Wednesday, 22 May 2013
Ustadz ThaHa as-Suhaimi (q.s.)
بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
The following as written by Abdul Khafid bin Mastan. Ustadz ThaHa as-Suhaimi (q.s.) was a direct descendant of the beloved Prophet (s.a.w.), through the Ba Shayban family, a branch of the illustrious Bani ‘Alawi of Hadhramawt.
His lineage is as follows: Muhammad ThaHa (q.s.), son of Muhammad Fadhlullah (q.s.), son of Muhammad (q.s.), son of ‘Abdullah (q.s.), son of ‘Umar (q.s.), son of ‘Abd ar-Rahim (q.s.), son of ‘Abd al-Karim, son of Muhyi ad-Din, son of Nur ad-Din, son of ‘Abd ar-Razzaq al-Madani (q.s.), son of Hasan (q.s.), son of ‘Ali (q.s.), son of Ahmad (q.s.), son of Abu Bakr Ba Shayban (q.s.), son of Muhammad Asadullah (q.s.) son of Hasan at-Turabi (q.s.), son of ‘Ali (q.s.), son of Muhammad al-Faqih al-Muqaddam (q.s.), son of ‘Ali (q.s.), son of Muhammad Swahib al-Mirbat (q.s.), son of ‘Ali Khali’ (q.s.), son of ‘Alawi ats-Tsani (q.s.), son of Muhammad (q.s.), son of ‘Alawi al-Awwal (q.s.), son of ‘Ubaydullah (q.s.), son of Ahmad al-Muhajir (q.s.), son of ‘Isa ar-Rumi (q.s.), son of Muhammad an-Naqib (q.s.), son of ‘Ali al-‘Uraydhi (q.s.), son of Ja’far asw-Swadiq (q.s.), son of Muhammad al-Baqir (q.s.), son of ‘Ali Zayn al-’Abidin (q.s.), son of Husayn (r.a.), son of Fathimah (r.a.), daughter of Rasulullah (s.a.w.).
He was born on a Thursday, the 27th of July, in the year 1916 CE, 26th Ramadhan 1334 AH. He received his early education at the Raffles Institution in Singapore, and later from the Kulliyah Al-Attas in Johor, Malaysia, which his father, Shaykh Muhammad Fadhlullah as-Suhaimi (q.s.), an ‘alim well-versed in the shari’ah, helped establish and acted as its dean, mudir.
After graduation, Ustadz ThaHa proceeded to al-Azhar University in Cairo, Egypt to further his studies. When he was in Egypt, he visited the tomb of Shaykh Ahmad al-Badawi (q.s.),in Tanta. There, he received a clear instruction to sincerely seek knowledge and not certification. Due to that experience, he studied in Egypt for a period of approximately eight years, inside and outside of al-Azhar, before returning back to Singapore, filled with the knowledge of various exoteric religious sciences and without any certification whatsoever.
Back home, Ustadz ThaHa as-Suhaimi (q.s.) soon discovered that his grandfather, Shaykh Muhammad ibn ‘Abdullah as-Suhaimi, a great wali, founded a thariqa’ in which the recitation of al-Awrad al-Muhammadiyah is practiced. He then proceeded to Klang, Malaysia, where his uncle, Shaykh Muhammad Khayrullah as-Suhaimi (q.s.), a great Sufi, who was entrusted to guide the disciples of this thariqa’, lived.
He received intense spiritual training from his uncle in Klang where he entered seclusion, 'uzlah, for a period of approximately six months. After attaining a station in which he was granted the permission to guide people on and towards this thariqa’, he returned to Singapore and was appointed as a lecturer at the Ngee Ann College and the first president of the local Shari’ah Court.
During the 1960’s, it was well-known amongst the Muslim community in Singapore that the Thariqa’ al-Muhammadiyyah as-Suhaimiyyah had a form of martial art known as the Pencak Silat Sunda affiliated to it. During the racial riots in Singapore, Ustadz ThaHa (q.s.) faced a sudden increase in the numbers of disciples who sought protection from the upsurge of violence which left a black mark in Singapore’s history. The protection which was granted by Allah (s.w.t.) through the means of this martial art was so effective that the number of disciples reached tens of thousands.
Now, the Singapore Government required the registration of a license for any association which includes martial arts as its practice. Due to this, Ustadz ThaHa established the Singapore Islamic and Pencak Silat Association known as PERIPENSIS, which had its location near the Madrasah al-Ma’arif in Ipoh Lane. This madrasah was also established by Ustadz ThaHa’s (q.s.) late father and he left his eldest son, Ustadz ThaHa (q.s.) himself, in charge of when he departed from this world.
In Singapore, Ustadz ThaHa (q.s.) was famous for being a very active debater when it comes to shedding light on taswawwuf and the flaws of Christianity. He even authored a few books in English concerning Christianity which, I dare say, equals the work of the late Shaykh Ahmed Deedat (q.s.). Due to his magnificent understanding of the various religious sciences, courage, wisdom and powerful command of both the English and the Arabic Language, he was always Granted success by Allah (s.w.t.) when he defended the validity of issues such as tawaswswul and tabarruk. Other Sufi Orders in Singapore even approached him to defend their beliefs whenever they were bombarded with accusations of heresy among certain scholars of the local Muslim community.
Ustadz ThaHa (q.s.) will always be remembered as the main propagator of the Thariqa’ al-Muhammadiyyah as-Suhaimiyyah. He will always be remembered as an extremely patient man who believes that it is impossible for Muslims to lie. I have observed him thoroughly each time I met him and found that all his speech and actions were in accordance with the sunnah of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.). He lived a life of simplicity and austerity even though he was actually wealthy. He distributed his wealth to Madrasah al-Ma’arif, PERIPENSIS and to those he deemed needy. He ate very little everyday and his wardrobe consisted of only two long shirts which he wore when in public. I have personally seen him alone at night, near the confines of the Madrasah dressed in a shirt which was full of patches. During his lessons, he would, almost always, explain certain concepts of religion in terms of science and otherwise. His logic was undeniably concrete and with it, he would enlighten his students who sometimes found it difficult to understand certain concepts and practices of religion.
There was no doubt that his father and himself played a very important role in the building and strengthening of the Muslim community in Singapore. Here are some of the books that he authored. In Malay, there was Hakikat Syirik, “The True Meaning of Heresy”; Haji dan ‘Umrah, “Hajj and 'Umrah”; Ilmu Tauhid, “The Science of Monotheism”; Qadha dan Qadar, “Divine Decree and Ordainment”; Kitab Fiqh, “The Book of Jurisprudence”; Kitab Puasa, “The Book of Fasting”; Bukti-Bukti Kebenaran Al-Qur’an, “Proofs Concerning the Validity of the Qur’an”; Tafsir Yasin, “Exegesis of Surah YaSin; and Manaqib Shaykh Muhammad Bin ‘Abdullah as-Suhaimi, the Biography of Shaykh Muhammad ibn ‘Abdullah as-Suhaimi (q.s.), his grandfather. In English, he wrote, “Has the Bible Been Altered?”, and “Muhammad Foretold in the Earlier Scriptures”.
Ustadz ThaHa as-Suhaimi (q.s.) passed away at the age of 83, on a Tuesday, the 8th of June, in the year 1999 CE, 23rd Swafar 1420 AH. May Allah (s.w.t.) Bless his soul and Grant us benefit from his knowledge, lights and secrets. Amin.