Ian Dallas – a victim of tadlees?

Allah, exalted is He, commands gratitude towards parents after gratitude to Himself. But the teacher is the ‘parent’ about whom Imam al-Ghazali remarked, may Allah be pleased with him, that whereas biological parents save one from the fires of this world such a teacher saves one from the Fire of the next world.

A profound failing is not to acknowledge such teachers – I don’t mean teachers of information and sciences, but those beings who transmit behaviour, real life skills and much more profound matters.

It is a serious defect in a scholar of hadith to omit someone from his chain of transmission but to acknowledge their teacher’s teacher or teachers. This is called tadlees. Remarkably Ian Dallas/Shaykh Dr. Abdalqadir as-Sufi has suffered a great deal of this from some of his former students who have gone on to considerable renown on their own behalf without acknowledging him, without a single complaint on his part. This is a matter that needs redress.

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Abdassamad Clarke is from Ulster and was formally educated at Edinburgh University in Mathematics and Physics. He accepted Islam at the hands of Shaykh Dr. Abdalqadir as-Sufi in 1973, and, at his suggestion, studied Arabic and tajwid and other Islamic sciences in Cairo for a period. In the 80s he was secretary to the imam of the Dublin Mosque, and in the early 90s one of the imams khatib of the Norwich Mosque, and again from 2002-2016. He has translated, edited and typeset a number of classical texts. He currently resides with his wife in Denmark and occasionally teaches there. 14 May, 2023 0:03

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