The Meaning of Salawat

Many explanations have been offered for the word ṣalāwāt, such as to exalt, to praise, to bestow mercy on, to bless, to forgive. Through an investigation of several verses of the Qurʾān, and drawing upon the ḥadīth and the insight of several great imams culled from an array of rare and precious sources, a clearer […]

The Reality of Taqwa

The noble shaykh Ahmad ibn Idris (may Allah be pleased with him) said: ——————————————— Taqwa is to make Allah, most high, a protection between yourself and everything other than Himself. It is not as has been said, to make something a protection for you between yourself and between Himself, for that would be a veil […]

Ahmad ibn Idris (Luminaries V)

Luminaries V -— Shaykh ‎Aḥmad Ibn Idrīs  By Kamran Shaheen Bismiʾllahi ʾr-Raḥmāni ʾr-Raḥīm wa ʾṣ-ṣalātu wa salām ʿalā Rasūlihi ʾl-Karīm When we decided to create this series titled Luminaries, I was undecided as to whom I would write about. So I thought, what does Luminary actually mean? For me, a luminary is someone that has reached […]

Idrisi Achievements in the 19th and 20th C

  The achievement of Ahmad ibn Idris was not the establishment of a single mass movement for revitalizing Islam. What he did accomplish was to lay the foundations for an important revivalist tradition in Islam. The Idrisi tradition gave birth to leaders of holy wars, men who established religious states, and a number of important […]

Encounter: Ibn Idris and al-Sawi

He (may God be pleased with him) had powerful thinking in extracting and discovering the signs in The Book and the Sunnah. In his time there was no one close to him in memorization and the talent of evocation. When al-Shaykh Ahmad al-Sawi came to Mecca for the purpose of the pilgrimage, the people of […]

Encounter: Ibn Idris and al-Tijani

Shaykh Ahmad ibn Idris was either 13 or 23 years younger than Shaykh Ahmad al-Tijani (may Allah be pleased with them both); the difference because historians give us two different years for Shaykh Ibn Idris’ birth. The Egyptian scholar and hadith master Shaykh Muhammad al-Hafiz al-Tijani wrote in a footnote to al-Ifadatul Ahmadiyya, “Shaykh Ahmad […]

Encounter: Ibn Idris and al-Darqawi

It is mentioned in one source that one day the famous wali of the Maghrib, Shaykh al-‘Arabi al-Darqawi, was teaching while standing, overcome by a spiritual state. He pointed to the sayyid Ahmad ibn Idris and said, “Behold a Wali unlike other awliya, a Ghawth unlike other aghwath, a Qutb unlike other aqtab.” Shaykh Ahmad […]