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 […]