Abū Ismâ’îl ‘Abdullah bin Muhammad al-Harawî (d. 481H)

By Shaikh ‘Ali bin Hasan bin ‘Alî bin ‘Abdil-Hamîd al-Halabî

  • He was ‘Abdullah bin Muhammad bin ‘Alî al-Ansârî al-Harawî, Abū Ismâ’îl.

  • He was born in the year 396H and was from the decendants of Abî Ayyūb al-Ansarî.

  • He was the shaikh of Khurasân in his time, from the heads of the Hanâbilah; brilliant in the language, a memorizer of Hadîth, knowledgeable of history and men.

  • He was tried and harmed in Allah’s [path] for his adherence to the Sunnah and calling to it.

  • His shaikhs were many. From them were Yahyâ bin ‘Ammâr as-Sijzî, Abul-Fadl al-Jârūdî, and others.

  • He had many writings, the most famous of which was Dhamm al-Kalâm wa Ahlihi, al-Fârūq fisSifât, and al-Arba’ūn fî Dalâ’il at-Tawhîd.

  • He died in the year 481, may Allah have mercy on him.

  • In Dhail Tabatât al-Hanâbilah, Ibn Rajab was very detailed in his biography; for it covered almost twenty pages.

  • In Siyar A’lâm an-Nubalâ’ (18/503-519), adh-Dhahabî did approximately that [much].

Source: al-Baghdâdî, Abul-Munajjâ ‘Abdullah bin ‘Umar Ibn al-Lattî (with verification by ‘Alî al-Halabî). Juz’ fîhi Muntaqâ min Dhamm al-Kalâm lil-Harawî. Ammân, Jordan: Dâr ‘Ammâr, 1988. pgs. 9-10.


About Rasheed Gonzales
My name is Rasheed Gonzales. I’m a Muslim convert of Filipino descent. Born and raised in Toronto, Canada, I was guided to Islam through one of my younger brothers and a couple of friends, all of whom had converted to Islam sometime before me (may Allah reward them greatly). I am married with four children (and the praise is Allah’s) and also a volunteer for the Qur'an & Sunnah Society of Canada, based in Toronto.

2 Responses to Abū Ismâ’îl ‘Abdullah bin Muhammad al-Harawî (d. 481H)

  1. Heres a detailed biography of the shaikh by Abu Rumaysah.

  2. philomantis says:

    He was also one of the most prominent and learned Sufis in Islamic history. His work of Sufism entitled Manâzil as-Sâ’irîn was the basis for Ibn Qayyim’s Madârij as-Sâlikîn.

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