SHEIKH IBRAHIM NIASS AND HIS HOLDFASTING UPON THE SUNNAH OF THE PROPHET MUHAMMAD [PBUH]: Part 1

SHEIKH IBRAHIM NIASS AND HIS HOLDFASTING UPON THE SUNNAH OF THE PROPHET MUHAMMAD [PBUH]: Part 1

Salamun Alaikum and Juma’ah Mubarak. Last week we had reached the tenth excerpt in our weekly Baye Books Translation Project series of his book entitled:

“البيان والتبيين عن التجانية والتجانيين”

“COMMENTARY & CLARIFICATION ABOUT TIJJANIYAH & THE TIJJANIYANS”

We will however take a break and serialize this very lecture by one of his popular and prominent students in Nigeria and in the world, Dr. Sheikh Sharif Ibrahim Saleh Al-Hussainy(which am still elated to be assigned by my mentor and his student Dr. Sheikh Ibrahim Maqri to be translating).The topical issue is coincidentally related to the above mentioned book and we will be serializing this ten page lectures in five series, picking two pages per series. This is because the issue is very significant that readers need to read, review and reflect thoroughly and soberly by driving lessons from it and sharing with the non Tijjaniyans.

الشيخ إبراهيم نياس رضي الله عنه، وتمسكه بالسنة النبوية
المشرفة بقلم: سماحة الشيخ الشريف (الدكتور) إبراهيم صالح الحسيني

SHEIKH IBRAHIM NIASS AND HIS HOLDFASTING UPON THE SUNNAH OF THE PROPHET MUHAMMAD [PBUH]:

A LECTURE DELIEVRED IN THE EDUCATIONAL WEEK(IN COMMEMORATION WITH THE BIRTHDAY OF MAULANA SHEIKH IBRAHIM NIASS) UNDER THE TOPIC:
{MYSTICISM(TASAWWUF)} IN THE 21TH CENTURY: LESSONS [TO BE LEARNED] IN THE LIFE OF SHEIKH IBRAHIM NIASS MAY ALLAH BE PLEASED WITH HIM}

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WRITTEN BY: HIS EMINENCE DR. SHRIFF SHARIFF IBRAHIM SALEH AL-HUSSAINY, CHAIRMAN OF THE FATWA [ADVISORY] BODY AND THE ISLAMIC COUNCIL OF NIGERIA, MEMBER OF THE COUNCIL OF MUSLIM JURIES, MEMBER OF THE WORLD MUSLIM LEAGUE ADVISORY ROLES IN THE WORLD. AT THE CONFERENCE HALL OF THE UNIVERSITY OF UMAR YAR’ADUWA-KATSINA STATE, FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA .

May 15th 2016.

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

In the Name of Allah the Beneficent the Merciful

Prayer and Praise be upon our master the unlettered and trustworthy Prophet Muhammad and upon his pious and virtuous household and his companions and leaders of (jihad) worthy course.

All praise be to Allah who says: {Have patience with those who call upon their Lord in the morning and in the evening they are seeking his pleasure} He[Allah] also says:{And verily this is my straight path for follow me…} and He further says: {Be steadfast as you were commanded…} And prayer and peace be upon the leader of the prophets and pious people who said: (Whoever would live[long] among you would see many difference…[of opinions] a hadith…and also said:(Lawful things are clear and unlawful things are clear…) a hadith…And may Allah be pleased with the well known qutubul makhtum and barzakhil Muhammadiya[Sheikh Ahmadal Tijjani who said: When you hear something from me weight it on the scale of the sharia if it fits work with it and if it contradicts reject it.” And may Allah also be pleased with Sheikhul Islam and sa’adatil anam, Maulana Alhaji Ibrahim bun Abdul Lahi Niass may Allah sanctify his secret who said: (Whenever the best of mankind(Prophet Muhammad[pbuh]) walked I walked behind him…Where he stopped I would also stop, else the journey would be far)[ meaning if I do not stop where he stopped I would never reach my destination in terms of the Islamic do’s and don’ts].

However:-My brethren in the course of Allah, Assalmu Alaikum warahmatul Lahi wabarkatuhu, it is a delight and honor for us to see you attend to participate in this occasion of a brief lecture, based on the saying of Allah Al-mighty: {remind[people] if the reminder will benefit[them]} He the Almighty also says:{Remind[them],
verily reminder benefits the believers}.

And it is part of what there is no doubt in it that Allah Almighty as part of his mercy to mankind in general and with his Ummah in particular, that he has chosen[qayad] for them guiding scholars to protect this great religion throughout ages across eras, who are holding fast the trustworthy wing which could not be pulled to pieces, in spite of the increasing challenges and numerous obstacles.

And there is no doubt that the Islamic Ummah lives in the worst of circumstances and conditions in this era due to what it suffers from the external hostility and internal dislocation by planning a maliciously hateful act. And from this point, it is incumbent upon all scholars, muqadams and murids and the rest of the Muslims to take stock of themselves and return to holdfast on the status quo of our predecessors that we took the covenant or promise to practice this Tariqah from and its agreements, as well as its code of ethics and manners in dealing with the Truth[Allah] and with the Almighty and with his creatures.

تمسك سماحة شيخ الإسلام مولانا الحاج إبراهيم بن الحاح عبد الله نياس رضي الله بالسنة النبوية المشرفة.

HOLDING FAST ON THE SUNNAH OF THE HOLY PROPHET [PBUH] BY SHEIKHUL ISLAM MAULANA ALHAJI IBRAHIM BUN ALHAJI ABDULAHI NIASS MAY ALLAH BE PLEASED WITH HIM

His eminence Sheikhul Islam Maulana Alhaji Ibrahim Niass may Allah be pleased with him, regardless of issues raised around him about misconceptions here and there, but he was a thoroughbred scholar among Islamic scholars, and a role model on every religious issue to everyone who knows the truth and was straighten.

He remained as such until he departed to Allah may He have mercy upon him. He was an exemplary symbol in terms of holding fast on the Sunnah of the Prophet[PBUH]. And what bears witness for him are his thousands of poetic songs which he had composed in eulogizing the beloved[Prophet pbuh] on different occasions. And as his publications and his mannerism and his roaming across the entire corners of the world.

And he may Allah be pleased with him was an intellectual among the learned scholars of Sunnah, a revivalist of Tariqah and a revivalist of the [salsalah] or chain [of receiving the covenant of Tariqah] of Sheikh Tijjani. He was a revivalist as well of the people’s perception about Sheikh Tijjani, even a revivalist of Islam.

And the greatest thing that his students need to reward him with is to holdfast and full his principle, and his principle as he stated in his [qasidah] poem, that he titled: “Ruhul Adab”, the, “The Spirit of Good Morals”, where he said:

The pure path [tariqah] of virtue and approval+++Established with the Qur’an and Sunnah.

So this is the Tariqah of Tijjaniyah, Sheikh Ibrahim Niass may Allah be pleased with him had revived it due to its demise in the hearts of mankind. And the [zawaya] circles [of zikir] have been existing, while the [daraweesh] dervishes were existing, but there was no one who could connect it with knowledge.

So they used to perceive it as deeds of people who have no sense of perception. Until Sheikh Ibrahim may Allah be pleased with him emerged and established to people that, no matter where a scholar reached in the peak and pinnacle of knowledge, he would not have (spiritual) status unless he returns to Allah. And returning to Allah needs a path. And the path that reaches to Allah is through the [awliyah], who are saintly or are in good standing with Allah. And the seal of awliyah is Sheikh Tijjani may Allah be pleased with him.

And his Tariqah is well known; and it constitutes [azkar] recitations of litany which was narrated in the Qur’an and Sunnah, there is no[bid’ah] or innovation in it, and there are no invented things in it, and there is nothing that contradicts what is known about the religion with necessity. All its litany confined in seeking for forgiveness [istigfar] and invocation[salat] upon the Prophet[PBUH] and word: La Ilahah Illa Lah, which is the word of [tawhid] polytheism and the one which is the best of [azkar] litany, and it is the ultimate of litanies. There is no deed better than it or that surpasses it, for this good word is the ultimate of the litanies of this Tariqah.

To be continued………….

Translated By: Husseini Yushau BabalWaiz, New York