Encounter: Ibn Idris and the Scholars of Zabid

Zabid is one of the most important towns in Yemen, having been its capital from the 13th to the 15th century. It had a great Islamic university, and was known as one of the great centers of learning in the Muslim world. It was always a city of scholars. Shaykh Ibrahim al-Rashid, one of shaykh […]

Shaykh Abdul Aali

The following is an excerpt from a book about the Sanusis, written by Abd al-Malik al-Libi, the student and companion of the great Mujahid, Ahmad al-Sharif al-Sanusi, the grandson of Muhammad ibn Ali al-Sanusi. Abd al-Malik accompanied his teacher when he left to Turkey and then to Medina and stayed with him until he died. […]

Encounter: Ibn Idris and al-Sanusi

“I studied the exoteric sciences, devoting thirty years to their study, until I had mastered them and was proficient in them,” says the great imam and scholar Muhammad ibn Ali as-Sanusi. He had studied in Algeria with local teachers, before moving to Fez where he studied for 15 years. While in Fez, he took the […]

Encounter: Ibn Idris and Muhammad al-Madani

Shaykh Muhammad al-Madani left his home town of Madina in 1222 AH (1807 CE) and went to Morocco in search of spiritual guides. There he took guidance from many shaykhs including Ahmad al-Tijani and shaykh al-Mukhtar al-Kunti, reviver of the Qadiriyya in West Africa, until in 1224 he met with the greatest shaykh of the […]

Encounter: Ibn Idris and Ibrahim al-Rashid

Shaykh Ibrahim al-Rashid wrote of how he came to know his shaykh, the sayyid Ahmad ibn Idris, in a treatise he called: The Necklace of Precious Pearls on Some of the Karamaat of our Master the sayyid Ahmad ibn Idris (may Allah Most High sanctify his secret, his light, his resting place, and his grave, […]

Walking with al-Khadir

وكم من عابد يمشي * مع الأقطاب والخضر How many are the worshipers  that walk  with the Qutbs and with al-Khadir. – Shaykh Salih al-Ja’fari ‎ There are some figures who, according to Islamic traditions, have not yet died despite having been born a very long time ago. Some of them were taken directly to […]

Be Like the Qur’an

Our sayyida Aisha (may Allah be pleased with her), when asked about the character of the Messenger of Allah (may Allah bless him and grant him peace), described it as being that of the Qur’an. There are many dimensions to understanding this statement. For example, when we think of that hadith we might think of […]