Bio: Sh. Muhammad ibn Hamza Zhafir al-Madani

Shaykh Muhammad ibn Hamza ibn Zhafir al-Madani

الشيخ محمد بن حمزة ظافر المدني
b. in al-Madina al-Munawwara – d. 1262 H. in Misrata (Libya)
qaddasa Allah sirrahu

He took the noble Shadhili Tariqa from Sayyidi Shaykh ‘Arabi al-Dirqawi al-Hasani.
He passed the path on to Sayyidi Shaykh Muhammad ibn Mas‘ud al-Fasi
May Allah be pleased with all of them

From Al-Futuhat

From: Tabaqat al-Shadhiliyya al-Kubra by al-Hasan al-Kuhan

His biography is found in the Futuhat1 of Sayyidi Sheikh Muhammad ibn Mas´ud al-Fasi, where he says:

I took the Shadhili tariqa from my Master and Teacher, who reared murids by himma and hal and brought them to the stage of realization by particular stages of progression, the Pole of the Circle, the Channel of provisions (al-Maddad al-Ghauth), the Unique Uniter (al-Jami´ al-Fard),the Sheikh, my Master Muhammad ibn Hamza al-Zhafir al-Madani – may his great secret be sanctified – year 1242 H., after the passing of his teacher [Sheikh Muhammad ´Arabi al-Darqawi d. 1239 H.] and his return from the Marokko to Tripoli. Then Allah joined me with him, and I took from his essential lights and his impelling knowledge – that is I took from the lights that poured down on him from the Presence of the Impellor (al-Jabbar) – for about eighteen years, and Allah made me benefit therefrom.

He – may Allah be pleased with him – was bringing forth saints in his court yard, as the earth brings forth plants when rain pours down on it. His character was the character of the Prophets, and his state was  that of the most elect of the elect of the saints and the pure. He – may Allah be pleased with him – was a Qutb, from whose lights the Qutbs are provided, and from whose oceans the noblest take provisions. Whoever looked at him was enriched, whoever knew him would not desire anyone else. He had wonderful states and strange secrets. He strove in the science of interactions (mu´amalat) until he reached the highest level, and he served the saints – until the most elect of the elect from amongst the saints and the pure ones served him. He traveled along this path for some twenty-five years in the far Maghrib (Morocco), until he reached the shores of ´ Ain Hamiyya, while serving by his own hands the Sheikhs and the righteous ones, while seeking the the settlement of Layla – until he found her people in Ha’it Layla, which is the name of a place where our Master Sheikh al-´Arabi [al-Darqawi] resided.

He – may his secret be sanctified – passed away in 1262 H. [*] and was buried in his zawiya. His maqam there is visited from by travellers from all places.

Allah, makes us benefit from him, and gather us under his flag. Amin.


(*) In the edition of Dar al-Bayruti of 2000, it is written 1242, however the year was 1262 as stated in al-Futuhat al-Rabbaniyya. /bmk

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Bio note:

للشيخ محمد حسن ظافر المدني (1864م) ولد بالمدينة المنورة، ثم جاء إلى المغرب وقابل الشيخ العربي الدرقاوي وصار أحد أتباعه ثم عاد إلى المدينة خليفةً عنه، ثم استوطن مصراتة ودفن بها، وترجع طريقته إلى الطريقة الشاذلية

للشيخ محمد حسن ظافر المدني (1864م) ولد بالمدينة المنورة، ثم جاء إلى المغرب وقابل الشيخ العربي الدرقاوي وصار أحد أتباعه ثم عاد إلى المدينة خليفةً عنه، ثم استوطن مصراتة ودفن بها، وترجع طريقته إلى الطريقة الشاذلية

Notes on turuq:

_ الإمام العارف بالله سيدي محمد بن حمزة ظافر المدني (ت . 1262 ) وعنه تفرعت الطرق التالية :
الدرقاوية المدنية واشهرت بالحجاز وليبيا
والدرقاوية اليشرطية واشتهرت ببلاد الشام وفلسطين و رودوس وتركيا وكان من أتباعها السلطان العظيم عبد الحميد خــان الثاني رحمه الله
و الدرقاوية الفاسية واشتهرت بالحجاز ومصر وسيرلانكا .

Refs

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b. 1244 in Misrata – d. 1321 H. in Istanbul (1829 – 1903 CE)

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