Hanbali Sufis

Everyone knows about how most of the the fiqh the salafi follow is of the Hanbali madhab. In fact, the official madhab of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is the Hanbali madhab. I have always thought that they’re wasn’t such thing as a Hanbali Sufi, until I found these posts from al-Insaf’s blog.

When I say ‘Tasawwuf’, I mean the science of tasawwuf strictly adhering to the shariah and not of any innovative or weird type of sufism today.

Here is a list of 13 of 35 Hanbali Scholars who were on the path of Tasawwuf

  • Abdul Ghani ibn Abdil Wahid ibn Ali ibn Surur ibn Hasan ibn Ja’far al-Jama’ili al-Madisi
    • Born 541 Hijri
    • The Hafidh, the Muhaddith, jurist, ascetic.
    • Ibn an-Najjar said of him: “He narrated form many and authored beautiful works in the field of Hadith, and he was strong in memory and from the people of mastery and Tajwid. He was well grounded in all of the sciences of Hadith, knowing its rules, its fundamentals, its hidden defects, its authentic and inauthentic, its abrogating and abrogated, its rare wordings and its proper pronouciation, its Fiqh and its meanings, and (he was well grounded) in precision with narrators and their conditions.
    • Al-Imam al-‘Ulaymi said in his work, al-Manhaj al-Ahmad (2/191): “al-Muwaffaq (Ibn Qudamah al-Maqdisi) said: ‘al-Hafidh Abdul Ghani and I both donned the Khirqah upon the hand of Shaykh ul Islam Abdul Qadir (al-Jilani), and the both of us obtained Fiqh from him and benefit from his companionship, even though we only saw him for fifty nights of his life.”
  • Muwaffaq ad-Din Abdullah ibn Ahmad ibn Muhammad ibn Qudamah ibn Miqdam ibn Nasr ibn Abdillah al-Maqdisi ad Dimashqi as-Salihi
    • Born 541 Hijri
    • Al-Imam al-Ulaymi said in al-Manhaj al-Ahmad (2/361): “The jurist, the ascetic, the Imam, the Rabbani, the Imam of Ahlus Sunnah, Mufti of the Ummah, Shaykh ul Islam, leader of the notable scholars, the notable of the devout worshippers and ascetics, the Imam of the Muhaddithun and the last of the Mujtahidun.”
    • Shaykh ul Islam Ahmad ibn Taymiyah said: “No one after al-Awza’i has entered the Levant (Sham) possessing more fiqh than ash-Shaykh al-Muwaffaq.”
  • Muhammad ibn AHmad ibn Abdillah ibn ‘Isa ibn Rijal Ahmad ibn Muhammad al-Yunini al-Ba’li
    • Born 572 Hijri
    • Imam Ibn Kathir said in al-Bidayah wan Nihayah: “Taqqiyuddin, the jurist, the Hanbali, the Hafidh, the benefitial, the well versed, the pious worshipper. He heard from al-Khushu’i, Hanbal, Kindi, and al-Hafidh Abdul Ghani al-Maqdisi – who used to compliment him. He gained Fiqh from al-Muwaffaq (Ibn Qudamah), stuck with Shaykh Abdullah al-Yunini, bring him in the front (of the gatherings) and follow him in legal verdicts. He donned the Khirqah from the Shaykh of his Shaykh; Abdullah al-Bata’ihi, and became renowned in the science of Hadith…”
    • Imam Ibn Muflih said in al-Maqsad al-Arshad (2/357): “And he donned the Khirqah of Tasawwuf from Shaykh Abdullah al-Bata’ihi – a companion of Shaykh Abdul Qadir (al-Jilani). He stuck closely with Shaykh Abdullah al-Yunini, the ascetic, the possessor of states (Ahwal) and miracles who was called the lion of Sham.”
  • Yusuf ibn Abdir Rahman ibn Ali ibn Muhammad ibn Ali ibn Hammad ibn al-Jawzi al-Qurashi at-Tamimi al-Bakri al-Baghdadi
    • The Jurist, the Scholar of Usul, the Exhorter, Born 580 Hijri
    • Al-Ulaymi said: “He donned the Khirqah from Shaykh Diya’ ad-Din Abdul Wahab ibn Sakinah.”
  • Muhammad ibn Ahmad ibn Abdillah ibn ‘Isa
    • Burhanuddin said in al-Maqsad al-Arshad (2/356): “He was a possessor of states (Ahwal), miracles, litanies (Ar. Awrad), and acts of worship that he never left off or delayed past their time by anyones appearance-even if that person was from the kings. He did not believe in manifesting miracles. He used to say: ‘Just as Allah ordered the Prophets to manifest their miracles (Mu’jizat), he ordered the Awliya’ to conceal their Karamat.”
  • Ali ibn Muhammad ibn Waddah ibn Abi Sa’d
    • Ibn Muflih said in al-Maqsad al-Arshad (2/261): “The jurist, the Muhaddith, the grammarian, the ascetic, the writer and linguist…”
    • Then he said: “…He heard from the Gnostic Shaykh Ali ibn Idris al-Ya’qubi, and donned the Khirqah from him.”
    • al-Ulaymi said about him: “He accompanied the righteous and donned the Khirqah of Tasawwuf.”
  • Muhammad ibn Abdillah ibn ‘Umar ibn Abil Qasim al-Baghdadi
    • Born 623 Hijri
    • Ibn Muflih said in al-Maqsad al-Arshad (2/424): “…and he donned the Khirqah of Tasawwuf.”
  • Muhammad ibn Abdillah al-Ba’li
    • Born 1104 Hijri
    • In an-Na’t al-Akmal it states about him: “…the Shaykh, the righteous, the Sufi, Abus Sa’adat.”
  • Ahmad ibn Ibrahim ibn Nasrillah ibn Ahmad ibn Muhammad ibn ‘Abdil Fattah ibn Hashim al-Qadi al-Kinani al-Asqalni
    • Born 800 Hijri
    • Ibn Humayd said in as-Suhab al-Wabilah (1/87): “And he donned the Khirqah of Tasawwuf with Talqin of Dhikr from az-Zain Abu Bakr al Khawwafi. He also accompanied al-Burhan al-Adkawi and donned it (the Khirqah) from his maternal uncle.”
  • Abdul Rahman ibn Muhammad ibn Abdir Rahman ibn Yusuf ibn ‘Isa ibn Taqiyyuddin Abdul Wahid ibn Abdil Rahim ibn Hamad ibn Abdil Majid al-Qurashi al-‘Umari al-‘Ulaymi
    • Born 860 Hijri
    • The author of the book al-Manhaj al-Ahmad fi Tarjim Ashab al-Imam Ahmad
    • Ash-Shaykh al-‘Ulaymi said in his above-mentioned book that he donned the Khirqah with a high connected chain all the way to Shaykh Abdul Qadir al-Jilani. He said: “And I took the nobel Khirqah with a high and connected chain from as-Sayyid al-Jalil Muhyiuddin Abdul Qadir al-Jili (radiaAllahu ‘anhu) from our Shaykh- the Shaykh and Imam, the remnant of the notable scholars, the blessing of the era and worshippers, the Shaykh of the reciters in al-Quds ash-Sharif and in all of the other lands: Shamsuddin Abu Abdillah Muhammad ibn Musa ibn ‘Imran al-Muqri al-Hanfi – May Allah envelop him in His mercy and enter him into His spacious gardes. He clothed me with it (the Khirqah) with his own two blessed hands on Yawm al-Ahad (i.e. Sunday) after Dhuhr, the 16th of Sha’ban, in the year 871 in the noble Masjid al-Aqsa – may Allah honor it and magnify it – at the gate of al-Hadd from the western side…”
  • Ahmad ibn ‘Abdil Aziz ibn Ali ibn Ibrahim ibn Rashid ash-Shihab al Qahiri
    • Born 861 Hijri
    • In ad-Daw’ al-Lami’ (1/349): “He was born approximately on one of the two Jumadas (Jumad al-Uwla or Jumad ath-Thaniyah) in the year 861. He grew up on the outskirts of Akka in Cairo. There, he grew up and memorized the Qur’an and other books suck as: al-‘Umdah, al-Mughni, the Alifyah in grammar, the Mulhah, most of at-Tufi and the Shatibiyyah.”
    • ash-Sha’rawi said, as quoted by Ibn Humayd in as-Suhab al-Wabilah (1/159): “In the beginning of his days, he used to censure the Sufis, but when he gathered with Sidi Ali al-Khawwas and others, he listened to them attentively and believed them. After that, he used to severely regret not formerly gathering with them in the beginning of his days. After this, the path was opened for him and he was given a mighty Kashf (unveiling-disclosure) before his death.”
  • Ahmad ibn Abdillah ibn Ahmad ibn Muhammad al-Halabi al-Ba’li ad-Dimashqi
    • Born 1108 Hijri
    • Al-Imam al-Muradi said of him in Sulk ad-Durrar (1/131): “He is the Shaykh, the Imam, the ascetic, the abstemious, the jurist. He was a virtuous scholar acting according to his knowledge. He was a devout worshipper, humble, submissive, the remnant of practicing scholars, a scholar of inheritance and Usul. There was no one that we reached that was on his path despite the virtue which is undeniable…”
    • Then he said: “He took the Khalwatiyyah path from the Ustadh, the Shaykh Muhammad ibn ‘Isa al-Kinani as-Salihi al-Hanbali and Shaykh Muhammad Aqilah al-Makki and Shaykh Abdullah al-Khalili…”
  • Ahmad ibn Atiyyah ibn Abdil Hayy al-Qayyum ibn Abi Bakr ibn Dhahirah al-Makki
    • Born 879 Hijri
    • Shaykh Jarullah ibn Fahd said, as quoted by Ibn Humayd in as-Suhab al-Wabilah (1/187): “He took the path of Tasawwuf and for it, he travelled to the Mashayikh of Yemen, taking from Shaykh Isma’il al-Mushir’, and his brother Shaykh Junayd. He obtained Jadhab (divine pulling – a sufi term) and then he came to- and then his clothing became tattered. He stuck to the Mashayikh of Dhikr with seriousness and contentedness.”

Yawning in Islam

Everyone yawning is biddah!!! haha jk. Seriously we should abstain from yawning in salah, reading the quran or doing dhikr.

Hadith – Bukhari 4:509, Narrated Abu Huraira:

The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “Yawning is from Satan and if anyone of you yawns, he should check his yawning as much as possible, for if anyone of you (during the act of yawning) should say: ‘Ha’, Satan will laugh at him.”

Hadith – Bukhari 8:242, 8:245, Narrated Abu Huraira

The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “Allah likes sneezing and dislikes yawning, so if someone sneezes and then praises Allah, then it is obligatory on every Muslim who heard him, to say: May Allah be merciful to you (Yar-hamuka-l-lah). But as regards yawning, it is from Satan, so one must try one’s best to stop it, if one says ‘Ha’ when yawning, Satan will laugh at him.”

Hadith – Muslim, Narrated AbuSa’id al-Khudri

Allah’s Apostle (peace be upon him) said: When one of you yawns, he should try to restrain it with the help of his hand since it is the Satan that enters therein.

Hadith – Mishkat, Narrated AbuHurayrah , transmitted by Tirmidhi and Ibn Majah.

Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) said, Yawning in prayer is an act of Shaytan, so when one of you yawns he should restrain it as much as possible. In another version it the word are: He should place his hand upon his mouth.

Clash of the Uncivilized: Insights on the Cartoon Controversy

Clash of the Uncivilized: Insights on the Cartoon Controversy
By Imam Zaid Shakir

As the crisis that has emerged in the aftermath of the publication of the infamous cartoons that claim to depict the Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings of God upon him, escalates, we would do well by stepping back and attempting to analyze the situation as dispassionately as possible. By doing so, as Muslims, we can hopefully formulate a more productive and meaningful response, and avoid being exploited by either side in the ongoing conflict. Saying this, I do not mean to imply that Muslims are not justifiably angry over the caricatures. However, I would agree with those who argue that responses that involve wild outbreaks of frenzied violence are inappropriate, and they only affirm what the cartoonist is trying to imply. Namely, that Islam is a religion that encourages obscurantist violence and terrorism.

Whole Article Here

And this is what MR has to say about all this:

The Beard and the Hip Hop Culture

Ever see rappers such as the Ying Yang Twins, DMX, Swissbeatz, Beanie Sigel, Freeway or Beanie Man with nice sunnah style beards? I do. It’s common these days in the Hip Hop culture to “rock beards” (wear beards). It’s common, accepted and promoted by rappers and hip hop activists.Freeway - Rap Artist

The beard has always been a sign of manhood, power, respect and authority for ages. Only within the past 100 years that the beard, or any type of facial hair, has been seen as something backward, third-world, or just absurd (like that rhyme, :-] ). It is hard to find the beard being promoted in the west as something good to wear. You see businessmen, job seekers, managers, bosses, everyone in the corporate world, etc. completely clean shaven with nice (what I like to say) “girly” faces.

Ying Yang Twins - Rap GroupThe only western type of promotion of the beard I have seen is in the hip hop culture and Jews. Many Black people are Muslims. Actually the majority of the Muslims in America are Black. This is why the beard is a cool thing in the hip hop culture. Rappers like Freeway or Beanie Sigel wear there beard while they perform, take interviews, photo shoots, movie shoots, etc.

Why I’m I taking about this? Why do I care? Islam is universal. It influences everything it touches whether it’s a society, a group of people, a land, a city, a song, a book, etc. Islam has a big influence over the African American population whether they are Muslim or not. I see non-Muslim Black men wearing beards everyday. Even NBA superstars, like Ben Wallace or NFL superstar, Bettis aka “Bus” wear beards.

The beard is something beautiful and it should be appreciated whether its a simple “G Line” to a “hanafi fist full length” one. It’s facial hair and men should wear it.

Down with clean shaven girly faces!