Sayyid Muhammad ‘Alawi al-Maliki

Will a Single or Multiple Mujaddids Appear Each Century?

Hanafi Fiqh

Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani


Will a Single or Multiple Mujaddids Appear Each Century?


Walaikum Assalam,

I hope you’re doing well, insha’Allah. 

There are several opinions regarding the hadith on revivers (mujaddidin). Some understood this to refer to there being one particularly great reviver per age. Others said that it refers to their being revivers—not necessarily one—in each age.

They also differed as to whether the term for age refers to (a) a century; (b) a generation; or (c) other period of time.

However, the narration in Sunan Abu Dawud explicitly mentions “the top of each century.” 

The scholars speculated as to who the specific individuals were.

And Allah is the giver of success and facilitation. 

[Shaykh] Faraz Rabbani 

Shaykh Faraz Rabbani spent ten years studying with some of the leading scholars of recent times, first in Damascus and Amman, Jordan. His teachers include the foremost theologian of recent times in Damascus, the late Shaykh Adib al-Kallas (may Allah have mercy on him), and his student Shaykh Hassan al-Hindi, one of the leading Hanafi fuqaha of the present age. He returned to Canada in 2007, where he founded SeekersGuidance to meet the urgent need to spread Islamic knowledge–both online and on the ground–in a reliable, relevant, inspiring, and accessible manner. He is the author of Absolute Essentials of Islam: Faith, Prayer, and the Path of Salvation According to the Hanafi School (White Thread Press, 2004.) Since 2011, Shaykh Faraz has been named one of the 500 most influential Muslims by the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Center.