Mar 26, 2013

Sheikh Said Ramadhan - So don’t forget your brother when in prayer Jangan lupa wahai saudaraku untuk mendoakan aku

Al-Habib Ali on the martyrdom of Shaykh al-Buti

by Al-Habib Ali Jifri (translation: MuslimVillage.com)
Source: MuslimVillage.com


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Al-Allama Shaykh Sa’id Ramadan al-Buti (Allah’s mercy be upon him).
By:  Al-Habib Ali Jifri (translation: MuslimVillage.com)
Source: MuslimVillage.com


“To Allah we belong and unto Him we return…”

The news has reached us of the martyrdom of our Shaykh, the savant; the authoritative scholar: Muhammad Said bin Ramadan al-Bouti, on Friday night, as he was giving his weekly lesson in the Al-Iman mosque of Damascus, by a loathsome bombing attack in which his grandson, Ahmad, and a number of students of knowledge were also martyred.


The hearts of those who appreciate the value of the great are rent asunder by the news of this loss (of) a tremendous mountain among alps, a leading light among luminaries of erudition. He spent his entire life teaching, preaching, and writing – with abstention from the fleeting world and courage in asserting what his considered analysis (ijtihad) lead him to conclude was the truth without regard to whether it pleased people or angered them.


Generations of this Nation (Umma) have learned in his classes and from his books.


Allah has generously favored me with being able to take (learn) from him, and with keeping his company both in travel and at rest: and I found knowledge, scruples, abstention, a heart filled with the love of Allah, and tearful eyes with tears of adoration and inspiring awe.


The world was offered to him time and again and he refused contenting himself with a modest dwelling and with a subsistent livelihood.


Indeed I spoke with him by phone two weeks ago and among the last things he said was:

“Nothing but a few set days remain of this life (of mine), and I shall repose in the Garden afterwards. So don’t forget your brother when in prayer.”
Even those who differed with him among the upright scholars, to say nothing of those who agreed with him, attested to genuineness, trustworthiness, and scrupulousness (on his part) and that he never gave voice to other than that which his considered analysis and opinion lead him to.

I would discuss the current events unfolding in the land (of Syria) with him. At times it was strong discussion with very diverging points of view but never did I find it followed by any estrangement  or resentment on his part. Quite to the contrary, he would say in the final days of his life (Allah envelop him in mercy):

“It is my hope that all who impugn or castigate me as a result of considered analysis not be deprived of the reward of considered analysis.”
Oh Allah accept him in Your presence with the martyrs, and grant him residence in the Lofty Firdauce of Jannah, and make his preceding onto You a means of intercession for him, his household and students, and a means of lifting the distress from Sham; its people; and the Nation (Umma), and let him be succeeded by a righteous successor.

Whoever deems this deplorable atrocity to be acceptable in any measure, due to differing in stance or opinion (with the Shaykh), is an abettor to those who perpetrated it, (sharing) in the transgression of murder and the atrocity of desecrating the houses of Allah.

Translation by Q. Arthur for MuslimVillage.com. The Arabic original may be found here.


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Kata-kata Terakhir
As-Syahid Sheikh Said Ramadhan al-Buty


Lensa Siswa

Ketinggian ilmu ulama Syria Sheikh Said Ramadhan



TUTUR kata dan keperibadian Sheikh Said Ramadhan dikagumi ramai ulama.




"TIDAK tinggal lagi umur bagi aku melainkan beberapa hari yang boleh dikira. Sesungguhnya aku mencium bau syurga dari belakangnya. Jangan lupa wahai saudaraku untuk mendoakan aku."

Itu pesanan terakhir Sheikh Muhammad Said Ramadhan Al-Bouti, 84, kepada ulama terkenal Yemen, Habib Ali al-Jufri yang menghubungi beliau melalui telefon kira-kira dua minggu sebelum kematiannya akibat serangan nekad pengebom berani mati.

Kejadian itu berlaku sewaktu beliau sedang mengajar anak-anak muridnya di Masjid Eman yang terletak di Damsyik, Syria pada 22 Mac lalu. Serangan tersebut mengakibatkan 42 jemaah terbunuh termasuk beliau.

Ternyata benarlah sabda Rasulullah SAW yang bermaksud: "Hendaklah kamu takuti firasat orang mukmin kerana dia melihat dengan pandangan Allah."

Keadaan ini menunjukkan seolah-olah Sheikh Said Ramadhan sudah mengetahui ajalnya akan tiba yang semua itu merupakan kurniaan Allah kepada hamba pilihan-Nya.

Apa yang pasti, pemergian Syeikh Said Ramadhan pada malam Jumaat yang mulia dalam keadaan al-Quran didakap di dadanya, ditangisi jutaan umat Islam di seluruh dunia termasuk Malaysia.

Reda terima berita

Bagi Dr. Zulkifli Mohamad Al-Bakri, 44, anak murid kepada Sheikh Said Ramadhan ketika menuntut di Universiti Ulum Islamiyyah di Syria sekitar tahun 1994 hingga 1997, walaupun sedih namun beliau menerima takdir itu dengan reda.

"Secara peribadi saya terkejut mendengar berita pemergian guru kami dalam tragedi tersebut. Tetapi, saya reda. Sheikh meninggal dalam keadaan sangat mulia kerana menegakkan agama Allah iaitu ketika mengajar di masjid.

"Antara keistimewaan Sheikh Said Ramadhan ialah beliau seorang mufaqih Islam. Setiap tutur kata dan pengaruhnya dikagumi dan diambil prihatin oleh ramai ulama dunia Islam. Beliau juga merupakan syeikh mazhab Syafie terkemuka pada tahun 1960-an hingga 1970-an," ujar Zulkifli yang merupakan seorang pendakwah bebas di Malaysia ketika dihubungi Kosmo!.

KETINGGIAN ilmunya membuatkan Sheikh Said Ramadhan sering diundang untuk menyampaikan 
syarahan di seluruh dunia.




Tambah Zulkifli, beliau pernah bertanya pada anak Sheikh Said Ramadhan, Dr. Tawfik Ramadhan berkenaan ayahnya. Ia lantas dibalas dengan kata-kata: "Di rumah kami ada sebuah bilik khas yang aku tidak pernah melihat ayahku kecuali dalam tiga keadaan iaitu membaca, menulis dan bersolat (berzikir)."

Ketika di Syria, Zulkifli turut berkesempatan berguru dengan beberapa ulama selain Sheikh Said Ramadhan iaitu Sheikh Dr. Wahbah Zuhayli, Sheikh Abdul Latif Marfour dan Sheikh Abdul Rahman Habbannakah. Menurut beliau, guru-gurunya di Syria terbahagi kepada beberapa kelompok.

"Ada antara mereka bersama kerajaan, menentang kerajaan atau memilih untuk berdiam diri. Bagi saya, pendirian Sheikh Said Ramadhan terhadap isu di Syria wajar dihormati kerana beliau lebih memahami keadaan semasa di sana.

"Ia berbeza dengan Mesir. Apa pun, Sheikh Said Ramadhan di akhir hayatnya bersama dengan perjuangan rakyat," tegas Zulkifli sambil berharap umat Islam akan berpegang teguh pada pesanan terakhir Sheikh yang meminta mereka bersatu atas kalimah Lailahaillah Muhammadurrasulullah.

Gelaran profesor

Dilahirkan pada tahun 1929 di sebuah perkampungan Ayn Dewar di utara Syria, Sheikh Said Ramadhan merupakan ulama Ahlus Sunah Wal Jamaah (ASWJ) yang bermazhab Syafie terkemuka di negara tersebut.

Beliau berjaya menamatkan pengajian dalam bidang Syariah Islamiah di Universiti Al-Azhar, Mesir pada tahun 1955. Sekitar tahun 1960-an, Sheikh Said Ramadhan pernah menjadi tenaga pengajar sebelum dilantik sebagai Dekan di Fakulti Syariah, Universiti Damascus, Syria.

Beliau kemudian melanjutkan pengajian di peringkat Doktor Falsafah (PhD) dalam jurusan Undang-Undang Islam juga di Universiti Al-Azhar.

Semasa hayatnya, beliau masih bergelar profesor di Universiti Damascus dan bergiat aktif dalam persidangan serta seminar di peringkat antarabangsa. Beliau juga telah menulis tidak kurang daripada 40 buah buku dalam pelbagai bidang termasuk kesusasteraan, falsafah, sosiologi dan keagamaan.

Ketinggian ilmunya terserlah dalam kuliah-kuliah dan ceramah yang disampaikan di serata Syria. Sebagai seorang ahli akademik, beliau juga menganggotai Majlis Tertinggi Akademi Oxford, England dan penyelidik di Royal Society of the Islamic Civilisation yang berpusat di Amman, Jordan. Antara buku beliau yang terkenal adalah kitab Fiqh Sirah yang menjadi rujukan umat Islam di seluruh dunia.

Sementara itu, pelajar jurusan Ijazah Takhassus Qiraat Shoubra di Maahad Qiraat Al-Azhar, Mesir, Haniff Abu Talib, 24, turut melahirkan rasa sedih di atas pemergian Syeikh Said Ramadhan.

"Kita membesar dengan kitab Fiqh Sirahnya. Takziah kepada seluruh umat Islam kerana kehilangan sebuah permata ummah. Beliau merupakan ulama yang telah mengarang banyak kitab dan kebanyakannya menjadi rujukan utama umat Islam," ungkap Haniff yang turut dipaparkan pada laman sosial Facebook miliknya.

Menurut Haniff, ulama bukanlah maksum dan mereka mempunyai ijtihad sendiri. Tetapi, inilah yang menyebabkan fitnah ke atas Sheikh Said Ramadhan apabila beliau membela rejim Bashar al-Assad.

SALAH satu program wacana ilmiah yang dihadiri Sheikh Said Ramadhan bertempat di Institut Kajian 
Rantau Asia Barat (IKRAB), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), Bangi sewaktu berkunjung ke Malaysia tiga tahun lalu.



Kunjungan ke Malaysia

"Ia berlaku lantaran kejahilan golongan awam terhadap ijtihad seseorang ulama. Apa pun, ingatlah jasa beliau yang telah meninggalkan banyak ilmunya pada kita," luah anak muda kelahiran Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan ini.

Pada tahun 2010, Sheikh Said Ramadhan pernah berkunjung ke Malaysia melalui inisiatif yang dianjurkan oleh Persatuan Ulama Malaysia (PUM). Sepanjang berada di Malaysia, beliau sempat menghadiri pelbagai majlis ilmu dan memberi ceramah yang diterjemahkan oleh Zulkifli.

Ini termasuklah mengadakan syarahan perdana di Masjid Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah, Shah Alam, Selangor, Wacana Ilmiah: Islamic & Extremism di Institut Kajian Rantau Asia Barat (Ikrab), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), kuliah di Masjid Al-Azhar Kolej Universiti Islam Selangor (KUIS) dan program Aplikasi Fiqh Sirah dalam Realiti Semasa di Institut Kefahaman Islam Malaysia (IKIM).

Dalam pada itu, salah seorang ulama Syria, Sheikh Muhammad Abul Huda al-Yaqoubi berkata, Allah telah mengurniakan pengakhiran hayatnya dengan kebaikan dan kemuliaan syahid.

"Sesungguhnya pemergian beliau adalah satu kehilangan besar buat umat Islam seluruhnya. Beliau merupakan seorang mujaddid dalam pemikiran dan akidah. Beliau adalah seorang alim rabbani yang berjuang membela Islam dan ASWJ berdekad lamanya di mimbar Damsyik dan kuliah syariah," jelas Sheikh Muhammad Abul Huda.

Beberapa hari sebelum dijemput pulang menghadap Ilahi, Sheikh Said Ramadhan juga pernah berkata: "Setiap apa yang berlaku padaku atau yang menuduhku daripada ijtihadku, maka aku harap ia tidak terlepas daripada ganjaran ijtihad (yang betul mendapat dua ganjaran dan yang tidak mendapat satu ganjaran)."

Jenazah beliau telah disembahyangkan oleh ribuan pengikutnya dan dikebumikan di sebelah makam Salahuddin al-Ayubi yang terletak berdekatan dengan Masjid Ummaiyyah di Damsyik, Syria.

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Suicide bombing at al-Iman mosque in Damascus
إستشهاد الشيخ البوطي



Suicide bombing at ِal-Iman mosque in Damascus, lead to martyrdom of Mohamed Said Ramadan al-Bouti famous Islamic scholar during his weekly preaching session and a number of worshipers about 49 martyrs and 85 injured, in al-Mazraa, Damascus, Syria ... al-Bouti was a 82 years old spent most of them in teaching in many Islamic universities, wrote a lot references in Faiths and philosophies material, he was preferring and a great defender on Suni-Ashari "Fiqh" over New-Salafist, may Allah accept his martyrdom, and may his soul rest in peace & his companions .. 21 march 2013
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Published on Mar 21, 2013  
Amado Samanello


Sheikh Muhammad Sa’id Ramadan Al-Bouti
Leading Islamic Scholar in Syria

Sheikh Al-Bouti is the leading Islamic scholar in Syria. He is a retired Dean and current professor at the College of Islamic Law at Damascus University. Al Bouti preaches very often and is highly respected by many of the leading scholars in the Muslim world.


Citizen of: Syria
Birth: 1 January 1929 (Age: 84)
Source of Influence:
Influence: Leading scholar for 20.9 million Syrian Muslims
School of Thought:

Traditionalist Scholar
Al-Bouti is the scholar’s scholar, and the bulk of his influence comes from his position of respect and authority among the leading thinkers in Islam today. Al-Bouti is a keen supporter of madhabs (traditional Islamic schools of law), and is one of the leading critics of the significant movement to abandon these schools. He also is vocal about how a poor understanding of the term jihad has led to its abuse by both Muslims and non-Muslims. His view is that those who are unaware of the basis of fiqh have manipulated the idea of jihad for their own benefit, underlining that jihad must be conducted, according to Islamic fiqh (jurisprudence).
Prolific Writer
Sheikh Al-Bouti has made an impact on the Muslim World, in particular through his scholarly outreach. He writes for news publications and journals, and has developed a reputation for his ability to address and respond to queries regarding Islamic jurisprudence, and personal issues.

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Pearls from Scholars



Shaykh Sa`id Ramadan al-Bouti is a well-respected modern-day scholar and author who is most popularly known for his esteemed work Fiqh us-Seerah.

In my time in Damascus, I saw hundreds of people from every walk of life – mothers and shopkeepers, students and cab drivers, young and old – flock to his weekly classes at different masajid in the city to benefit from his knowledge. Known for his eloquence and deftness in language, one would often see foreign students sitting in his classes with dictionaries in hand, understanding only parts of his talks but fully absorbing how Arabic is spoken by someone with true mastery of it. Shaykh Bouti is also known for his sharp intellect and – at times – acerbic critique and comments. During one of his Friday sermons, when he noticed an attendee taking a picture of him on his cell phone, he interrupted his line of thought to rebuke him by saying, “O you who is worshipping your device! How is it that you use this time for other than remembering Allah?” A full biography of Shaykh Bouti is quoted below.

I wanted to share with you this short clip from a television interview with Shaykh Bouti for a few reasons. In the remarks he makes regarding modern-day tariqas (often translated as Sufi orders), we come to realize that people do not always easily fit into one designated ‘camp’ or another – pro-Sufi or anti-Sufi, Salafi or anti-Salafi, etc – and that we should not be quick to put people in such pre-constructed labels or boxes. We also learn that taking a critical stance on an issue does not necessarily mean that one finds it devoid of benefit. Most significantly, we see from this clip the intense importance of sincerity and being honest with ourselves in our relationship with Allah, especially for those who teach and call others to Islam.

May Allah bless our teachers and grant us the beautiful quality of sincerity in our efforts.



(Click on the “CC” button at the bottom right of the screen for the English captions.)

Biography of Shaykh Bouti1

Muhammad Sa`id ibn al-Mulla Muhammad Ramadan al-Bouti, born of Kurdish descent in 1350/1931 in Damascus. The son of one of the foremost Shafi’i scholars of his time, Mulla Ramadan, he studied Arabic grammar, logic, and philosophy with his father, as well as Shafi’i jurisprudence and fundamentals of Islamic law and faith, and after graduating from the al-Tawjih al-Islami Institute of Damascus, traveled to Cairo and took a degree from al-Azhar before returning to Syria, when he taught first in Homs and then in Damascus at the College of Sacred Law. He took a doctorate in principles of Islamic legal methodology from the University of Damascus in A.H. 1385, and was appointed as a professor there in the Faculty of Sacred Law and Arts. He has written many works, among them Fiqh al-sira [Sacred law inferred from the prophetic biography], and al-Lamadhhhabiyya akhtar bid’ah tuhaddidu al-shari’a al-Islamiyya [Not following a school of jurisprudence is the most dangerous innovation threatening Islamic Sacred law], while his most recent work, al-Salafiyya marhala zamaniyya mubaraka la madhhab Islami [The 'way of the early Muslims' was a blessed historical epoch, not an Islamic school of thought], has gained wide readership. He lives in Damascus, where he writes, teaches at the university, and gives well-attended public lectures at several mosques.

Edited Transcript of Interview

Interviewer: …Are they an accurate, pure, and untainted representation of Sufis and tassawuf?

Shaykh Bouti: As far as previous generations are concerned, it’s not possible for me to pass judgment on them because I did not live in those times. However, I have read biographies of people such as Shaykh Abdul Qadir al-Jilani, Shaykh Raslan al-Dimashqi, and Shaykh Ahmad al-Rifa`i. I swear by Allah, these people embodied prophethood, except that they did not receive divine revelation.

Interviewer: They embodied prophethood?

Sh. Bouti: Prophethood, minus divine revelation. In other words, if they had revelation, they would have been prophets. What I mean by that is that they represented, in their character, in their self-discipline, in their inner development, the life of God’s Messenger (peace be upon him). However, since divine revelation was not present in their case, [obviously] they were not prophets or messengers.

And for such people – the foundation of their journey to Allah was the two wings of the Divine Book and the Sunnah [Prophetic tradition], and nothing more. Abdul Qadir al-Jilani – may Allah sanctify his soul – when death drew close to him, his son, whose name was also Musa like your name, was sitting next to him. He gave him his parting advice. Among what he said to him was, “My son, fly to the Truth with the two wings of the Book and the Sunnah.” And he warned him from bid`ah [innovation].

So I don’t want to speak about such people [who came before us]. If I want to look for strict adherence to the proper methodology, it is in their lives that I will find such an adherence. If I want to look for opposition to bid`ah, it is in their lives that I will find opposition to bid’ah.

However, if you’re asking me about the tariqas of this age, I request that you show me a single tariqa from among them whose murshid [spiritual leader and advisor] possesses knowledge of Islamic law that is proficient and sufficient, who is aloof from this world and everything that it contains and is attached to it, and who possesses uprightness in his character. [If such a person were found] I will go tomorrow to become his murid [student]. But I have looked everywhere, and have not found such a murshid.

Interviewer: What is the reason for this, respected shaykh?

Sh. Bouti: Well, I don’t know. The nafs [lower self] is as it always has been – and I don’t absolve my own nafs from this – “Verily the nafs is ever commanding of evil.” The whole business of being a murshid is a dangerous business. It’s a slippery road. The murshid, when he tastes the pleasure of leading others, the pleasure of having a following… it’s something that is almost intoxicating. When he sees people kissing his hand day and night, and some almost willing to kiss his knees and his feet [out of awe and respect]…. when he sees things like this, he begins to believe and imagine that he has become someone great. And the nafs is a constant presence. If such a person has not spent long periods of time in self-reproach, reminding himself that he is nothing, and that he has done so many bad deeds etc, he will not be able to withstand these pressures.

Furthermore, when [this murshid] finds his murids bringing gifts for him, giving him money… Even if I didn’t have an appetite for wealth when it was first given to me, I begin to develop one. I begin to desire wealth. I begin to desire position. I begin to desire humility and deference from people because I am such an important and great human being. All of this is fitnah [trial and tribulation] for me… a fitnah… a fitnah.

And the person who does not fulfill the essential requirements for being a murshid, yet somehow becomes a murshid – this responsibility is dangerous for him, and dangerous for his murids.

Just to make what I’m saying clearer for you, my brother, let me present to you the opposite picture. Let us turn to the age of Shaykh Ahmad al-Rifa`i, may Allah sanctify his soul. Now that is an amazing man. He always used to say in his gatherings, in front of his murids, something that he would repeat again and again – that he was not a shaykh, and not a murshid, and warned against people looking at him in that light. He said in one of his gatherings – and this can be found in his book al-Burhan al-Muayyid – “May I be resurrected with Fir’aun and Hamman if I consider myself better than any one from among you.”

“I am not a shaykh. I am not a shaykh. My name is Little Ahmad, The Nothing. Or better yet, Nothing, The Nothing [a play on his name which literally means ‘the praised one, the high’]” – this is what (Sh. Ahmad ar-Rifa’i) used to say.

And he used to say, “The murshids whom Allah favors with karamaat [special abilities or occurrences] conceal them, just as a woman [naturally] conceals her menstruation from others.”

Compare between this and what we see from murshids of our times. Some of them extend their hands for people to kiss, to teach them [the practice of] kissing hands, and if one of them doesn’t kiss their hands they consider him negligent in his duties.

Interviewer: But is there something wrong with kissing the hand out of respect? There are many people who would even wish to kiss your hand, but you absolutely refuse?

Sh. Bouti: Yes… yes. Why do I refuse my dear brother?

Sh. Bouti [close to tears]: I swear by Allah, the One besides whom there is no other god, I feel embarrassed before Allah when someone from among the people kisses my hand. Because I know myself, and my Lord is One who conceals and veils the mistakes of His servants. He conceals so much… He conceals. I know my shortcomings. I know how much I’ve fallen short in my relationship with my Lord. Yet, He makes it so that the people only see the positive side of me, and He hides the rest from the eyes of people and keeps it something hidden between us.

So if some innocent person comes to me, who only sees my outer state and doesn’t know my inner state… it’s true that he doesn’t know, but doesn’t Allah know? How can I say to him, “Go ahead, kiss my hand, it’s ok, so that you may learn proper etiquette,” while Allah azza wajal [Mighty and Majestic] is watching me and saying, ‘Haven’t you done this? Haven’t you done that? Aren’t you the one who sees such and such [bad qualities] in your self?” This is what prevents me from allowing people to kiss my hand.

Keller, Nuh Ha Mim. Reliance of the Traveler, (Beltsville, MD: Amana Publications, 1991), p.1079

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Leading Islamic Scholar Killed inside Mosque by FSA Terrorists 
due to his Pro-Gov


Published on Mar 21, 2013
A blast ripped through a mosque in the Syrian capital, killing a prominent pro-government Sunni cleric Sheikh Mohammed Said Ramadan al-Bouti. At least 42 worshippers have reportedly died and many more were wounded in the attack.

"Senior cleric Dr. Mohammed Saeed Ramadan al-Bouti was martyred in a terrorist suicide attack at the Iman Mosque in Mazraa in Damascus," Syrian State TV said.

Sirens could be heard echoing through the capital as the scene of the blast was cordoned off by the military. TV footage revealed a chaotic scene of eviscerated bodies with severed limbs strewn across the blood-stained floor of the mosque.

At least 15 people died in the assault, while Beirut-based Al-Manar reports that at least 20 were killed. Other estimates put the minimum number of dead at 14, with 40 more injured.

Bouti, 83, was President of the Association of Islamic Scholars of Syria and a staunch supporter of President Bashar Assad. Bouti had once characterized the Syrian opposition as 'scum', and had also called on Syrians to join the military and help the government defeat the rebel fighters in the two-year-long conflict.

Syrian TV had broadcast his sermons live every week from mosques around Damascus and he also hosted his own religious TV program. His death has been viewed as a serious blow to the government, which is fighting a primarily Sunni-led insurgency.

Video: Syrian al-Ikhbariya
Article: Russia Today

Warning: Some footage may be graphic. (not for shock, 18+, viewer discretion advised, aimed only at documenting crimes by FSA terrorists in Syria)
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