HUDUR TAAJUSH SHARI'AH TRIP TO SYRIA
[22nd-26th August 2008]
Originally written in Urdu by:
A humble servant of the Court of “Raza”
Muhammad Thaqib Akhtar al-Qadri
[Islamic and Arabic Studies Damascus,
Translated & edited by:
A humble servant of Sayyidi Taajush
Muhammad Kalim Qadri [UK]
published in a book in South Africa]
The august and esteemed personality of the
Islamic world, the heir of the knowledge of Imam Ahmad Rida Khan,
Taajush Shari'ah, Shaykh al-Islam Shaykh Mufti Muhammad Akhtar Rida Khan
al-Qadri al-Azhari arrived in Syria on Friday the 22nd of August 2008.
Syria being the centre of the supplications from the Beloved Messenger (Sallal
Laahu Alayhi Wasallam), has been, is still, and shall still remain a
place where the anwaar and barakaat continuously emanate from.
Syria has also received the supplications of the beloved Messenger of
Allah (Sallal Laahu Alayhi Wasallam):
"Blessings to al-Shâm, blessings
to al-Shâm, blessings to al-Shâm!" (yâ tûbâ li al-Shâm). They asked why
and he replied: "Because the wings of the angels of the Merciful are
lowered over it."
Narrated from Zayd ibn Thabit al-Ansari by al-Tirmidhi in his Sunan (hasan
gharîb) with a fair chain because of Yahya ibn Ayyub al-Ghafiqi who is
merely "truthful" (sadûq) as in al-Arna'ut and Ma`ruf's al-Tahrir (4:78
#7511); Ahmad with two chains, one of which is sound according to Ibn
al-Qayyim in his commentary on Abu Dawud's Sunan (7:115), the other is a
fair chain because of `Abd Allah ibn Lahi`a; al-Hakim (2:229; 1990 ed.
2:249) who said it is sahîh and al-Dhahabi concurred; al-Bayhaqi in the
Shu`ab (2:432); Ibn Abi Shayba (4:218, 6:409); Ibn Hibban (16:293) with
a sound chain meeting Muslim's criterion according to Shaykh Shu`ayb al-Arna'ut;
and al-Tabarani in al-Kabir (5:158 #4935) with a sound chain according
to al-Haythami (10:60) and al-Mundhiri in al-Targhib (1997 ed. 4:30).
[Above Hadith-references are taken from Merits of al-Sham al-Sharif; http://www.abc.se/~m9783/mshsh_e.html - Shaykh Gibril Fouad Haddad]
According to Syrian local time, Hudur Taajush Shari'ah arrived at the
Syrian international airport at approximately 9:30 a.m. exiting through
the specific gates with his august personality accompanied with a few of
his devotees. He was welcomed warmly by many well-wishers of the Shaykh
who has arrived at the airport.
From the airport, Hudur Taajush Shari'ah was then taken to the Wulat al-Umara
on Shari' at-Tayran, where the Shaykh stayed for 4 days.
On the first day, in honour of the 'Ulema and Masha’ikh of Syria, there
was a feast held in which many great 'Ulema and Masha’ikh were invited.
There was such a great number of 'Ulema on this occasion, that such a
high number of 'Ulema being gathered in one congregation is hardly found
in anywhere in Damascus.
The great scholars who attended were:
The renowned personality of Syria, Shaykh Hisham ad-Din al-Burhani
Shaykh 'Abd al-Hadi al-Kharsa
The Grand-Mufti of Damascus Shaykh 'Abd al-Fattah Bazam
The head of Ma'had at-Tahzeeb and the 'Orator of Damascus' al-Shaykh 'Abd
al-'Aziz al-Khatib al-Hasani
A member of the National Assembly and the head of the Dept of Speciality
at Ma'had Abun Noor Dr. 'Abd al-Salam al-Rajih
The head of the Masters dept. at Abun Noor Dr. Sulaiman Wahbi
And many others.
The gathering was commenced with the recitation of the Holy Qur'an,
after which poems were sung in praise of the Beloved Messenger.
Despite his ill health, Hudur Taajush Shari'ah delivered an
extraordinary speech in eloquent Arabic, by which all the 'Ulema were
moved and touched.
Upon the request of the 'Ulema, Hudur Taajush Shari'ah recited in his
own voice, his Qasida in Arabic, whose first lyrics are: Allah Allah
Allah Hu Ma li Rabbun Illa Hu, in a very beautiful and
heart-enlightening manner, by which the whole atmosphere was
There was hardly anyone from the 'Ulema who was not moved by this Qasida
and who did not join in reciting it joyfully.
When Hudur Taajush Shari'ah read the last verse:
Hadha Akhtaru Adnakum
Rabbi Ahsana Mathwa-hu, immediately, Shaykh 'Abd al-'Aziz al-Khatib al-Hasani
stated profoundly: Akhtaru Sayyiduna wabnu Sayyidina 'Shaykh Akhtar is
our master and the son of our master!'
I (Muhammad Kalim) narrate from the Khalifa of Hudur Taajush Shari'ah
and the author of this account, Hadrat Mufti Thaqib Akhtar al-Qadri who
wrote the following in a reply to an email which I had sent asking with
regards to the Shaykh's visit to Syria:
“Hudur Taajush Shari'ah came on the 22nd of August. As you are well
aware, due to the intensity of the heat in the summer months it never
rains. Especially in August, the weather is extremely hot. The 'Ulema of
Damascus requested Hudur Taajush Shari'ah to supplicate for rain. Hudur
Taajush Shari'ah made a du'a in the gathering (food feast) that was held
in honour of the Ulema and MashAa’ikh of Syria. Immediately, it started
to rain the following day Saturday 23rd August 2008, despite the fact
that since 5 years it had never rained due to the extremely hot weather,
and for it to rain in summer is even rarer. It rained frequently for 3
days by which the climate had changed. This is what I and the whole of
Damascus witnessed and you are its first reporter!”
On Saturday the 23rd of August, there was a public gathering held upon
the request of the 'Ulema in which everyone could individually meet
Hudur Taajush Shari'ah. Again, on this day, many 'Ulema came to visit
the Shaykh. Amongst them were:
A renowned Hanafi scholar, who has many of his super commentaries on
many books, Shaykh 'Abd al-Jalil 'Ata,
A renowned descendant from the Family of the Messenger of Allah, and a
renowned teacher of the Sacred Knowledge, Shaykh Muhammad Sadiq Derwish
The scholars also sought Hudur Taajush Shari'ah's verdict on many
issues, whereas some others sought Sanad al-Ijazah in Hadith-narration
from the Shaykh.
Shaykh 'Abd al-Jalil 'Ata also presented and read a poem which he had
compiled in praise of Hudur Taajush Shari'ah.
On Sunday the 24th of August, a gathering was held in honour of Hudur
Taajush Shari'ah by the son of the ex-Mufti of Syria and the head of the
Ma'had Abun Noor Shaykh Salah ad-Din Kuftaro, and the committee and the
'Ulema of Jami' Abun Noor.
Hudur Taajush Shari'ah delivered a very concise lecture on the topic of
Tasawwuf, Sacred Knowledge, and the pristine teachings of the Ahlus
Sunnah and its truth.
Afterwards, upon the request of the 'Ulema, Hudur Taajush Shari'ah also
recited his Qasida in Arabic, stating points of tasawwuf in the midst of
Two renowned mudarrisin from the famous Madrasah in Aleppo (Syria) al-Kiltawiyyah,
and representatives of Shaykh Mahmud al-Hut, also attended this
gathering and met the Shaykh.
After the gathering terminated, Hudur Taajush Shari'ah paid visit to the
blessed mausoleums of the Knower of Allah, al-Shaykh 'Abd al-Ghani al-Nablusi
(Alaihir Rahmah) and also to the blessed mausoleum of the King of the
world of Tasawwuf, al-Shaykh al-Akbar Shaykh Muhyi'd Din ibn-e-'Arabi (Alaihir
Rahmah), which are also centre points which many visit for blessings.
On this very day, a great scholar renowned in the field of Kalam and a
scholar who has written many commentaries on different books, Shaykh 'Abd
al-Salam 'Abd al-Hadi al-Shannar became a disciple of the Shaykh and
entered into the silsilah Spiritual Path of Hudur Taajush Shari'ah.
Thereafter, Hadrat Taajush Shari'ah also blessed him with khilafah.
On that very day, after the Isha Salaah, a special gathering was
conducted specially for the students of the Sacred Knowledge who were
residing the studying in Syria. The students gained much benefit from
the presence of the Shaykh, as the Shaykh would answer their questions
and solve their queries and problems. Many students also swore the oath
of allegiance at the blessed hands of the Shaykh and entered into the
Because the 25th of August was the final day of Hudur Taajush Shari'ah's
stay in Syria, it was a very busy day and the schedule was full too.
After the 'Asr Salaah, a gathering in honour of the Shaykh was held by
the Mufti of Damascus in Jami' Tariq ibn Ziyad (Rukn ad-Din, Damascus),
in which many 'Ulema were given the sanad al-Ijazah in Hadith from the
Shaykh, upon their request. Amongst those fortunate to receive sanad al-Ijazah
Al-Shaykh 'Adnan Derwish
Al-Shaykh Mu'tasim al-Bazm
Al-Shaykh Wa'il al-Bazm
There was a constant influx of people visiting Hudur Taajush Shari'ah on
this day, being it the final day of stay for the Shaykh. From amongst
the scholars, Shaykh 'Abd al-Hadi al-Kharsa and Shaykh Hasan al-Badinjki
were also present. The latter, is a renowned Spiritual Leader of Aleppo
and also the head of a religious institution there. Two renowned
scholars of 'Iraq Shaykh Qutaibah al-Sa'di and Shaykh Marwan 'Ali Anwar
were also blessed to visit the Shaykh on this day.
On this day, the renowned Spiritual Guide and Mentor, the descendant of
the Messenger of Allah (Sallal Laahu Alayhi Wasallam), the descendant of
Imam Musa al-Kazim (Alaihir Rahmah), Shaykh al-Sabah blessed the
gathering with his presence. He stated:
“A few days before, I passed from nearby this place and I saw that there
were anwaar that were emanating from it; I understood that there must
certainly be a Wali of Allah residing here. After having enquired, I was
informed that the Shaykh [Hudur Taajush Shari'ah] has arrived in Syria
and residing in the same place. Thus, I have come to meet this great
Hudur Taajush Shari'ah made supplications for the whole of the Muslim
Ummah in general, and especially for 'Iraq, as per the request of Shaykh
It was on this day that a special gathering was held only for the women
and sisters, in which many questions were asked by them, which Hudur
Taajush Shari'ah thoroughly answered. Many sisters also entered into the
silsilah of Hudur Taajush Shari'ah.
On the 26th of August, as per the request of the 'Ulema Hudur Taajush
Shari'ah was presented with many Asnad al-Hadith which he signed
Hudur Taajush Shari'ah blessed us immensely with his supplications
throughout this whole journey.
A huge group of Pakistani students accompanied Hudur Taajush Shari'ah to
the airport to bid farewell, whilst in the midst of all this, the Shaykh
would bless them with his supplications and sincere du'as till Hudur
Taajush Shari'ah went inside the airport.
Hudur Taajush Shari'ah's visit to Syria was not only a great blessing,
but it was also extremely beneficial for the propagation of the deen.
However, we and many more others, were left sorrowful after his
May Allah the Almighty grant Syria and all of us benefit with Hudur
Taajush Shari'ah's arrival again and again and again! Ameen…
also grant immense reward to al-Haj
Khalid al-Hindi and bro. Tariq who were
intermediaries for this great blessing
Hudur Taajush Shari'ah’s arrival in