Inna Lillahi wa inna ilaihi rajioun.
Shaykh Dr Abdalqadir as-Sufi, of the Darqawi-Shadhili-Qadiri Tariqa, passed away peacefully in his sleep during the early hours of this morning (Sunday, 1st August, 2021).
His spiritual inheritance comes from Sheikh Muhammad ibn al-Habib of Meknes and Sheikh Muhammad al-Fayturi of Benghazi.
Shaykh Abdalqadir spent many decades in the field of dawah, promoting Islam to people all over the world. As a result, he leaves behind many communities of students in various countries on different continents.
The Shaykh wrote a number of books, and many essays and articles, covering a range of subjects. He called for a return to a number of noble Islamic practices and principles that have been neglected or corrupted, including the correct way of collecting and distributing zakat (alms) and honest and fair trading.
The Shaykh was an advocate of the Maliki school of fiqh (jurisprudence) and contributed greatly to its modern revival. He initiated the translation and publication of translations of a number of classical books of Islam, including the Qur’an into various languages, the Muwatta of Imam Malik, and Ash-Shifa of Qadi ‘Iyad.
His passing is a great loss to Islam in our time and we pray Allah ﷻ grants Shaykh Abdalqadir as-Sufi forgiveness for any shortcomings, blesses him for his good deeds and grants him a high station in the Divine Presence.
May Allah ﷻ grant patience, steadfastness and constancy to the Shaykh’s family, friends, and community. Allahumma salli ala sayyidina Muhammadin wa ala ali sayyidina Muhammadin wa barik wa sallim.