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Biographies of Influential Muslims – A Reader

This reader gathers various SeekersHub resources on inspiring saints, scholars, and other influential Muslims of the past and present.

 

Companions and Pious Predecessor

Sayyiduna Ja’far: A Tale of Love and Sacrifice

Was Uwais al-Qarni Martyred? And a Unique Source for His Biography

Biography of Malik ibn Dinar

Muadh ibn Jabal and the Night of Mid-Sha’ban

Contemporary Scholars

A biography of Shaykh Muhammad Adib al-Kallas

Glimpses of the Life of Sheikh ‘Abd al-Rahman al-Shaghouri 

“He Brought Us Back To Life” – A Tribute To The Late Dr Ahmad Sakr

Key Lessons from the Life of Shaykh Murabit al-Hajj 

Shaykh Abd al Rahman Ba ‘Abbad

Habib Abbas al Saqqaf

Habib Abd Allah bin Shihab

The Demise of Habib Hamid bin Muhammad Hamid Ba’Alawi

Biography of Habib al-‘Ajami 

A Great Female Servant of God 

The Muslim 500 – SeekersGuidance’s Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Interview with a Productive Muslim: Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Interview with Shaykh Yahya Rhodus

Living the Ihya in South Africa – Shaykh Seraj Hendricks

Applying the Prophetic Sunna to the Modern World – Sayyid Naquib al-Attas

Influential Figures

Caribbean Calling, An Interview with Ustadh Nazim Baksh

On Facing My Mortality, by Ustadh Usama Canon

Muhammad Ali-The Acts That Help When We Die 

 Daniel Abdal Hayy Moore

A Female Gnostic: The Story of Umm Iyad

The great Muslim philanthropist, Abdul-Sattar Edhi, returns to his Lord

Three Acts That Formed The Core Of Abdul Sattar Edhi’s Life

Amjad Sabri’s death: Yearning for God till his Last Breath

Mustafa Davis on Spiritual Artists, Social Media and Third Spaces

The Death of a Star – On the Passing of Aminah Assilmi

Other Resources

Recommended Works on the Life of the Prophet

What Are Some Resources on the Life of the Mother of the Believers, Sayyida Aisha? 

What Are Some of the Best Works Dedicated to Biographical Data of Saints and Scholars?

On the Passing of Shaykh Murabit al-Hajj

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.
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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.

Key Lessons from the Life of Shaykh Murabit al-Hajj – Shaykh Rami Nsour at SeekersHub

Shaykh Rami Nsour treated seekers to a special session on the life of Shaykh Murabit al-Hajj. The length of this video does no justice to who he truly is, however, it does serve as a great introduction to the life and character of Shaykh Murabit al-Hajj.

Shaykh Rami Nsour serves as Senior Instructor at SeekersHub Global Islamic Seminar, and is the co-founder of Tayba Foundation which has a correspondence program for Muslim inmates. Read more about his bio here.