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Shaykh Sayyid Ahmad Bin Idris – (1757-1835) radhiAllahu 'anhu

Sidi Ahmad bin Idris was born in Maisur, a village in ‘Arayish, located in the city of Fez (Morocco) on the month of Rajab 1163 H (1749-50 AC). However, there are accounts claiming his birth year to be on 1172H (1757-58 AC) .[1]

Fez, Morocco

His complete name is Saiyyid Ahmad ibn Idris ibn Muhammad ibn ‘Ali [2] ibn Ahmad ibn Muhammad ibn Abdullah ibn Ibrahim ibn Umar ibn Ahmad ibn ‘Abdul Jabbar ibn Muhammad ibn Yamluh ibn Masyish ibn Abu Bakar ibn ‘Ali ibn Hurmah ibn ‘Isa ibn Salam ibn Marwan ibn Haidarah ibn Muhammad ibn Idris al-Asghar ibn Idris [3] al-Akbar  ibn ‘Abdullah al-Kamil ibn al-Hassan al-Muthanna ibn Saiyyidina Hassan al-Sibt ibn Saiyyidina ‘Ali dan Saiyyidatina Fatimah al-Zahra’ binti Habibuna Saiyyidina Muhammad Rasulullah s.a.w. He is from the house of  Syarif Hasani Idrisi [4] ,famous in Morocco since the progeny of Imam Idris ibn ‘Abdullah al-Mahd [5] once held royal dynasty in Fez (788-974) .

Although Sidi Ahmad bin Idris is known as a mujadid, among the Sufis he is known as a saint who has attained the station of Qutub, aside from having reached the station of Sultan Salatin al-Awliya [6] . He has ventured far and wide and spread the tariqah to places such as Makkah, Madinah, Egypt, Sudan, Yaman, etc.

Sidi Ahmad Idris Al-Quran Sidi Ahmad Idris Al-Quran

He passed away on a Friday night,between marghib and isyak on the 21st of Rajab. His Murid, Saiyyid al-Soleh Ahmad Uthman al-‘Uqaili [7] was selected to perform the ghusl on him and  al-‘Allamah al-Wali Sayyid Yahya ibn Muhsin al-Ni’ami al-Hasani led the prayers.[8] . He was interred the next morning, 21 Rajab 1837 Masihi (1253 H)[9] at Sabya, a city once part of Yaman and now governed by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.






[1] Both dates were mentioned by Shaykh Salih al-Ja’afari radhiAllahu 'anhu. A’tar azhar aghsan hazirat al-taqdis fi karamat al-alim … al-sayyid Ahmad b Idris radhiAllahu 'anhu (Cairo, 1394/1974), pg 55 and 34. However, the date 1163H is held by the descendents of Shaykh Sayyid Ahmad bin Idris radhiAllahu 'anhu in Omdurman (Sudan); interview, Shaykh Idris b Muhammad b ‘Abd al-‘Aal / by Ali Salih Karrar, May 1977.

[2] Genealogy up to ‘Ali ibn Ahmad was recorded by Hamdan Hassan, Tarekat Ahmadiyah Di Malaysia Suatu Analisis Secara Ilmiah, (1990) published by Percetakan Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka, pg 24

[3] Genealogy from ‘Ali ibn Ahmad to Idris al-Akbar, please refer to Shaykh Muhammad Fuad bin Kamaludin al-Maliki, Sayyid Ahmad ibn Idris al-Hasani, (2007) radhiAllahu 'anhu publication of SOFA Production, pg 2. Genealogy from Imam Idris to Hasan al-Sibt was recorded by Shaykh Ahmad bin Muhammad Sa’id radhiAllahu 'anhu, 1354H/1935M. Majmuk, al-Ahmadiyah Press, Singapura, (in Jawi), pg 16.Also refer to Pauzi Haji Awang, Tariqah Ahmadiyyah History and Development, 2001, printed by Persatuan Ulama Malaysia, pg 39.

[4] J.S. Trimingham, The Sufi Orders in Islam, (Oxford At The Clarendon Press, 1971), pg 114

[5] Khairudin al-Zurkaly, (Beirut :1969) al-‘Alam, Volume 1, 3rd edition, pg 90

[6] Ahmad bin Idris, (without date), al-Ahzab al-Irfaniyah al-Awrad. pg 1

[7] Muhammad al Yamani, Risalah al Aurad al Idrisiyyah, pg 78-79

[8] Ibid

[9] The Encyclopedia of Islam, vol I, (1960) pg 177

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