Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Learning through 'ijazah' and learning from each other

Shaykh Ahmad Qat'ani al-Maliki (left) and Shaykh Seraj Hendricks (right)
Cape Town - 28 Jan 2013
(pic credit  Shafiq Mortan)

So we learned from Shaykh Muhammad Allie Khalfe about this special meeting and exchange between Shaykh Ahmad Qat'ani al-Maliki of Libya and Shaykh Seraj Hendricks of Cape Town.

Shaykh Ahmad Qat'ani al-Maliki, we were made to understand, is one who is keen to travel the world in search of ijazah and musalsalat. He is the head of tasawwuf and hadith ulama in Libya. He is also one of the murshid of Shaykh Muhammad bin Yahya al-Ninowy. 

During this meeting that took place in conjunction with the annual Mawlid event in Cape Town, Shaykh Seraj Hendricks granted Shaykh Ahmad Qat'ani al-Maliki with ijazah which the former had received from Shaykh Habib Mushur al-Haddad and the late Habib as-Saqqaf. Shaykh Seraj Hendricks in return received ijazah belonging to Shaykh Ahmad Qat'ani al-Maliki. Among the ijazah exchanged were Musalsal bi-Subha (chain link for prayer beads), Musalsal bil-Awwaliya (hadith of mercy) and Musalsal bil-Aswadayn (for dates and water).

Shaykh Seraj Hendricks of Cape Town is a graduate of Umm al-Qurra University in Makkah and had spent some ten years under the guidance of the venerable Almarhum Shaykh Sayyid Muhammad bin Alawi al-Maliki al-Hassani. Shaykh Seraj Hendricks is the older brother of Shaykh Ahmad Hendricks. The two brothers had studied together.

May Allah make us follow in the footsteps of the solehin and the ariffin. May by mentioning the names of His special servants, Allah's mercy would descend into our hearts and lives. Ameen.

From left: Shaykh Muhammad Allie Khalfe, Sidi Husain Dramat,
Erfan Abrahams,
Shaykh Seraj Hendricks,  Shaykh Ahmad Qat'ani al-Maliki,
  and Shaykh Binyamin Toefy
(Pic credit: Shafiq Mortan)

Shaykh Allie Khalfe and 

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