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Old 12Dec2007, 02:15 PM   #1
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Script Getting to know the Scholars: Shaykh Falaah bin Ismaa'eel

Translated by: Akram bin Muhammad Abdul-Qaadir as-Seelaanee an-Najdee

His Name and Kunya: Aboo Muhammad Falaah bin Ismaa’eel bin Ahmad Mandakaar

His Birth: The noble Shaykh was born in the year 1950

His seeking of Knowledge:
The Shaykh began seeking knowledge – after studying in the English language- and his age was 16 years of age, so he traveled to the people of knowledge to take from them. And he started his university level studies in the Islaamic University of Madeenah al-Munawwarah and that was in the year 1976. And he accompanied the scholars during his university studies and he prepared his thesis for the Masters and the Doctorates and he studied with them the ‘Aqeedah and Hadeeth and Science of Hadeeth and Fiqh and it’s Usool and the Principles of Fiqh and Grammar and Morphology and Balaaghah and Tajweed.

His Qualifications in Knowledge:
The Shaykh – May Allaah Preserve him - earned a number of Diplomas and they are:

Bachelors degree, and the Shaykh – May Allaah Preserve him - earned a level of Excellent.

Masters Degree, and the Shaykh – May Allaah Preserve him – earned a level of Excellent and his thesis was an examination of three of the volumes of Shu’ab al-Eemaan of al-Haafidh al-Bayhaqee – May Allaah have Mercy on him-

Doctorates Degree, and the Shaykh – May Allaah Preserve him – earned a level of excellent along with an honorarium. His thesis was titled, “Al-‘Allaaqah bayn at-Tassawwuf wat Tashayyu’” (“The relation between Soofism and Shee’ism”)

His Scholars:
The Shaykh – May Allaah Preserve him – studied with a number of the major scholars and from them are:

•His Eminence, the Shaykh, the ‘Allaamah, ‘Abdul-‘Azeez bin ‘Abdullaah bin Baaz – May Allaah have Mercy upon him – and he attended many of the sittings of knowledge and read to him “al-Usool ath-Thalaatha” and “Kitaab at-Tawheed”.

•The Noble Shaykh, the scholar of Hadeeth, Muhammad Naasir ad-Deen al-Albaanee in the house of Shaykh Falaah two times: once in Madeenah and once in Kuwait.

•The Noble Shaykh, The Faqeeh, The Usoolee, The Muffassir, Muhammad bin Saaleh al-‘Uthaymeen – May Allaah have Mercy upon him – and he attended many of his sittings of knowledge and he studied with him some chapters from Fiqh.

•The Noble Shaykh, Doctor Saalih bin Fawzaan al-Fawzaan – May Allaah Preserve him – and he attended many of his sittings of knowledge.

•The Noble Shaykh, the scholar of Hadeeth, ‘Abdul-Qaadir bin Habeebullaah as-Sindee – May Allaah have Mercy upon him – and he was from the Major scholars in Madeenah an-Nabawiyyah. And he read to him “Nukhbatul Fikr” of al-Haafidh ibn Hajar al-‘Asqalaanee – May Allaah have Mercy upon him –

•The Noble Shaykh, the scholar of Hadeeth in al-Hijaaz, Doctor Hammaad bin Muhammad al-Ansaaree – May Allaah have Mercy upon him – and he – May Allaah Preserve him - took a lot from the Shaykh, and he accompanied him a lot and very much benefited from him, and read to him “Saheeh al-Bukhaaree”, and “al-Ibaanah” of Ibn Battah, and “an-Nubuwwaat” of Shaykh al-Islaam ibn Taymiyyah, and “Kitaab at-Tawheed” of ibn Khuzaymah, and “Kitaab at-Tawheed” of Shaykh al-Islaam Muhammad bin ‘Abdul-Wahhaab, and “Buloogh al-Maraam” of al-Haafidh ibn Hajar al-‘Asqalaanee, just as he read to him from the Tafseer of the Qur’aan.

•The Noble Shaykh, Doctor Muhammad Amaan bin ‘Alee al-Jaamee – May Allaah have Mercy upon him – and he took a lot of knowledge from the Shaykh, and benefited from him a great benefit, and read to him “al-Qawaa’id al-Muthlaa” of al-‘Allaamah al-‘Uthaymeen – May Allaah have Mercy upon him – and “Kitaab at-Tawheed” of Shaykh al-Islaam Muhammad bin ‘Abdul-Wahhaab and “Aqeedatul Waasitiyyah” of Shaykh al-Islaam ibn Taymiyyah and “Sharh ’Aqeedatut Tahaawiyyah” of ibn Abil ‘Izz al-Hanafee – May Allaah have Mercy upon them all -. And he studied with him as well the nature of Tawheed in the ‘Aqeedah of the Ash’arees then Shaykh Muhammad gave to Shaykh Falaah a copy of this book with his notes with his handwriting. And it was published in the year 1306 after the Hijrah. And Shaykh Falaah did not cease to be cautious with this copy and he holds it in high esteem. And he corresponded with the department of ‘Aqeedah in the Islaamic University and Shaykh Muhammad Amaan al-Jaamee – May Allaah have Mercy upon him – was the director for the thesis of the Shaykh in his Masters.

•The Noble Shaykh, Doctor ‘Abdul-Kareem bin Muraad al-Atharee – May Allaah Preserve him – and he studied with him “al-Fataawa al-Hamawiyyah” and “ar-Risaalah at-Tadmooriyyah” and “Sharh ‘Aqeedah at-Tahaawiyyah” of ibn Abil ‘Izz al-Hanafee. And Shaykh ‘Abdul-Kareem Muraad – May Allaah have Mercy upon him – was from one of the debaters for the Shaykh – May Allaah Preserve him - in his Masters thesis.

•The Noble Shaykh, Doctor ‘Abdul-Muhsin bin Hammad al-‘Abbaad – May Allaah Preserve him – and he was the director for the Islaamic University. And he read to him “Kitaab ash-Sharee’ah” of al-Aajurree and “Shifaa’ al-‘Aleel” of Ibnul Qayyim. And Shaykh ‘Abdul-Muhsin al-‘Abbaad – May Allaah Preserve him – was from one of the debaters for the Shaykh – May Allaah Preserve him – in his Masters thesis.

•The Noble Shaykh, the scholar of Hadeeth, al-Ustaadh Doctor Rabee’ bin Haadee al-Madkhalee, and he earned a high seat in the University in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (Chair of the teachers). And he read to him “Saheeh Muslim” and “Tadreeb ar-Raawee” of al-Haafidh an-Nawawee – May Allaah have Mercy upon him – and “al-‘Uboodiyyah” of Shaykh al-Islaam ibn Taymiyyah.

•The Noble Shaykh, Doctor ‘Alee bin Naasir al-Faqeehee – May Allaah Preserve him – and he read to him “Kitaab at-Tawheed” and “Kitaabul Eemaan” all of them from al-Haafidh ibn Mundih – May Allaah have Mercy upon him – just as he studied with him valuable classes on al-Millal wan-Nihal.

•The Noble Shaykh al-Fardhee, ‘Abdus Samad bin Muhammad al-Kitaab – May Allaah have Mercy upon him – and he read to him “Kitaab at-Tawheed” from “Saheeh al-Bukhaaree” just as he read to him ‘Ilm al-Faraa’id Imlaa

•The Noble Shaykh ‘Ubayd bin ‘Abdillaah al-Jaabiree – May Allaah Preserve him – and he is from the Major scholars of Madeenah an-Nabawiyyah. He read to him “Kitaab at-Tawheed” of Shaykh Muhammad bin ‘Abdul-Wahhaab – May Allaah have Mercy upon him – and “Al-Qawaa’id al-Muthlaa” and “Al-Qawaa’id al-Fiqhiyyah”.

•The Noble Shaykh, Doctor ‘Abdullaah bin Muhammad al-Ghunaymaan – May Allaah Preserve him – and he read to him “Fath-ul-Majeed” and “Kitaabul Eemaan” of Shaykh al-Islaam ibn Taymiyyah, and Shaykh ‘Abdullaah al-Ghunaymaan – May Allaah Preserve him – was the director of the Shaykh’s thesis in his Doctorates.

•The Noble Shaykh, the Muffassir, Muhammad bin al-Mukhtaar ash-Shanqeetee – May Allaah have Mercy upon him – and he took from him the knowledge of Tafseer in the Islaamic University and in the Haram al-Madanee ash-Shareef, and he read to him “Sunan an-Nasaa’ee” as well.

•The Noble Shaykh, Doctor ‘Alee bin ‘Abdur-Rahmaan al-Hudhayfee – May Allaah Preserve him – and he read to him “Kitaab at-Tawheed” from “Saheeh al-Bukhaaree”.

•The Noble Shaykh, the Muffassir, the Usoolee, the Grammarian, Ahmad bin Taaweet at-Tanjee – May Allaah have Mercy upon him – and he is from the scholars of al-Maghrib (Morrocco). And he used to be – May Allaah have Mercy upon him – was a Judge, a Judge of Tanjah during the time of the French Colonialization of Morrocco. And he took from the Shaykh the knowledge of Tafseer in the Islaamic University and he read to him in Usool al-Fiqh and “Rawdatun Naadhir” of Ibn Qudaamah in the Haram al-Madanee. And he read to him from the knowledge of the language, “Sharh Alfiyyah ibn Maalik” of ibn ‘Aqeel.

•The Noble Shaykh, ‘Alee bin Sinaan – May Allaah have Mercy upon him – and he was from the scholars of Madeenah an-Nabawiyyah, and he read to him “Qatarun Nadaa”.

•The Noble Shaykh of the Language, Ahmad bin Ma’loom ash-Shanqeetee – May Allaah have Mercy upon him – and he was from one of the scholars of the language in Madeenah an-Nabawiyyah and he has an explanation of Alfiyyah ibn Maalik, which he compose in three compositions. And he read to him “al-Muqaddimah al-Aajurroomiyyah” and “Sharh Alfiyyah ibn Maalik” of Ibn ‘Aqeel – May Allaah have Mercy upon him –

•The Noble Shaykh, the Usoolee, Doctor Zaynul ‘Aabideen – May Allaah have Mercy upon him -. And he read to him “Rawdatun Naadhir” of Ibn Qudaamah.

•The Noble Shaykh, the Faqeeh ‘Abdullaah bin Haamid al-Hammaad – May Allaah have Mercy upon him – and he read to him “Subal as-Salaam”

•The Noble Shaykh, the Faqeeh, Muhammad bin Hamood al-Waa’ilee – May Allaah Preserve him – and he read to him “Bidaayatul Mujtahid” of Ibn Rushd.

•The Noble Shaykh, ‘Abdur-Ra’oof al-Libdee – May Allaah have Mercy upon him – and he was from the scholars of the language in Madeenah an-Nabawiyyah and he read to him “Sharh Alfiyyah ibn Maalik” of Ibn ‘Aqeel.

•The Noble Shaykh, Mahmood as-Samaahee – May Allaah have Mercy upon him – and he was from the scholars of Fiqh in Madeenah an-Nabawiyyah, and he read to him “Bidaayah al-Mujtahid”

•The Noble Shaykh ‘Umar bin Muhammad Falaatah – May Allaah have Mercy upon him – and he read to him “Sunan Abee Daawood”.

•The Noble Shaykh, the Muffassir, Aboo Bakr al-Jazaa’iree – May Allaah Preserve him – and he took from him the knowledge of Tafseer and he used to attend his classes in the Haram al-Madanee.

•The Noble Shaykh Ahmad al-Azraq – May Allaah have Mercy upon him – and he read to him “Subal as-Salaam” the explanation of Buloogh al-Maraam.

•The Noble Shaykh ‘Alee bin Musharraf al-‘Umree – May Allaah Preserve him – and Imaam al-Albaanee – May Allaah Preserve him – nicknamed him “al-Albaanee as-Sagheer” (the smaller al-Albaanee), ad he read to him “Sunan at-Tirmidhee”.

•The Noble Shaykh, the Recitor, Muhammad bin Ramadhaan al-Muqree – May Allaah have Mercy upon him – and he took from him the knowledge of Tajweed.
And from what we mentioned from the Scholars of the Noble shaykh Falaah, they are some of those whom the Shaykh had studied with and taken knowledge from.
Description of his Manners

The Shaykh – May Allaah Preserve him – is distinguished by good character, and manners in his actions, and desire to benefit and seek benefit, and humble with his students and brothers, and endeavors to judge justly in their affairs, and his concern for the Book and the Sunnah and the ‘Aqeedah of Ahlus Sunnah wal-Jamaa’ah, and he is honored with the people of knowledge and his students in a high position, and esteem, and respect. From the most distinguishing signs of the Shaykh in his Manners is a constant smile which never leaves his face when he speaks to others and answers their questions.

And the Shaykh – and All Praise is Due to Allaah – it is witnessed with the one who is far and near in a high position and good character and a lot of manners, and for that he is similar to a father for all the Salafees in Kuwait.

His efforts in Knowledge and Da’wah:
The Shaykh has many efforts in spreading knowledge, he joins in many of the Knowledge Seminars, and is active in spreading Da’wah that is found in Kuwait and which benefits the Students of Knowledge.

And the Shaykh – May Allaah Preserve him - is distinguished with his knowledge-based activity, and he gives classes on the various books of Ahlus Sunnah wal-Jamaa’ah, and from the books and texts that the Noble Shaykh – May Allaah Preserve him- teaches and he does not cease to teach some of them:

•al-Usool ath-Thalaatha
•Kashf ash-Shubuhaat
•Al-Usool as-Sittah
•Fath-ul-Majeed
•Sharh ‘Aqeedatul Waasitiyyah of Shaykh Saalih al-Fawzaan
•Al-Fataawa al-Hamawiyyah
•Sharh ‘Aqeedatut Tahaawiyyah of Ibn Abil ‘Izz
•Sharh as-Sunnah of al-Barbahaaree
•Ash-Sharee’ah of al-Aajurree
•Al-Uddah Sharh al-‘Umdah
•Al-Arba’een an-Nawawee

And the Shaykh – May Allaah Preserve him – does not cease to teach the students of knowledge in Kuwait and outside of it, just as he does not cease to teach ‘Aqeedah in the Islaamic University of Kuwait. And the Shaykh – May Allaah Preserve him – takes part in the Methodology of ‘Aqeedah in spreading Islaamic education in the Ministry of Education in the country of Kuwait.

His Methodology of Teaching:
The Shaykh – May Allaah Preserve him- is distinguished in his unique style in teaching. And from the most important of what distinguishes the Shaykh in his teaching:

•Examination of knowledge-based Issues in the chapter of Beliefs by mentioning the statements of the Salaf and the Muhaqqiqeen in these issues.

•A way of explaining matters of beliefs by using general principles of the Manhaj of the Salaf – May Allaah have Mercy upon them –

•Mentioning the statements of the differing sects to Ahlus Sunnah wal-Jamaa’ah in matters of Belief, and refuting them from the Book and the Sunnah and the language of the ‘Arab and the statements of the Salaf.

•Much of what the Shaykh – May Allaah Preserve him – relates from his scholars from what he learned from them, so he mentions their statements and in the matters which they have explained.

•Verify the text of the book being explained.

•Mentioning the statements of the Fuqahaa, Muhadditheen, and Muhaqiqeen from the people of knowledge and their Madhhab in explaining the matters of Fiqh, and using the Daleel of their Madhhab from the Book and the Sunnah and the rest of the proofs of the rulings, then comparing and giving preference of the statements of the Fuqahaa.

His authorship:
1 – al-‘Allaaqah bayn at-Tassawwuf wat-Tashyee’ (Doctorate Thesis)
2 – Tahqeeq Thalaath min Shu’ab al-Eemaan (Masters Thesis)
3 – Naz’at at-Takfeer, Khutooratihaa wa ‘Alaajihaa
4 – Ar-Ruqya ash-Sharee’ah bayn at-Tanzeel wat Tatbeeq
5 – al-I’tiqaad al-Waajib Nahw as-Sahaabah
6 – al-I’tiqaad al-Waajib Nahw al-Qadr
7 – al-Ashaa’irah Laysoo min Ahlus-Sunnah wal-Jamaa’ah (It is an comment on four statements worth being spread in Kuwait)
8 – al-‘Aqeedah Awalan (A published in the Magazine “ash-Sharee’ah”)
9 – al-Akhlaaq al-Islaamiyyah (Notes from the University)
10 – al-Milal wan Nihal (Notes from the University)
11 – ‘Aqeedah (2) (Notes from the University)

We ask Allaah to preserve our Shaykh, and benefit others through his knowledge, and bless him in his efforts, and reward him in his Islaam and the Muslims with good.

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