Innaa lillahi wa innaa ilayhi raji’un.
We are deeply saddened at the news of the passing of one of the greatest contributors to the preservation and dissemination of Islamic knowledge in our time, Shaykh Murabit al-Hajj.
Shaykh Hamza Yusuf wrote on his Instagram account:
“إِنَّا لِلّهِ وَإِنَّـا إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعون
Shaykh Murabit al-Hajj
He told me several times, “Hamza, this world is an ocean, and those who drown in it are untold numbers. Don’t drown.” I have never seen anyone like him before him or after him, and I don’t think that I ever will. May Allah reward him for his service to this deen and his love and concern for the Muslims. He was never known to speak ill of anyone.
He said to me, “And what is man other than a comet that flashes brilliant light for a moment only to be reduced to ashes.” Shaykh Murabit al-Hajj is a master of the sciences of Islam, but perhaps more wondrous than that, he has mastered his own soul. His discipline is almost angelic, and his presence is so majestic and ethereal that the one in it experiences a palpable stillness in the soul. As the Arabs says, “the one who hears is not as the one who has seen.” May Allah grant him the highest level of paradise. Ameen.
Shaykh Hamza Yusuf and Shaykh Rami Nsour are well known students of the Shaykh. Please support some of the fruits of Shaykh Murabit al-Hajj’s noble work by supporting these scholars. Shaykh Hamza is the co-founder of Zaytuna College, the first Muslim liberal arts college in the United States. Shaykh Rami is the co-founder of Tayba Foundation, a provider of holistic education and support to incarcerated Muslims.
In 2013 Shaykh Rami gave a talk on the life of Shaykh Murabit al-Hajj at SeekersHub Global Islamic Seminary, view the video here: Key Lessons from the Life of Murabit al-Hajj – Shaykh Rami Nsour at SeekersHub.
Please consider reciting Surah Yasin, or at the very least Surah Fatiha, as isal al-thawab for Shaykh Murabit al-Hajj.