My Three Years With Shk. 'Abdullah - by Brother Mustafa
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Shk. Muhammad al-Mukhtaar ash-Shanqeetee's Dream About Shk. 'Abdullah
Shaykh Muhammad Mukhtaar al-Shanqiti (hafidhahullah) in the following video relates his dream which he saw of the Shaykh. Below is the translation of his dream.
First he begins by making du’a for him and praising his work for the ummah, as the shaykh had been in the Committee of Senior Scholars for nine years after it had started until his death, rahimahullah. He was also one of the last students of the great shaykh Muhammad ibn Ibrahim (the first Mufti of Saudi Arabia) rahimahumullah jami’an.
In this video he speaks of his piety, depth in knowledge, and being known for his asceticism. He then makes du’a for him and asks Allah to reward him and have mercy upon him and raise him amongst the ranks of the scholars of Islam and the Muslims, and to raise him amongst the pious, those who are amongst the company of the most high with Allah ‘azza wa jal, and for Allah ‘azza wa jal to replace what the Muslims have lost.
Then he relates his amazing dream:
From amongst the glad tidings – SubhanAllah, I slept last night, and Allah is my witness to what i’m saying, I slept last night and i saw in my dream, a group of scholars and (again) I didn’t know, I visited the shaykh one week prior when he was sick and sat with him. But i saw, a huge group of scholars in my dream, and i felt in my dream that they were the scholars of the past (those that have passed away). And i swear by Allah, that i saw him amongst them, and I didn’t know that he had passed away, this was the night. But I saw him rahimahullah, and I saw his face like a shining sun amongst them. And i was stunned, and said in amazement “Shaykh ‘Abdullah?” He was standing out from amongst all of them. And his face was shining like the sun, very bright and radiant. And he was sitting amongst them.” And I woke up and someone called me.. and let me know that he had passed away. May Allah have mercy upon him…”
Shk. 'Abdullah's Biography
'Abdullaah ibn `Abdir-Rahmaan ibn `Abdir-Razzaaq ibn Qaasim Aal Ghudayaan.
He is from the family of a muhaddith of Banul-`Anbar, from Banoo `Amr ibn Tameem, and his lineage goes back to `Amr (Taabikhah) ibn Ilyaas ibn Mudar, from the family of the descendants of `Adnaan; and through his mother his lineage goes back to the family of Raashid, from (the tribe of) `Utaybah which is from (the tribes of ) Hawaazin.
His Birth: He was born in the year 1345 [[c.1926 C.E.]] in the town of az-Zulfaa.
His Education: He studied the basics of reading and writing at a young age with `Abdullaah ibn `Abdil-`Azeez as-Suhaymee, and `Abdullaah ibn `Abdir-Rahmaan al-Ghayth, and Faalih ar-Roomee.
He studied the basics of Fiqh, Tawheed, Arabic Grammar, and the laws of Inheritance with Hamdaan ibn Ahmad al-Baatil.
Then he travelled to ar-Riyaad in the year 1363H and entered the Saudi Preparatory School [previously the School for Orphans] in the year 1366 approximately, and he qualified in the year 1368H.
He was appointed as a teacher in al-`Azeeziyyah School, and in the year 1371H he entered the Academic Institute (al-Ma`hadul-`Ilmee). During this period he took knowledge from the eminent Shaikh Muhammad ibn Ibraaheem Aalush -Shaikh.
He likewise took the knowledge of Fiqh from Shaikh Sa`ood ibn Rashood (the Qaadee of ar-Riyaad) and from Shaikh Ibraaheem ibn Sulaymaan he learned knowledge of Tawheed. With Shaikh `Abdul-Lateef ibn Ibraaheem he studied Arabic Grammar and the Laws of Inheritance.
Then he continued his studies until he qualified from the College of Sharee`ah in the year 1376H.
He was then appointed as head of the court of al-Khobar. Then he moved to teach in the Academic Institute in the year 1378H.
Then in the year 1380H he was appointed as a teacher in the College of Sharee`ah;
Then in 1386H he became a member of the Iftaa. (Verdicts) Committee in Daarul-Iftaa.Then he 1391H he was appointed a member of the permanent Committee for scholarly research and verdicts, and a member of the Committee of Major Scholars .
His Shaikhs: He studied under a group of the seekers of knowledge in the various fields, and the most prominent of them in addition to those already mentioned were:
1) The eminent Shaikh `Abdul-`Azeez ibn `Abdillaah ibn Baaz-under whom he studied Fiqh.
2) Shaikh `Abdullaah al-Khulayfee, with whom he studied Fiqh also;
3) Shaikh `Abdul-`Azeez ibn Rasheed, with whom he studied Fiqh, Tawheed, and the Laws of Inheritance;
4) Shaikh Muhammad al-Ameen ash-Shanqeetee, with whom he studied Usoolul-Fiqh, the Sciences of the Qur.aan, and Tafseer.
5) Shaikh `Abdur-Rahmaan al-Ifreeqee, with whom he studied the Sciences of Hadeeth, and Hadeeth.
6) Shaikh `Abdur-Razzaaq `Afeefee
7) `Abdul-Fattaah Qaaree al-Bukhaaree, from whom he learned the Qur.aan with the recitation of Hafs from `Aasim with his chain of narration back to the Messenger (peace be upon him); and from others.
In addition to what has preceded, along with his other works, from the year 1389H to this day he has been teaching Fiqh; and its Usool and Principals; and Hadeeth and its Sciences; and Tafseer and its branches of knowledge; and `Aqeedah; and Fiqh; in organized lectures throughout most of the days of the week in accordance with circumstances: after Maghrib, and after `Ishaa., and sometimes after Fajr and after `Asr.
Also from 1395H in addition to his work in delivering verdicts he gave lectures to the studies of Higher Studies in Jaami`atul-Imaam (the University of the Imaam), and in the College of Shaaree`ah, teaching Fiqh, Usoolul-Fiqh, the Principals of Fiqh and its Fundamentals, in the lecture hall; and he used to supervise and take part in the debates concerning some of the research papers.
Likewise in this period a large number of students took knowledge from him. Also in the year 1381H he was nominated to take a position in the committee for giving guidance and verdicts during the Hajj which has continued to the present day. Then when the eminent Shaikh `Abdullaah ibn Humayd passed away in the year 1402H, he took over delivering verdicts on the radio-programme ‘Noor `alad-Darb’.”
Source: Taken from the introduction to ‘Fataawal-Lajnatid-Daa'imah lil-buhoothil-`Ilmiyyah wal-Iftaa.’ (1/10-12)
 The Committee of the Major Scholars (Hay.atu Kibaaril-`Ulamaa. was established in 1391H and consisted of Shaikh Ibraaheem ibn Muhammad ibn Ibraaheem Aalush-Shaikh, (head), Shaikh `Abdur-Razzaaq `Afeefee `Atiyyah ( deputy head), Shaikh `Abdullaah ibn `Abdir-Rahmaan al-Ghudayaan (member), Shaikh `Abdullaah ibn Sulaymaan ibn Manee` (member). Then at the end of 1395H Shaikh Ibraaheem Aalush-Shaikh was appointed as the Minister for Justice, and his place as head of the Committee of Major Scholars was taken by Shaikh `Abdul-`Azeez ibn `Abdillaah ibn Baaz-rahimahullaah.