Shaykh Murtada’s 3rd Qasidah Arabic/English – typeset

Thanks to: Shaykh Mawlay Murtada for his permission and checking the typesetting and to Hajj Abdassamad Clarke for the typesetting.

Note: The closest tunes that I can find in the Diwan of Shaykh Muhammad ibn al-Habib are; ‘Kana li wahmun’, ‘Ya man yurid hadratal ‘iyani’, ‘Ruhi tuhadithuni’. Any other suggestions for tunes you have, please let us know. 

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The Strength of the Shaykh – Shaykh Mawlay Murtada – Arabic/English

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The Strength of the Shaykh

 

a Qasida on Shaykh Abdalqadir as-Sufi

 

by Shaykh Mawlay Murtada al-Basri

Oh you who desire to know where the truth is

Look upon the Shaykh’s forehead, that is what you will see.

A light which shines over all mankind by his secret

Nourishing the Fuqara in the inward and outward.

If you are absent for years and then return to him

You will find time has not changed him nor bent his back.

You see him in this Mawsim – it only increased him

In courage, manliness and strength.

Time swore it would bring around another like him –

Time has not been true to its word.

By Allah, Oh you who have visited and seen him, Oh youth,

Have you seen a Shaykh anywhere like him?

Oh you Fuqara who have attended this Mawsim

He is the spring that satisfies the thirst of every drinker.

We drank from his glance which encompassed everyone,

So that no thirst remained after the encounter.

May Allah have mercy on our Amghari Shaykh

And Al-Fayturi, Oh Lord, in the Garden of Refuge.

And protect for ever, Oh Exalted God,

Our Shaykh and all those who follow him.

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THE IMARAT

A Core Element Within The Madinan Model of Islam

Abdullah Luongo     Cape Town, South Africa

In 1331 during the dynamic rule of the Khalifah Orhan Ghazi the town of Iznik, which had been part of the Byzantine Empire until it was captured by his father Osman Ghazi in 1302, became the new Muslim capital.  It was in Iznik that we see the first Imarat established by the Khalifah.  Significantly, a second Imarat was later built in the same city, this time by Nilufer Hatun, the wife of Orhan Gazi, setting an important precedent that continued with other great women in Islam. Continue reading “THE IMARAT”

The Murabitun in the Eyes of the ‘Ulama of the Ahl as-Sunnah

Abu Miftah – Islamic Historian

There are jama’ahs among the Muslim community that have existed for thousands of years establishing jihad fisabilillah – al-Murabitun is one of them. Nowadays they urge us to return to the ‘amal of the Prophet Muhammad, sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, and the Sahaba, in upholding the Zakah and the Mu’amalah with Dinars and Dirhams.

In the history books written by the ‘ulama of the Ahl as-Sunnah, the role and service of the Murabitun communities is often referred to as establishing the greatness of Allah’s deen – Islam. So, who are these Murabitun? Continue reading “The Murabitun in the Eyes of the ‘Ulama of the Ahl as-Sunnah”