Allahumma salli wa sallim 'ala sayyidinaa wa maulaanaa Muhammad.
Bukhari relates the sahih, rigorously authenticated hadith that the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) said,
"Truly, Allah does not remove Sacred Knowedge by taking it out of servants, but rather by taking back the souls of Islamic scholars [in death], until, when He has not left a single scholar, the people take the ignorant as leaders, who are asked for and who give Islamic legal opinion without knowledge, misguided and misguiding" (Fath al-Bari, 1.194, hadith 100). This hadith also proves one of the signs of the end time.
In the last three years, Syria which is known to be a center of Islamic learning because of the presence of top scholars is now seeing the hikmah behind this beautiful narration. The likes of Shuyukh: Habanakah, Shaykh 'Abideen, Ahmad Habbal, Shukri, Mustafa Turkmani, AbdurRahman Shaghuri, Saalih al Hamawi and many more have passed away just within this short period of time.
Just last night, it was announced of the passing away of the great scholar of Qur'aan both in recitation and exegesis, Fiqh and other sciences Ash Shaykh Muhyiddeen al Kurdi aka Abu Hasan. He was one of the seven top scholars of qiraat and tajweed. His janaazah was held today at the Umawi masjid after asr solah where thousands of people were there to say farewell to him as he left for the next abode. He was buried in the blessed cemetary of bab al Sagheer.
His student Shaykh Na'eem 'Araksusi, the Khateeb of Jaami'a al Eeman while speaking about him after the funeral said " he never heard the Shaykh talking about dunya except that he wished to be amongst those who will recite the Qur'aan in the heavens as it was recited beautifully in the dunya....al hadith.
The Khaadim (sidi Hishaam) of Shaykhuna Muhammad al Ya'qubi while addressing us in his shop after the funeral said, " When Shaykh Shaghuri described the late Shaykh, he said he loved and said nothing but Kamaal".
Shaykh Kurayyim Raajih while speaking said "When the Shaykh was alive, he was like a stranger amongst many people but his funeral was indeed marked by even a commoner. It is as if we celebrate his departure from this sinful world with so many attending his funeral"....Indeed this is the state of the ummah.
While we cry over this create loss, are we ready to miss another great scholar in few days or months? It is high time we started reflecting on some of these clear signs.
May ALLAH makes us be among the righteous ones and preserve our ulamaa so that we can all benefit from them.
Was sallaLLAHU 'ala Habeebi al Mustafaa wa aali baitihi wa ashaabihi ajma'een.
Pictures of the Janaazah will be posted soon insha ALLAH