Salih died in 1979, Shaykh Abdul Ghani appointed Shaykh Muhammad Abdul Baqi to lead the Friday Prayers in the Shaykh Salih al-Ja’fari Masjid and to teach in place of shaykh Salih, until he died ten year later in 1989.
May Allah be pleased with Shaykh Salih, Shaykh Abdul Ghani, and Shaykh Muhammad Abdul Baqi, and join us with them in this world and the next. Ameen.