Biography: Habib Esa bin Abdul Kader bin Ahmad Al-Haddad

Habib Abdullah bin Husayn bin Tohir

The Lineage of the Great Imam and ‘Alim

He is al-Imam al-Habib `Abdullah bin Husayn bin Tahir bin Muhammad bin Hashim bin `Abd al-Rahman bin `Abdullah bin `Abd al-Rahman bin Muhammad Maghfun bin `Abd al-Rahman bin Ahmad bin `Alawi bin Ahmad bin `Abd al-Rahman bin `Alawi `Amm al-Faqih (the uncle of Sayyidina al-Faqih al-Muqaddam) bin Muhammad Sahib Mirbat bin `Ali Khali` Qasam bin `Alawi bin Muhammad Sahib al-Sawma`ah bin `Alawi bin `Ubaydullah bin al-Imam al-Muhajir il-Allah Ahmad bin ` Isa bin Muhammad al-Naqib bin `Ali al-`Uraydi bin Ja`far al-Sadiq bin Muhammad al-Baqir bin `Ali Zayn al-`Abidin bin Husayn al-Sibt bin `Ali bin Abi Talib and Fatimah al-Zahra’ the daughter of our Master Muhammad, the Seal of the Prophets ﷺ.


His Birth and Upbringing

Habib `Abdullah was born in Tarim in 1191 [1]. His upbringing was distinct from the rest of his peers and he demonstrated aptitude even in his youth. As he grew up, he stood out in society as an exemplary personality and one who is rightly guided.

His Shaykhs

His teachers include Sayyid Hamid bin `Umar Al-Munfar and his son, Sayyid ‘Abd ar-Rahman and the two people of knowledge – ‘Alawi and ‘Umar, the sons of al-Habib Ahmad bin Hassan al-Haddad.

He travelled to Makkah and al-Madinah to study the religious sciences therein from al-Allamah ‘Aqil bin ‘Umar bin ‘Aqil bin Yahya, as-Sayyid ‘Ali al-Bayti, Shaykh ‘Umar bin ‘Abd ar-Rasul ‘Atar, and al-Allamah Ahmad bin ‘Alawi Jamalullayl.

His Shaykh of Futuh

The teacher from whom he received (divine) openings from was Habib `Umar bin Seggaf as-Seggaf.

The People Who Took Knowledge from Him

The people who took knowledge from him are numerous and they include the son of his sister al-Allamah al-Sayyid ‘Abdullah bin ‘Umar bin Yahya, al-Allamah as-Sayyid ‘Abd ar-Rahman bin ‘Ali bin ‘Umar bin Seggaf as-Seggaf, al-Allamah as-Sayyid Muhammad bin Husayn bin ‘Abdullah Al-Habshi (Mufti of Makkah), al-Allamah as-Sayyid Muhsin bin ‘Alawi as-Seggaf, al-Allamah as-Sayyid Hamid bin ‘Umar as-Seggaf, ash-Shaykh ‘Abdullah bin Ahmad Ba’sawdan (the compiler of the famous Hadrah Basawdan), as-Shaykh al-Allamah ‘Abdullah bin Sa’id bin Sumair (author of the famous primer in Shafi’ Fiqh, Safinah an-Naja), al-Allamah as-Sayyid ‘Aydarus bin ‘Umar al-Habshi (the great Muhaddith of Hadramawt).

Some of the Things Mentioned about Him

His nephew, al-Sayyid ‘Abdullah bin ‘Umar bin Yahya, said, “Gathered within him are the lofty states of all (righteous) people.” [2] Whenever the people of Madinah asked al-Sayyid ‘Abdullah about his uncle, Habib ‘Abdullah, he would say to them, “‘Abdullah bin Husayn (Habib ‘Abdullah) has filled himself with the munjiyaat (good qualities) and has rid himself of the muhlikaat (destructive traits).”

It is mentioned about gatherings with Habib Abdullah, “We do not know that we were still in this Dunya until the Son of Husayn (Habib ‘Abdullah) died.”

Habib ‘Ali Al-Habshi said, “If a katib (writer) writer had been tasked to take down the deeds of the Son of Husayn (Habib ‘Abdullah), he would not be able to do so as there were too many of them to enumerate .”

His daily wird was saying “Lā ilāha ill’Allāh” 25,000 times, “Yā Allāh” 25,000 times, and 25,000 prayers upon the Prophet ﷺ.

In spite of all his great works, he saw himself as a poor, sinful slave in desperate need of the mercy of his Lord and he would say:

يا رَبِّ ما مَعْنا عَمَلْ و كَسْبُنا كُلُهْ زَلَلْ

لَكِنْ لَنا فِيكْ أَمَلْ تُحْيِي العِظَامَ الرَّامَةْ

O Lord, we have no (good) actions and all that we have earned are wrongdoings

But in You we have hope which brings decayed bones to life

ياسميع الدعاء نسألك توبة صحيحة من جميع المعاصي والفعال القبيحة قبل كشف الغطاء بين الملا والفضيحة

O the One Who Hears Du’as (Allah), we ask You for valid tawbah (repentance) from all of disobedience and dreadful works before the veils are lifted between al-Mala and al-Fadhihah i.e. before one’s shame is revealed to others.

His Manners

Habib `Abdullah held immense respect for his older brother, Habib Tahir. In their childhood, he would never allow himself to defeat him in archery contests. He would always walk behind him and, in their house he would not go up to a higher storey if Habib Tahir was below. Only after his brother’s death in 1241, did he start teaching and calling to Allah openly.

His Works

Some of the books he wrote include:

  1. Sullam at-Tawfiq fi al-Fiqh
  2. Miftah al-‘Irab
  3. Al-Wasiah al-Kubra
  4. Tazkirah an-Nafs
  5. Tazkirah an-Nafs wa al-Ikhwan bi ayaati minal Quran wa al-Ahadith Sayyid Walad Adnan
  6. Rasail wa Wasoyah
  7. Faraid wa Faraid min Fathu Jamil al-‘Awaid
  8. Diwan al-Manzum
  9. Al-Majmu’ [3]

Many in Singapore and elsewhere in the South-East Asian region would be familiar with Habib ‘Abdullah bin Husayn bin Tohir poems, Yā Arḥam al-Rāḥimīn [4] and Hadiyat as-Sadiq [5]. The former is Habib ‘Abdullah’s plea to Allah to rectify the Muslims and their leaders, and reflects the turbulent time in which he lived; it is read in many gatherings in the region and can be found in the famous Hadrah Ba’sawdan compiled by his student, ash-Shaykh ‘Abdullah bin Ahmad Ba’sawdan. The latter is often read at the end of gatherings of knowledge.

His Passing

Habib `Abdullah passed on from this world on Wednesday night, 17th of Rabi’ Thani 1272. People came out in large numbers from different cities and villages to attend his funeral whilst chanting “Yā Allāh, Yā Allāh” in congregation. He was buried beside his elder brother, Habib Tohir bin Husayn bin Tohir, in the vicinity of Maselah Al Shaykh.

May Allah have mercy upon Habib ‘Abdullah and benefit us with his knowledge. Amin.

[1] c. 1777AD
[2] al-Mashra’ ar-Rawi
[3] Habib Alawi bin Shihab used to say, “The Majmu’ of Habib Abdullah bin Husayn bin Tohir is the Ihya Ulumuddin of today.”
[4] Listen to Yā Arḥam al-Rāḥimīn here
[5] Listen to Hadiyat as-Sadiq here and here (1:34mins)


Profile: Habib Jindan bin Jindan

His Blessed Lineagehabibjindan

He is Jindan bin Naufal bin Sālim bin Ahmad bin Hassan bin Sāleh bin `Abdullāh bin Jindan bin `Abdullāh bin `Umar bin `Abdullāh bin Shaykhan bin Fakhr al-Wujūd Shaykh Abū Bakr bin Sālim bin `Abdullāh bin `Abd al-Raḥmān bin `Abdullāh bin Shaykh `Abd al-Raḥmān al-Saqqāf bin Shaykh Muḥammad Mawlā al-Dawīlah bin `Alī Mawlā al-Darak bin `Alawī al-Ghayūr bin al-Faqīh al-Muqaddam Muḥammad bin `Alī bin Muḥammad Ṣāḥib Mirbāṭ bin `Alī Khāli` Qasam bin `Alawī bin Muḥammad Ṣāḥib al-Ṣawma`ah bin `Alawī bin `Ubaydullāh bin al-Imām al-Muhājir il-Allāh Aḥmad bin `Īsā bin Muḥammad al-Naqīb bin `Ali al-`Urayḍī bin Ja`far al-Ṣādiq bin Muḥammad al-Bāqir bin `Ali Zayn al-`Ābidīn bin Ḥusayn al-Sibṭ bin `Alī bin Abī Ṭālib and Fāṭimah al-Zahrā’, the daughter of our Master Muḥammad, the Seal of the Prophets ﷺ.


Al-Habib Jindan started his journey seeking Islamic knowledge at a young age in his home country of Indonesia. Amongst other schools and institutions in Indonesia, Al-Habib Jindan studied at SD Islam Meranti and Madrasah Jami’yatul Khair, Tanah Abang, before leaving Indonesia for Yemen to study at Dar Al-Mustafa, Tarim, Hadhramaut. He was amongst the institution’s earliest graduants, together with reknown scholars, Al-Habib Ali Zainal Abidin Al-Hamid and the late Al-Habib Munzir bin Fuad Al-Musawa.

The following people are amongst the teachers of Al-Habib Jindan bin Jindan:

  • Al-Habib Abdul Qadir bin Ahmad As-Seggaf
  • Al-Walid Al-Habib Naufal bin Salim bin Jindan
  • Al-Habib Muhammad bin Ali bin Abdurrahman Al-Habshi
  • Al-Habib Hassan bin Abdullah Ash-Shatiri
  • Al-Habib Salim bin Abdullah Ash-Shatiri
  • Ainu Tarim, Al-Habib Abdullah bin Muhammad bin Alawi bin Shihab
  • Al-Habib Zayn bin Ibrahim bin Sumayt
  • As-Sayyid Muhammad bin Alawi Al-Maliki
  • Mufti Tarim, Al-Habib Ali Masyhur bin Muhammad bin Salim bin Hafiz
  • Al-Habib Umar bin Muhammad bin Salim bin Hafiz
  • Al-Habib Muhammad (Sa’ad) bin Alawi Al-Aydarus
  • Al-Habib Muhammad bin Hamid Ba’alawi
  • Mufti Huraidho, Al-Habib Ali bin Muhammad bin Salim Al-Attas
  • Mufti Tarim, Ash-Shaykh Fadhl bin Abdurrahman Ba’fadhal
  • Ustazah Nur Baiti (Jakarta)

Missionary Work (Da’wah)

Al-Habib Jindan currently serves as chairman of Yayasan Al-Fachriyah, an institution of Islamic learning established by his late father, Al-Habib Naufal bin Salim bin Jindan in 1990. He also leads the weekly Majelis Ta’alim Kwitang which was established by his late maternal grandfather, the erudite scholar of Islam and knower of Allah (Al-Aarif Billah), Al-Habib Ali bin Abdurrahman Al-Habshi of Kwitang, better known as Habib Ali Kwitang. This weekly, Sunday morning class has been running uninterrupted for more then 100 years in Kwitang, Jakarta.

He is active in da’wah across the Nusantara region having delivered lectures and taught lessons in Malaysia and Singapore, apart from his native Indonesia.

Majlis Al-Hadyun Nabawi

Al-Habib Jindan is also co-scholar-in-resident of Majlis Al-Hadyun Nabawi* with Habib Ali Zainal Abidin Al-Hamid. Al-Habib Jindan will read off and expound Imam Al-Haddad’s masterpiece in spirituality, An-Nasihah as-Diniyyah wal-Wasoya al-Imaniyah (Religious Counsels and Faith-based Advices), which extracts the essence of Imam al-Ghazali’s magnum opus, Ihya’ Ulum al-Din. Al-Habib Jindan teaches this same book at Majelis Taalim Kwitang in Jakarta.

Majlis Al-Muwasolah Singapura wishes Al-Habib Jindan success in his dakwah mission and in every other noble mission he embarks on.

* Majlis Al-Hadyun Nabawi was established by the erudite scholar of Islam, the caller to Allah, Al-Habib Umar bin Muhammad bin Salim bin Hafiz ibn Shaykh Abu Bakr bin Salim to benefit the Muslim community in Singapore in spreading knowledge, spirituality, and peace.

Biography: Habib Abdillah bin Ahmad Al-Jufri

His Birth and LineageUstaz Abdillah III

Al-Habib Abdillah bin Ahmad bin Ali bin Muhammad al-Jufri was one of the precious gifts of Allah (High and Exalted is He) to the Muslims of Singapore, coming from a family well-known for its scholarship, piety and saintliness. He was born at Asar on 29th Zulhijjah 1356 Hijri (2nd March 1938), the youngest of three children, to his father, Habib Ahmad Bin Ali al-Jufri, who migrated from Hadhramaut to Singapore, and his mother, a pious woman by the name of Sharifah Khadijah bint Hamid al-Jufri, with the latter having much influence in his upbringing, especially since he was orphaned by his father’s death at an early age. His name was initially Ibrahim, named after his elder brother who passed away, but it was later changed to Abdillah. Upon his birth, he was brought by his mother to the 2nd Chief Judge of Singapore, Qadhi Haji Abbas, who said that Habib Abdillah would be a great scholar. Thus, his mother would always remind the young Habib Abdillah to remain focused in his education, which he duly took seriously. As a boy, he also accompanied and received attention from the great ambassador of Islam, Maulana Abdul Aleem Siddiqui, during one of his visits to Singapore. Maulana Abdul Aleem placed his blessed hands on the head of Habib Abdillah and made a special du’a for this future leader of the local Muslim community.


Religious education was highly stressed upon the Hadhrami youth of Singapore in those days. Habib Abdillah was sent first to Madrasah Khairiyyah and later to the well-known Madrasah Aljunied, a school set up by a pious man by the name of Habib Abdurrahman Bin Junied al-Junied. At that time, the school was run by scholars of the highest calibre , making it a premier centre for Islamic learning and teaching in Southeast Asia. Habib Abdillah had his formal education at this school, as well as informal education at the feet of various ‘ulama residing in Singapore at the time.

He had the blessed fortune of having many great teachers, among whom were al-Habib Abu Bakr bin Taha al-Saggaf, al-Habib Abdullah bin Shaikh Bilfaqih, al-Habib Muhammad bin Alwi al-Aydarus, al-Habib Muhammad bin Hasan Bin Tahir (with whom he had private lessons after his classes at Madrasah Aljunied), al-Habib Abdullah bin Hasan al-Shatiri, al-Habib Alwi bin Tahir al-Haddad (the Mufti of Johor who gave him ijazah to teach), al-Habib Muhammad bin Salim al-Attas, ash-Shaikh Muhammad bin Abdullah Diab, and later from the great jurist of the Shafi’i madhhab, al-Allamah Ash-Shaikh Umar bin Abdullah al-Khatib.

Habib Abdillah also studied with non-Arab teachers, including al-Ustadh Ahmad Sonhadji Muhammad (who assigned him to take over his tafsir classes over the local radio), al-Ustadh Peer Sinarwatar, al-Ustadh Muhammad bin Muhammad Said Semarang, Kyai Ahmad Zuhri Bin Mutamin, and the 3rd Chief Judge, Qadhi Haji Ali bin Haji Ahmad Said. He had a tremendous exposure to the Malay language and culture, making him suitable for the leadership of the Muslim community in Singapore towards the end of his life. His mastery of the Arabic Language, both colloquial and classical, was also unparalleled, as was his mastery of the other sciences. As a student, he maintained the highest adab towards his teachers. One of them, Al-Ustadh Peer, remarked that Habib Abdillah was someone who deeply respected his teachers and it was came as no surprise then that the knowledge he acquired had so much barakah, bearing fruits for the Muslim community to benefit from later on in his life.

Giving Back to the Ummah

Ustaz Abdillah IVEquipped with the knowledge and wisdom acquired from his teachers and elders, Habib Abdillah began teaching. One of his earliest teaching experiences came when he was appointed to teach Islam at two famous Malay vernacular schools in Singapore, Sekolah Sang Nila Utama and Sekolah Tun Sri Lanang. He was described as a firm yet loving teacher towards his students, who deeply respected him. This period gave him valuable early experience with the local Muslim community and sharpened the unmistakable fluency and eloquence of his delivery, which he utilised effectively as a mode of da’wah to the community. His speeches were clear and precise, and yet uniquely unassuming, without affecting the unexplainable awe (haibah) that were felt by those around him. Whenever he was imam for a congregational prayer, his coarse yet beautiful voice endeared him to many.

Despite his popularity as a teacher, Habib Abdillah remained a man of humility (tawadhu’), and his humble nature was remarkable. He mixed with people from all races and walks of life. He patronises Singapore’s public transport system and it enabled the common man to have meet and interact with him on buses and trains.

He attended patiently to questions asked by his students, sometimes after his night classes and, at times, through telephone calls, even for seemingly petty questions like asking the spelling of the name of a newborn child, which he duly answered with his gentle manners. His adab towards those older than him was well-known. He regularly visited them, and maintained the deepest respect towards them. For instance, when the senior scholar al-Habib Abdurrahman bin Ahmad al-Kaff had a public class after Maghrib at Masjid Alkaff, Habib Abdillah, who would himself later be teaching after Isha’, would also usually attend the Maghrib class but he would peculiarly hide behind one of the pillars of the mosque. When asked as to why he did this, he said he did so because he did not want people’s attention towards Habib Abdurrahman to be shifted towards him. Such was his sublime akhlaq, which could also be seen in many other instances.

His Great Qualities

With his mastery of the Arabic language, he was given respect and the mantle of leadership by his peers and even elders from amongst the Hadhrami community. One of the pious elders, al-Habib Abdullah bin Shaikh al-Saggaf (well-known simply as “innallaha maas sabirin”), once remarked that Habib Abdillah was a successor of the next generation.  One of Habib Abdillah’s contemporaries, al-Habib Abu Bakar bin Salim al-Bar, a righteous and great scholar whose scholarship remained unknown to many, had much praise for him and recalled that during one of the visits of al-Qutb al-Imam al-Habib Abdul Qadir bin Ahmad al-Saggaf to Singapore, Habib Abdillah would translate Habib Abdul Qadir’s Arabic speech into Malay flawlessly. Habib Abdul Qadir did not have to stop occasionally to allow the translation, instead Habib Abdillah would translate the whole speech of Habib Abdul Qadir in one go.

Notwithstanding his involvement in and membership of the local Hadhrami community, he was also deeply and affectionately involved with the Malay community and even joined one of its important literary associations. His command of the Malay language, which he used in his public classes and lectures, was of a high standard, and it was said that if one wanted to learn Malay one simply needed to listen to Habib Abdillah’s speeches. He used to teach books in the old Malay script of Jawi, one of which was Shaikh Muhammad Arshad al-Banjari’s magnum opus, Sabil al-Muhtadin. He stressed the importance of learning Jawi to his students, and said that it should not be neglected. Thus many of the books that he wrote were in both the modern Rumi script and Jawi, including those he wrote for children.

Habib Abdillah was not just an author but also an able translator. Some of the classical books he translated into Malay included Maslak al-Qarib of al-Habib Tahir bin Husin Bin Tahir and Fath al-Ilah of al-Habib Muhammad bin Husin al-Habshi. He was also assigned by the authorities to write textbooks on Islam for the secondary school curriculum, when Islamic Religious Knowledge (IRK) was still taught in national schools.

A prolific writer, Habib Abdillah authored, co-authored or translated many books and wrote numerous articles and Friday sermons. Among his published works are:

  • Essentials of Islam Series (Books 1 to 6)  – Asas Agama Islam: Pelajaran Tauhid & Fikah
  • Essentials of Islam Series (Books 1 to 6) – Asas Agama Islam: Pelajaran Akhlak & Sirah
  • Arabic Language (Books 1 to 6) – Al Asas Fil Loghatil Arabiah (Book 1 – 6)
  • Today and Tomorrow – Hari Ini Dan Esok
  • Islamic History – The Prophet ﷺ till the Abbasids – Sejarah Nabi hingga kerajaan Abbasiyah
  • Teach Your Children to Love the Prophet ﷺ – Ajarkan Anak-Anakmu Cintakan Rasulullah
  • The Path of Proximity – Jalan Yang Dekat Bagi Pengikut Jalan Rujuk Kepada Tuhan
  • The Gifts of Allah – Anugerah Tuhan – Dalam perkara kewajipan hamba kepada Tuhan
  • Q&A on Islam – Anda Bertanya Saya Menjawab
  • A Book of Du’as and Wirid – Doa Dan Wirid
  • The Light of the Quran series (tafsir) – Pelita Al-Quran, Juz 30
  • The Light of the Quran series (tafsir) – Pelita Al-Quran, Al Baqarah
  • The Light of the Quran series (tafsir) – Pelita Al-Quran, Al-Imran & An-Nisaa

Habib Abdillah also regularly wrote articles for the local Malay newspaper Berita Harian where he would elaborate on many issues affecting the community, including the challenges of modernism and secularism.

He was well-known for his tafsir classes at several mosques which drew huge crowds. Listening to him was once described as listening to a khatib delivering his khutbah, due to the eloquence of his tongue. Yet even with multitudes of students and a great deal of knowledge and experience, he still continued learning with the more senior scholars such as ash-Shaikh Umar bin Abdullah al-Khatib, al-Habib Awad bin Hamid Ba’alawi, and al-Habib Husin bin Muhammad al-Habshi through the Majlis Roha, a weekly session of reading classical books, including Sahih al-Bukhari and Ihya’ Ulumuddin.

In fact, towards the end of his life, he himself led these blessed sessions, together with his contemporary al-Habib Ahmad bin Muhammad bin Semait. Despite this, he would still maintain several weekly classes focused on the teaching of fardhu ‘ayn, basic knowledge which every Muslim should know. He had a systematic methodology of teaching tauhid, fiqh and tasawwuf to the public, which is well-documented by his faithful students till today.


He offered the much-needed leadership that the community thirsted for as it entered the new millennium. He was seen by many as a natural leader and yet he was the most humble of men, reluctant to take up positions of authority and always deferential towards his peers and elders. Towards the end of his life, conditions were such that he had to assume positions of leadership. In 1999, he was entrusted to lead PERGAS, the organisation of religious scholars and teachers, taking over from his friend Al-Ustadh Abu Bakr bin Hashim. The following year, he was also tasked to be the Mudir of Madrasah Aljunied, his alma mater.

The timing of these appointments allowed Habib Abdillah to fulfil a final amanah to the community before departing from this world. In 2000, the authorities had been pushing for full-time madrasah education to begin only at the secondary level. The community, under his wise and courageous leadership, resisted this as it was seen as tampering with the educational needs of Muslims. Habib Abdillah provided guidance, advice, and leadership through this difficult times. A day after he led congregational hajat prayers asking Allah for help, the authorities announced that they would retract their original plan and continue allowing the madrasahs to take in students at the primary level.

Illness and Demise

After this critical period, Habib Abdillah’s age began to get the better of him. He relinquished his brief positions at PERGAS and Madrasah Aljunied but continued teaching as much as he could. His health began to deteriorate and he passed away peacefully from this world at the age of 67 Hijri years on 1st Dhulqa’dah 1423 Hijri (4th Jan 2003), leaving behind his wife and 4 children. His death was a huge loss to the community because many had hoped for him to continue leading and guiding the community. Thousands flocked to his home in Kembangan and later followed his blessed body to Masjid Sultan where his janazah prayers were led by al-Habib Zain bin Husin al-Habshi, a scholar from Johor. The mosque was so crowded for the prayers that the scene was like that of a Jumuah Prayer. The crowd then continued to follow his body till his burial at Pusara Aman, where the talqin prayers were led by his friend al-Habib Hasan bin Ahmad al-Bahr. Many of the attendees were his students from all over the country and beyond and they came to pay their last respects to a man who was irreplaceable, and whose sincerity and courage helped mould a better community. Everyone noticed how the weather on that day seemed to have held up for this great man – everyone who accompanied his body till its burial took place felt a gentle coolness.

Ustaz Abdillah - Kubur

His death came exactly a week after that of the person who had much influence on his life, his mother, who lived to the age of 96. It has been said that the barakah of Habib Abdillah’s life was due to his filial piety towards his mother. Habib Abdillah, in her presence, would be like an innocent little child, ever fearful and respectful. As mentioned in a noble hadith, the redha of Allah (High and Exalted is He) lies in the redha of one’s parents, and in this, Habib Abdillah had truly excelled, setting the example to everyone that no matter how much knowledge and status one has, one is a nobody with regards to one’s parents. May Allah (High and Exalted is He) continue to benefit us by him and may his memory live on, as a genuine example for generations to come. Amin.

This biography was contributed by students of Al-Marhum Al-Habib Abdillah Al-Jufri

Syair Habib Idrus Al-Jufri tentang Ilmu

Syair Habib Idrus bin Salim Al-Jufri:

فَإنِّي رَأيْتُ الجهل في النَّاسِ فَاشِيًا

Sungguh aku perhatikan kejahilan bermaharajalela di tengah manusia

فَلا خَوفٌ مِن مَوْلى وَلا مِن جَهَنَّمِ

Tidak ada ketakutan kepada Maula (Allah) ataupun pada Jahanam

فَدَاوُوا بِعِلمِ الدِّيْن جَهْلَ قُُلُوبِكُم

Maka ubatilah kejahilan dalam sanubarimu dengan ilmu agama

فَمَن لم يُدَاوِ الجهْلَ بالعِلْمِ يَنْدَمِ

 Siapa yang enggan mengubatinya dengan ilmu pasti akan menyesal

Guru TuaBiodata Ringkas Pengarang Syair

Pengarang syair, Al-Habib Idrus bin Salim Al-Jufri, dilahirkan di Taris, Hadramaut, Yaman, pada tanggal 15 Mac 1892 dan meninggal di Palu, Sulawesi, Indonesia, pada tanggal 22 Disember 1969. Al-Habib Idrus merupakan anak murid kepada Syeikhul-Islam Al-Habib Abdullah bin Umar Asy-Syatiri dan beliau adalah tokoh unggul dalam bidang pendidikan Islam di Sulawesi Tengah. Jasa beliau amat besar sehingga dikatakan beliau ini mengasaskan lebih dari 1,000 pusat pendidikan termasuk beberapa pesantren, sekolah, dan ma’had pengajian Islam. Pemerintah Indonesia telah menamakan sebuah lapangan terbang, Bandara SIS (yakni Syed Idrus Salim) Al-Jufri, sempena nama beliau. Selain itu, ada juga hospital dan masjid yang dinamakan atas nama beliau. Al-Habib lebih dikenali dengan gelaran “Guru Tua” di antara masyarakat Sulawesi. Semoga Allah merahmati Al-Habib Idrus Al-Jufri dan memberi beliau sebaik-baik balasan di akhirat kelak, dan memanfaatkan kami dengan ilmu beliau. Amin.


Profile: Habib Ali Bakr

11156255_1595012820737578_3026086907059502411_nHabib Ali bin Abu Bakr ibn Shaykh Abu Bakr bin Salim, better known as Habib Ali Bakr, was born on 7 March 1963 in the blessed land of Hadramawt. Habib Ali Bakr had sought Sacred Knowledge in many places, including Inaat, Tarim, Seiyun, Baidoh, Shihr and Jeddah, from the foremost scholars of our time. His teachers include: the great scholar and Chief Mufti of Tarim, Al-Habib Ali Masyhur bin Muhammad bin Salim bin Hafiz (the elder brother of Habib Umar bin Hafiz); Ad-Da’I ilaAllah Al-Habib Umar bin Hafiz; Al-Habib Umar bin Alawi Al-Kaff; Qutb az-Zaman Al-Habib Abdul Qadir bin Ahmad Al-Seggaf, Al-Habib Ali bin Hasan bin Ismail Al-Hamid; Al-Habib Hassan bin Abdullah Ash-Shatiriy and his brother, Sultan al-Ulama’ Al-Habib Salim bin Abdullah Ash-Shatiriy; Al-Mufakkir Al-Habib Abu Bakr Al-Adniy bin Ali Al-Masyhur; Ash-Shaykh Abdul Qawiy Ba’Fadhal, Al-Mufti Ash-Shaykh Fadhl bin Abdul Rahman BaFadhal; Ash-Shaykh Muhammad bin Ali Al-Khatib; and other esteemed scholars.

Habib Ali Bakr currently serves the ummah, amongst other things, as Head of Majlis Al-Muwasolah Bayna Ulama’, and Principle of Ma’had Al-Yusra, Tarim, Hadramawt, Yemen, an institution specialising in teaching the Noble Qur’an, the Islamic Sciences, and the Arabic Language.

Habib Ali Bakr also travels extensively within the Arab world to: Saudi Arabia; Oman; Egypt; and Syria, and East Asia to: Singapore; Malaysia; Indonesia; Brunei; Thailand; China and Hong Kong calling the people of these lands to Allah, promoting unity amongst Muslims, and spreading goodness in each of these lands.

Majlis Al-Muwasolah wishes Habib Ali Bakr success in his da’wah efforts.

Profile: Ustaz Amin Buxton

Buxton Da'wah - ZoomUstaz Amin Buxton hails from the United Kingdom. He converted to Islam in 1999 and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Arabic and Islamic Studies from the famed School of African and Oriental Studies (SOAS), London, in 2003. Thereafter, Ustaz Amin enrolled at the prestigious Darul Mustafa Institute of Islamic Sciences, Tarim, Hadramawt, studying the sacred sciences at the feet of the scholars of Tarim. Today, Ustaz Amin continues to study at Darul Mustafa whilst carrying out teaching and translation duties at the same institution. Ustaz Amin also performs live Arabic-English translations of Sayyidil Habib Umar bin Hafiz’s speeches at various events, and has travelled to across Europe to teach Islam, both as a daiy (caller) in his own right, and as a translator for the likes of Habib Umar bin Hafiz, Habib Kazim As-Seggaf, and others.

Ustaz Amin is the main administrator and writer at which functions as, amongst other things, an English-language da’wah (missionary) platform in the manhaj (methodology) of the School of Hadramawt.

He has translated several classical and contemporary Islamic literature into English including Qutbul-Irshad Imam Al-Haddad’s poem “If You Wish For Felicity”, and Shaykh Umar bin Hussein al-Khatib’s “Prophetic Guidance”. He is also author of “Imams of the Valley”.

Majlis Al-Muwasolah Singapura wishes Ustaz Amin Buxton every success in his da’wah efforts.

Profile: Sayyidi Al-Habīb Umar bin Muhammad bin Salim bin Hafiz

Sayyidil HabibHis Birth and Lineage

He is the caller to Allah, the erudite scholar, al-Habib Umar the son of Muhammad, bin Salim, bin Hafiz, bin Abdullah, bin Abu Bakr, bin Aidarus, bin Umar, bin Aidarus, bin Umar, bin Abu Bakr, bin Aidarus, bin Husain, bin Shaykh Abu Bakr, bin Salim, bin Abdullah, bin Abdul-Rahman, bin Abdullah, bin al-Shaykh Abdul-Rahman al-Saqqaf, bin Muhammad Mawla al-Dawilah, bin Ali, bin Alawi, bin Al-Faqih al-Muqaddam Muhammad, bin Ali, bin Muhammad Sahib al-Mirbat, bin Ali, bin Alawi, bin Muhammad Sahib al-Sawma’a, bin Alawi, bin Ubaydullah, bin al-Imam al-Muhajir il-Allah (the Migrant to Allah) Ahmad, bin Isa, bin Muhammad al-Naqib, bin Ali al-Uraydi, bin Ja’far as-Sadiq, bin Muhammad al-Baqir, bin Ali Zain al-Abidin, bin Husain as-Sibt, bin Ali, bin Abu Talib and Fatima al-Zahra, the daughter of our Liegelord, Muhammad, the Seal of the Prophets (Peace and blessings be upon him).

He was born in Tarim, Hadramaut in the Republic of Yemen, prior to Fajr on Monday, the 4th of Muharram, 1383 AH, which corresponds to the 27th of May, 1963. He grew up in Tarim. He memorized the Magnificent Quran and was reared in a pious fashion, in the care of his father, in an environment of knowledge, faith and virtuous character.

His Study of the Islamic Sciences

From an early age he studied the sciences of the pure Sacred Law including: the Qur’an, Prophetic Tradition (Hadith), Jurisprudence (Fiqh), Creed (Tawhid), foundations of Sacred Law (Usul al-Fiqh), the various disciplines of the Arabic language, and the knowledge of Spiritual travel from the scholars of Hadramaut. Among the greatest of them was his father, al-Habib Muhammad bin Salim, the Mufti of Tarim, as well as virtuous, gnostic scholars such as: al-Habib Muhammad bin Alawi bin Shihab al-Din, al-Habib Ahmad bin Ali Ibn al-Shaykh Abu Bakr, al-Habib Abdullah bin Shaykh al-Aidarus, the historian and eminent scholar, al-Habib Abdullah bin Hasan Bil-Faqih, the historian and linguist, al-Habib Umar bin Alawi al-Kaf, al-Habib Ahmad bin Hasan al-Haddad, Habib Umar’s older brother, Habib Ali al-Mashhur, al-Habib Salim bin Abdullah al-Shatiri, the Shaykh and Mufti Fadl bin Abdul-Rahman Ba Fadl, and Shaykh Tawfiq Aman. He began to teach and invite to Allah when he was 15 years old, while continuing to study and receive lessons.

His Migration to al-Bayda

When the situation became difficult due to the Communist Regime that existed in South Yemen at that time, Habib Umar migrated to the city of al-Bayda in North Yemen (not under Communist government), at the beginning of Safar 1402 AH (December 1981). There he persevered in study and invitation to Allah. He resided in the Ribat of al-Bayda and took knowledge from the Imam, the Gnostic, al-Habib Muhammad bin Abdullah al-Haddar and the erudite scholar al-Habib Zain bin Ibrahim Bin Sumayt. He was avid in establishing lessons and assemblies of knowledge. He would often travel in order to call to Allah in the various localities of al-Bayda, al-Hudaydah and Ta`izz. He used to frequently visit Ta`izz in order to take knowledge from the erudite scholar, the Hadith narrator al-Habib Ibrahim bin Umar bin Aqil.

His Repeated Visits to the two Noble Sacred Precincts of Mecca and Medina

He began to frequent the two Sacred Precincts from the month of Rajab 1402 AH (April 1982) onwards. There he learned from the Imam, the Gnostic, the Caller to Allah, al-Habib Abdul-Qadir bin Ahmad Al-Saqqaf and the Gnostic, the Caller to Allah, al-Habib Ahmad Mashhur bin Tahir al-Haddad, and the Gnostic, the erudite scholar, al-Habib Abu Bakr al-Attas bin Abdullah al-Habshi. He took license to narrate from the chains of transmission in Hadith and in other sciences from the narrator of connected chains, Shaykh Muhammad Yasin al-Faddani and the erudite scholar, the conveyer of Hadith of the two Sanctuaries, the noble descendant of the Prophet, Muhammad bin Alawi al-Maliki, as well as other scholars.

His Move to the City of Al-Shihr

In the year 1413 AH (1992), he moved to the city of al-Shihr, in the province of Hadramaut where he taught in the Ribat of al-Shihr for Islamic Studies, following its reopening after having been dispossessed during the Communist Regime. He resided there for a period of time, summoning to Allah and teaching. Many students from various regions of Yemen and parts of South- East Asia sought knowledge from him. He lived, prior to his move to al-Shihr, for a period of approximately a year and a half in the Sultanate of Oman, inviting to Allah, teaching, and reminding people about the way of al-Mustafa (peace and blessings be upon him).

His Move to the City of Tarim

He then moved from al-Shihr toTarim, where he settled and received a number of students from various parts of the world. Dar al-Mustafa for Traditional Islamic Studies was founded in 1414 AH (1994). It is based on three objectives: the first being learning the sciences of the Sacred Law and related sciences from those who are apt to impart them with connected chains of transmission; the second purifying the soul and refining one’s character and the third conveying beneficial knowledge and calling to Allah, Mighty and Majestic. The official opening of the Dar al-Mustafa site took place on Tuesday, the 29th of Dhu’l-Hijjah, 1417 AH, corresponding to the 6th of May, 1997. Students and visitors continue to flock to it from all around the world. Graduates of Dar al-Mustafa have opened numerous centers of learning and invitation to Allah in a number of countries.

Habib Umar has an intense concern to raise religious consciousness in the City of Tarim. He has established many gatherings, the most important of which is the weekly Monday gathering, which is conducted in the town square of Tarim and is attended by hundreds of the city’s inhabitants. He also has made countless visits to the various regions of Yemen and has conducted many lectures in Yemeni universities, institutes and organisations.

His Travels

Habib Umar has made numerous journeys summoning to Allah and spreading knowledge of the Sacred Law to various lands, including the Gulf States, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Morocco, Algeria, Sudan, Mali, Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, the Comoros Islands, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, Australia, Britain, France, Germany, Holland, Belgium, Denmark, Sweden and Spain. He has connected to the chains of transmission of the scholars of these regions. He has also participated in many Islamic conferences.

His Writings and Publications

Habib Umar has many audio and visual publications as well as writings. Among his works are (the books which have been translated into English are underlined, others are in the process of being translated):

  • Two collections of hadith: Selections from Shifa al-Saqim (al-Mukhtar min Shifa al-Saqim) and The Light of Faith From the Speech of the Beloved of al-Rahman(Nur al-Iman min Kalam Habib al-Rahman)
  • Aid to Those Seeking the Pleasure of the Creator Through the Clarification of Noble Character (Is’af Talibi Rida al-Khallaq bi Bayan MaKaram al-Akhlaq)
  • Advice to Students (Tawjihat al-Tullab)
  • Our Traits (Khuluquna)
  • Forthpourings of Favor from the Mercy of the Giver of Favors (Fa’idat al-mann min Rahamat Wahhab al-Minan)
  • Directing the Intelligent to the Contentment of the Beneficent (Tawjih al-Nabih li-Mardat Barih)
  • The Glorious Treasure (al-Dhakira al-Musharrafa)
  • The Summary of Prophetic Aid, a book of invocations (Khuslasa al-Maddad al-Nabawi fil-Adhkar)
  • Two mawlids, celebrating the life of the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him): The Shimmering Light Mentioning the Birth of the Interceding Prophet (al-Diya al-Lami’ fi Dhikr Mawlid al-Nabi al-Shafi’) and The Pure Drink Mentioning the Life of the Fullest of Moons (al-Sharab al-Tuhur fi Dhikri Sirati Badri al-Budur)
  • The Forthpouring of Spiritual Aid, a Compellation of Sermons (Fayd al-Imdad)
  • The Preacher’s Refinement (Thaqafat al- Khatib)
  • A collection of poetry

Habib Umar has also conducted many programs to raise religious consciousness as well as numerous lessons and interviews on a number of satellite channels. He continues to teach, call to Allah, and expend his utmost in doing so. May Allah give him His enabling Grace, pardon him, give him His gentleness, and accept from him his endeavours, and likewise all Muslims.

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The Passing of Hababah Zahra bint `Abdullah al-Haddar (may Allah have mercy on her)

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of the blessed mother of the Mufti of Tarim, Habib `Ali al-Masyhur bin Hafiz, and Ad-dai ilaAllah Sayyidil-Habib Umar bin Hafiz, Hababah Zahra bint `Abdullah al-Haddar.

Habib Umar (right) with Habib Ali Masyhur (left)

Habib Umar (right) with Habib Ali Masyhur (left)

When her husband, Habib Muhammad bin Salim bin Hafiz, was abducted and martyred, she showed great steadfastness and gave her children the best upbringing. Her oldest son is Habib `Ali al-Masyhur and her youngest son is Habib `Umar. She also leaves behind her others sons: Habib `Attas, Sayyid Salim, Sayyid `Abdullah and three daughters.

She passed away at the age of nearly 96 after a life spent in worship and service. She was known for her uprightness, taqwa, fear of Allah and humility. She was constantly engaged in the remembrance of Allah. Her nights were spent standing in prayer and her days were spent fasting. She would give abundant charity in private.

May Allah pour His mercy upon her, raise her to the highest of stations and make her grave one of the gardens of Paradise. May He bless her children and loved ones with steadfastness.

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Profile: Al-Habīb Abu Bakr Al-‘Adny Bin ‘Ali Al-Masyhur

He is Al-Habīb Abu Bakr Al-‘Adny Bin ‘Ali Al-Masyhur whose lineage traces back to Sayyidinā Al-Imam Hussein radiyaAllāhu anhu and to the Master of Mankind, Sayyidina Muhammad صلى الله عليه و سلم.al-habib-abubakar-al-adni-bin-ali-al-masyhur

Born in the town of Ahwar in the year 1366AH into a household of piety and learning, Al-Habib memorised the Quran in his youth and studied with numerous scholars in Hadramaut. In his youth, he had already began preaching and inviting people to Allāh, Al-Habīb recalls that his father would ask him to prepare a script for the Friday sermon and read it to him before stepping up on the podium to give the sermon.

Al-Habīb Abu Bakr describes his father as the most influential person in his development. His father placed much importance on the education and spiritual development of his family. From his father’s actions and lectures, he learnt the meaning and purpose of life. Al-Habīb recalls that he used to see his father weeping in the middle of the night as he recited the Quran or supplicated to Allāh.

Besides learning with traditional scholars, Al-Habīb Abu Bakr also attended formal schools and graduated with a degree in education from the University of Aden.

Al-Habīb Abu Bakr later moved to the Hijaz and met with the Spiritual Pole of his time Al-Habīb ‘Abd Al-Qâdir As-Saqqaf. Al-Habīb Abu Bakr found in Al-Habīb ‘Abd Al-Qâdir everything that he was searching for and abandoned his intention of studying in Egypt.

When the communists left Yemen and the south and north region were united, Al-Habīb Abu Bakr returned to Yemen. He brought with him the desire and plans in unifying hearts and minds in order to create a conducive and peaceful environment. He opened many centres of learning which numbered up to about 83 branches.

His Thought

Al-Habīb has authored more than 150 works in various disciplines such as jurispudence, history, literature, Islamic thought, and methodology. In fact, he has produced several unprecedented writings which are of crucial importance to the Islamic world.

He has coined many new terms in the field of Fiqh At-Tahawwulāt (Knowledge of Transitions) such Sunnah Mawāqif, Manhaj As-Salāmah, and other interesting terms.

Fiqh At-Tahawwulāt

This is among the fields which he particularly specialises in. A study of the fourth pillar of the religion after Islam, Iman and Ihsan i.e. the knowledge of the Signs of the End of Time. The pillars are based upon the Hadīth of Jibril in which the angel Jibril came to the Prophet in the form of a man and asked him several questions in the presence of his noble companions. The fourth pillar of the dīn is unlike the first three which is fixed and definitive while this fourth pillar is transformative depending on the stages.

As for the fruit and benefit of this knowledge, it is to know the proper way to address and behave in face of trials and tribulations in each different stage of the transition mentioned in the Prophetic tradition until the Hour.

Al-Habīb mentioned that many scholars have fallen into becoming a helper of the False Messiah and his system due to their ignorance of this field of knowledge. He added that the actions of some of the great companions and great Imāms in facing tribulations displayed their firm grounding in this knowledge.

It is clear that al-Habib’s thought and contribution to the Islamic world is of critical importance and needs to be spread for the benefit of the community at large.