Majālis al-Abrār by Shaykh Aḥmad Rūmī (d. 1041 H) – Endorsements of Shāh ‘Abdul ‘Azīz Dehlawī and ‘Allāmah ‘Abdul Ḥayy al-Laknawī

May 10, 2020

Majālis al-Abrār was written by Shaykh Aḥmad ibn al-Qādir al-Rūmī (d. 1041 H), a Turkish-Ottoman scholar from over 400 years ago. It is a book full of very beneficial discussions on a wide variety of subjects. He mentions the objective of the book in the introduction: “I compiled it for some of the brothers of ākhirah, along with adding what I found in reliable books of Tafsīr, Ḥadīth, Fiqh, Kalām and the Taṣawwuf of the elect, and I will explain in it the sound beliefs and the deeds of the next life, and I will caution against seeking help from graves and other acts of the disbelievers and misguided & misguiding wicked heretics, since I have seen many people of this time treating some graves like idols praying near them and sacrificing offerings, and acts and statements issuing from them not suited to possessors of īmān.” (Majālis al-Abrār, p2-3) He has an entire chapter (Majlis 17) refuting the practice of istighāthah and excesses done at graves.

Shāh ‘Abdul ‘Azīz al-Dehlawī (1746 – 1824) said in his published fatāwā about Majālis al-Abrār: “It is a reliable book.” (mutabar ast) (Fatāwā ‘Azīzī, Mujtabā’ī Press, v2 p115)

Shāh ‘Abdul ‘Azīz al-Dehlawī also said according to Ṣiddiq Ḥasan Khān al-Qinnawjaī in Itḥāf al-Nubalā’: “The book Majālis al-Abrār on knowledge, admonition and advice, contains many useful points of benefit on the secrets of Sharī‘ah, topics of Fiqh, topics of Sulūk and refuting innovations and despicable practices. We don’t know more about the status of the author than what is apparent from the work – which is that the author is a religious and scrupulous scholar, and had amassed different fields of the Shar‘i sciences. How brilliant is what someone said: ‘Don’t look at the speaker but look at the speech.’ Because people are recognised by truth; truth is not recognised by people.” (Majālis al-Abrār, Urdu Translation, p36)

‘Allāmah ‘Abdul Ḥayy al-Laknawi (1848 – 1886) said: It is a valuable book, relied upon (huwa kitābun nafīs mu‘tamad ‘alayh).” (Iqāmat al-Ḥujjah, ed. ‘Abd al-Fattah Abu Ghuddah, p. 19)

Read the book here.

See also:

Shah ‘Abdul ‘Aziz Dehlawi on Istighathah