Passing of Senior Meccan Hanafi Scholar

Sh Yaqub Ali Murad

Salam

We received the sad news yesterday of the passing of Shaykh Yaqub Ali Murad al-Balushi al-Makki, one of the senior most and elderly hanafi scholars of the sacred city of Mecca.

Shaykh Yaqub was born in the Kerman region of Iran and travelled widely in pursuit of knowledge, acting as a judge in the city of Buraimi in current day Oman before settling in the sacred city of Mecca.

He kept a low profile and shunned fame whilst at the same time serving students of knowledge who came to him. In the 1970s for example he tutored Shaykh Yahya al-Mulla during his student days in Mecca, reading with him works such as the Lubab and Maraqi al-Falah in their entirety.

He was well known for his piety and zuhd, being well known for his performing 2 umrahs every day during the month of Ramadan.

The picture above of Shaykh Yaqub was taken at a mawlid in his home in Mecca on the 12th of Rabi al-Awwal 2015 where the Barzanji mawlid and other qasaid were recited.

May Allah Taala have mercy on him and give his family steadfastness at this time.

Al-Fatiha

The Importance of Studying the Fiqh of Inheritance

40 scenarios inheritance

Salam

There are many courses being run in the UK on various topics related to islamic studies such as tafsir, the fiqh of worship, hadith etc, but very few on the topic of the fiqh of inheritance.  When reflected on, this phenomenon is a little odd as the fiqh rules which relate to the division of property upon the death of a person apply to every Muslim and it could be argued in terms of importance and priority perhaps rank higher than many of the courses being delivered throughout the UK.

The importance of these rules and their study is emphasized in the Quran with its detailed exposition of inheritance shares and in the Sunnah such as in the following narrations:

The Prophet, (God bless him and give him peace), said:

“Learn inheritance and teach it for it is half the knowledge and it will be forgotten, and it is the first thing to be ripped from my Ummah” (Ibn Majah 2710).

Likewise the following narration:

He (God bless him and give him peace) also said:

“Learn inheritance and teach it to people for I am a mortal being and knowledge will decrease until two people would differ amongst themselves over inheritance, but wouldn’t find an arbitrator” (al-Nasa’i 6305).

We are therefore pleased to announce a new beginners course on learning the rules of calculating inheritance shares by means of studying forty of the most common inheritance scenarios.  We will inshAllah be studying a text authored by the recent great scholar of Mecca, Shaykh Hasan al-Mashat.

Further information and registration can be found on the following link:

http://inheritancefiqh.eventbrite.co.uk

Wassalam

Shamail Khatam

Salam

Alhumdulillah by the grace of God (Most High) we were able to complete a reading of Shaykh Abd al-Hayy al-Kattani’s summary of the Shamail al-Tirmidhi yesterday in London.

Please find below a couple of files related to the khatam:

The first is an audio message for the attendees of the khatam by Sharif Hamza al-Kattani who is a relative of the author and is well known and respected in scholarly circles.

The second is a musalsal hadith related to the chapter of the passing away of the Prophet (God bless him and give him peace) (which was covered yesterday) that I forgot to mention.

It is known as the musalsal hadith of crying, wherein each scholar who narrates the hadith sheds tears when narrating the hadith, just as the scholar they received the hadith from cried and so on and so forth all the way back to Sayyidah Fatimah (upon her be peace). The hadith relates to Sayyidah Fatimah’s statement to Sayyiduna Anas (God be pleased with him) regarding the Prophet (God bless him and give him peace) burial.

The narration is from Sayyiduna Anas, the beginning portion of which is, “Fatima said: O Anas, how were you able throw soil upon the Messenger of Allah (whilst burying him)….” at the end of the narration Sayyiduna Anas witnessed her crying.

Alhumdulillah we received this narration from one of our teachers who was moved by this hadith and shed tears at the time of narrating it, just as he had received it from his teachers whilst crying and thus maintaining the pattern. Please see scans below:

Crying Musalsal 1

http://telegram.me/daralhadith

Fiqh of Inheritance Text for Beginners

IMG_20151231_1522374_rewind

Salam

InshAllah we hope to roll out in the near future a beginners course on the Islamic rules of Inheritance, an area which receives little attention amongst those who attend study circles and surrounding which there are a number of misconceptions.

Alhumdulillah we have prepared the first draft of a translation of a text on this science which was authored for novices by the great Meccan scholar, Shaykh Hasan al-Mashat.  Shaykh Hasan designed this work to be a gentle introduction to this field, and focuses his attention on forty scenarios of inheritance.

The draft translation has been supplemented with tables adapted from the commentary of Shaykh Muhsin al-Musawa who was a student of the author himself.

The image above is of copy of this text we were grateful to receive recently, which was printed in the lifetime of the author  (1976).

Prayers are requested for the successful delivery of these workshops and utilising of this Mubarak text.

Wassalam

Mawlid Mecca 2015

IMG_20151216_2054511_rewind

Salam

Above is a picture taken at a mawlid in Mecca at the home of Sidi Fuad Ibrahim Usta in the month of Rabi al Awwal 2015.

In the distance on the left you can just about make out the current principal of the Sawlatiyyah school Shaykh Majid Rehmatullah.

I managed to have a brief conversation with him after the mawlid during which he clarified that the Sawlatiyyah is not aligned to either the Deobandi nor Barelwi schools of the subcontinent.

Alhumdulillah it was a beautiful event with some talented young munshids in attendance.

I have some recordings of the gathering but multiple attempts to upload here have been unsuccessful unfortunately.

Wassalam

 

Obituary: Habib Hamid al-Kaf

habib hamid kaf youth

habib hamid old

Salam

The world of Sunni Islam earlier on today lost one of its great hidden gems from the sacred city of Mecca, namely the Ba Alawi Sayyid famed for his high isnad and hadith scholarship:  Habib Hamid bin Alawi bin Salim bin Abi Bakr al-Kaf.

Habib Hamid was born in the village of Kalayan in Sothern Kalminatan in Indonesia on the 25th of Shaban in 1345 Hijri (1927 CE).  He was however of Hadrami ancestry via the Ba Alawi Sayyids of the al-Kaf family.

He was raised in a home of piety and knowledge under the care of his father, his mother having passed away when he was young.  He undertook his primary studies under his father and then joined the government school of his area where he completed the different levels of study at the time.  In the year 1360 hijri he joined the Madrasah al-Khayriyyah where he studied for 3 years taking from scholars such as:  Shaykh Umar Ba Raja, Sayyid Salim Aqil and others.  Thereafter he returned to Banjar Maseen and joined the institute named Dar al-Salam al-Diniyyah in Martafura and took from the scholars there such as:  Shaykh Muhammad Sharani bin Arif, Shaykh Hussain Qadri, Shaykh Abd al-Qadir Hasan and others.

In 1367 hijri (1948 CE) he made the intention to travel to Mecca for performing the Hajj and thereafter seek residence in the Holy City to seek knowledge.  After his arrival he studied in the circles of the scholars of the Masjid al-Haram for a period of four years after which he joined the Dar al-Ulum al-Diniyyah in 1371 hijri and graduated in 1374 hijri.

He then began his teaching career and taught fiqh, usul, hadith, Arabic grammar, astronomy and other sciences such that he became known as one of the scholars of the Masjid al-Haram.

His teachers in addition to the above mentioned are:

  • Sharif Mustafa bin Abd al-Qadir al-Shinqiti
  • Shaykh Muhammad Uhayd al-Boghori
  • Shaykh Hasan bin Saeed Yamani
  • Shaykh Hasan al-Mashat
  • Shaykh Muhammad al-Arabi al-Tubbani
  • Sayyid Alawi bin Abbas al-Maliki
  • Sayyid Muhammad Amin Kutbi
  • Shaykh Muhammad Nur Sayf
  • Shaykh Muhammad Yasin al-Fadani
  • Shaykh Abd al-Qadir bin Abd al-Muttalib Mindili
  • Shaykh Ibrahim bin Dawud Fatani
  • Shaykh Abd al-Karim al-Banjari

Teaching Career

Habib Hamid was honoured to teach in the Masjid al-Haram near the Bab al-Mahkamah from the year 1374-1399 alongside lessons in his home. He also taught for a number of years in Shaykh Muhammad Yasin al-Fadani’s school in Mecca, and upon Shaykh al-Fadani’s passing away took over his weekly lesson in his home which ran until now.

Links to the UK

Some students with the Karima al-Marwaziyya Foundation in the town of High Wycombe in the UK came to know of Habib Hamid al-Kaf over the last few years but were unfortunately unable to meet him due to inability to travel and Habib Hamid’s moving home and thus being difficult to locate when some students visited the Hijaz a few years ago.

These students in the UK were however were able to benefit from scholars who took directly from him such as Shaykh Tariq Sardar and Shaykh Khalid Turkestani from Mecca.  The latter this last Ramadan (2015) specifically narrated to us rare musalsalat narrations from Habib Hamid to be transmitted to us.  He also gave to us the Mudd vessel from Habib Hamid for us to keep in High Wycombe along with the ijazah for the vessel.  Students in High Wycombe did request an ijazah directly from Habib Hamid, however he requested that students visit him in person for this honour.

Funeral

Habib Hamid al-Kaf’s funeral was prayed today after Isha in the Masjid al-Haram, after which he was taken to be buried in the Maala graveyard in the enclosure specified for the noble Ahl al-Bayt.

Al-Fatiha.

Shaykh Abd al-Rahman al-Mulla

FB_IMG_1435453549151

God have mercy on Sh Abd al-Rahman al-Mulla, (pictured here in the centre in a blue garment) who passed away on this day (27 Shawwal) in 2001 aged 98 years old. I believe there is a biography of his on this website, but to summarise he studied in his native Ahsa, Mecca and Madinah in his youth.

We are fortunate to narrate some musalsal hadith from him via his nephew Shaykh Yahya al-Mulla.

Al-Fatiha