The following book by Shaykh Shoayb Ahmed is an excellent example of the scholarship that the Ummah experienced in the 20th Century. It is a biographical dictionary that includes in it short biographies of more than 140 scholars from the 20th century including luminaries such as Badr Al-Deen Al-Hasani, Muhammad Zahid Al-Kawthari, Hussain Ahmad Madani, Ahmad Ibn Muhammad Al-Ghumari, Ibrahim Al-Ya’qubi, Abdul Fattah Abu Ghuddah, Abu Al-Hasan Ali Al-Nadwi, and many more.
This book is one of a kind and is a must for the seekers of knowledge seeking to learn about the lives of contemporary scholars from the last century. May Allah bless Shaykh Shoayb for his efforts.
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Muslim Scholars of the 20th Century
Shaykh Shoayb Ahmed
Published by Dar al-Ahnaf, South Africa, 2006, P. 411
The notion that this Ummah’s period of glory is long gone and that Muslims are in a slumber with regard to its scholarship is false. Instead we find in every century scholars who understood the Deen and tried in different ways to carry the responsibility of returning to the Ummah, its language, culture and scholarship. They are the true manifestation of the words of the Prophet, when he said in a Hadith reported by Abu Hurairah and recorded in Sunan Abi Dawud, “Indeed Allah sends to this Ummah at the head of every hundred years he who will revive and renew for it, its Deen.” The Ulama are these very people. They are the hheirs of the Prophets because they have inherited ilm and, with it, the responsibility of preserving and conveying it. It is reported from Imam Abu Hanifa who said that reporting and speaking about the Ulama and their good qualities and achievements was dearer to him than the study of Fiqh. “This”, he said, “is supported by verse 90 in Sura al-An’aam which states that, ‘They are those whom Allah has guided. So follow their guidance’.” Sufyaan ibn Uyainah said, “When the pious are mentioned, mercy descends.” Sitting with the pious, listening to them and about them and reading their lives is amongst the important acts of virtue according to the pious and wise. I thus sought the help of Allah to write on the lives of some of the Ulama in the last hundred years (1900-2000), thus preserving theor memories, particularly since since some of them who have passed away very recently have already been forgotten. By learning about the lives of these pious savants we will be able to acquire a pure and sound Aqeedah, good refined character, a love for good deeds and a thirst for ilm.
Shaykh Shoayb Ahmed
Shaykh Shoayb Ahmed is a teacher of Arabic and Islamic Studies who was born in Potchefstroom, South Africa. After his schooling, he began his quest for Islamic knowledge at Dar Al-Ulum Azaadville. After a year and a half he proceeded to complete a two year Arabic Course at the King Saud University in Riyadh. Thereafter he completed a four year BA Honours Degree at the Faculty of Shariah from the Islamic University in Medina. MA in Islamic Studies from UNISA.
Apart from his formal training, he has traveled to Turkey, Egypt, Kenya, and Syria. During these travels he has met many illustrious scholars and has received Ijazah (authorization) from some. He has Ijazah from Mawlana Fadlur Rahman Azami, Shaykh Muhammad Nimr Al-Khateeb, Shaykh Mustafa Murad Al-Hamawi Al-Madani, Shaykh Muhammad Ameen Siraj (a student of the late Shaykh Muhammad Zahid Al-Kawthari), Shaykh Muhammad ibn Abdullah Al-Rashjeed (a student of the late Shaykh Abdul Fattaah Abu Ghuddah) and Shaykh Muhammad Alawi Al-Maliki.