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Weeping for a servant of God

Habib Ahmad Mash-hur was amongst servants of Allah who singled themselves to exclusively serve Allah, preserve the awraad and the Sunna and the supererogatory prayers. He would not fail to rise for tahajjud, both when at home and away; he walked in the footsteps of his ancestors, he was their very replica in their conduct, in their works, in their adhwaq, in their understandings. He would sway and stir with longing when some of their poetry is recited to him.

Then towards the end of his life, he took to commuting between Africa and the two Sacred Places. When old age overwhelmed him and his stregth weakened he resided in Jeddah amongst his people and children. His was an open house for guests of all walks of life because in him they found the righteous murshid and a sincere guide and an erudite scholar. They partook from him the aroma of ma’arifah and sainthood and divine secrets. He continued with his virtuous works until the decisive writ came down to meet him and he journeyed to meet the Ever-Living, the Self-Sustaining at the age of no less than 87 years.

To Allah we do indeed belong and to Allah indeed we are returning. To Him belongs what He takes and to Him belongs what He gives. Thus the Two Glorious Sacred Places weep for him. Africa weeps for him. And the Islamic world in its entirety weeps for him. But when the writ is fixed there is nothing except submission with contentment:

I grieve over him most grieviously. He went unrivalled in life, peerless in death

May Allah show mercy upon Habib Ahmad Mash-hur bin Taha al-Haddad and appoint a goodly, righteous successor among his people and among the entire world of Islam and peace be upon him on the day he was born and the day he died and the day he is quickened to life.

(Sayyid Abdal Qadir bin Abdal Rahman bin ‘Omar al-Junaid, a graduate of Tarim who has known the departed for over 40 years.)

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