The Shafi'i Malabari scholars have a long ,glorious history.It all begins with two ZAINUDDIN MAKHDUMS-1 (KABEER)and 2(SAGHEER).The root of the Maqdum family is in Yemen, in its Ma'bar.The came from Yemen and settled in Malabar(Ma'bar became Malabar), thus spreading Shafi'i madhhab.
1]_Shaykh Zainuddin Maqdum Kabeer.Rah.d.928.AH,was a disciple of so many Great Scholars of Islam at the world famous al-Azhar in Egypt,To name a few, they were Imam Jalaludin al-Suyuti.d911.AH,Imam al-Samhudi.d 911.AH,Syed Abubakr al Hydrosi.d 914.AH and Imam Hafiz al-Sakhawi.d.902.AH.His wellknown books are in the field of tasawwuf, as 'Kitabul Adkiya'Its commentary by Sayed Bakri al-Dimyati.Rah,as Kifayatul Atqiya:
2]_Shaykh Zainuddin Maqdum Sagheer.Rah.d.998.AH, was a disciple of IMAM Shihab al-DIN Ahmed ibn Hajar al-HYTHAMI.al-Makki, Izzudin al-Zumari and Imam Ibn Ziyad.(RahAlaihim).He made close contacts with IMAM ar-RAMLI.d1004.AH and al-Khatibul Sharbini.Rah.He was a great Sufi as well, being the khalifa of ShaykhAbul Hasan Siddiq al Bakri of MAKKAH.QS.(d.993.AH).He is the author of wellknown Fiqh Manual shafi'i fiqh ,knows as [فتح المعين لشرح قرة العين بمهمات الدين]
I was commented in 4 volumes by a scholar of Makkah Sayed Bakri al-Dimyati.d.1310.AH, named as I'yanatu Talibin':
His other important works were, one in Tasawwuf, named Irshadul Ibad:
, another as:"TUHFATHUL MUJAHIDIN', an important work in Arabic,of Jihad and Histoy of Portughese in the Malabar of 16th Century.This work was takenup by orientalists and published in various languages, as in Spanish by .Prof.David Lopez(in 1633.AD with ARABIC text),in English, many editions, the earliest by Major Renynldson in 1898.AD(London) and the best translation being the one by Muhammad Nainar of MADINA University.In addition ,it has Latin, French,Portughese and Chech editions as well as translations into various Indian Languages, the Urdu commentary by Shamsullahil Qadiri.I have with me , the KUALALUMBUR,Malaysian,edition by NAINAR(Islamic Booktrust.Kuala LUMBUR.2006) .
This Ahlu Sunnah Ancestry of Malabar is now fully propagated by Scholars of Malabar through their Organizations, named as 'Samasta KERALA JAM'YIATUL ULEMA(2 Divisions and one 'Samastana, each organization is a body of 40 Scholars of Eminence.The primary aim of this organization is to defend the AQEEDA of common Muslims from all heresies especially WAHHABISM,Maududism(Political Islam of Abul'A'la Mawdudi, Syed Qutub etc) , and Tabligh Jama'at(DEOBANDISM) AND also all the False Tariqas(Deviations in Sufism).
About this Organization, A Hanafi Sunni Scholar from far-off TURKEY, Huseyn Hilmi Isik an-Naqshbandi.d.1422.AH.Istanbul ,writes:
[From an Arabic article by Noorul Ulema .M.A.Abdul Qadir Ahmed Musliyar ,refuting Tabligh Jama'at ,under 'Deviation of Tabligh al-Jama'at from the Ahl as-Sunnat ']
The dictum of our Ulema is clear in these words:
"Hadrat Ibn Hajar al-Haitami said in his work Fat'h al-jawad, 'Mubtadi' is the person who does not have the faith (itiqad) conveyed unanimously by Ahl as-Sunnat. This unanimity was transmitted by the two great imams Abu 'l-Hasan al-Ashari.RA and Abu Mansur al-Maturidi .RA.and the 'alims who followed their path.' On the 205th page of the book Al-fatawa al-hadithiyya, it is written, 'Man of bidat means one whose beliefs are different from the Ahl as-Sunnat faith. The Ahl as-Sunnat faith is the faith of Abu 'l-Hasan al-Ashari.RA, Abu Mansur al-Maturidi.RA and those who followed them. One who brings forth something which is not approved by Islam becomes a man of bidat.
' Shafi'i alim Ahmad Shihab ad-din Kalyubi al-Misri wrote on the fourth volume of his marginalia to the book Kanz ar-raghibin: 'One who departs from what Abu 'l-Hasan al-Ashari and Abu Mansur al-Maturidi reported is not Sunni. These two imams followed the footprints of Rasulullah ('alaihi 's-salam) and his Sahaba.'
"From the foregoing passages, it is understood that only one of the seventy-three groups that have come out of the partition of this umma will be saved against Hell. It is wajib for every Muslim to search for, to find and to adapt himself to this group, members of which follow the path of Abu 'l-Hasan al-Ashari and Abu Mansur al-Maturidi.
Some info on the current scholars and their vews:
.More soon.Insha ALLAH.
Edited by absalih, 16 August 2010 - 04:27 PM.