The Death of Shaykh Murabit al-Hajj
Many know him as one of the few people of our time considered to be an Awliya - someone so close to Allah (SWT) that He blesses them with exceptional gifts. Many more know him as the teacher of the world renowned scholar, Shaykh Hamza Yusuf. And with his passing, many have come to know him as the man who worshipped for a century. After 105 years, one of the greatest Islamic scholars of our time, Shaykh Murabit al-Hajj, has been called back to his creator. Having spent nearly his entire life in Mauritania, Shaykh Murabit lived a very simple life as a bedouin, spending most nights under a house made of twigs with little clothing on his back. Despite this, he devoted his time to learning and passing on his knowledge, giving rise to some of the world’s most prominent scholars today, including Shaykh Hamza Yusuf and Shaykh Rami Nsour. As mentioned, Shaykh Murabit was considered an Awliya by many scholars because of many of his exceptional gifts. For example, when an ill student of his once passed away in a hospital far from Shaykh Murabit, he felt the student’s death despite not being there to witness it. This gift among others distinguished Shaykh Murabit not only as master of Islamic scholarship but also a “master of his own soul,” in the words of Shaykh Hamza Yusuf. Shaykh Murabit once advised Shaykh Hamza Yusuf that “this world is an ocean, and those who drown in it are untold numbers. Don’t drown.” Such words of wisdom are only reflections of such a pure, beautiful heart, mashAllah. Let them be words that we understand, cherish, and implement. A role model for us all, he was a blessing to this Ummah and to this world.
May Allah grant him the highest levels of Jannah.