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Saturday, February 27, 2021

The 3 Integrals of a True Scholar - Tahajjud, Ijtehad & Jihad :Sayyid Muhammad Alawi alMaliki (RA), Minhaj ul Quran University, Lahore, Pakistan-1995

 Youtube Link to Lecture in Arabic with English Subtitles

Detailed Biography at Imam Ghazali Institute.

Al-Sayyid Muhammad bin ‘Alawi bin Abbas al-Maliki al-Hasani 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 Mecca and the entire Hijaz region (Western Arabia).

The Shaykh is a grandson of the Prophet ﷺ, a leader of the Ahl al-Bayt, the Imam of Hadith in our age, an authority of the four Madhhabs, a spiritual leader of the highest calibre, a caller to Allah par excellence, and unparalleled in his standing in the world of traditional Islamic scholarship.

Visiting him was considered imperative for the Ulama who would visit Mecca.

His Writings & Publications

The Sayyid was a prolific writer and produced close to one hundred works. He has written on a variety of religious, legal, social and historical topics and many of his books are considered masterpieces on the subject and are prescribed textbooks in Islamic institutes around the world.

We mention here some selected works on various subjects: 


  • Mafahim Yajib ‘an Tusahhah (Notions that Must Be Corrected), perhaps the most important contemporary statement of Ahl al-Sunna on the “Salafī” heresy. In this book Shaykh Muḥammad ibn ‘Alawi establishes the proofs and positions of the Imams of Ahl al-Sunna on the topics of taṣawwuf, tawassul, the Prophet’s s intercession, the celebration of his birthday (mawlid), the Ash’ari School, etc. with extensive documentation including the sources claimed as authoritative by the “Salafīs” themselves -Ibn Taymiyya, Ibn al-Qayyim, Ibn ʿAbd al-Wahhab.

  • Manhaj al-Salaf fi Fahm al-Nusus  (“The Methodology of the Predecessors in Understanding the Texts: Theory and Practice”), his latest work, a continuation and update of the Mafahim.

  • Al-Tahzir min al-Takfir 

  • Huwa Allah (“{He is Allāh} (112:1)”), a statement of Sunni doctrine in refutation of the aberrations of anthropomorphism

  • Qul Hadhihi Sabili (“{Say: This Is My Way} (12:108)”), a concise manual of Islamic doctrine and morals.

  • Sharh ‘Aqidat al-’Awwam 


  • Zubdat al-Itqan fi ‘Ulum al-Qur'an 

  • Wa-Hiwa bil Ufuq al-A’la  (“{When He was on the uppermost horizon} (53:7)”), the most comprehensive commentary to date on the Prophet’s ﷺ night journey and ascension, summing up over forty works devoted to the subject. A companion to the Shaykh’s al-Anwar al-Bahiyya, the book contains a detailed commentary of the verses that pertain to the vision of Allah and a full documentation of the authentic relevant narrations.

  • Al-Qawa’id al-Asasiyya fi ‘Ulum al-Qur'an (“Basic Foundations in the Sciences of the Qur’ān”), a useful primer and introduction to Dr. Nūr al-Dīn ʿItr’s ‘Ulum al-Qur’an al-Karim (“The Sciences of the Noble Qur’an”).

  • Hawl Khasa'is al-Qur'an 


  • Al-Manhal al-Latif fi Usul al-Hadith al-Sharif 

  • Al-Qawa’id al-Asasiyya fi ‘Ilm Mustalah al-Hadith 

  • Fadl al-Muwatta wa-Inayat al-Umma al-Islamiyya bihi 

  • Anwar al-Masalik fi al-Muqaranat bayna Riwayat al-Muwatta lil-Imam Malik 


Shaykh GF Haddad’s translation  “The Prophet’s Night Journey & Heavenly Ascent” , republished by IGI in Rajab 1442/2021, is an excerpt from the Sayyid’s  al-Anwar al-Bahiyya w’al-Mi’raj Khayr al-Bariyya

Shaykh GF Haddad’s translation “The Prophet’s Night Journey & Heavenly Ascent”, republished by IGI in Rajab 1442/2021, is an excerpt from the Sayyid’s al-Anwar al-Bahiyya w’al-Mi’raj Khayr al-Bariyya


  • Al-Qawa’id al-Asasiyya fi Usul al-Fiqh (“Basic Foundations in the Principles of the Law”), a useful primer and introduction to Dr. Wahba al-Zuhayli’s two-volume Uṣul al-Fiqh al-Islami

  • Sharh Manzumat al-Waraqat fi Usul al-Fiqh 

  • Mafhum al-Tatawwur wa al-Tajdid fil Shari’ah al-Islamiyya (“What is Meant by Growth and Renewal in Islamic Law”)


The Sayyid’s work on the legality of the Mawlid has been translated by IGI as  On Celebrating the Birth of the Prophet ﷺ

The Sayyid’s work on the legality of the Mawlid has been translated by IGI as On Celebrating the Birth of the Prophet ﷺ

  • Al-Risalat al-Islamiyya Kamaluha wa-Khuluduha wa-‘Alamiyyatuha (“The Message of Islam: Its Perfection, Immortality, and Universality”).

  • Labbayk Allahumma Labbayk 

  • Al-Ziyarat al-Nabawiyya bayn al-Shari’a wa-al-Bid’iyya 

  • Shifa' al-Fu'ad bi-Ziyarat Khayr al-’Ibad  (“The Healing of Hearts Concerning the Visitation of the Best of Human Beings”) which establishes the proofs and positions of the Imams of Ahl al-Sunna on the subject of travelling to visit the Prophet ﷺ in order to obtain blessings (tabarrukan) and inter-cession (tashaffuʿan)

  • Hawl al-Ihtifal bi-Zikra al-Mawlid al-Nabawi al-Sharif (On Celebrating the Birth of the Prophet ﷺ) a meticulous summation of the proofs adduced by the scholars for the permissibility of celebrating the mawlid.

  • Al-Madh al-Nabawi bayn al-Ghuluww wal-Ijhaf  (“The Panegyric of the Prophet ﷺ Between Extremism and Fairness”), a study of the genre with examples from the Qur’ān, ḥadīth, commentaries, and poetry showing that praising the Prophet ﷺ is part of the perfection of one’s Islam and not, as some enviers have claimed, a contravention of the ḥadīth: “Do not over-extol me (lā tuṭrūnī) the way Christians over-extolled ʿĪsā ibn Maryam e; [i.e. by divinizing him].”


  • Al-Mukhtar min Kalam al-Akhyar 

  • Abwab al-Faraj (“The Gates of Deliverance”), a descriptive manual of supplications and devotions for various occasions from the Qur’an, the Sunna, and the Imams of Islam together with a description of the manners of supplicants. It contains a valuable prescription for reciting the Fatiḥa frequently.

  • Shawariq al-Anwar min Adiyat al-Sadah al-Akhyar (“The Epitome of the Rising Lights Taken From the Supplications of the Elect Masters”), a manual of devotions taken from the Sunna and the Imams of Islam. It contains, among other precious supplications, the devotion (ḥizb) of Imam al-Nawawi which begins with the words:

“In the name of Allāh, Allāh is greatest! I say upon myself, my Religion, my spouses, my children, my property, my friends, their Religion and their property, a thousandfold “There is no change nor power except with Allāh the Exalted, the Almighty.”

  • Al-Husun al-Ma’niyya (“The Invincible Forts”), a booklet of personal devotions selected from the Sunna and the practice of the Salaf.

  • Mukhtasar Shawariq al-Anwar 

  • Azkar Nabawiyya wa-’Adiyyat Salafiyya 

  • Al-Bayan wal-Ta’rif fi Dhikra al-Mawlid al-Sharif (“The Exposition and Definition of the Celebration of the Noble Birthday”), a concise anthology of texts and poems related to the subject.


  • Fi Rihab al-Bayt al-Haram (History of Mecca) 

  • Al-Mustashriqun Bayn al-Insaf wa al-’Asabiyya (“The Orientalists Between Fairness and Prejudice”), a brief survey of the pitfalls of literature on Islam by non-Muslims.

  • Nazrat al-Islam ila al-Riyada (Sports in Islam) 

  • Al-Qudwat al-Hasana fi Manhaj al-Da'wah ila Allah (“The Excellent Examplar in the Method of Calling Others Unto Allah”). 

  • Ma La ‘Aynun Ra'at (Description of Paradise) 

  • Nizam al-Usra fi al-Islam (Islam and Family) 

  • Kashf al-Ghumma (Virtues of helping fellow Muslims) 

  • Al-Da’wat al-Islahiyya (Call for Reform) 

  • Al-Muslimun bayn al-Waqi' wa al-Tajriba (Contemporary Muslim world) 

  • Fi Sabil al-Huda wal-Rashad (Collection of speeches) 

  • Sharaf al-Ummat al-Islamiyya (Superiority of the Muslim Umma) 

  • Usul al-Tarbiyyat al-Nabawiyya (Prophetic methods of education) 

  • Nur al-Nibras fi Asanid al-Jadd al-Sayyid ‘Abbas (Set of Grandfather's Ijazahs) 

  • Al-’Uqud al-Lu'liyya fil Asanid al-’Alawiyya (“The Pearl Necklaces: ‘Alawi’s Transmission Chains”), in which the Shaykh lists the transmission chains he received from his father, Sayyid ‘Alawi ibn ‘Abbas. 

  • Al-Tali’ al-Sa’id al-Muntakhab min al-Musalsalat wal Asanid (“The New Moon of Happiness: A Selection of Similarly-Narrated Ḥadiths and Chains”). 

  • Al-’Iqd al-Farid al-Mukhtasar min al-Athbat wa al-Asanid (Set of Ijazahs) 

This is a selected list of the published works of the Sayyid. There are many other publications that were not mentioned and many works that are still to be published.

We also did not mention the numerous important classical works that the Sayyid has located, researched and published for the first time, with notes and commentary. All together, the Sayyid's contribution in this field has been great.

Many of the Sayyid's works have also been translated into foreign languages. 


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