An appreciation of the life and teachings of Shaykh Dr. Abdalqadir as-Sufi

Assalamu ‘alaikum. At this difficult time I would like to share with the fuqara and faqirat some of what I learnt from our beloved Shaykh Dr. Abdalqadir as-Sufi.

With the pain of longing for Allah we came to Shaykh Abdalqadir and he healed our hearts by showing us how we can get near to Him. Distressed and confused at the injustices in the world we came to our Shaykh and his analyses cleared our confusion and gave us hope. He was a light that illuminated the world. Whilst others who diagnosed the problems of the modern world painted pictures of doom and gloom Shaykh Abdalqadir provided solutions to the problems. He lifted us out of the abyss of despair and energised us, calling us to action and bringing out from within us nobility, dignity, courage and strength that we didn’t know we possessed.    

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Shaykh Dr. Abdalqadir as-Sufi – On the End of Capitalism and the Revival of Islam

Shaykh Dr. Abdalqadir as-Sufi

Shaykh Dr. Abdalqadir as-Sufi

On the End of Capitalism and the Revival of Islam1

by Dr. Riyad Asvat

The inspiration for this article came from my research for a book on the political writings of Shaykh Abdalqadir (1930-2021), may Allah be pleased with him. The article is long because it is very difficult to condense and summarize Shaykh Abdalqadir’s teaching on any issue. There are two reasons for this difficulty. Firstly he was the most important Islamic scholar of the last hundred years as well as the most important Western intellectual of this period and he was a prolific writer whose literary output spanned well over sixty years. Secondly he was able to unify the outward (physical), the inward (psychological) and hidden (spiritual) dimensions of reality whilst our education has trained us to do the opposite, that is, to divide, compartmentalize and analyze. Shaykh Abdalqadir’s greatest contributions to humanity have been: (1) his analysis of contemporary society; (2) his description of the original Islamic phenomenon; and (3) the steps he outlined for Islamic revival.  He did not put a time frame for the Islamic revival. It might well take a hundred years. After all, the capitalists abolished the caliphate in 1924 through a process of modernization that began in 1789. Almost a hundred years later Islam still does not exist as a socio-economic and political reality. 

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Science and objectivity

‘Science’, i.e. the new mathematical physical sciences of Galileo, Descartes, and Newton et al which were to serve as the inspiration and model for all the other sciences, arose during the horrific civil strife of the Reformation during a part of which, the Thirty Years War, a third of the population of Europe died. More disturbing than the killing, ‘and fitnah is more severe than killing’, were the intense intellectual, political and theological disagreements that split Europe totally. The scientists turned away from these issues and concentrated on the motions of the planets and of objects. But those issues have never gone away.

Commerce lay at the root of the Reformation and the earlier Renaissance. The rise of banks such as the Medici caused a crisis for them and for others. Usury was a mortal sin. Troubled by this, Cosimo de Medici asked a cardinal if it was true and what he could do in that case. The cardinal said he had to stop his banking activities and make restoration of everything he had gained to those he had taken it from. Cosimo tried to square the circle. He continued to bank, but he started on the path of philanthropy on a gargantuan scale, arguably, along with others, bringing about the Renaissance. It was a descendant of his who – as pope and utilising the travelling friars on an industrial scale to sell indulgences to raise funds to satisfy his extraordinary appetites – drove Martin Luther to such fury, and the rest, as they say, is history. The scientific and philosophical tradition thrown up by the Renaissance was to regard usury not merely as something defensible but as a positive and something praiseworthy. The scientists, as usual, didn’t think it was their business.

Many Europeans fell into atheism out of disgust at the behaviour of the Protestants and Catholics and out of dismay at the complex arguments of both. Religion had been inextricably connected to politics, i.e. monarchy. Political theorising during the Reformation about the rights and limits of monarchs and the rights of man served to undermine the idea of monarchy at all culminating in the British execution of Charlies I and later the French Revolution, and to bring about the rise of the commercial class whose instrument was parliament. Thus commerce came to dominate politics. And banking continued its inexorable rise to global sovereignty.

To look at any issue today as if it is possible to separate science from politics, religion and commerce is to be the heir to all of this.

Now, at the root of these religious and political events, what was unleashed was tremendous emotion, a great deal of hatred, but also mixes of conflicting emotions: loved ones were transformed into enemies overnight. (By the way, Northern Ireland’s ‘Troubles’ were echoes of this event in Europe.) Science offered a cool, dispassionate and unemotional objectivity, which was its main attraction, even though scientists were to engage in a number of heated controversies then and ever since. Nevertheless, among the many end points that science reached, including Gödel’s work and quantum theory, the most recent was neurophysiology, where Antonio Damasio showed that there is no such thing as a thought without emotion.

Perhaps that goes some way to explaining how discussion of issues such as the pandemic and vaccines can express such dreadful animosity from those who hold different positions.

Covid Passes


‘… one of the most dangerous policy proposals ever to be made in the history of British politics.’ Statement by Church leaders.2

In the name of Allah, the All-Merciful, the Most Merciful

And may Allah bless His Noble Prophet, the Last of the Messengers,
and his family and companions and grant them peace


This article attempts to address the political implications of the UK government’s contemplated Covid-pass measures. Like many others, we are disquieted by the move towards a more authoritarian surveillance-based society. The dominant themes of the pandemic and the vaccines are thus addressed in order to investigate the scientific and philosophical bases underlying science and medicine. 

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IZ interview

Question: Dear Hajj Abdassamad Clarke, you are one of the selected group of European born Muslims translators who translate essential Islamic texts into a European language. What are the necessary qualifications for this task?
There is perhaps no need to repeat the obvious, the need for a good knowledge of Arabic, its idioms and usages, its grammar, the culture of the Arabs before and after Islam, and the equivalent knowledge of the language and culture into which one intends to translate.

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The d-UK Debacle – or ‘disaster capitalism’s suicide bomber in the heart of Europe’

Brexit for Islam Hoy2

An article commissioned by Islam Hoy

Once when a child, my father took me to a small town in Northern Ireland to a point in the road where two different types of tarmac met. He stood me with one foot on one type of tarmac and one foot on the other and said, “Now you are standing both in Northern Ireland and in the Republic of Ireland, in two countries at the same time.” Those were innocent times long before the ‘troubles’ and long long before the entire debacle around whether the UK could leave the European Union and how it could achieve that, in which the Northern Irish border and the famous ‘backstop’ play a central role.

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Mawlid 1440/2018

Allah says, “Allah is the Light of the heavens and the earth. The likeness of His Light is that of a niche in which there is a lamp, the lamp inside a glass, the glass like a brilliant star, lit from a blessed tree, an olive, neither of the east nor of the west, its oil all but giving off light even if no fire touches it. Light upon Light. Allah guides to His Light anyone He wills and Allah makes likenesses for mankind and Allah has knowledge of everything.” (24:35)

Light can be sensory or meaning. Allah being the light of the heavens and the earth can mean that He illuminates the heavens and the earth, that He has created the light that is in them, has created the sun and the moon that give them light, that He has placed light in the hearts of the inhabitants of the heavens and the earth so that they can grasp meanings, and that He is the guide of the inhabitants of the heaven and the earth.

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