I first came to know of Shaykh Abdullah bin Saeed al-Lahji when attending an open lesson of Sayyid Muhammad bin Alawi al-Maliki in his home in 2004, a few months before he passed away (Allah have mercy on him). I was curious to see which work the students were reading from and having noted the name of the work from someone sitting next to me I took the opportunity to purchase his wonderful 4 volume work on the Shamail entitled Muntaha al-Sul. More details on this work have been mentioned elsewhere on this site along with a translation of some passages from it and a biography of Shaykh al-Lahji.
The brilliance of this work has to be appreciated by its readers and the efforts of its authors painstaking efforts in the service of the Shamail has been attested to by many of those who have studied his work. Shaykh al-Lahji’s khidmah of the Shamail lead me to seek out his students, two of whom I was fortunate to sit with and narrate from. It also lead me to translate and annotate his 40 hadith collection he authored for the students of the Sawlatiyyah school in Makkah.
The picture above was shared by Sayyidi Shaykh Khalid al-Turkestani from Makkah al-Mukarramah and shows Shaykh al-Lahji sitting in the Haram al-Makki with I assume his students. Shaykh al-Lahji can be seen sitting talking to a child facing towards the camera.