Jeddah Dawrah & Shaykh Fawzaan now in Jeddah!

books.jpg As salaam alaykum wa rahmatullaah,

The Jeddah Dawrah was very nice, masha’Allaah. The Shuyookh in attendance were: Shaykh Ubayd al-Jabiree, Shaykh Muhammad Ibn Haadee, Shaykh Alee at-Tuwayjree, Shaykh Ibraheem ar-Ruhaylee, and Shaykh Muhammad Ibn ‘Abdul-Wahaab al-‘Aqeel. Shaykh Muhammad al-Malikee was present some of the mornings reading poetry and in the evenings he was posing questions to the Shuyookh with brother Fuaad al-Amree and other students.

Lots of people were in attendance, masha’Allaah, and by Ishaa numbers would swell close to 500. I noticed three main differences between conferences in the West and that what takes place here.

 1. In Jeddah the lessons take place in the Masaajid, not that that is a knock on the Western bros. organizing conferences in the West, it’s just that in the West the Masaajid are often not large enough to accommodate everyone.

2. In the West people go all out for the conferences and the organizers go all out as well. I mean in the West you’d have at least a dozen vendors, sisters setting up Hennah, people all fired up and emotional. To the people here, I guess they are so accustomed to the people of knowledge visiting that it seems like any other day except we got some classes, masha’Allaah. No tears when the seminar was over (well, I shed a couple), no exchanging phone numbers and email addresses and people staying up all night talking, nope. You came, sat, got knowledge, took some notes, shook hands with some brothers when the lessons were over and took your family home.

3. The materials being studied were given out for free! Not knocking the bros. in the West again but there was absolutely NO FUNDRAISING. No collection bag was passed, you actually got free books! What’s that? You need another book for your wife akhee? No problem, here you go. They actually compiled all of the lessons being studied into one book, got it printed with nice binding and did a decent job and just GAVE them away, masha’Allaah. Besides food and cab fare, I spent hardly any money at the dawrah.

Of-course the caliber of speakers was also a major difference. Each of the Shuyookh had different styles; I’ll mention something I liked and noticed about each of them.

Shaykh Ubayd al-Jabiree (may Allaah preserve him): I didn’t get to sit with him this time around because he was there after Fajr and the other talks weren’t until after Maghrib and I had teaching to do between those times. I sat with Shaykh Ubayd before so chose to catch the lessons after Maghrib, but from what I have observed in the past from him, the Shaykh uses very easy to comprehend Arabic and speaks slowly so the students can understand. He is a real joy to sit with when you are just in the beginning stages of learning Arabic, like I am.

Shaykh Muhammad ibn Haadee (may Allaah preserve him): Shaykh Muhammad has a beautiful strong clear voice and looks SHARP. I mean, I couldn’t find a hair out of place on this man, masha’Allaah. I regularly attend his Jeddah duroos when he comes and love sitting with this Shaykh, sometimes he asks questions to the audience, occasionally he’ll throw in a word or two of Saudi Arabic (‘Ammiyyah) and the people will smile. The Shaykh is warm and kind and takes great care in his lessons and is firm during questions and answer period.

Shaykh Alee at-Tuwajree: I love Shaykh Alee, he would sometimes tell a joke that would make the people laugh or chuckle. He was very interactive, asking questions from time to time, smiling, although the people chuckled occasionally he never seemed like a joker, or like someone who always told jokes. I really enjoyed his lessons. He paid great attention to stating where each hadeeth he quoted came from and what was its grade.

Shaykh Ibraheem ar-Ruhaylee (may Allaah preserve him): I always used to think he was very old, he actually looked quite young, no way he looks over 50, I didn’t see a grey hair in his beard. I’m not knocking him because when you listened to him you could tell he was knowledgeable. He would sit slightly tilted to his left side and didn’t move his head very much or make a lot of gestures. His voice was soft and you could see he was very focused and attentive. His eyes were very alert and he looked around in sharp intelligent glances not seeming to miss anything. 

Shaykh Muhammad al-‘Aqeel (may Allaah preserve him): This Shaykh absolutely dismantled the Shee’ah from just about every possible angle using Bukharee’s Chapter on the Excellence of the Companions. He too would sometimes make a joke but they were often centered around the absurdity of many of the Shee’ahs’ claims. He would bring Fiqh from ahadeeth from so many different ways that I was often saying to myself, ‘I never would have thought this hadeeth could be used that way.’ The Shaykh was often smiling and very interactive.

All in all it was a great Dawrah, now Shaykh Fawzaan is here and if you’re in Jeddah, the first lesson was this morning after Fajr until around 8:00am (Makkah time). He will be here all this week at the same time until Wednesday at Masjid Malik Saud. Shaykh Fawzaan (may Allaah preserve him) is not a young man at all. Masha’allaah, he looks very old and wise, his clothes were immaculate and there were tons of people there this morning. He was going through Aboo Dawood’s Kitaab as-Sunnah and a book of Fiqh. Shaykh Fawzaan is high powered and was very firm during the question and answer session. This is going to be a good week, insha’Allaah. 

More later,

Aboo Muaadh  

Published in: on July 28, 2007 at 1:50 pm  Comments (5)  

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  1. SubhanAllah. Just reading this makes you want to sit with the mashaayikh in their circles of knowledge. We ask Allah to make it easy for all of us to seek beneficial knowledge.

    Barak Allahu feek.

  2. as salam ‘alaykum,

    The classes after Fajr with Shaykh Fawzaan ended yesterday, masha’Allaah. However, on Tuesday the Shaykh came to Masjid Shu’aybee pretty close to where I live and gave a nice lecture entitled: The Rights of Allaah upon His Slaves, there was also a q & a afterwards. The summer break will be over soon and everyone will be getting back to their regular classes, insha’Allaah I’ll try to put up all the classes in Jeddah that I know about and their locations in case people visiting or new to Jeddah want to attend.

    More later,

    Aboo Muaadh

  3. salaamun ‘alaykum

    Jazakallaahu khairan brother for sharing this with us. Listening to their lectures via other mediums does not compare with being with them physically. I truly enjoy hearing about simple things such as their dress, manners, and dealing with people. I hope you can share more observations with us in the future inshaAllaah.

    Brother I heard that Shaykh Muhammad al-Malikee will be visiting Canada. Do you know when and how long he will be staying, and if he is coming to Toronto, which masjids will he be attending? barakallaahu feek

    zahra mukhtar

  4. Wa ‘alaykum salaam wa rahmatullaah,

    I will share more as they visit Jeddah, insha’Allaah. Shaykh Muhammad is awaiting a visa from what he has told me, I will update you as the information becomes available, and he does plan to visit Toronto insha’Allaah. Wa feeki barakAllaah.

    Aboo Muaadh

  5. as salam ‘alaykum,

    Shaykh Muhammad’s visa was rejected by Canada and I am not surprised with the new “conservative” government in power. I expect more will be given a hard time now that the Blair wannabe Stephen Harper is in charge. So the Shaykh will not be able to attend.

    Aboo Mu’aadh

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