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Sunday, November 19, 2023

Sidi Ahmad Zarruq ash-Shadhili ق, the Regulator of the Scholars and Saints

Sidi Ahmad Zarruq ash Shadhili ق whose full name is Sidi Abu al-Abbas Ahmad ibn Ahmad ibn Muḥammad ibn ‘Isa Zarruq al-Fasi ash-Shadhili (1442–1493 CE) was a

Sunni, Ashari, Maliki Muslim scholar and saint from Fes, Morocco. Although being one of the

most prominent scholars in the late Maliki school , he is better known as a Shadhili Shaykh and

founder of the Zarruqi branch of the Shadhili Sufi order. He was a contemporary of 

Imam Muhammad ibn Sulaiman al-Jazuli ق. He is considered one of the most prominent and

accomplished hadith, legal, theological, and spiritual scholars in Islamic history, and is thought

by some to have been the mujaddid (renewer) of his time. He was also the first to be given the

honorific title “Muhtasib al-‘ulama’ wa al-awliya’" (Regulator of the Scholars and Saints). He

took the name 'Zarruq' (meaning 'blue') due to his blue eyes. His link to the noble Prophetic

linage is attested and acknowledged up to present. However, he humbly refused to draw

people’s attention to that fact. For him, it was taqwa that mattered, and true lineage was in

his view the one founded on noble action.

Source : Full Article -


The Principles of Sufism " Qawaid al Tasawwuf " by Shaykh Ahmad Zarruq RA, translated by

 Zaineb Istrabadi PhD


Zarruq the Critic :


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