Boycotting the Al Maghrib Institute
Recently, it has come to my attention, that one of the instructors of the Al Maghrib Institute has accused the late Shaykh Alawi al-Maliki of propagating blatant shirk.
I have personally engaged in various debates with Abu Ammar whose incogent criticisms of the Ashari aqeedah and tasawwuf is more of a proof of his own ignorance than of any defects in those aspects of ahl us sunnah waal jamaah.
I have called upon Abu Ammar to bring substantive proof of his claim. If he cannot, then he should retract his statements.
If he does not do so, I will immediately begin organizing a boycott of all Al Maghrib events and programs, starting in Maryland.
Shaykh Abu Ammar's Original Post
While it is the general policy of Al Maghrib not to quote individuals, I make exceptions in certain cases - this being one of them. Alawi al-Maliki is one of the most revered of modern Sufi personas - to speak evil of him is tantamount to apostacy in the eyes of many of his followers. For them, he is the leader of the awliya of Allah.
Yet, it is no exageration to state that he was one of the most active proponents in our times of blatant acts of shirk (in all three categories - please read some of the quotes that are in Abu Yusuf's message in Arabic, and I can assure you that I've read them in the original sources and they are accurrate). How is it possible that he be of the awliya of Allah when he spent most of his energies directing mankind to worship the 'awliya' instead of Allah? Anyone who doubts this statement of mine should read his quotes again - with an open and honest mind.
The sad fact of the matter is that for most Sufis it is simply taboo to mention anything negative about this person. I personally have seen 'moderate' Sufis, when quoted ideas and statements that al-Maliki propogated, vehemntly deny that Sufiyyah has anything to do with such concepts, yet when they are shown *who* said them they become defensive and try to find excuses for this 'wali'.
All one needs to refute his concepts is the detailed evidences that we presented that the Jahilliyah Arabs believed in Allah as a Rabb, and committed shirk in their worship. All of al-Maliki's justifications of shirk in uloohiyyah and asma wa al-sifaat center around his premise that the Jahilliyah Arabs did not in fact believe in Allah as a Rabb (hence he is so concerned in his 'Mafahim....' to prove this point - in direct contradiction to explicit Quranic evidences that prove the contrary).
His book has been refuted in numerous other works - some of them are referenced in these other posts above. It is a further indication of the gap between the people of kalaam (who, in the early part of their history, had nothing to do with such shirk) and the people of the Sunnah that his book is prefaced by almost a hundred 'tazkiyahs' by the major Sufis/Mutakalims of our times. As I've said over and over again, far more dangerous than the differences in the Sifaat between us and the Mutakilimun is the differences in the understanding of the kalimah.
Wa Allah alam....
Obituary of the Shaykh
By Mostafa al-Badawi
Just before dawn on Friday the 15th of Ramadan of this year the Muslim community lost one of its most eminent scholars and men of Allah. Sayyid Muhammad 'Alawi al-Maliki came from a long line of eminent scholars, Idrisi sharifs connected to the Prophet, may Allah's blessings and peace be upon him, through Imam al- Hasan, may Allah be pleased with him. His ancestors came from Morocco many centuries ago and settled in Mecca. The custom in Mecca has always been to use the title Sayyid for the scholarly among the descendants of Imam Hasan and Imam Hussein, reserving the title of sharif for the rulers of Mecca, until the modern day Saudi era, for the martial, warrior scion amongst the ahl al-bayt. Thus it was that the newcomers retained the surname of Maliki, that of their illustrious ancestor Muhammad al-Maliki, whose North African origin made him a follower of Imam Malik in matters of jurisprudence, and the title Sayyid for being scholars, not warriors.
Obituary to al-Sayyid Muhammad bin Alawi al-Maliki
By his student Fakhruddin Owaisi al-Madani
Al-Sayyid Muhammad bin Alawi al-Maliki was one of the foremost traditional Islamic scholars of contemporary times and without doubt, the most highly respected and loved scholar of the holy city of Makkah. He was a grandson of the Prophet (Sall Allahu ‘Alayhi Wa Sallam), leader of the Ahl ul- Bayt, the Imam of Hadith in our age, an authority of the four Madhabs, a spiritual leader of the highest caliber, caller to Allah, and unparalleled in his standing in the world of traditional Islamic scholarship.
A visit to him was one of the musts for the Ulama who visit Makkah.
AS-SAYYID MUHAMMAD IBN ALAWI ABBAS IBN ‘ABD AL AZIZ AL MALIKI
By Shaykh Seraj Hendricks, Head Mufti of Cape Town, South Africa
The Sayyid is a descendent of the prophet Muhammad (Blessings and Salutations of peace upon Him) through Imam Hasan, a grand-son of the prophet. He is a contemporary Saudi Arabian scholar of Tafseer (interpretation of the Qur’an), Hadith (the sayings of the Prophet), Fiqh (Islamic law), Aqeedah (tenets of faith) and Seerah (Prophetic biography). He is the most highly acclaimed and respected scholar (Shaykh) in Makkah (Mecca). He was born to a family of traditional Maliki scholars of ancestral residence in the Holy City. His grandfather was the Qadi (Chief Judge) of Makkah and an Imam of the Holy Mosque, the site of the Ka’bah.
Shaykh Muhammad ibn 'Alawi ibn 'Abbas ibn 'Abd al-'Aziz al-Maliki al-Hasani al-Makki
By Aqsa Publications
Shaykh al-Islam fil-Balad al-Haram, the educator of Ahl al-Sunna and light of the House of the Prophet r in our time, a major contemporary Scholar of Hadith, commentary of Qur'an, Law, doctrine, tasawwuf, and Prophetic biography (sira), the most highly respected authority of Ahl al-Sunna in the Mother of Cities, passed away in 1425/2004. Both his father (d. 1971CE) and grandfather were the Imams and head preachers of the Sacred Mosque in Makka, as was al-Sayyid Muhammad himself beginning in 1971 and until 1983. Allah have mercy on them and continue to benefit us with them.
Articles by Shaykh Sayyid Muhammad Allawi al Maliki:
- The Intermediary of Shirk
-The Invocation of Blessings and Peace Upon the Prophet (saw)
-The Ashari School
Based on the naseehah of 'Ulema and students and seekers of knowledge, the boycott has been lifted.
May Allah (swt) grant us tawfiq and increase us in knowledge that benefits and allow us to make wiser usage of our time. Ameen.