Category Archives: Sayyidi

Some Reflections on Love of Madinah al-Munawwarah


The following is a quick rough translation of a recent beneficial post by Shaykh Abd al-Wahid al-Azhari, a young Hanbali scholar based in Qatar. In this he talks briefly about his experiences in the Salafi movement and the issue of love of the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace).

O Lord, grant us death in the land of your Messenger (Allah bless him and give him peace), in a manner which You are pleased with, and grant us burial there!

I have pointed out in the past, even when I was counted as being a part of the Salafi movement (and records are a witness to this) that some of the viewpoints of the Wahabis relating to the understanding of love of the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) and the issues of difference between them and the majority of the Ummah: the jurists and others – and I do not say it is only the sufis – such as tawassul, tabarruk, travelling to visit the Prophet etc, contain an element of animosity and injustice… which is not hidden to intelligent folk. 
I do not say as some of their extreme enemies do that they do not love the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) or do not honour him as they should, nor do I say that this exists in each of them, no by Allah, there are those amongst them who are not like this… 
However I say: the manifestation of animosity, coarse disrespect and aversion are apparent in many of them which cannot be missed by the observant person.

This is a reaction of theirs as to what they perceive of exaggeration of their opponents in loving the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace), praise of him, and attachment to him…the examples of this are many and evident.

It is sufficient as evidence that you will not find them (the Salafis) holding gatherings of praise for the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) not gathering together to recite his sirah or salawat upon him, and even it does occur then it is little and cannot be compared to those that they accuse of going to extremes!

You will not find in their literary output anything which comes close to the Burdah or that which is similar to it, even if it is free of that which they criticise, except for some recent efforts by them, but that is a separate topic of discussion.

It is sufficient for you to present to them the statements of the Imams…regarding the excellence of the blessed resting place of the Prophet and it being superior to the Kabah, or some of that which is recorded regarding their spiritual states in Medina such as that which is reported from Imam Malik and what is mentioned by Qadi Iyad in al-Shifa, and then look at their behaviour in such places and attitude.

They proclaim assertively that the meaning of love is following the Prophet!

This is an understanding which there is no difference of opinion over, rather the discussion is about a matter at a higher level which only a deprived person is ignorant of.

I will here mention a story of one of the prominent students of knowledge from my friends, a pleasant Salafi, advanced in knowledge with some beneficial published works. He resided in a city close to Medina al-Nabawiyyah – I will not name it so he is not identified – he was living there for a number of years. He said to me after the passing of several years: I have not visited Medina since I have come here, not even once!

I was greatly shocked at his statement, for I know those who would expend their wealth and health just to visit it once, rather they are prepared to choose visiting Medina over their continuing to live if they had a choice. 
I asked him – out of disbelief almost – Why? 
He said: “Because prayer in Mecca is rewarded at 100,000 and in Medina it is 1000, so what is it that can make me give preference to visiting Medina over Mecca? When I have the opportunity the visit to Mecca is given preference without a doubt.”

The above statement is a financial calculation (if it can be described as such) which a lover (of the Prophet) would not utter. Neither would someone who understands the statements of the fuqaha truthfully or has examined the states of the truthful lovers (of the Prophet).

This statement can only be uttered by an uncouth idiot who does not understand and is unaware, or a materialistic fool who is devoid of affection. This statement should not be stated by a pious man who I know well is righteous and desirous of doing good. It is however the distorted understanding and comprehension that these people inherit, and this person is a senior figure amongst them.

Were it that this person had looked at the longing of visiting the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace), attachment to the places which his blessed foot touched, the resting place wherein resides his noble body along witth longing to see those famous places and other necessary results of truthful love – and that this is more beloved to Allah than many righteous bodily acts – he would not have made this statement nor would have thought in this diseased way.

Were it that he had he looked at the strengthening of faith and serenity which occurs for a visitor to Medina.

Were it that he had looked at the statements of the Fuqaha and great Imams such as Ahmad bin Hanbal who said, “If you are performing an optional Hajj then go first to Medina.” Ibn Nasrullah commented on this saying, “This means that the visiting (of Medina) is superior to an optional Hajj.”, and there are numerous other statements and well known stories…

However this is a veil of coarsness and animosity which a person does not realise he is afflicted by, rather they are deceived by the shaitan that they are intelligent and possess understanding, and help is sought from Allah.

This post is for the purpose of sincere advice and evaluation, not to shame or defame, and Allah is the guider to the straight path.

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.

Download document here:

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:

Crying Musalsal 1

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.