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.
Please find below a draft translation of a short poem on Sunni belief authored by a Meccan scholar. It succinctly sums up the basics a Muslim should know regarding their creed. I had begun annotating it with some comments from the author’s own commentary, but that is on hold at this current time.
A preview of some of the pages from the students’ workbook for the fiqh of inheritance course for beginners which we plan to run inshAllah.
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: