This is the complete biography of Sheikh Muhammad Adeeb AlKallas (may Allah The exalted preserve him).

Translation by arfan shah al-bukhari (straight translations blog)

The Erudite scholar, The Learned Teacher, The Abstainer, The Jurist, the Scholar Muhammad Adeeb Al-Kallas Ibn Ahmed Ibn Al-Hajj, Deeb Ad-Damashiqi in origin and known and worked as Al-Kallas (craft of limekiln).

Childhood and upbringing He was born in Damascus, Syria, in the province of Al-Qamariyya during the year 1921. He was named Muhammad Deeb Al-Kallas. His father Ahmed Al-Kallas was a fighter against the French occupation, he was known as being able to remember the book of Allah (mighty and majestic) at any time. He was famous for this and the scrupulousness of his work. His mother was our lady Dariya Al-Kallas who was known for her generous nature, excellent character, forbearance and etiquette. She passed away whilst Sheikh Muhammad Adeeb AlKallas was a boy; he was taken care of by his sister and his aunt. From a young age he was known his vivaciousness, his intelligence and realising the truth, above all else.

Teachers he received knowledge from His father admitted him into the elementary schools of the scholars, in order to receive beneficial knowledge. These civil schools took fees when accepting students, in their desire to move away from the government schools during the time of French occupation. He studied in Al-Kukummyya school, then to Al-Jawharriyya As-Safarjlniyya School. Where he met the scholar Jalaludeen Muhammad „Id As-Safarjalniyya, he at the time, was the absolute edict authority. Then he moved to the Al-Miniyya Madrasa; one of the teachers in there was Sheikh Kamal Al-Baghali; He also studied with Sheikh Muhammad Khair Al-Jalalad. Then he transferred to a Quranic school and the school of Sheikh Abdullah Al-Munjani; then to Al-Irshad school of learning.

metrics of poetry. . one gathering of invocation of blessings on the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) and the circle of Sheikh Hashim Al-Khateeb who recited the Noble Quran. who he read the second part of the book on Arabic grammar/Al-Kitab by Sibawayih. it was if he gathered and contained all of what he studied in his chest until he became a great mountain of knowledge walking on the Earth. some concise texts of jurisprudence.” As he knew his acumen. sciences.” His younger brother was unable to explain the lessons of his teachers. He won first place in an examination and the prize was the book The Qusharian Epistles/Risala Qusharyri from the Erudite Scholar Muhammad Salih Al-Furfuri. He said to Sheikh Adeeb Al-Kallas. He was keen to attain his satisfaction by working with him during the day and seeking knowledge during the night. he had read the forty prophetic narration collection of An-Nawawi and Principles of Jurisprudence in The light of clarification/Nur Al-Idah. The time of the dawn prayer is a time of worship for the Sheikh. The reason for him returning to receive knowledge from Sheikh Muhammad Salah Al-Furfural was that Sheikh Adeeb Al-Kallas was helping his younger brother solve his dilemmas. he worked with his father in the craft of limekiln. He began to frequent two circles. in the levels of his advanced studies. The Sheikh memorised the Alifyya of Ibn Malik and specific lessons. Quranic exegesis. The book remained with the Sheikh. The Sheikh came to the fore in a major way. you would have reached the highest ranks. he welcomed him and said. in the year nineteen thirty one. jurisprudence. Then his father placed him into the tailoring profession. laws of inheritance. During this time he was not able to follow Sheikh Muhammad As-Salah Al-Farfuri. His brother was shocked by him and said to him. after the sunset prayer. He also read with Sheikh Abdurrazzaq Al-Halabi. he would read it a third time. “I know. As for the day Sheikh Adeeb would work with his father. After this. spirituality and belief and some of the summaries of Imam Al-„Amali. science of prophetic narrations. Then Allah wanted him to devote himself to calling to Allah (the Exalted). logic. he would follow up with the lessons. and a fourth time. where he used to work until the middle of the night. he was an Imam and lecturer in various Masjids of Damascus. prophetic narrations. Then he read about the science of Islamic belief of the various major works with Sheikh Muhammad Salih Al-Furfuri." He said. as it was dear to him. then a time to study the commentary of Ibn Abideen and the evening. that. his intelligence and his ability to memorise.” So when the erudite scholar Muhammad Salih Al-Farfuri saw him again. He taught the knowledge that he had received from his teachers. He began to attend the circles of the teacher Abdul-Halim Faris. “If you studied with me. he studied with him most of the openings of knowledge. he would repeat them in order to memorise them during the day. “If you had gone with me to the masjid then you would find precise answers to your questions. as well as Ibn „Aqeel and Clear eloquence. Despite this he did not cease to assist his father in his work.When he reached the age of ten years old. “Your face is like the illuminated moon.

his humbleness and his abstinence. the Islamic legal edict issuer of Syria. his accuracy in issues of knowledge. heretics and innovators. I do not have anything but the blessings of Allah. Sheikh was travelling in Arabia where he met with leading scholars and prophetic narration experts. in the spiritual path of Naqshabandi. intellect. He also received authorisation from Sheikh Muhammad Sa‟id Al-Burhani in the spiritual path of As-Shadhali. He would ask him about some issues and would be surprised at the responses of Sheikh Adeeb Al-Kallas. this is the reason that he was a bearer of proof and evidence. They exchanged authorisations with each other. Al-Mayniyya school. Sheikh Abu l-Yusr „Abideen described him as resemblance to The Distinguisher Umar Ibn Al-Khattab (may Allah be pleased with him). scholar of Quranic recitations in his time. He said. then the Sheikh did not mention this on his tongue out of humbleness and fear of Allah to become pleased with himself.Then the Sheikh adorned his knowledge by studying by reading with the erudite scholar AtTayyab Muhammad Abu l-Yusr „Abideen. Often. Chisti. jurisprudence and the lofty knowledges. Allah honoured him with an authorisation from Sheikh Ahmed Wahaj AsSaddiqi Al-Pakistani. removing doubtful matters. . He exchanged authorisations with Sheikh Abdurrazzaq Al-Halabi and Sheikh Muhammad Ibn Alawi Al-Makki. Who used to say the following about him. Perhaps the most beloved knowledge to him was jurisprudence and doctrine. He had a vast share in the knowledge of inheritance. with contentment of the magnanimity of big heart. When some of the students of the Sheikh or their children knew this. The scholars he received authorisation from The learned scholar Sheikh Muhammad Salih Al-Furfuri gave him a general authorisation in the legal sciences of law. his eloquent debates. some secondary schools like Dar At-Taqafa and As-Shariq. “I am Kallas. teaching and guiding The Sheikh excelled in debate. Sheikh Ahmed Abdulmajid Ad-Dawmani who was a student Sheikh Muhammad Halim Al-Halawani. He taught in Al-Fath institute since its inception. “If only I knew you earlier. Qadiri. the former head legal edict of Syria. from his nature. Arabic and others. copious humbleness and profuse abstinence. born in Mecca.” He became astonished by his knowledge. to rebuke falsehood and he did not fear in Allah the reprisal. He studied with the erudite scholar Mahmood Faiz Ad-Diyr‟atani some of the sections of the Majestic Quran. refuting the parties of whims. Saharwardi and Qalandari. He also studied the Quran with Sheikh Abu Hassan Al-Khabaz and he was known for his expertise with the book of Allah (Mighty and Majestic). As he is enamoured with doctrine and theology. he used to enjoy. the erudite scholar Ad-Diyr‟atani praised him for his propensity and aptitude. he studied with Sheikh Faozi Al-Munir. As did Sheikh At-Tayyab Abu l-Yusr Abideen.” Concern of knowledge. Similarly.

he would never turn them away. The Sheikh sought focus in teaching and calling to Allah. whoever asked him once believed him. Maliki and the proven chains of Imam Ahmed Ibn Hanbal. He did not beckon to decency or to goodness through explanation except that it was answered. near the grand Ummayyad masjid and similarly in the masjid of our lady Ruqiyyah (may Allah be pleased with her) during the occupation. Shaf‟i. if he knew that the position was with them. The posts to which he was appointed Sheikh held a position of delivering the Friday sermon in the masjid Taht Al-Qanatir located close to the book shop ’Anbir. Whoever read with the Sheikh loved him. there is no shame in stating its importance. “These are my free times. He would say. He taught secondary schools of Dar At-Taqafa. whoever entered his house witnessed his humbleness. in the masjid Al-Qatt. He would remind his students. “They are my teachers as knowledge purifies by consensus and virtue is from Allah. . he taught how to give legal edicts. He was asked about his pupils and students. if there was a student who wanted to read a concise text in the principles of knowledge or jurisprudence. if you find something appropriate then put the time which you need.He was humble to the student of knowledge.” Then he would read in it with them. he gave them all with an authorisation from his teachers by Al-Ma’qula wa Al-Manqul. whoever heard his words knew his justice and whoever looked at him saw his light and awe. Advising them to commit to one of the four school of jurisprudence: Hanafi. The Sheikh authorised those students who has graduated from Al-Fath institute. Students of the Sheikh His students are those who read to him or those present in his lessons. He did not beckon to benevolence without seeking to complete it. he did not refuse to teach. he used to work as a Friday speaker and Imam in Al-Khair in the province of Al-Muhajaroon. They are enumerable and from all the Islamic lands. Those that graduated from the Islamic Al-Fath institute. in many Arab and non Arab countries. not to forget the virtue between them. he held a similar position in the masjid Al-Hammd on the hill of Qaiswan Al-Mutala in Damascus. or those continually in his lessons. Then in the Masjid Tankaz. He used to teach in Al-Fath institute in the department of specialisation in the branch of masculine and feminine. Finally. As-Sharq and Al-Mayaniya school in the chapter of Al-Jabayya. The Sheikh would begin his response to the entire question by hoping to gain reward from it. if the matter was severely constricted he would go to the teachers of the other schools and their reliable positions. those he saw the keenness of seeking knowledge.” He would not issue a legal edict except by the reliable opinion of the school. He also supplicated for them by heart. Likewise.

affectionate and gentle. He preferred the lesson and seeking knowledge over rest and the like. without being misled by position or wealth. he loved. . If the poor asked him. He shows great manners towards his teachers and the possessors of knowledge. He comprehended every word said and responded quickly with the truth. He loved return them to righteousness and hoped that they would become servants of Allah. Whoever borrowed money from the Sheikh. he liked humbleness and disliked arrogance. he did not ask for his money even if they did not give it. he gave what was in his hand or said I will give you what you like. Jestful. He loved his close family much and assisted them. He loved to assist the needs of people and to intercede for them. What he disliked was hinting to people and imposing himself on them. He loved the righty guided khalifs after the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him). He looked at things and what is behind them. He supported them and called them to good. honoured and praised the Prophetic household. He loved to go to major and minor pilgrimage. He said the doctrine of the Muslim is in them. He is humble towards the students of knowledge. he ordered them in virtue as they. He did not like to exclude good to himself. He would love to spend a whole month there. he defended the Companions and did not mention them in anything but good. “This is a just Muslim of the Prophetic household who loves all the companions and does not harm in the slightest. do you see anything that you want then take it. He loved clarity and eloquence. He mentioned the known people with goodness. He dislikes oppression and apportioning the oppressed. Good to his friends and preferred them over himself. He did not like to be known. always. the period of pilgrimage was when he would worship and draw closer to Allah.Some of the characteristics of the Sheikh He is generous with all that is in his possession." He loved the spiritual leaders of the righteous servants of Allah and the men of Allah who are unknown except by their steadfastness and pious actions. He said. he preferred others over himself.

When it was read to the Sheikh (may Allah pardon him) he said. “O‟ Allah. the Almighty and Exalted. May Allah (the Almighty) bless the Sheikh in his grave and make it a restful place where he experiences the coolness of the breeze of Paradise until an appointed time. Awilyah.” On the 21st October 2009 the Sheikh passed onto the mercy of Allah. This translation was completed on the year 2009 by his insignificant servant Arfan Shah AlBukhari (Sheikhy notes and straight translations). a member of the administration of Al-Fath institute. benedictions and blessings be upon the final Messenger. His writer (of this) is his son Ahmed Al-Kallas lecturer in masjid Al-Hammd. All praise belongs to Allah. And may endless salutations. all the Messengers and all the Prophets. O‟ Forgiver. We do not know that will happen in the future and our time on Earth is limited. It is with great sadness that we say that we were unable to meet the Sheikh. for his assistance and support in the completion of this text as nothing can be completed without his support.He had confidence in what Allah has and did not turn towards anything else. At the time of translating this biography the Sheikh was still alive and that is why he was referred to using the present tense. . the family of the house and all the Muslims. So if you get a chance to meet great scholars do not delay and go ahead.

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