Famous and Prominent Sufi Sanits of Egypt
Shareef of Syedina Hazrat Imam Abul Hassan Ash-Shazili (RA)
Akbar / Qutb-al-Abrar , The Founder of Shazhiliya Order
( Also called as Shazuliya
Dargah Shareef of Syedina Hazrat Ahmed Al-Badawi Al Fasi (RA)
( The Baraka
of Tanta, Shaykh-e-Tariqat ar Rifa;iya , Tanta )
Shareef & Masjid of Syedina Hazrat Abu Al Abbas Mursi (RA),
(1219 - 1286 CE)
of Hazrat Dhul-Nun Al-Misri (RA) (AD 796-859) in Cairo
Zunoon Misri Rahmatullah Allaih )
Shareef of Hazratha Sayyida Nafisa (RA), a female mystic from
the 8th century, in Cairo.
Imam Sharfuddin Busiri (RA) (newly added)
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photos from the tomb of Imam Abul Hassan ash-Shazhili ( 656
AH/1258 CE )
of Humaythra Valley, on Egypt s Red Sea coast.
Abul Hassan Al Shazali (RA)s Village in the heart of the
Overview from Humaythraa mountain.
ash-Shazhili died in the south of Egypt near the Red Sea while
he was on his way to the pilgrimage in Mecca in 1258.
which appears to be nowhere, in the middle of the desert, stands
to the present day and is highly venerated. Near his tomb are
two wells, one containing bitter water, the other containing
Maqam of Abul Hassan ash-Shadhali
order takes its name from Shaykh Abu'l-Hassan ash-Shazhili (1196/1197
- 1258 CE). He was born in Ghumara, near Cueta in northern Morocco
into a family of peasant labourers. He studied the principles
of Islamic Law (fiqh) at the Qarawiyyin University in Fez. He
subsequently traveled to many countries. In Iraq he met the
Sufi Hazrat Shaykh Wasiti (RA) who told him to return to his
country where he could find Hazrat Moulay Abus-Salam Ibn Mashish
(RA), the great Moroccan spiritual master. He did so, and became
the close follower of this spiritual master who initiated him
in the way of remembrance of Allah. When he met Hazrat Moulay
Abus-Salam (RA), after ritually washing himself, he said, 'O
Allah, I have been washed of my knowledge and action so that
I do not possess knowledge or action except what comes to me
from this Shaykh.'
ash-Shazhili traveled from Morocco to Spain and finally settled
down in Alexandria in Egypt. Later on in life, when asked who
his spiritual master was, he used to reply, 'I used to be the
close follower (murid) of Hazrat Moulay Abus-Salam Ibn Mashish(RA),
but I am no more the murid of any human master.'
Abu'l-Abbas al-Mursi (d. 1288), who succeeded Hazrat Shaykh
ash-Shazhili (RA) as the next spiritual master of the Order,
was asked about the knowledge of his spiritual master and replied,
'He gave me forty sciences. He was an ocean without a shore.'
ash-Shazhili (RA) had hundreds of close followers in both Alexandria
and Cairo, not only from among the common people but also from
among the ruling classes. He taught his close followers to lead
a life of contemplation and remembrance of Allah while performing
the normal everyday activities of the world. He disliked initiating
any would-be follower unless that person already had a profession.
His admonition to his close followers was to apply the teachings
of Islam in their own lives in the world and to transform their
many writings attributed to Hazrat Shaykh Abu'l-Hassan ash-Shazhili
is famous litany "Hizb al-Bahar".
Coffee to the World : -
earlier period Imam Shazuli (Razi Allahu Anhu) had firm meditation
at the Saffron hill. 40 days he was fasting and 40 nights he
spent on prayers. Floral leaves and salt was the only food both
for Sahar & Iftar. Some times Imam felt very tiresome and
he was thinking about how to overcome this? At that time Allah
(Jalle Shanahu) through some birds, showed coffee to Imam.
birds wandering at the day time were praying and begging god
at the night. But they were brisk anytime. Making note of this
Imam Shazuli (Razi Allahu Anhu) was very much surprised. At
the while he saw those birds sitting at a tree and taking some
seeds. After eating that those birds were refreshed. Suddenly
Imam collected those seeds and put it to the water and drank.
What a surprise! All this exhaustness flied off and Imam Shazuli
(Razi Allahu Anhu) was fully brisk and refreshed.
write that was the first invention of coffee till today what
we are using, and so the pride of introducing coffee a good
refresher goes to Imam Shazuli (Razi Allahu Anhu).
Shazhili Imam and his followers (Mureedains) were staying at
Humaisara on the way to their Hajj, Imam's fever was high. So,
Imam called maali (RA) who was in personal and humble service
of Hazrat Imam Shazhili (Razi Allahu Anhu) all the way and asked
him to congregate all followers who were there. As it was the
Time of Prayer, everyone gathered at once. Qutbul Akbar, Ghousul
Ash'har Hazrat Sheikh Shazhili Imam (Razi Allahu Anhu) gave
his Last Advice (Wasiyya) in general to that congregation.
Sheikh Shazhili Imam (Razi Allahu Anhu) insisted about Hizbul
Bahr, It's magnificence and powers.
"This (Hizbul Bahr) is equivalent to the ship of Hazrat
Syedina Nooh (Alaihis Salatus Salaam ) those who boarded it,
were redeemed. Like wise those who recites Hizbul Bahr will
be redeemed and liberated in both their lives of this world
and next (Akhirah). This consists Ismul 'Azam. Recite this daily.
Make your kids, kith and kin to memorise and ensure their recital
every day. Generations after generation do this as a tradition.
This will fetch you goodness, prosperity and excellence.
Uttered Imam Shazhili (Rali
personally called Hazrat Abul Abbas Al Mursi (RA) and gave him
some advices. Also He taught him whatever He wants him to be
taught and appointed Sheikh Abul Abbas Al Mursi (RA) as his
first representative (Khalifa). Also Sheikh introduced Hazrat
Mursi to the gathering of followers there and told them,
My most lovable disciples and followers, mursi will lead you
all from the very second of my demisal. As everything happens
how Allah (Jalle Shanahu ) wishes, I've appointed him as my
representative. After my passing away, Allah (Jalle Shanahu)
is to give him (mursi) a very dignitary position. The principles
he shows you will be a doorway to reach the Almighty".
By the prosperity
of sheikh's duaa, Hazrat Abul Abbas lead them all, turned into
a glorified Qutb and his followers reached the doorway of Allah.
Shazuli (Razi Allahu Anhu ) presided magrib there and then called
His son Sheikh Muhammad (alias) Sheikh Sharfuddin, and asked
him to bring water from that well of Humaisara.
with obedience looked at his father Sheikh Shazhili Imam (Razi
Allahu Anhu ) and told "oh! My Sheikh and my respected
father, water from that well is too bitter to drink and some
soft and pure water is available with us."
this Sheikh Shazhili Imam uttered "oh! The chilness of
my eyes! The piece of my heart. As you think, I am not asking
that bitter water to drink. My intention is different. Kindly
the words of the Respected father, Sheikh Sharfuddin went to
that well and brought some water in a vessel. Hazrat Sheikh
Shazhili Imam took some water, gargled in his mouth and spitted
in that same vessel and ordered His son Sheikh Sharfuddin (Razi
Allahu Anhu ) to put it back in that well and Sheikh Sharfuddin
followed Imam's instructions. SUBHANALLAH! This incident stood
an everlasting wonder (Karamat). Yes! Substantiating the greatness
and glory of Hazrat Imam Shazhili ( Razi Allahu Anhu ), bitter
water in that well turned as sweet as honey for people to drink.
the taste of that water and its level in that well at
Humaisara has never changed. Lakhs and Lakhs of people who come
over there for Ziyarat carry over liters of water from that
well to their countries.
OF GAUSUL AKBAR IMAM SHAZHILI RAZI ALLAHU ANHU :-
On His way
to Hajj, ona holy night, Sheikh Shazuli Imam (RA) was deeply
involved in zikr, Istighfar and reciting salawats. Shazhuli
Imam had never committed a sin in his lifetime. Continuing his
efforts in reciting all the above Qutbul Akbar, Ghousul Ashhar,
Sheikh of all Sheikhs, Qutb of all Qutbs, Ghouse of all Ghouses,
Imam of all Waliyullahs, a Descendant of Prophet Rasulullah
) through Imam Hasan (Razi Allahu Anhu), the establisher
of a Real Tariqa to Unite with Allah, the leader of all saaliheens,
and a rejuvenator of Islam, Al Qutb Ar Rabbani, Wal Ghouse Al
Fardani, Hazrat Syedina Imam Nooruddeen Abul Hasan Ali Ash Shazhili
Razi Allahu thaala anhu
left this world to
Unite with Allah (Jalle Shanahu) early morning at the time of
Sahar on 12th night of the month of Shawwal in the
year (1259 A.D.) 656 Hijri at Humaithara. Hazrath Imam Shazhili
was 63 years of age at that time. Followers of Imam Shazhili
(Razi Allahu Anhu ) were found very much anxious and disturbed
about Imams demisal. They were drowned in a irreparable
loss which can never be compensated. All the other creations
of Allah (Jalleshanhu) which were pursuing guidance from Imam
shazuli (Razi Allahu Anhu ) were found lamenting, mourning the
decease of Hazrath Shazhili Imam.Sheikh Abul Abbas Al Mursi
(Razi Allahu Anhu) presided the funeral rituals and solemnized
Janaza Prayers followed by burial. This happened after the Subh
Prayers on the 12th night of Shawwal 656 Hijri (1259 A.D.) at
Humaisara. It is located in desert called Eesaab, some 300 kms
from cairo (Egypt) on the way to Makkah Al Mukarrama. Ibn Saffak
narrates in his book DurratulAsrar,Sheikh Mursi
said: Imams wafat happened on 12th night of shawwal and
we proceeded with funeral on 12th day at Humaisara. On the next
day (ie.,) 13th shawwal we could see a beautiful building built
around Hazrat Sheiks Mazar-e-Mubarak. Hazrats Sheikhs
Geneology was written on that we were really surprised to see
this But we could understand the pride and dignity Allah (Jalle
Shanahu) has offered to Hazrat Sheikh Hazrat Shazhili Imam (Razi
Allahu Anhu ).So, till the day of qiyama Sheikhs
followers (like us) will be pride of following such a precious
Sheikh from our Beloved Prophet Rasulullah (Sal-lal-lahu Alaihi
Wa Sallam)s descendants.
SUFI SAINT / AULIYA OF ALEXANDRIA, EGYPT
AL ABBAS MURSI (RA) , THE FIRST KHALIFA OF HAZRAT IMAM HASAN
DARGAH SHAREEF / MASJID OF HAZRAT ABU EL ABBAS MURSI (RA) ,
ALEXANDRIA, EGYPT ( Khalifa-e-Awwal Hazrat Imam Hasan Shazuli
SHAREEF AND MASJID OF HAZRAT ABU AL ABBAS MURSI (RA) , ALEXANDRIA,
EGYPT ( Khalifa-e-Awwal Hazrat Imam Hassan Shazuli (RA) )
important historic Masjid in Alexandria, Egypt, as well as a
very beautiful one, is considered to be that of Hazrat Abu El
Constructed in 1775 by Algerians, it was built over the tomb
of the thirteenth century Murcia Andalusan saint, Ahmed Abu
al-Abbas al-Mursi (Abul Abbas) who joined and then
lead, as a devout Sufi, the Shadhali brotherhood. Abu El Abbas
El Mursi is in himself a very interesting story.
OF HAZRAT ABU AL ABBAS MURSI (RA) , ALEXANDRIA, EGYPT ( Khalifa-e-Awwal
Hazrat Syedina Imam Hassan Shazuli (RA) )
area of pilgrims' tents and gatherings in the Sigar fields at
the mawlid of as-Sayyid Ahmad al-Badawi, a mediaeval mystic
and founder of the Ahmadiya brotherhood, in Tanta
thousands of mawlids in Egypt. Most of them are small local
affairs but the biggest of them, like the mawlid of as-Sayyid
Ahmad al-Badawi in this image draw hundreds of thousands of
people to a celebration that combines pilgrimage, meditation,
ecstatic piety, music, charity, trade and amusements. Although
millions of Egyptians celebrate mawlids and see them as a beautiful
moment of love and devotion, many of their compatriots are very
critical about these festivities and consider them backward
and un-Islamic. These Images and texts will not tell who is
wrong and who is right in the debate; perhaps there is not a
true and wrong answer at all, but simply show what a mawlid
is about and what it means to different people.
( QADDUS ALLAHU SIRRA UL AZEEZ ) , TANTA , EGYPT.
front of the mosque of as-Sayyida Nafisa, a female mystic from
the 8th century, during the mawlid in her honour in Cairo
of mawlids is chaotic at the first sight: pilgrims' tents, ecstatic
rituals, commerce, amusements, very loud religious music, and
heavy crowds. It is not a coincidence that in the Egyptian idiom
'a mawlid in the absence of its master' - i.e. the saint - (mulid
wi-sahbuh ghayib) implies a state of total disorder. But mawlids
do have their order, only it is of a flexible, ambiguous, festive
kind that allows for very different celebrations to come together
in the "great night", the final and biggest night
of festivity. In the words of a pilgrim "The mawlid collects
the pious and the sinner alike. So you see very many things
in the mawlid. There is safety in it, and that collects the
bad, because where else should they go. So they come and do
the things they want to. The mawlid is like a bus: in it travel
the sheikh and the thief, all of society. You see the swing-boats
and the sheikh, it's all in there."
So where does the bus go, I asked. his answer: "To our
lord the Prophet, God willing."
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