Abu Awais Abdullaah Ahmad ‘Alee
(Died 25th Ramadhaan 1425H, rahimahullaah)
Originally posted 8th November 2004:
All praise is due to Allaah, we seek His aid and His assistance and His forgiveness. We seek refuge from the evil of our souls and the evil of our actions. Whomsoever Allaah guides, there is none to misguide and whomsoever He misguides, there is none to guide. I bear witness that there is nothing worthy of worship except Allaah, alone and without any partners, and I bear witness that Muhammad is His slave and Messenger.
The eyes shed tears, there is sadness and grief in the heart, but we only say things pleasing to our Lord. Indeed we are saddened by the passing away of our brother Abu Awais, rahimahullaah.
“Innaa lillaahi wa innaa ilayhi raaji’oon.”
“Indeed to Allaah we belong and to Him we shall return.”
Allaah, the Most Perfect and the Most High, said,
“And give glad tidings to the patient – those who, when afflicted with a calamity, say ‘Indeed to Allaah we belong and to Him we shall return.’ It is those who will be rewarded with blessings and mercy from their Lord. And it is those who are the guided ones.”
Allaah’s Messenger (salallaahu ‘alayhi wassallam) said: “To Allaah belongs what He took, and to Him belongs what He gave. Everything is recorded with him for an appointed term..” (Ahkaamul-Janaa’iz of Al-Albaanee)
Muhammad bin ‘Ubayd at-Tanaafisee said, “I was with Sufyaan ath-Thawree when a man came to him and said, ‘I saw in a dream that a sweet smelling flower was raised up from the West.’ Sufyaan said, ‘If your dream is true, then Al-Awzaa’ee has died.’ So they wrote that down, and later they found that he had indeed died upon that day.” And Al-Awzaa’ee died in 157AH.
This day in Ramadaan 1425AH, another sweet smelling flower has been raised from the West, this time from the USA.
Sadaqah bin ‘Abdullaah said, “I have not seen anyone wiser, more complete, nor better able to understand what he possessed than al-Awzaa’ee.”
I can say I have not known anyone in the USA wiser, more complete, nor better able to understand what he possessed than Abu Awais Abdullaah.
Allaah’s Messenger (salallaahu ‘alayhi wassallam) said:
“Whoever loves meeting Allaah, Allaah loves to meet him. And whoever hates to meet Allaah, then Allaah hates to meet him.”
(At-Tirmidhee, Ibn Maajah, hadeeth declared Hasan by Al-Albaanee)
I pray that Abu Awais is from those whom Allaah loves to meet. In all the time I have known him, I have never seen from him except truthfulness, bravery, honesty, love for the da’wah and its preservation, hatred of that which opposed the Sunnah, he despised liars and loved the people of Sunnah. He never spoke in front of people except that you sensed that he must have thought for many hours before hand. He was wise and trustworthy, never deceptive. There was no hypocrisy in his behaviour, he meant what he said and from what I knew of him, he acted in accordance to his knowledge. He loved his wife and family and those under his care from the children of his wife. Whenever a person was in his presence, he would make you feel comfortable to the extent that one would feel as if he was from his closest companions. He was never afraid to speak the truth and clarify the Salafi manhaj. He was my friend, my brother, my advisor and by Allaah, I will miss him and his company. And we do not glorify anyone beyond or more than Allaah.
I pray to my Lord, Allaah, the Most Merciful, Oft-Forgiving that He showers His Mercy upon my brother Abu Awais Abullaah Ahmad ‘Alee and that He eases the pain and the grief of his family and children. Allaahumma Aameen.
And indeed all praise is due to Allaah, Lord of all creation. And may the peace and blessings of Allaah be upon the Messenger Muhammad, his family and his Companions.