Reminder of Rihla 1997
Today I cam across this picture of Sayyid Ibrahim al-Khalifah (Allah Most High protect him) from al-Ahsa returning back to Saudi Arabia after his reading of Sahih Muslim with students in Turkey. To his right is visible his Shaykh Abdullah al-Khatib along with a number of his colleagues.
Shaykh Abdullah al-Khatib is remembered by many students who attended the month long Rihla course in Nottingham in 1997 where the teaching line up consisted of Shaykh Nuh Keller, Shaykh Abdullah al-Kadi, Shaykh Hamza Yusuf, Shaykha Besa Krasniqi and some other supporting staff.
Shaykh Abdullah’s voice is still etched in the memories of many students, and we pray that we can once again benefit from his recitation of the Quran and rendition of Qasaid in the near future on the British Isles.
Side note: Sayyid Ibrahim al-Khalifah mashAllah has a strong circle of students in his native al-Ahsa, a number of whom are young upcoming scholars in their own right. His circle of students are very active in teaching the Shariah sciences with a focus on the school of Imam al-Shafii. I was fortunate enough to attend the opening lesson of the reading of Sahih al-Bukhari in 2007 in al-Ahsa which was attended by a large number of his Ahsai students.