Summary of the Shamail al-Tirmidhi by Shaykh Abd al-Hayy al-Kattani


Dear friends, in the month of Rabi al-Awwal we are pleased to announce that you can now download the translation of the summary of the Shamail al-Tirmidhi by the notable scholar of the Maghrib:  Shaykh Abd al-Hayy al-Kattani.  This blessed text is an excellent introduction to the contents of the Shamail and suitable for use in study circles and as a quick overview of Imam al-Tirmidhi’s celebrated work.  You are welcome to print off this pdf for your personal and teaching use, please note that this work is available in print format on amazon via this link for a reasonable price and that all proceeds for the sale of this book will go towards educational projects.


Introduction to Dalail & Dua Khatam


The following pdf is a combination of two texts which were produced for a one day reading of the Dalail al-Khayrat with sanad in 2011.

The pdf consists of:

1. An introduction to the Dalail al-Khayrat including a biography of Imam al-Jazuli, praise of the book by scholars of the past and points regarding it’s format and transmission.

2. The second part is a translation of the dua to be recited upon the completion of the Dalail by Shaykh Ahmad al-Nakhli, a scholar of the Hijaz whom Shah Waliullah wrote about in his book ‘Anfas al-Arifin‘. This dua is found in some editions of the Dalail from the Indian Subcontinent.

Gatherings of Hope


Please find in this pdf a collection of short works which can be recited during a gathering or when alone. The works are taken from a variety of celebrated scholars and consist of the following:

1, Qasīda ‘Iqd al-Thamīn by Shaykh Abu Bakr al-Mullā : A poem in praise of the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) which can be sung to the tune of the Burda.

2. Selected Prophetic Supplications for Morning & Evening (Wasīlatul Falāḥ)
by Shaykh Abu Bakr al-Mullā

3. A Prayer for the Muslim World by Shaykh Yusuf al-Nabhānī: A short collection of concise prayers for the relief of suffering across the Muslim world.

4. Ḥizb Imām al-Nawawī via Sayyid Muhammad bin ‘Alawī al-Mālikī

5. Beneficial Prayers by Shaykh Abu Bakr al-Mullā : A collection of Quranic verses and Prophetic supplications which the author selected from the Hizb al-Azam of Mulla Ali al-Qari.

6. Selections from Dua Khatm al-Qurān of Shaykh Abdullah al-Khaṭīb al-Ja‘farī & Shaykh Abu Bakr al-Mullā : A combination of two works on this topic which will facilitate those who have completed a Quran recital to donate the reward of their recital to the deceased.

7. Forty Ṣalawāt from Hadith by Imām Taqī al-Dīn al-Subkī : Taken from the classic work Shifa al-Siqam.

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Shamail Khatam


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:

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Mawlid Mecca 2015



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.



Shamail Circle London


Alhumdulillah we are currently undertaking a study of a summary of the Shamail al-Tirmidhi authored by the great hadith scholar: Shaykh Abdul Hayy al-Kattani.
The circles consist of:

  • A reading of the summary
  • Explanation based around the classic commentaries of the text with particular focus on Shaykh Abu Bakr al-Mulla’s work
  • Expansion on any technical points raised in the commentaries from supplementary works

The circle runs every Wednesday evening during term time between 5-6pm at SOAS in room 266. Please address any queries to

Shamail Summary Release

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Alhumdulillah we are pleased to announce the second revised edition of the translation of Shaykh Abd al-Hayy al-Kattani’s summary of the Shamail is now available for purchase on the Amazon website. This text closely ties in with our Shamail project mentioned on this website and is published by the Karima al-Marwaziyya Foundation. All proceeds from this text will go towards education projects.

Also note that this is the first islamic work in the English language which makes use of a footnote of a footnote. A slightly obscure point worth mentioning!





A Summary of the Shamail

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By the grace and facilitation of God we are pleased to announce the forthcoming release of a unique summary of the Shamail al-Tirmidhi by the great Moroccan scholar Shaykh Abd al-Hayy al-Kattani. The author of this summary brilliantly summarises the contents of each chapter in a succinct form and whilst doing so adds any interesting points as a side note for readers.

This book will be a full translation of the text inclusive of all of Shaykh Kattani’s comments placed as footnotes. This work will also inshAllah have for the first time for an Islamic text in the English language the inclusion of a footnote to a footnote which is possible via the use of the latex typesetting language. Readers can see a demonstration of it use in the above image with the lettered footnote.

This text is an excellent introduction to the study of the Shamail, and also serves as a preparatory text for the reading of the original Shamail al-Tirmidhi.

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:

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.


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).

Sultan Selim (III) Letter to the Prophet (Allah Bless Him and Give Him Peace)

In the course of some research on the relationship of the scholars of Najd  who followed Shaykh Ibn Abd al-Wahab and their shocking takfir of the Ottoman Empire I came across the mention of the contents of a letter authored by the Ottoman Sultan Selim (III) [d. 1223 Hijri] addressed to the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace).  The letter was found in the Hujurah Sharifah (which I believe is the area behind the golden gates and between the blessed grave) by the followers of the Scholars of Najd movement and was disturbingly regarded as a proof of the Sultan’s disbelief.
In contrast someone with a rudimentary understanding of the Sunni schools of law cannot fail to see that the letter contains a moving heartfelt plea of tawassul by means of the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) which is established as a desirable action in the four madhahib and contains wording which is not too different to that found in Sunni books of law. This is an extract is taken from the Durar al-Saniyyah collection and can be found in the Maktaba al-Shamela version (1/304):
Saud bin Abd al-Aziz said in his letter to the ruler of Baghdad the following:
Your condition and the condition of your Imams and rulers bears witness to your lying and false claim [that you are Muslim]. For we saw that when we opened the blessed chamber (Hujarah al-Sharifah) upon its inhabitant be the best of blessings and peace in the year 22, a letter of your Sultan Selim which he had sent via his cousin to the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace) in which he sought help from him, supplicated to him and asked him for victory against his enemies. The letter contains debasement of the self, humility and reverence which bears witness against your lies. The beginning of the letter is:
“From your lowly slave Sultan Selim, to proceed: O Messenger of Allah, we have been inflicted with harm and hardship has befallen us which we are unable to ward off. The servants of the cross (Christians) have gained dominion over the servants of the All-Merciful. We ask of you for victory over them, help against them and that you break them.”
He wrote a significant amount which this is the summary of its meaning. So look at this great shirk and disbelief in Allah the One and All Knowing.