Obituary: Habib Hamid al-Kaf

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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.

Reading of Jaliyat al-Kadr with Isnad

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The picture above is of a blessed gathering which took place in the Midlands in the month of Ramadan wherein the Jaliyat al-Kadr regarding the martyrs of Badr was recited with a chain of transmission back to its author.

Visible in the picture is our teacher Shaykh Khalid Turkestani from Mecca who was visiting us for a few days in the UK and agreed to read this poem with us with his chain of transmission.

Shaykh Turkestani narrates this poem via his teacher Sayyid Muhammad bin Alawi al-Maliki by way of recital and also possesses other chains back to the author by way of ijazah from his teacher Shaykh Muhammad Yasin al-Fadani.

JazakAllah Khair to the Karima al-Marwaziyya Foundation for organising this trip for Shaykh Turkestani, the Olton project for being generous hosts for this event and Manaqib productions for their translation and publication of the Jaliyat al-Kadr and facilitating the reading from the idea of its inception to its completion.

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Dua for First Ten Days Dhul Hijjah

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I came across the following dua for the first ten days of Dhul Hijjah that a Meccan scholar from 100 years ago presented in his work and highlighted as something to be recited if unable to read all of the different azkar for these ten days.

It is related from the Prophet (God bless him and give him peace) as collected by Imam Tabarani that he said,

Whoever recites in the ten days of Dhul Hijjah ten times

La Ilaha Illalahu adada duhuri

La ilaha illalahu adada amwajil buhuri

La ilaha illalahu adada-nabati wa-shajari

La ilaha illalahu adadal qatri wal matari

La ilaha illalahu adada lamhil uyun

La ilaha illalahu khayrun mimma yajmaun

La ilaha illalahu min yawmina hadha ila yawmi yunfakhu fissuri

Will be forgiven for their previous and future sins
Reference Kanz al-Najah wal-Surur
Abd al-Hamid Quds al-Makki al-Shafi
Teacher in the Sacred Mosque in Mecca d.1335.

 

 

 

 

The Bayquniyyah Poem Release

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Alhumdulillah we have now released an early draft of the Bayquniyyah commentary on the science of hadith by the great Meccan scholar Shaykh Hasan al-Mashat.  This book is part of a larger project which still needs reviewing, but it was thought that the release of this portion would prove useful inshAllah to teachers and students alike.

We were fortunate to be able to study this text in the blessed month of Ramadan which has just passed, and were honoured with the completion ceremony of the text with Shaykh Khalid Turkestani from Mecca.

The book can be purchased from the link here.  Please note, proceeds will go to an education project and not personal profit.

Ramadan Dowra 2015

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We are pleased to announce a FREE Ramadan Dowra taking place inshAllah during the blessed last ten days of Ramadan at the Jamia Masjid in High Wycombe.
We will be joined by the Meccan hadith scholar Shaykh Khalid al-Turkestani who will be teaching a summary of the Shamail al-Tirmidhi along with other lessons for more advanced students.  Local scholars will also be in attendance and delivering lessons throughout the days and nights.  Itikaf places for non locals are extremely limited and will be assigned based on organizers discretion.  All attendees are requested to register by clicking here:

http://goo.gl/forms/gUEyBDJoL8

We will be mailing out further details and information to those registered soon. We will also endeavour to broadcast a live audio feed of the various lessons.

Wassalam

About Shaykh Khalid al-Turkestani

Shaykh Khalid al-Turkestani is a Meccan scholar of hadith who was born and raised in Mecca. His ancestors migrated to the Holy City from Kyrzygstan after the country fell to the communist Soviet Union. He is a student of the great Shaykh Muhammad Yasin al-Fadani, Sayyid Muhammad Alawi al-Maliki, Sayyid Ahmad al-Ruqaymi and numerous others. He is a graduate in Islamic Studies from the Umm al-Qura University and has been working as a primary school teacher in Mecca for many years.

In addition to his full time job he is actively involved in the preservation of the remnants of the traditional scholarly heritage of Mecca and teaches Sahih al-Bukhari to students who reside in the home of the late Sayyid Abbas al-Maliki (Allah have mercy on him).

Sharh Aqidah al-Awam Publication

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A work which we have contributed to is the translation of the commentary on the primers text in belief taught in Hijaz, Hadramawt and South East Asia, namely the Aqidah al-Awam.  The commentary is written by Shaykh Muhammad Ihya Ulum al-Din based on the lessons of Sayyid Muhammad bin Alawi al-Maliki.   It still puzzles me why larger more complex works on aqidah have been translated, but this basic work taught in numerous institutions of traditional Sunni learning has not attracted the attention of translators beyond the translation of the poem itself (a translation of which has been undertaken by a couple of scholars including Shaykh Ilyas Patel of the UK and Shaykh Mostafa Azzam of Canada in a slightly adapted form).

We started the serialised translation of the poem on this site some years back and the project was picked up by Shaykh Rami Nsour of the Tayba Foundation in the USA.  The text is currently being typeset and needs tidying up before Shaykh Rami decides how it should be distributed.

Please pray for the tawfiq and successful completion of this project and other projects such as the Bayquniyyah work mentioned on this site which is nearly complete.

Please find below a sample of the Table of Contents page.

Aqidah Awam Contents

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Bayquniyyah Commentary Release

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We have for some time been working on and off on a project related the beginners text in hadith terminology entitled the Bayquniyyah.  This brief poem is popularly studied in the Arab world as an introductory text to this science.  It was therefore thought appropriate that it should be presented in an accessible format for English speaking audiences who may wish to improve their knowledge of this field of learning.

This book is now with the Tawfiq of Allah Most High in its final stages and comprises of the following parts:

Part 1.  A translation of the poem with explanatory notes selected from the commentary of the recent great Meccan hadith scholar:  Shaykh Hasan al-Mashat.

Part 2. Verses of the poem presented with detailed explanatory notes and diagrams.  Popular commentaries on the poem were consulted and quoted from, but particular care was taken to refer to the manual of Shaykh Nur al-Din Itr entitled Manhaj al-Naqd.  The diagrams were created by the compiler of this work and will inshAllah help to simplify the concepts presented in the poem.

Part 3.  A brief extract from the Risalah al-Mustatrifah of Shaykh Muhammad bin Jafar al-Kattani regarding the important books of hadith a student should be familiar with.

Those interested in further details regarding this project can contact:  info@daralhadith.org.uk

Wassalam

Sayyid Maliki’s Dua/Dhikr at Iftar Time

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Last Ramadan when Shaykh Khalid Turkestani from Mecca visited the UK to teach in Ramadan, he taught us the following dua at the time of Iftar.  He mentioned that he learnt it from his teacher Shaykh Muhammad bin Alawi al-Maliki when the Sayyid and his students would sit together to break the fast, repeating the basic formula of this dua together for some time preceding the iftar itself.

Sh Turkestani kindly sent the following recording as a reminder of what to recite, which I have attempted to transliterate and quickly translate to give an idea of the meaning.

The Sayyid (Allah have mercy on him) use to say:

Ashadu an la ilaha illalah nastaghfirullah

I bear witness that there is no god except Allah, we seek Allah’s forgiveness

Nasaluk Allahummal jannata wa naudhubika min an nar

O Allah, we ask you for Paradise and seek refuge in You from the Fire

Ya Adheem Ya Adheem ighfiri dhanb al-adheem

O Great One (Allah); O Great One (Allah); forgive the enormous acts of disobedience

Fainnahu la yaghfiru dhanb al-adheem illal adheem

For no one forgives enormous acts of disobedience except the Great One (Allah)

La ilaha illalah nastaghfirullah

there is no god except Allah, we seek Allah’s forgiveness

Nasaluk Allahummal jannata wa naudhubika min an nar

O Allah, we ask you for Paradise and seek refuge in You from the Fire

Musalsal Hadith Text in English

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Please find uploaded below (at the end of the post) a brief text on Musalsal hadith which was compiled for the recent visit of Shaykh Yahya bin Muhammad al-Mulla.  I believe it is the first text of its kind in the English language, and we pray to Allah Most High for the ability to translate further on this topic to enable students in the West to be able to linked to this academic legacy left behind by our ulema.

Readers will find the following in the text:

  1. A very simplified diagram of some chains of transmission of Shaykh Yahya al-Mulla
  2. A selection of Musalsal hadith selected from the works Ithaf al-Ikhwan and Al-Ujalah (which Shaykh Yahya read with his teachers)
  3. The Arabic text and translation of the whole chain and hadith
  4. A discussion on the narrations presented taken from a number of sources
  5. A sample ijazah to be signed for scholars or competent students of knowledge who might meet the Shaykh

Wassalam

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Mukhtasar Bukhari Reading

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The picture above is from the Mukhtasar Sahih al-Bukhari reading which was conducted in Ramadan in the town of High Wycombe (UK).  Shaykh Khalid Abd al-Karim al-Turkestani (on the left) who is a student of Shaykh Muhammad Yasin al-Fadani and Sayyid Muhammad bin Alawi al-Maliki amongst others traveled from Makka to teach the text, which was completed in around a week.

The above picture is of a catch up session in the students living area in the masjid,  which was conducted for Shaykh Amjad Mahmood from Birmingham on the right, as he was unable to make it to the first day of the reading, and therefore asked to read the hadith he had missed from the first session.

InshAllah additional pictures will follow soon.

Wassalam