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Salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam

Ahmad and Abu Yaala relate from Abu Saeed Khudri that the Prophet of Allah (Salla Lahu ‘alaihi wa Aalihi wa sallim) remarked:  

“In the near future I would be summoned by Allah and I would respond. I leave amongst you two weighty things, The Book of Allah and my Progeny, my Ahle Bayt [Kitabullah wa Itratiy Ahli Bayti]. The All-Aware and the Kind Allah has informed me that these two will not separate till they reach me at the Haudh (Tank of Kauthar). So take care as to how you behave with them.

Sayyid Shaykh Muhammad al-Yaqoubi al-Hasani

In the Presence of greatness

There is no measure of how much impact my blessed sheikh; ‘Sayyed Sheikh Muhammad al Yaqoubi al Hasani’ has had on my life. As the very meaning of our life is to live within Islam and to possess the light of emaan, and this is why whatever I have is indebted to the blessed shaykh.

First of all, to be in the presence of anyone who is a direct descendant of Sayyidina Rasulullah (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam) is a bounty from Allah (swt). Sayyidina Shaykh is a direct descendant and from amongst the Ahl-e-Bayt, therefore every inch of their body has a fibre of Sayyidina Rasulullah (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam). When you touch them, you are touching a part of the most blessed of all creation; the beloved of Allah, Sayyidina Rasulullah (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam). This reality first attracted me to the blessed Shaykh, and when I first saw them, my first thought was that this is how the companions (Ra) must have been like. I have never seen such nobility, such radiance on the face of an individual and their personality has a magnetic effect. People who attend the gatherings of the blessed Shaykh are mesmerized by their presence and their words of wisdom. This effect is the same for people of different ages and backgrounds. After a recent talk by the blessed Shaykh, I saw the same glow in a young person’s eyes that I remember having when I first saw and heard the Shaykh in person.

To learn the meaning of Islam, is to sit in the circles of the Ulama, and it is in the study circles of our blessed Shaykh that I have learnt the importance of adab. This is the etiquette in Islam that is more essential than seeking knowledge. The blessed shaykh taught me this vital aspect of our beautiful religion and the words of the shaykh remain in my mind always. The blessed shaykh teaches us to adhere to the Sunnah in all aspects of life and never to neglect any acts of the sunnah. As following the blessed Sunnah of Sayyidina Rasulullah (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam) is the only way we can ever seek the pleasure of Allah (swt). The blessed Shaykh re-iterates that we need to have ‘perfect adab’ with Rasulullah (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam) and the absence of this adab is why Muslims have today gone astray. Upon observing the Shaykh we understand this practically and are inspired to learn from one of the children of Sayyidina Rasulullah (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam).


Inheritors of the Prophet (saw)

Authentic hadith of Rasulullah (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam) confirms that the Prophets (As) do not leave behind dinars or dirhams, but leave behind knowledge. The Ulama – scholars are the ones who inherit this knowledge and pass it down.  The narrations confirm that Sayyidina Rasulullah (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam) informed the Ummah that ‘the Qur’an’ and the ‘Noble household’ is being left behind by Rasulullah (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam) and whoever grasps these two, can never go astray. History is witness to the truth of  all  the noble words from Sayyidina Rasulullah (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam), as many of the great scholars are from amongst the ‘Ahl-e-Bayt’. They are from amongst the descendants of the blessed Seal of all Prophets (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam). This fact is not a mere co-incidence but is the divine will of Allah (swt) who has chosen many of the great Ulama and the great Auliya to be from the blessed and noble lineage.It is my good fortune and the unlimited favour of Allah (swt) that I have taken bay’ah with Sayyidina Shaykh Muhammad al Yaqoubi al Hasani. This means I have taken allegiance to be bound with the shaykh in this world and the hereafter. I hope to take even a few drops from the ocean of knowledge the Shaykh possesses and may Allah (swt) grant me their hand in the hereafter which I hope will take me to their grandfather, the one for whom the heavens have been raised and for whom Allah (swt) assembled the gathering of Judgement day, so that we could see his grace and rank, the esteemed praised station of Sayyidina Imam ul Ambiya (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam).


Obviously, any and all time with Shaykhuna – hafiDHahullah – is memorable, always. Every gesture is a model of the sublime Sunnah, every word is perfumed with abundant wisdom, every look contains innumerable blessings for the one looked at (insha'Allah), even their silence speaks volumes. That is not what I allude to. I'm talking about those exceptional encounters which occur as impromptu private moments, when a little bit of history is created, and you capture a memory that will accompany you forever. None of this occurs because any of us are deserving, but only because Allah ta'ala is Ever-Generous towards us with His bounties, subhanahu wa ta'ala.

‘Beautiful words of a mureed for the Sheikh’  


Please find below a detailed Bio of Sayyid Shaykh Muhammad al Yaqoubi al Hasani, including details of their sacred ‘Shadhili’ tradition leading to Sayyidina Rasulullah (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam).


Noble tradition of Sayyidina Shaykh Muhammad al Yaqoubi al Hasani

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Biography of the Shaykh

Sayyid Shaykh Muhammad al-Yaqoubi al-Hasani

 (
Hassani and Hussaini sayyid)

Shadhili Tariqa, From Sheikh Abul Hassan Al Shadhili to Sayyidina Ali Radiyallahu Anhu

From an early age, Sayyid Ibrahim al-Yaqoubi supervised Shaykh Muhammad's upbringing and tutelage. He accompanied his father until his demise in 1406 AH. Shaykh Ibrahim meticulously ensured that every aspect of his son's life was developed with the most detailed care under the guidance of the sharia.

Born in Damascus on the 13th of Dhul Hijja, 1382 AH (1963 CE), Shaykh Sayyid Muhammad Abul Huda al-Yaqoubi is from a noble family of scholars that descend from the Prophet Muhammad (may Allah's peace and blessings be upon him). From this household have emerged numerous renowned men of Allah who have taught the sacred sciences for many centuries. Shaykh Muhammad's father, the light of Damascus and master of the Islamic disciplines, Sayyid Ibrahim al-Yaqoubi, was one of the greatest scholars of The Levant in recent times.
  Shaykh Muhammad's grandfather was a great scholar and Gnostic, Sayyid Ismail al-Yaqoubi; his father's maternal uncle was Shaykh Arabi al-Yaqoubi and his paternal uncle was the famous Gnostic, Shaykh Sharif al-Yaqoubi. Amongst his blessed ancestors, three have held the Maliki Imamate at the Grand Umayyad Mosque in Damascus - may Allah envelope them all in His mercy. Shaykh Muhammad traces his lineage back to the Prophet Muhammad salla lahu alayhi wa'ale hi wasallam (may Allah's peace and blessings be upon him) through the great Mawlay Idris al-Anwar who built the city of Fes, a descendant of Sayyiduna al-Hasan the Second, who is the son of Sayyiduna al-Hasan (may Allah be pleased with him), the grandson of the Prophet (may Allah's peace and blessings be upon him) and son of Sayyiduna Ali ibn Abi Talib (may Allah ennoble his countenance).

For over twenty years, Shaykh Muhammad studied over 500 works with his father, in the sciences of Qur'an, Hadith (Prophetic traditions), Fiqh (Jurisprudence), Mantiq (Logic) and many more. His father gave him full authority to narrate Hadith, to teach and to issue fatawa (legal rulings). He also received many other ijazat (licenses to teach) from the most prominent scholars of Syria such as: the Hanafi Mufti of Syria, Shaykh Muhammad Abul Yusr Abidin; the Maliki Mufti of Syria, Sayyid Makki al-Kittani; Shaykh Ali al-Boudaylimi of Tlemcen; Shaykh Salih al-Khatib; and Shaykh Abdul Aziz Uyun al-Sud.

Some of the books Shaykh Muhammad studied under his father are as follows: most of the six books of Hadith, al-Muwatta of Yahya al-Laythi, most of al-Muwatta of Imam Muhammad with Sharh al-Laknawi, most of al-Muwafaqat of al-Shatibi, the first volume and other sections (of the five volumes) of al-Hashiya of Ibn Abidin, Ihya Ulum al-Din, al-Hidaya of al-Marghinani, Mughni al-Labib of Ibn Hisham, parts of Kitab Sibawayhi, Miyar al-Ilm of al-Ghazali, several volumes of Sharh Sahih Muslim of al-Nawawi, several volumes of Irshad al-Sari of al-Qastallani, half of Madarik al-Tawil of al-Nasafi, Hashiyat al-Sawi on Tafsir al-Jalalayn, three volumes of Mu'jam Maqayis al-Lugha of Ibn Faris, al-Bayan w'al-Tabyin of al-Jahiz, several volumes of Wafayat al-Ayan of Ibn Khallikan, and Tabaqat al-Shafi'iyya al-Kubra of Ibn al-Subki, and Maqamat al-Hariri. In fact, Shaykh Muhammad wrote a thabat (detailed list) of the names of the books he studied under his father entitled, "The Concealed Pearls". This book is a testament to his father's labour of love and the expenditure of his energy in passing on his knowledge and experience to his children, a rarity in our times. In the summer of 1973 at the age of 11, Shaykh Muhammad started teaching a regular Qur'an and Tajwid class composed of a group of boys at the Darwishiyya Mosque in Damascus. He began giving public speeches in Ramadan after Asr prayer in the same mosque at the age of 12. At the age of 14, he made his debut as Friday speaker in the mosque known as al-Saadaat, where Sayyiduna Mu'adh ibn Jabal is buried. At the age of 17, he was appointed Friday Imam and speaker and as a teacher of the Sacred Knowledge at the age of 20. Since then, he has been teaching the Islamic sciences to students of all levels from all parts of the world. Shaykh Muhammad memorized Jawharat al-Tawhid when he was 5 years old, al-Arba'in al-Nawawiyya when he was 6, and later on, dozens of famous didactic odes and poems along with most of al-Qur'an al-Karim. He also memorized considerable parts of al-Mufaddaliyyaat and al-Hamasah of Abi Tammam. The first poem he wrote was at the age of 13, and it was a plea to the Prophet. His collection of poetry is growing, and a few poems in English have been added to it. Throughout the years of his study, Shaykh Muhammad went through extensive spiritual training in the path of Tasawwuf under his father, who was a great saint and spiritual guide known for his righteousness and asceticism. Shaykh Muhammad studied the major works of Tasawwuf under him. As well as accompanying him, he was his servant, his student and the bearer of his shoes, which he considers the key to the opening he received. The company of his father exposed him to a wealth of light, wisdom and knowledge, an experience that was far beyond what one may attain from books or from occasional meetings with teachers. He is an authority in the science of Hadith; his asanid (chains of transmission) are of the highest amongst scholars of our time. Students and scholars visit him in Syria or when he travels, to hear the masalsalat and take ijaza in narration of Hadith. In his efforts to revive the tradition of Hadith recitals, he has taught al-Muwatta of Imam Malik, Sahih al-Bukhari, Sahih al-Muslim, Sunan Abi Dawud, Jami' al-Tirmidhi  and he intends to finish all the main six books of Hadith in the coming terms insha'Allah.

He has travelled extensively and participated in conferences, delivered lectures and taught intensive programmes. Additionally, he has delivered Friday speeches in Lebanon, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Algeria, Pakistan, Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Switzerland, Germany, France, Spain, Canada, the United States, Indonesia, Singapore, South Africa, Morocco and the UK. Over a thousand people have embraced Islam at his hands and many have repented after listening to him. He is a scion of the prophetic household, a torch bearer in this time and a charismatic public speaker in both Arabic and English.
Sayyid Muhammad al-Yaqoubi's incredible training at the hands of several luminaries of this ummah, most notably his father, have propelled him to rank among the leading scholars of Islam in the world today. He currently resides in Damascus and is a public teacher at some of the most prestigious institutions there. He teaches Aqida (theology) at the Grand Umayyad Mosque; he holds the position of Jumu'a Khatib (Friday speaker) at the Jami' al-Hasan Mosque; at the Mosque of Shaykh Muhyiddin Ibn Arabi, he teaches from al-Risalah of Imam al-Qushayri and al-Shama'il al-Muhammadiyyah of Imam al-Tirmidhi.

May Allah preserve him for the benefit of the ummah. Amin.
 


Teachers

  • His father, Shaykh Ibrahim al-Ya'qoubi (d. 1985/1406 AH)
  • Shaykh Sayyid Makki al-Kattani, the Maliki Mufti of Syria
  • Shaykh Muhammad Abu al-Yusr 'Abidin, the previous Mufti of Syria
  • Shaykh Ali al-Boudaylimi of Tlemcen, the great Murshid
  • Shaykh Zayn al-'Abideen at-Tounisi
  • Shaykh 'Abdul'Aziz 'Uyun as-Soud
  • Shaykh Muhammad Wafa al-Qassaaband
  • Shaykh Abd al-Rahman al-Shaghouri
 Amongst his students from outside Syria are the following:
  • Shaykh Hamza Yusuf, USA
  • Shaykh Muhammad Akram Nadwi, UK
  • Shaykh Shoayb Ahmad, South Africa
  • Shaykh Faisal Abdur-Razak, Canada
  • Shaykh Gibril Haddad, Brunei
  • Shaykh Munawwar Ateeq al-Ridawi, UK
  • Shaykh Asrar Rashid al-Qadiri al-Attari, UK
  • Shaykh Muhammad Yaseen, UK
  • Shaykh Ahmad Maeno, Japan
 Career
  • 1980-1990 Shaykh Muhammad worked as khatib in al-Tawusiyah mosque in Damascus
  • 1983-1990 He worked as instructor at the fatwa adminstration, al-Darwishiyah mosque
  • 1990 He worked as Research Editor at Dar al-Athar al-Islamiyyah, Kuwait
  • 1992-1996 Researcher, and teacher of Arabic Classical literature at Gothenburg University
  • 1998-1999 Assistant Director for Research and Studies, Dar al-Athar al-Islamiyyah, Kuwait
  • 2000-2001 Instructor at Zaytuna Institute, California, where he taught Sahih al-Bukhari, al-Muwatta of Imam Malik, al-Tahawiyyah on Islamic creed, al-Hikam of Imam Ibn 'Ata' llah, amongst two dozens of books
  • 2008- An instructor in the Grand Umayyad Mosque and Shaykh Muyiddin Ibn 'Arabi's mosque, where he teaches the various disciplines of the Shari'ah, as he has been doing for 35 years. Amongst other texts, he has taught Sahih al-Bukhari four times, Sahih Muslim twice, and al-Muwatta' of Imam Malik six times.