The Wasiyya of Shaykh Muhammad Hayat al-Sindi al-Madani al-Ash’ari

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The following is the Wasiyya (advice) of al-Shaykh al-‘Allama al-Muhaddith Muhammad Hayat al-Sindi al-Madani al-Ash’ari (d. 1163 AH):

The first thing which is necessary for man to learn is that by the means of which he may rectify his beliefs. He should then learn those actions and characteristics with which he will be able to obtain the love of Allah. He should avoid what is disliked in terms of actions. He should then strive in the performance of what is commanded and leave that which is prohibited – with sincerity – for the sake of the Lord of all creation. He should repent and seek forgiveness for each and every mistake to the best of his ability. He should think of himself as the lowest of all existence, and know that his Master is aware over him in every regard. He should remember death and the suffering which he will face from it’s agonies, as well as the grave and the many difficulties which lie therein. He should equip himself with the best of good deeds. He should remember the resurrection from the grave and what he will face after it in terms of terrifying atrocities. He should not forget the reckoning, and the presentation of the book, nor the weighing of the good and the bad deeds. He should not be heedless of the fire in which will occur the severest of chastisements. He should take up a shield of good deeds which will safeguard him from it’s heat and malice by the blessing of the Creator of all created things. He should yearn for paradise – wherein the hearts will desire nothing, and the eyes will be delighted. Thus, regarding it (paradise), those who vie with one another, then they should vie with one another in regards to it – and likewise, those who strive, then they should strive for it, and those who yearn, then they should yearn for it. O Allah, save us from your punishment, and enter us into your paradise by your Mercy, and send salutations and peace upon the most noble of your creation.

Written by Muhammad Hayat al-Sindi al-Madani – may Allah, exalted is He, pardon him.

The above image is in the handwriting of Shaykh Muhammad Hayat al-Sindi, may the Mercy of Allah be upon him.

– This wasiyya is found among a manuscript compilation in al-Maktaba al-Wataniyya in Tunisia. Also among the manuscripts is his commentary on 40 hadiths as well as other works.

Image, Wasiyya and Comments Courtesy of Shaykh Nizar Hammadi


من الشيخ نزار حمادي:

وصية الشيخ العلامة المحدِّث محمد حياة السندي المدني الأشعري (ت1163هـ)

ينبغي للإنسان أن يتعلم أوّلا ما يصحح به اعتقاده، ثم يتعلم ما يقدر به على تحصيل ما يحبُّه الله تعالى من الأعمال والأحوال، واجتناب ما يكرهه من الأفعال، ثم يجتهد في إتيان المأمورات، وترك المنهيات خالصا، لوجه رب المخلوقات، ويبالغ في التوبة والاستغفار من جميع الخطيئات، ويرى نفسه أحقر الموجودات، ويعلم أن مولاه مطلع عليه في جميع الحالات، ويذكر الموت وما يلاقي عنده من السكرات، والقبر وما فيه من الصعوبات، وليتزوَّدْ له أحسن الحسنات، ويذكر النشور من القبور وما يلاقي بعده من الأهوال المنكرات، ولا ينسى الحساب وإعطاء الكتاب، ورجحان الحسنات والسيئات، ولا يغفل عن النار التي فيها أشد العقوبات، وليتخذ جُنَّة من أعمال الخير تقيه حرَّها وشرَّها بفضل خالق المصنوعات، وليتشوق إلى الجَنَّة التي فيها ما تشتهيه الأنفس وتلذ الأعين، ففيها فليتنافس المتنافسون، ولمثلها فليعمل العاملون، وإليها فليشتاق المشتاقون. اللهم نجنا من نقمتك، وأدخلنا جنتك برحمتك، وصل وسلم على أشرف خلقك.

كتبه محمد حياة السندي المدني عفى الله عنه تعالى

هذه صورة لخط الشيخ محمد حياة السندي رحمه الله تعالى

وهذه الوصية توجد ضمن مجموع مخطوط بالمكتبة الوطنية بتونس يتضمن شرح الأربعين له وغير ذلك

Ali Rida Qadri and his False Claims of Slander

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Ali Rida Qadri’s Claim:

the original arabic shows only defence of Munawi against the claims of Ibn Hajar al-Makki al-Haytami

here is the arabic which StudentoftheDeen distorted:

قال العلامة عبدالرؤوف المناوي الشافعي – 1029 هـ – في [شرحه ] بعد سوقه لكلام ابن حجر ما نصه: [فقول ابن حجر غير مستقيم، أما أولاً فلأنهما قالا: إن الرؤية المذكورة كانت في المنام، وهذه كتبهما حاضرة، وأما ثانياً فلأنا نؤمن بأن له يداً لا كيد المخلوق، فلا مانع من وضعها وضعاً لا يشبه وضع الخلوق، بل وضع يليق بجلاله، وعجبت من الشيخ ابن حجر كيف أنكر هذا مع وجود خبر الترمذي: أتاني ربي في أحسن صورة فقال: فيم يختصم الملأ الأعلى ؟ فقلت: لا أدري ! فوضع كفه بين كتفي، فوجدت بردها بين ثندوتي –أي ثديي– وتجلى لي علم كل شيء] اهـ .

A forum fraudster called Ali Rida Qadri claimed that I distorted the quote from Imam al-Munawi, but the real question is: Why did he and did not quote the initial part of al-Munawi’s words?! It is because he is merely a forum fraudster who just cuts and pastes from other forums without checking the quotes!! This has been his way for more than 10 years now, and his fitna is still ongoing.

The above Arabic quote was taken from the book Jala al-‘Aynayn by the pseudo-Salafi known as Nu’man al-Alusi!

The quote was not even from me, rather it was quoted on from Dr. Khaled el-Rouayheb who said in his article – Changing views of ibn Taymiyya among non-Hanbali Sunni scholars (p. 283 of the book entitled Ibn Taymiyya and His Times):

“For example, the Egyptian Shafi’i scholar and mystic ‘Abd al-Ra’uf al-Munawi (d. 1622 ), in his commentary on al-Tirmidhi’s Shama’il, cited ibn Hajar’s condemnation of ibn Taymiyya’s suggestion that the Prophet Muhammad (sallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) had let down a part of his turban to mark the spot between his shoulders that God had touched with His hand. Though al-Munawi’s overall assessment of ibn Taymiyya and ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyya was anything but positive, he did not believe that this particular proposition of theirs was beyond the pale:

“I say: As to them (ibn Taymiyya and ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyya) being reprehensible innovators, there is no disagreement (amma kawnahuma min al-mubtadi’a fa-musallam). As to this particular claim being based on corporealism, this is not correct. First, because they said that the mentioned seeing was during sleep… Second, because (they also said) we believe that He has a hand unlike the created being, and hence there is nothing to prevent placing It in a manner that does not resemble the placing of a created being.”

Dr. Khaled el-Rouayheb placed a footnote to the last quote from al-Munawi (no. 32) by saying:

“Abd al-Ra’uf al-Munawi, Sharh al-Shama’il (MS British library; Or. 12522), fol. 148a. The passage is quoted in al-Alusi, Jala al-‘Aynayn, 569, THOUGH AL-ALUSI LEFT OUT THE FIRST SENTENCE IN WHICH AL-MUNAWI AGREED THAT IBN TAYMIYYA AND IBN QAYYIM AL-JAWZIYYA WERE INNOVATORS (Mubtadi’a). The British Library manuscript from which I have quoted was written in 999/1590-1, 32 years before the death of al-Munawi, and may be an autograph.”


If the above is not sufficient for Ali Rida Qadri, then here is the quote from the printed edition of Imam al-Munawi’s work as printed on the margin of Imam Mulla ‘Ali al-Qari’s Sharh (commentary) on the Shama’il (1/168-9):


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(Images Courtesy of Dr. Khaled el-Rouayheb)


Ali Rida Qadri is a disseminator of the cut up version of the quote from al-Alusi who in turn distorted and removed the initial sentence of Imam al-Munawi’s verdict, ie. that ibn Taymiyya was an innovator, by consensus…

For more information on this issue and scans from the pages of the manuscript, see the following article by Shaykh Dr. Abul Hasan Hussain Ahmed:‏/

More on Ali Rida Qadri and his false calims, distortions and lies by Shaykh Dr. Abul Hasan Hussain Ahmed –…ynayn-issue-2/