We received the sad news rather late. That one learned and pious personality had passed away on the evening of April 6th, 2014 and was buried on the following day, in Kelantan, a state in the northeast of Peninsula Malaysia.
Inna lillah wa inna ilai hiraji'un
(pic credit: Ba'Alawi KL)
You may have come across several postings here on lessons given by the honorable Shaykh. This was the shaykh who was instrumental in making this faqir re-embrace Islam and put on the hijab circa 2002. This was the guru who prompted this faqir to pay a visit to another arifbillah, the late Habib Ali bin Jaafar al-Aydrus of Batu Pahat, Johor. This was the guru whose simple words made this faqir see the myriad of Allah's blessings.
I remembered the saying of another shaykh who is a resident-guru at Ba'Alawi KL. Shaykh Fahmi Zamzam al-Maliki said, there is no such thing as ex-guru. Once a guru, always a guru. Still I am ashamed to undeservingly say he is my guru because I am so very lacking of adab.
Of the many lessons we heard from him in person, there is one we remember and may Allah make us remember always to recite:
Astaghfirullah hamimma siwallah
wa kullu syai'in
ya qul Allah
What it basically means is: O Allah forgive me for having in my heart other than Allah, when everything else is saying Allah.
It is without a doubt that only a man of tawhid, could impart lessons on tawhid.
May Allah forgive us for our lack of adab towards any shyakh whose majlis we had sat in before. May Allah forgive our gurus and bless their souls. May Allah forgive and bless all the gurus out there. May Allah gather our gurus with the muqarabeen and reward them as He may deem fit, for only Allah knows who is near to Him and who is sincere towards Him. Ameen.