The last few centuries have seen many an Englishman and Englishwoman convert to Islam. Prominent figures in the modern Muslim collective consciousness, their journeys into the faith have often-time been sources of amazement and wonder to all who would hear them. And yet one would be hard pressed to find an account more stirring and [...]
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His lineage goes back to the family of the Prophet through Moulay Isa b. Moulay Idris II b. Moulay Idris I b. Moulay Abdullah al-Kamil b. Moulay Hasan al-Muthanna b. Moulay Hasan b. Imam ‘Ali. He was born in Dabdaba; Mostaghanem in 1824. He was educated by his father who was a prominent scholar of [...]
A tribute to Shaykh Ahmad al-Habbal by Shaykh Muhammad al-Yaqoubi.
“And more important than all, is that he, may Allah show him Mercy, was foremost in practice, an exemplar in following the sunnah, teaching through his state before teaching by his words. If he spoke, he practiced what he said, when he admonished, he reminded of Allah, and when he guided, he ushered people to Allah.”
A lecture by Pir Syed Naseer-ud-Din Naseer (ra).
The 25th Shaykh from Silsila Aliya Naqshbandia
by Shaykh Asif Hussain Farooqui
The blessed name of this Darwesh of Islam was Ahmad. His titles include Badr ud-Deen (Illuminator of the Faith) and from his family name Farooqui he was called Abul-Barakaat (the father of blessings). He acquired the status of Khazeenat ur-Rahmah (the Treasure House of Mercy) [...]
At the beginning of the fifteenth century, the Shadhiliya brotherhood was closely associated with political and intellectual elites of North Africa. This was to be expected, since Sidi Abul Hassan Shadhili (d. 656/1241), Sidi Abul Abbas al-Mursi (d. 686/1271), Sidi Abd an-Nur al-Amrani (b. 685/1286), Sidi Madi ibn Sultan (d. 718/1318) and Sidi [...]
Shaykh Taj-ud-Din Ahmad Ibn Ata’illah was born in about 1250 into a distinguished family of religious scholars who followed the school of Imam Malik in Alexandria. His father was a close follower of Shaykh Abu’l Hasn ash-Shadhili. Ahmad ibn Ata’illah became the close follower of Shaykh Abu’l-Abbas al-Mursi after he had completed his study of [...]
Idris the Second was born on Monday the 13th of Rajab or the third 175/791 or 177/792. It was said that he was born with the declaration of faith and ‘there is no strength or might except through God’ written between his shoulder blades. Raashid took him under his wing. He memorized the Quran by [...]
It is related in a rigorously authenticated tradition that the Messenger of God (may God bless him and grant him peace) said, “This affair belongs to the Quraish as long as they uphold God’s law. No one will oppose them except that God will humiliate them.”
The four rightly guided Caliphs had passed away, and the [...]