“Imams of the Valley” by Amin Buxton


asSalaamu Alaikum

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The valley of Hadramawt is situated in Yemen, in the south of the Arabian Peninsular.Since members of the blessed Prophetic household settled in the Valley in the fourth century of the Hijrah, it has been a centre of sacred knowledge and the attainment of spiritual perfection. In this remote valley, and particularly in its spiritual capital, Tarim, the Prophetic legacy was preserved and nurtured and then carried to the far cor- ners of the earth.

Beginning with the first of the descendants of the Prophet sallaLlahu alayhi wasallam to settle in Hadramawt and looking down the centuries to recent times, “Imams of the Valley” examines the lives of a few of these illustrious figures. It is hoped that this book will enable the reader to increase in love for the family of the Messenger sallaLlahu alayhi wasallam and for the pious, which is one of the foundations of Islam.

Size: 152mm x 222mm

Pages: 136


All praise is due to Allah, Whose bounty is limitless, and peace and blessings be upon His Beloved Muhammad and upon his pure family, noble Companions and all those who follow their path until the Last Day. Love for the family of the Messenger sallaLlahu alayhi wasallam and the pious members of his Ummah is one of the foundations of this religion but attainment of this love requires knowledge. The following pages are an attempt to acquaint the English speaker with some of the greatest Imams of the ‘Alawi Way, who made the Valley of Hadramawt their home. It is hoped that this acquaintance will lead to love for them and attachment to them, and be of the utmost benefit in this life and the next. The way of these Imams was to prefer obscurity and they are probably better known in the Heavenly realm than on this Earth. However, there is a need for us to come to know them.

Volumes could not do justice to any of the Imams mentioned here and words cannot express the stations which they reached. However, it is hoped that such an introduction can be a door leading to greater things.

Some of the teachers and pupils of each Imam are mentioned to illustrate the importance of the concept of sanad, the unbroken chain which connects Imam to Imam and preserves the purity and authenticity of the knowledge which they transmit. Dates are generally given in the Hijri calendar, although some corresponding dates are given.

We thank Allah for the presence of those who embody the way of these great Imams in the times in which we live. At their forefront is sayyidi Habib ‘Umar bin Hafiz and Habib Abu Bakr bin ‘Ali al-Mashhur, who represent the final link in this amazing chain. We have recently lost the physical presence of Habib “Sa`d” al-`Aydarus but his memory lives on. May Allah reward Shaykh Munir Ba Zuhayr, who, along with the forementioned, was the inspiration for this work. May Allah also reward Shaykh Abdurragman Khan and Shaykh Riyad Saloojee for their assistance. May Allah preserve them and increase them.

Courtesy of Dar al-Turath al-Islami

Resources for the Biography of Imam Abu Hanifah al-Nu’man ibn Thabit

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Dars Nizami Book List and Downloads

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With help, I would also like to provide some posts that organize the books according to subject and also according to year of study in a typical Dars Nizami institution.

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Sirat Ibn Hisham – Abridged English Translation

asSalaamu Alaikum,

Sirat ibn Hisham – Abridged English Translation

Abridgment done by Abdus-Salam M. Harun. He writes in the Introduction:

In this ‘abridgment’, l tried to extract elements from the original work to present it in a new form that is allowed for uninterrupted reading, while being careful about the original text so the reader could cite it. I did not replace a letter of the original text so as to be honest  in performance. I referred to Ibn Hisham’s  wordings in the beginning of the subject or in footnotes, but the whole text is of Ibn Ishaq as narrated by Ibn Hisham.

I mentioned the chain of authorities only when it was indispensable for the subject by quoting what had been reported by Ibn Ishaq or Ibn Hisham. To make the text coherent I interpreted what was needed of explanation,  relying on accredited Sirah commentaries and  linguistic references.

Abridgement is a kind of facilitation for those who are unable to read the original and it serves to link today’s youth to their heritage. Allah willing, you would be able to read this book in a few days and acquire an immediate benefit, while reading the original, if possible, would take a few months.

Al-Insaf fi Bayan Asbab al-Ikhtilfaf by Shah Wali Allah al-Dihlawi

“Al-Insaf is a modest tribute to Shah Waliullah’s scientific investigation of the historical factors and other circumstances, which led to the development of Islamic Jurisprudence and the subsequent emergence of its different schools of thought. Al-Insaf’s significance to Islamic Jurisprudence does not deserve recognition merely because it is written by a scholar of repute like Shah Wali Allah. Rather, its author’s fair analysis coupled with reasoned judgement, objective criticism and examination of differences among different madhahib also need to be seen in the wider context of his overall scheme of reforming the Ummah by tracing its original root.”

Al-Insaf fi Bayan Asbab al-Ikhtilaf