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ibnjibreen_confWords from Shaykh Yasir:
Inna lillahi wa inna illahi rajioon…

Truly with the death of the Shaykh we have lost the last of the great giants of our era…and Allah does not remove knowledge from the chests of men, but rather through the death of scholars.

I had the honor of meeting the Shaykh many times, in Madinah and in Riyadh (and even in his house) and even rode with him once from his house to a lecture he was delivering in Riyadh, asking questions along the way. I was blessed to attend an intensive seminar in Madinah in which he taught the ‘Four Principles of Shirk’, and it was that lesson with him that inspired me to translate the work into English and publish it.

Truly a humble man, a learned scholar, an ascetic, and a giant amongst scholars. May Allah grant him Paradise and bless us with scholars to take his place…

Yasir

My own experience with the Shaykh occured in 2003, when we invited him for a live video conference for the Texas Dawah Convention. It’s a long story, but I’ll summarize it here:

When word of Shaykh’s invitation spread, one Saudi dissident with an axe to grind with the Saudi govt (he’s Shia), spread lies about the Shaykh (in that Ibn Jibreen supported OBL), resulting in an article in a well-known paper in America. Our PR arm (what little we had of it), spun into action to neutralize the lies. Shaykh Ibn Jibreen faxed us hand-written notes voicing his strong dissent against 9/11 and terrorism. Long story short, Shaykh Ibn Jibreen did indeed speak to us on live video, with FOX News taping every bit of it. And remarkably, FOX could only report a positive news story for us, with the Shaykh’s message full of peace and kindness.

Islamtoday’s English translation as provided by Google can be found here.  Following is the article from Saudi Gazette:

RIYADH/JEDDAH/BISHA – , one of the Kingdom’s senior Ulema and a former member in the Ifta Permanent Committee, died Monday at King Faisal Specialist Hospital in Riyadh after prolonged illness.
Funeral prayers will be performed Tuesday noon at Imam Turki Bin Abdullah Mosque in Riyadh.

Sheikh Jibreen, 78, was initially treated in Germany upon directives from King Abdullah, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques. He returned to complete the treatment in the Kingdom.

One of the sheikh’s companions at the hospital said his heart stopped on Sunday but revived after electric shocks. There was no response when the heart stopped again on Monday, he said, noting the sheikh experienced a relapse last week and his condition deteriorated after an artery surgery. He added that the deceased also suffered complications of lung inflammation.

Several Ulema and thinkers expressed sorrow on the death of Sheikh Al-Jibreen and prayed to Allah to bestow His mercy on him and grant patience to his family members, relatives, students and the Muslim Ummah.

Dr. Muhammad Bin Saad Al-Shuwai’er, Adviser to the Kingdom’s Grand Mufti, said the Muslim Ummah owes Sheikh Al-Jibreen a right – that is, to pray that Allah bestow His mercy on him.
Sheikh Ali Abbas Al-Hakami, member of the Board of Senior Ulema, said Sheikh Al-Jibreen contributed greatly in explaining the rules of the Shariah.

“His death is a great loss for Islam,” he said urging all Muslims to pray for his soul.

Dr. Saad Mattar Al-Otaibi, Professor of Shariah Policy at the Higher Institute for the Judiciary and one of the students of Sheikh Al-Jibreen, said the late scholar used to move from place to place to spread his knowledge to others. He added that once he tried to calculate the number of lessons the late sheikh used to give. They reached about 45 lessons in a month. He was known for being ascetic (observing Zuhd) and refraining from worldly appearances. He was one of the authorities of the Shariah sciences, and had vast knowledge.

Dr. Mahmood Zaini, member of the teaching staff of Umm Al-Qura University, said the death of Sheikh Al-Jibreen is a tragedy for the Muslim Ummah and religious scholars in the Shariah. He prayed to Allah to bestow His mercy on him and make paradise his abode.

Sheikh Abdullah Bin Jibreen was born in 1933 in one of the villages of Al-Quwai’iah. He grew up in Ar-Reen town and started his education in 1940. He started memorizing the Holy Qur’an with the help of his father and completed the memorization through Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al-Shithri. He also memorized several religious references. He used to attend lessons by senior Ulema on studying books on the Shariah, literature and history.

He got his secondary school certificate in 1958, a bachelors degree in Shariah in 1961, masters degree in 1970 from the Higher Institute for the Judiciary, and a doctorate with excellent grade and honors in 1987. Several judges, teachers and religious callers were taught by him.

He accompanied the late Sheikh Abdul Aziz Bin Baz in most of his lessons in the Grand Mosque and used to give sermons and lead prayers on his behalf at times. – Okaz/SG
– Na’eem Al-Hakeem, Abdullah Al-Dani and Muhammad Aal Mashout contributed to this report

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44 Comments

  1. Amad

    Amad

    July 13, 2009 at 10:39 AM

    inna lillahi wa inna alahi rajioon… another great scholar returns to Allah. May Allah give him jannatulfirdaus.

    P.S. Jak to the open thread comments for providing this sad news.

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    Anon

    July 13, 2009 at 10:55 AM

    Inna Lillahi wa inna Ilayhi Raji’oon.

    May Allah forgive all his sins, may his questioning in the grave be easy, and may he enter him into Paradise. Ameen.

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    Amatullah

    July 13, 2009 at 10:58 AM

    inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’oon. How sad is the death of a scholar!

    May Allah ta’ala envelop him in His Mercy, forgive his shortcomings and enter him into Firdaws Al ‘Alaa. Ameen.

    ‘Abdullah b. ‘Amr b. al-‘As reported Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: Verily, Allah does not take away knowledge by snatching it from the people but He takes away knowledge by taking away the scholars, so that when He leaves no learned person, people turn to ignorant as their leaders; then they are asked to deliver religious verdicts and they deliver them without knowledge, they go astray, and lead others astray. (Sahih Muslim)

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    MR

    July 13, 2009 at 11:17 AM

    Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi rajoon.

    May Allah have mercy on him.

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    Yus from the Nati

    July 13, 2009 at 11:32 AM

    Inna lillahi wa inna ilaihi raji’un.

    We have lost a giant for real.

    I have heard quotes from our famous students of knowledge, that he might have been the most knowledgeable in the land!

    La ilaha illAllah

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    Alhamdulillah

    July 13, 2009 at 1:02 PM

    asalamu alaykum,

    inna ilaahi wa inna ilayhi raaji’un. may Allah forgive and have mercy on him and reward him with firdaws and protect him from the trials of the afterlife and the punishment of the grave.

    May Allah forgive him and have mercy on him.

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    Said

    July 13, 2009 at 1:25 PM

    Another one of our great Ulema passing away. He really was one of the best. Inna Lillahi wa Inna Ilayhi Rajioon

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    Faraz Omar

    July 13, 2009 at 1:32 PM

    WHAT?!!!! Innaa Lilllaahi wa innaa ilaihi raaji’oon… source of the news?
    i just contacted few brothers in madinah… they haven’t heard about it… except one…

    this is shocking. O Allah raise learned scholars in our ummah who will guide us… aameen

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    Faraz Omar

    July 13, 2009 at 1:35 PM

    OK.. i get it, its from the arabic website

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    Faiez

    July 13, 2009 at 2:10 PM

    Inna lillahi wa innaa ilayhi raji’oon

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    Al-Kanz

    July 13, 2009 at 2:22 PM

    as-salâmu ‘alaykum

    Inna liLlah wa inna ilayhi raj’iun

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    Abu Ayesha Al Emarati

    July 13, 2009 at 3:11 PM

    Our father Sheikh Ibn Jibreen may Alla have mercy upon his soul, was one of the most remarkable scholars of our era.

    I can only think of one other scholar who was as unique and amazing in his perspective on the Deen. Sheikh Uthaimeen, Yarhamuhu.

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    bintwadee3

    July 13, 2009 at 3:22 PM

    Inna lillaahi wa innaa ilayhi raaji3oon

    May Allaah elevate him into His Ranks and may He be shaded on a Day with no shade but Allaah’s shade. Ameen, thumma ameen.

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    Habeeb

    July 13, 2009 at 3:25 PM

    Assalam Aleikum,

    here is the Shaykh’s website, in Arabic though, with an announcement of his passing away (RH).

    http://www.ibn-jebreen.com/

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    Yasir Qadhi

    July 13, 2009 at 5:10 PM

    Inna lillahi wa inna illahi rajioon…

    Truly with the death of the Shaykh we have lost the last of the great giants of our era…and Allah does not remove knowledge from the chests of men, but rather through the death of scholars.

    I had the honor of meeting the Shaykh many times, in Madinah and in Riyadh (and even in his house) and even rode with him once from his house to a lecture he was delivering in Riyadh, asking questions along the way. I was blessed to attend an intensive seminar in Madinah in which he taught the ‘Four Principles of Shirk’, and it was that lesson with him that inspired me to translate the work into English and publish it.

    Truly a humble man, a learned scholar, an ascetic, and a giant amongst scholars. May Allah grant him Paradise and bless us with scholars to take his place…

    Yasir

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    sis

    July 13, 2009 at 7:12 PM

    Asalamu Alikum,
    Inna lillahe wa inna ilayhe raji’oon. May Allah forgive him and grant him Jannat al-Firdous and all of our dear scholars. Ameen to all of the du’aas.

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    rang

    July 13, 2009 at 8:31 PM

    “Truly with the death of the Shaykh we have lost the last of the great giants of our era” Well said. May Allah forgive him and grant him paradise.

    Shaykh Saalih Al-Mughamisee (khateeb @ masjid qubaa’) once did a nice little talk about Shaykh ibn jibreen.

    You can see the video/audio of it below:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OXb9aFyjwfM&feature=related

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    yahmtz

    July 13, 2009 at 9:05 PM

    Inna llilahi wa inna ilayhe rajiun.

    May Allah grant him Jannah.

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    MBloggerer

    July 13, 2009 at 11:38 PM

    Assalaamu alaykum,

    inna lillah wa inna ilayhi raji’oon. br. Amad, perhaps you might put Sh. Yasir’s comment as an intro to the post made as it doesn’t tell us very much about the shaykh. and perhaps some highlights of his career and character/manners so we can understand what made him such a giant of a scholar (for the benefit of those, and I daresay most of us, who are unaware of his legacy) . jazakum Allahu khayran.

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    AsSaylani

    July 14, 2009 at 12:17 AM

    I remember Shaykh Ali al Halabi (hafithahullah) told us that Sheikh Al Albani (rahmahullah) said:
    “the world will know Al Albani once Al Albani has left the world” how true this is…
    SubhanAllah i speak to my self before i speak to others but my beloved Brothers and Sisters how long will it take for us to wake up?
    Our Masaykh are leqaving us one by one… we are getting in a more darker state.
    We must all benefit from them, at least when they are Alive.

    May Allah have mercy upon all the Ulamah of Islaam. :'(

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    masbadar

    July 14, 2009 at 12:22 AM

    إنا لله وإنا إليه راجعون

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    masbadar

    July 14, 2009 at 12:31 AM

    inna lillaahi wa innaa ilayhi rooji’uun..

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    Ibn AbuAisha

    July 14, 2009 at 1:07 AM

    Innalillah Wa Inna Ilayhi Raji’oon

    May Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala pour forth Sabr on his family and raise his ranks in the Aakhirah. Truly with the death of a scholar, a great light is extinguished. May Allah grant long life to Scholars who call to the Haqq and Bless his soul. Ameen.

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    abu abdAllah Tariq Ahmed

    July 14, 2009 at 3:09 AM

    May Allah subhanahu wata ala fill his grave with light, and increase our scholars in ‘ilm and hiqmah to make up for the light of the knowledge that left us with his passing. May Allah forgive him his sins and enter him into Jannat without question.

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    Faraz Omar

    July 14, 2009 at 4:11 AM

    I remember sh salim al amry saying that shaykh bin baz asked shaykh jibreen to get himself a doctorate (because of how degrees hold value in modern times)… so shaykh jibreen went to his own students who were professors in madina university and wrote a thesis for his delighted students… n got the doctorate… :)

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      Ibn AbuAisha

      July 14, 2009 at 6:28 AM

      SubhanAllah, look at the humility of the Shaykh – getting a Doctorate under his own students! Truly exemplifying the ayah of the Qur’an:

      And the slaves of the Most Beneficent (Allah) are those who walk on the earth in humility and sedateness, and when the foolish address them (with bad words) they reply back with mild words of gentleness. [Surah Furqan, Ayah 63]

      May Allah grant him Jannatul Firdaws and make him from amongst those who enter Jannah without reckoning.

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    Marya

    July 14, 2009 at 7:22 AM

    inna lillahi wa inna illayhi raji`un

    it is saddening to see the Ummah loose such a scholar. :( May Allah subhanahu wa ta`ala grant him Jannat al-Ferdaus, and grant us a new generation of scholars that will illuminate the world for this Ummah.

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    abu Rumay-s.a.

    July 14, 2009 at 8:31 AM

    inna lillaahi wa inna eelayhi raji`oon..

    I just returned from the Shaikh’s grave (rahmatullahi alay) where he was buried a few hours ago in the old and modest part of Riyadh. SubhanAllah, a great scholar and ascetic, his grave was no different than the thousands of surrounding graves of ordinary people, but i thought to myself the real difference is what each one took with them and how fortunate is the one who takes with him/her the actions and deeds similar to that of the prophets..May Allah ta`ala accept from him and admit him in the highest ranks

    I had the fortune of meeting the shaikh personally at a brother’s wedding where he was sitting next to the groom. As we went to greet him, he would stand up and take time for each person. When it was my turn as I proceeded to kiss him, subhanAllah, I saw beaming light of eeman emanate from his beautiful smile, something which I have never seen if the face of any other person.

    The Beloved Shiakh (ra) leaves behind beneficial knowledge which I pray continues to benefit him and us all..ameen..

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    muslimah

    July 14, 2009 at 10:01 AM

    inna lillahee wa inna ila’ihee raji’oon.

    may Allah grant him the highest ranks injannah, ameen

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    Amatullah

    July 14, 2009 at 12:27 PM

    May Allah SWT grant him the highest stations in Paradise. Ameen!

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    Anisa

    July 14, 2009 at 4:10 PM

    SADNESS :( We lost another scholar…

    Inna lilahi wa inna ilahi rajioon

    may Allah grant him mercy, forgiveness and Jannatul Firdaus, ameen

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    Basil Mohamed Gohar

    July 15, 2009 at 1:14 AM

    Innaa lillaahi wa innaa ilayhi raajiʿoon. All I can think of was already stated by Shaykh Yasir Qadhi – Allaah does not take away knowledge from the people directly, but he does so by the death of the scholars. May Allaah have Mercy upon our shaykh and grant him a spacious grave filled with light, an reckoning, and the highest levels of jannaat alfirdaws.

    In these times of fitnah where people are speaking without knowledge and even the knowledgeable may be parties to the misguidance of others, my understand was that Shaykh Ibn Jibreen stood for the truth despite the opposition of some of his contemporaries. May Allaah guide us all to emulate the noble characteristics of our beloved shaykh.

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    Ejaz

    July 15, 2009 at 7:33 PM

    Sheikh Haitham Al-Haddad (hafidhahullah) from London, one of Sheikh Ibn Jibreen (rah)’s students, shares his memories of the years he spent in the company of the Sheikh. He used this week’s circle specifically to talk about the life of the Sheikh, his character and his virtues. Very touching subhanAllah.

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    Ibrahim

    July 19, 2009 at 10:51 AM

    As Salamu alaykum wa rahmatullah wa barakaatuh

    On Friday, July 17, 2009, Dr. Waleed Basyounidelivered a khutbah at Clear Lake Islamic Center on the merits and virtues of Sheikh Abdullah Ibn Jibreen (may Allah have mercy on him).

    -Edited. We’ll add the khutbah as a post. Jazakallahkhair for pointing it out.

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    Abu Bakr

    July 22, 2009 at 9:31 PM

    “one Saudi dissident with an axe to grind with the Saudi govt (he’s Shia), spread lies about the Shaykh (in that Ibn Jibreen supported OBL)”

    Br. Amad, do you have a problem with Shia muslims? What is the difference if he is Shia or Sunni? Why are you spreading fitna?

    Abu Bakr

    • Amad

      Amad

      July 23, 2009 at 1:42 AM

      Abu Bakr, I mentioned that he was Shia because it is well know that the Shias in Saudi have a lot of problems with the Sunni government. In other words, this was relevant information.

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      Hassan

      July 23, 2009 at 7:48 AM

      I am amazed how people change…tolerating deviant aqeedahs for political reasons.

      http://muslimmatters.org/2007/04/30/the-status-of-the-companions-in-light-of-the-quran/

      This is why so many of our scholars of the past have stated that if you see anyone reviling the Companions, may Allāh be pleased with them, then be weary of him, for he is seeking the destruction of Islām.

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    Tuwaylib

    October 24, 2009 at 4:36 PM

    When I come to sites like these, is when I truly miss shuyukh like ibn jibreen and bakr abu zayd.

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Obituary of (Mawlana) Yusuf Sulayman Motala (1366/1946 – 1441/2019)

Monday, September 9, turned out to be a day of profound anguish and sorrow for many around the world. In the early morning hours, news of the death of Mawlana* Yusuf Sulayman Motala, fondly known as “Hazrat” (his eminence) to those who were acquainted with him, spread. He had passed away on Sunday at 8:20 pm EST in Toronto, after suffering a heart attack two weeks earlier.

Dar Al Uloom Bury, Yusuf Sulayman Motala
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A master of hadith and Qur’an. A sufi, spiritual guide and teacher to thousands. A pioneer in the establishment of a religious education system. His death reverberated through hearts and across oceans. We are all mourning the loss of a luminary who guided us through increasingly difficult times.

Monday, September 9, turned out to be a day of profound anguish and sorrow for many around the world. In the early morning hours, news of the death of Mawlana* Yusuf Sulayman Motala, fondly known as “Hazrat” (his eminence) to those who were acquainted with him, spread. He had passed away on Sunday at 8:20 pm EST in Toronto, after suffering a heart attack two weeks earlier. (May the Almighty envelope him in His mercy)

His journey in this world had begun more than 70 years ago in the small village of Nani Naroli in Gujarat, India, where he was born on November 25, 1946 (1 Muharram 1366) into a family known for their piety.

His early studies were largely completed at Jami’a Husayniyya, one of the early seminaries of Gujarat, after which he travelled to Mazahir Ulum, the second oldest seminary of the Indian Sub-Continent, in Saharanpur, India, to complete his ‘alimiyya studies. What drew him to this seminary was the presence of one of the most influential and well-known contemporary spiritual guides, Mawlana Muhammad Zakariyya Kandhlawi (d. 1402/1982), better known as “Hazrat Shaykh.” He had seen Mawlana Zakariyya only briefly at a train stop, but it was enough for him to understand the magnitude of his presence.

Mawlana Yusuf remained in Saharanpur for two years. Despite being younger than many of the other students of Shaykh Zakariya, the shaykh took a great liking to him. Shaykh Zakariya showered him with great attention and even deferred his retirement from teaching Sahih al-Bukhari so that Mawlana Yusuf could study it under his instruction. While in Saharanpur, Mawlana Yusuf also studied under a number of other great scholars, such as Mawlana Muhammad ‘Aqil (author of Al-Durr al-Mandud, an Urdu commentary of Sunan Abi Dawud and current head lecturer of Hadith at the same seminary), Shaykh Yunus Jownpuri (d. 1438/2017) the previous head lecturer of Hadith there), Mawlana As‘adullah Rampuri (d. 1399/1979) and Mufti Muzaffar Husayn (d. 1424/2003).

Upon completion of his studies, Mawlana Yusuf’s marriage was arranged to marry a young woman from the Limbada family that had migrated to the United Kingdom from Gujarat. In 1968, he relocated to the UK and accepted the position of imam at Masjid Zakariya, in Bolton. Although he longed to be in the company of his shaykh, he had explicit instructions to remain in the UK and focus his efforts on establishing a seminary for memorization of Qur’an and teaching of the ‘alimiyya program. The vision being set in motion was to train a generation of Muslims scholars that would educate and guide the growing Muslim community.

Establishing the first Muslim seminary, in the absence of any precedent, was a daunting task. The lack of support from the Muslim community, the lack of integration into the wider British community, and the lack of funds made it seem an impossible endeavour. And yet, Mawlana Yusuf never wavered in his commitment and diligently worked to make the dream of his teacher a reality. In 1973 he purchased the derelict Aitken Sanatorium in the village of Holcombe, near Bury, Lancashire. What had once been a hospice for people suffering from tuberculosis, would become one of the first fully-fledged higher-education Islamic institutes outside of the Indian-Subcontinent teaching the adapted-Nizami syllabus.

The years of struggle by Maulana Yusuf to fulfil this vision paid off handsomely. Today, after four decades, Darul Uloom Al Arabiyya Al Islamiyya, along with its several sister institutes, also founded by Mawlana Yusuf, such as the Jamiatul Imam Muhammad Zakariya seminary in Bradford for girls, have produced well over 2,000 British born (and other international students) male and female ‘alimiyya graduates – many of whom are working as scholars and serving communities across the UK, France, Belgium, Holland, Portugal, the US, Canada, Barbados, Trinidad, Panama, Saudi Arabia, India and New Zealand. Besides these graduates, a countless number of individuals have memorized the Qur’an at these institutes. Moreover, many of the graduates of the Darul Uloom and its sister institutes have set up their own institutes, such as Jamiatul Ilm Wal Huda in Blackburn, Islamic Dawah Academy in Leicester, Jami’ah al-Kawthar in Lancaster, UK, and Darul Uloom Palmela in Portugal, to just mention a few of the larger ones. Within his lifetime, Mawlana Yusuf saw first-hand the fruit of his labours – witnessing his grand students (graduates from his students’ institutes) providing religious instruction and services to communities around the world in their local languages. What started as a relationship of love between a student and teacher, manifested into the transmission of knowledge across continents. In some countries, such as the UK and Portugal, one would be hard-pressed to find a Muslim who had not directly or indirectly benefited from him.

Mawlana Yusuf was a man with deep insights into the needs of Western contemporary society, one that was very different from the one he had grown up and trained in. With a view to contributing to mainstream society, Mawlana Yusuf encouraged his graduates to enter into further education both in post-graduate Islamic courses and western academia, and to diversify their fields of learning through courses at mainstream UK universities. As a result, many ‘alimiyya graduates of his institutes are trained in law, mainstream medicine, natural medicine and homeopathy, mental health, child protection, finance, IT, education, chaplaincy, psychology, philosophy, pharmacy, physics, journalism, engineering, architecture, calligraphy, typography, graphic design, optometry, social services, public health, even British Sign Language. His students also include several who have completed PhDs and lecture at universities. His vision was to train British-born (or other) Muslim scholars who would be well versed in contemporary thought and discipline along with their advanced Islamic learning, equipping them to better contribute to society.

Despite his commitment to the establishment of a public good, the shaykh was an immensely private person and avoided seeking accolade or attention. For many decades he refused invitations to attend conferences or talks around the country, choosing to focus on his students and his family, teaching the academic syllabus and infusing the hearts of many aspirants with the love of Allah through regular gatherings of remembrance (dhikr) and spiritual retreats (i’tikaf) in the way of his shaykh’s Chishti Sufi order.

During my entire stay with him at Darul Uloom (1985–1997), I can say with honesty that I did not come across a single student who spoke ill of him. He commanded such awe and respect that people would find it difficult to speak with him casually. And yet, for those who had the opportunity to converse with him, knew that he was the most compassionate, humble, and loving individual.

He was full of affection for his students and colleagues and had immense concern for the Muslim Ummah, especially in the West. He possessed unparalleled forbearance and self-composure. When he taught or gave a talk, he spoke in a subdued and measured tone, as though he was weighing every word, knowing the import it carried. He would sit, barely moving and without shifting his posture. Even after a surgical procedure for piles, he sat gracefully teaching us Sahih al-Bukhari. Despite the obvious pain, he never made an unpleasant expression or winced from the pain.

Anyone who has listened to his talks or read his books can bear testimony to two things: his immense love for the Messenger of Allah ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) and his love for Shaykh Mawlana Muhammad Zakariya Kandhlawi (may Allah have mercy on him). It is probably hard to find a talk in which he did not speak of the two. His shaykh was no doubt his link to the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace) in both his hadith and spiritual transmissions.

Over the last decade, he had retired from most of his teaching commitments (except Sahih al-Bukhari) and had reduced meeting with people other than his weekly dhikr gatherings. His time was spent with his family and young children and writing books. His written legacy comprises over 20 titles, mostly in Urdu but also a partial tafsir of the Qur’an in classical Arabic.

After the news of his heart attack on Sunday, August 25, and the subsequent effects to his brain, his well-wishers around the world completed hundreds of recitals of the Qur’an, several readings of the entire Sahih al-Bukhari, thousands of litanies and wirds of the formula of faith (kalima tayyiba), and gave charity in his name. However, Allah Most High willed otherwise and intended for him to depart this lowly abode to begin his journey to the next. He passed away two weeks later and reports state that approximately 4,000 people attended his funeral. Had his funeral been in the UK, the number of attendees would have multiplied several folds. But he had always shied away from large crowds and gatherings and maybe this was Allah Most High’s gift to him after his death. He was 75 (in Hijra years, and 72 in Gregorian) at the time of his death and leaves behind eight children and several grandchildren.

Mawlana Yusuf educated, inspired and nourished the minds and hearts of countless across the UK and beyond. May Allah Almighty bless him with the loftiest of abodes in the Gardens of Firdaws in the company of Allah’s beloved Messenger (Allah bless him and give him peace) and grant all his family, students, and cherishers around the world beautiful patience.

Dr Mufti Abdur-Rahman Mangera
Whitethread Institute, London
(A fortunate graduate of Darul Uloom Bury, 1996–97)

*a learned Muslim scholar especially in India often used as a form of address

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