of the Shaykh
Sayyid Shaykh Muhammad al-Yaqoubi al-Hasani
(Hassani and Hussaini sayyid)
Tariqa, From Sheikh Abul Hassan Al Shadhili to Sayyidina Ali Radiyallahu Anhu
From an early age, Sayyid Ibrahim al-Yaqoubi supervised Shaykh Muhammad's upbringing and
tutelage. He accompanied his father until his demise in 1406 AH. Shaykh Ibrahim meticulously ensured that every aspect of
his son's life was developed with the most detailed care under the guidance of the sharia.
Born in Damascus
on the 13th of Dhul Hijja, 1382 AH (1963 CE), Shaykh Sayyid Muhammad Abul Huda al-Yaqoubi is from a noble family of scholars
that descend from the Prophet Muhammad (may Allah's peace and blessings be upon him). From this household have emerged
numerous renowned men of Allah who have taught the sacred sciences for many centuries. Shaykh Muhammad's father, the light
of Damascus and master of the Islamic disciplines, Sayyid Ibrahim al-Yaqoubi, was one of the greatest scholars of The Levant
in recent times. Shaykh Muhammad's grandfather was a great scholar and
Gnostic, Sayyid Ismail al-Yaqoubi; his father's maternal uncle was Shaykh Arabi al-Yaqoubi and his paternal uncle was
the famous Gnostic, Shaykh Sharif al-Yaqoubi. Amongst his blessed ancestors, three have held the Maliki Imamate at the Grand
Umayyad Mosque in Damascus - may Allah envelope them all in His mercy. Shaykh Muhammad traces his lineage back to the Prophet Muhammad salla lahu alayhi wa'ale
hi wasallam (may Allah's peace and blessings be upon him) through the great Mawlay Idris al-Anwar who built the city of
Fes, a descendant of Sayyiduna al-Hasan the Second, who is the son of Sayyiduna al-Hasan (may Allah be pleased with him),
the grandson of the Prophet (may Allah's peace and blessings be upon him) and son of Sayyiduna Ali ibn Abi Talib (may
Allah ennoble his countenance).
For over twenty years, Shaykh Muhammad studied over 500 works with his father,
in the sciences of Qur'an, Hadith (Prophetic traditions), Fiqh (Jurisprudence), Mantiq (Logic) and many more. His father
gave him full authority to narrate Hadith, to teach and to issue fatawa (legal rulings). He also received many other ijazat
(licenses to teach) from the most prominent scholars of Syria such as: the Hanaﬁ Mufti of Syria, Shaykh Muhammad Abul
Yusr Abidin; the Maliki Mufti of Syria, Sayyid Makki al-Kittani; Shaykh Ali al-Boudaylimi of Tlemcen; Shaykh Salih al-Khatib;
and Shaykh Abdul Aziz Uyun al-Sud.
Some of the books Shaykh Muhammad studied under his father are as follows: most of the six books of Hadith, al-Muwatta
of Yahya al-Laythi, most of al-Muwatta of Imam Muhammad with Sharh al-Laknawi, most of al-Muwafaqat of al-Shatibi, the ﬁrst
volume and other sections (of the ﬁve volumes) of al-Hashiya of Ibn Abidin, Ihya Ulum al-Din, al-Hidaya of al-Marghinani,
Mughni al-Labib of Ibn Hisham, parts of Kitab Sibawayhi, Miyar al-Ilm of al-Ghazali, several volumes of Sharh Sahih Muslim
of al-Nawawi, several volumes of Irshad al-Sari of al-Qastallani, half of Madarik al-Tawil of al-Nasaﬁ, Hashiyat al-Sawi
on Tafsir al-Jalalayn, three volumes of Mu'jam Maqayis al-Lugha of Ibn Faris, al-Bayan w'al-Tabyin of al-Jahiz, several
volumes of Wafayat al-Ayan of Ibn Khallikan, and Tabaqat al-Shaﬁ'iyya al-Kubra of Ibn al-Subki, and Maqamat al-Hariri.
In fact, Shaykh Muhammad wrote a thabat (detailed list) of the names of the books he studied under his father entitled, "The
Concealed Pearls". This book is a testament to his father's labour of love and the expenditure of his energy in passing
on his knowledge and experience to his children, a rarity in our times. In the summer of 1973 at the age of 11, Shaykh Muhammad started teaching a regular Qur'an
and Tajwid class composed of a group of boys at the Darwishiyya Mosque in Damascus. He began giving public speeches in Ramadan
after Asr prayer in the same mosque at the age of 12. At the age of 14, he made his debut as Friday speaker in the mosque
known as al-Saadaat, where Sayyiduna Mu'adh ibn Jabal is buried. At the age of 17, he was appointed Friday Imam and speaker
and as a teacher of the Sacred Knowledge at the age of 20. Since then, he has been teaching the Islamic sciences to students
of all levels from all parts of the world. Shaykh Muhammad memorized Jawharat al-Tawhid when he was 5 years old, al-Arba'in
al-Nawawiyya when he was 6, and later on, dozens of famous didactic odes and poems along with most of al-Qur'an al-Karim.
He also memorized considerable parts of al-Mufaddaliyyaat and al-Hamasah of Abi Tammam. The ﬁrst poem he wrote was
at the age of 13, and it was a plea to the Prophet. His collection of poetry is growing, and a few poems in English have been
added to it. Throughout the years of his study, Shaykh Muhammad went through extensive spiritual training in the path of Tasawwuf
under his father, who was a great saint and spiritual guide known for his righteousness and asceticism. Shaykh Muhammad studied
the major works of Tasawwuf under him. As well as accompanying him, he was his servant, his student and the bearer of his
shoes, which he considers the key to the opening he received. The company of his father exposed him to a wealth of light,
wisdom and knowledge, an experience that was far beyond what one may attain from books or from occasional meetings with teachers.
He is an authority in the science
of Hadith; his asanid (chains of transmission) are of the highest amongst scholars of our time. Students and scholars visit
him in Syria or when he travels, to hear the masalsalat and take ijaza in narration of Hadith. In his efforts to revive the
tradition of Hadith recitals, he has taught al-Muwatta of Imam Malik, Sahih al-Bukhari, Sahih al-Muslim, Sunan Abi Dawud,
Jami' al-Tirmidhi and he intends to ﬁnish all the main six books of Hadith in the coming terms insha'Allah.
He has travelled extensively and participated in conferences, delivered lectures and taught intensive programmes.
Additionally, he has delivered Friday speeches in Lebanon, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Algeria, Pakistan, Denmark,
Finland, Sweden, Norway, Switzerland, Germany, France, Spain, Canada, the United States, Indonesia, Singapore, South Africa,
Morocco and the UK. Over a thousand people have embraced Islam at his hands and many have repented after listening to him.
He is a scion of the prophetic household, a torch bearer in this time and a charismatic public speaker in both Arabic and
English. Sayyid Muhammad al-Yaqoubi's
incredible training at the hands of several luminaries of this ummah, most notably his father, have propelled him to rank
among the leading scholars of Islam in the world today. He currently resides in Damascus and is a public teacher at some of
the most prestigious institutions there. He teaches Aqida (theology) at the Grand Umayyad Mosque; he holds the position of
Jumu'a Khatib (Friday speaker) at the Jami' al-Hasan Mosque; at the Mosque of Shaykh Muhyiddin Ibn Arabi, he teaches
from al-Risalah of Imam al-Qushayri and al-Shama'il al-Muhammadiyyah of Imam al-Tirmidhi.
May Allah preserve
him for the beneﬁt of the ummah. Amin.
Amongst his students from outside Syria are
father, Shaykh Ibrahim al-Ya'qoubi (d. 1985/1406 AH)
- Shaykh Sayyid Makki al-Kattani, the Maliki
Mufti of Syria
- Shaykh Muhammad Abu al-Yusr 'Abidin, the previous Mufti of Syria
Ali al-Boudaylimi of Tlemcen, the great Murshid
- Shaykh Zayn al-'Abideen at-Tounisi
'Abdul'Aziz 'Uyun as-Soud
- Shaykh Muhammad Wafa al-Qassaaband
Abd al-Rahman al-Shaghouri
- Shaykh Hamza Yusuf, USA
- Shaykh Muhammad Akram Nadwi, UK
Shoayb Ahmad, South Africa
- Shaykh Faisal Abdur-Razak, Canada
- Shaykh Gibril Haddad, Brunei
Munawwar Ateeq al-Ridawi, UK
- Shaykh Asrar Rashid al-Qadiri al-Attari, UK
- Shaykh Muhammad Yaseen,
- Shaykh Ahmad Maeno, Japan
- 1980-1990 Shaykh Muhammad worked as khatib
in al-Tawusiyah mosque in Damascus
- 1983-1990 He worked as instructor at the fatwa adminstration,
- 1990 He worked as Research Editor at Dar al-Athar al-Islamiyyah,
- 1992-1996 Researcher, and teacher of Arabic Classical literature at Gothenburg University
- 1998-1999 Assistant Director for Research and Studies, Dar al-Athar al-Islamiyyah, Kuwait
- 2000-2001 Instructor at Zaytuna Institute, California, where he taught Sahih al-Bukhari,
al-Muwatta of Imam Malik, al-Tahawiyyah on Islamic creed, al-Hikam of Imam Ibn 'Ata' llah, amongst two dozens of books
- 2008- An instructor in the Grand Umayyad Mosque and Shaykh Muyiddin Ibn 'Arabi's
mosque, where he teaches the various disciplines of the Shari'ah, as he has been doing for 35 years. Amongst other texts,
he has taught Sahih al-Bukhari four times, Sahih Muslim twice, and al-Muwatta' of Imam Malik six times.