Sharh al-Hikam of Shaykh Muhammad Hayat al-Sindi


I was delighted to come across the commentary on the Hikam of Imam Ibn Ataillah by none other than Shaykh Muhammad Hayat al-Sindi, a scholar respected in Salafi circles, and whose works have received editions from Salafi publishers.  The image above is of the handwriting of the Shaykh himself (Allah have mercy on him).  I thought this extract (p.28-29) below may be of benefit  Note: Text of the Hikam is in bold.

“Your seeking from Him with your your thinking that if you do not seek from Him He will not give Is an accusation against Him In that which He has guaranteed and promised.  And this (accusation) is a great sin.  Seek from Him manifesting your poverty and need of Him along with your conviction that which is promised for the slave will no doubt reach him.  Supplication (dua) is the essence of worship due to its consisting of manifesting need and poverty which are necessary for complete humility in slavehood.

And your seeking Him due to your absence from Him Despite his being closer to you than the jugular vein, He is with you where ever you are.  Open the eye of your inner sight and you will see him with you.  When was he absent from you such that he needed to sought?  When did He leave you such that He had to be searched for?  You are a veil for yourself, so remove it and you will find Him with you.

And your seeking other than Him Who is not pleased with being asked is Due to the your lack of modesty with Him As He is turned towards you, present with you and watchful over you.  Thus your seeking other than Him indicates to a lack of modesty with Him, for if you had modesty with Him you would turn with full attention towards Him, and ignored all other than Him focusing on Him.  If attention given to dust with presence of the Lord of the Worlds?…

And your seeking from other than Him Without His permission for this is  due to your distance from Him For if you were to witness His closeness to you and His cognisanze of your state and His power to fulfill your hopes why would you seek from other than Him.  Rather you would place your trust in Him, and resign your matter totally to Him.  But due to your distance from Him you seek it from other than Him, despite his not being able to help with your need except with His will.  So reflect on the ugliness of your state and the bad action, and request from your Lord in all of your states.”


  1. Shaykh Muhammad Hayaat as-Sindi an-Naqshabandi was the main teacher and the most important influence on Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab.

  2. btw, where do you get all these manuscripts that you look through?

    i’m particularly interested in a certain Madani scholar directly related to Shah Wali Allah and to Muhammad Hayaat as-Sindi, named called (Safiyy ad-Din) Ahmad ad-Dajani (al-Qushashi).

    The four main teachers of shaykh Muhammad Hayaat as-Sindi were students of shaykh al-Qushashi.

    And al-Qushashi’s main student is Ibrahim al-Kurani, whose son, I believe, was the shaykh of Shah Wali Allah ad-Dihlawi. That is why al-Qushashi is present in most hadith isnads of Shah Wali Allah.

    Also interesting is this isnad of the “Tariqa Muhammadiyya”.

    Shaykh Muhammad ibn Ali as-Sanusi took the “tariqa Muhammadiyya” from al-Badr al-Mustaghanmi who took it from Muhammad Hayaat as-Sindi, who took it from Abd al-Qadir al-Siddiqi al-Makki who took it from al-Ujaymi, one of the most famous disciples of al-Qushashi.

    so please, if you ever find anything on al-Qushashi, or any works of al-Kurani on aqeeda, which usually quote from al-Qushashi, please let me know!

    jazakum Allah khayr.

  3. Salam

    Although Ibn Abd al-Wahab may have studied with Shaykh al-Sindi, whether one can then state that he was the main teacher and influence on him is another matter. I believe this has been discussed elsewhere and it has been shown that Shaykh al-Sindi differed greatly with Ibn Abd al-Wahab, and the Sharh al-Hikam is just one example.

    I have posted some asanid of Sayyidi Shah Waliullah on the blog containing the names of the scholars you mention, and have some more which I hope to share soon inshAllah, not least Shah Waliullah’s connection to the Ba Alawi tariqah, and the Ba Alawi scholars he met in the Hijaz.

  4. Shaykh al-Qushashi is in the Idrisi chain, is he not? We have a shaykh locally who is authorized in the Idirisi chain and your blog, sidi Nur ad-Din Zangi, is brilliant!

    Masha Allah, Shah Wali Allah’s connection to the saadah aal ba `alawi is amazing.

  5. brother al-Kakazi, i meant that shaykh al-Sindi influenced him in terms of wanting to do some reforms, but obviously not go as far as he did in destroying half the deen, may Allah forgive him.

    though maybe his impetus came from elsewhere.

    btw, shaykh al-Qushashi has a commentary on the Hikam that i’m trying to locate. it used to exist somewhere in sham, but the library that contained it is not there anymore. du’as please that i locate it. in this commentary, the shaykh made sure to conclude every hikma’s commentary with a hadith related to it.

    seeker- shaykh al-Qushashi is not in the main idrisi chain, but many of the people in the idrisi chain have been influenced by his students, and students of his students, so he has left an influence on them, and some of their chains go back to them..

    as for the main chain of the tariqa, he is not in it.

    where are you based btw, where you say there’s a local idrisi shaykh?

  6. Assalaamu ‘Alaikum. Here {in yemen} we have a nice published version of the Shaykh’s commentary on the Hikam of Al-Imam Al-Haddad. The An-Nur Institute in Tareem has published it.

    مؤسسة النور للدراسات الإسلامية

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