An Ocean From The Desert: the Maliki-Salafi Shaykh of Mauritania and Saudi Arabia

Atlantic Desert Shore between City of Dakhla and Mauritania

With the Name of God, All-Merciful, Most Merciful

As we near the holiest nights of the year during Ramadan, Month of the Qur’an,

AL-QURAN SOCIETY, LONDON, UK

presents
some lighter, inspiring reading when taking breaks from the intensity of the Magnificent Qur’an itself

An Ocean From The Desert

ترجمة الشيخ

 محمد الأمين الشنقيطي

صاحب تفسير أضواء البيان في إيضاح القرآن بالقرآن

للشيخ عطية محمد سالم

قاضي المحكمة الشرعية بالمدينة المنورة

A BIOGRAPHY OF THE SHAYKH

MUHAMMAD AL-AMĪN AL-SHANQĪTĪ
(1325-1393 H / 1907-1973 CE)
born in Mauritania; returned to His Lord immediately after performing the Hajj pilgrimage, 1393 H
& buried in Mecca near the Sacred Mosque (al-Masjid al-Haram)
One of the greatest authorities on the Qur’an of the 14th Islamic century (20th century CE)

AUTHOR OF THE MAGNIFICENT TAFSĪR
ADWÂ’ AL-BAYÂN (LIGHTS OF ELOQUENCE)

by SHAYKH ‘ATIYYAH MUHAMMAD SÂLIM

Judge, Law Court of Medina, Saudi Arabia

(c) AL-QURAN SOCIETY (UK Registered Charity): RAMADAN 1443 (APRIL 2022)

Lover of God, follower of the Prophets, Master of the Scriptures:


Qur’an, Sunnah, Sharia, Islam:

revered by people
from Africa to Arabia, Mecca & Medina, & beyond,

from the widows, peasants & poor of the Holy Lands

to King Muhammad V of Morocco (Custodian of the Maliki Madhhab)

& King Abdul Aziz Al-Saud (Leader of the Salafi-Wahhabi Kingdom of Saudi Arabia)
Teacher of the Qur’an at the Mosque of the Prophet Muhammad himself,
may God bless him and grant him peace,
to thousands of worshippers and pilgrims from around the world,
one of the leading Shaykhs of Mauritania, aged 40,
and then of Mecca & Medina in Saudi Arabia for the rest of his life until his death, aged 66

One of the main founders of, and teachers at:
the many Islamic institutes of learning in Riyadh,
the Muslim World League, Mecca; and
the Islamic University of Madinah al-Munawwarah: the Enlightened City of the Prophet of Light,
teaching thousands of students from all over the world, thus earning the informal accolade of

Shaykh-ul-Islam
of his time

There is no deed greater than explaining the Book of Allah
in the Masjid of the Messenger of Allah,
may Allah bless him and grant him peace.
(Shaykh Shanqiti, who indeed explained the entire Qur’an in the Prophet’s Mosque,
where much of it was revealed, two or three times;
wrote a brilliant, creative Tafsir (Commentary on the Qur’an)
based on the formidable oceans of Bayan (the sciences of Eloquence & Rhetoric in Arabic):
LIGHTS OF ELOQUENCE IN EXPLAINING THE QUR’AN BY THE QUR’AN

“He has not died – he who leaves such a legacy”

(Shaykh Shanqiti’s student,
Shaykh ‘Atiyyah Salim,
his teacher’s successor as
a teacher at the Prophet’s Mosque in Medina
& Judge at the Law Courts of Medina)

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(download for free via the above link)

IN HONOUR OF THE SHAYKH’S OWN TEACHINGS, IT IS PROHIBITED TO COMMERCIALISE HIS WORKS:
You may freely distribute, re-share, re-upload this document (without altering it), etc.
but you must not sell it for profit: selling at cost-price only is allowed.
You may upload it on a monetized platform, but you MUST donate any money earned to charity,
otherwise the Shaykh warned, in the Sacred Mosque of the Prophet himself
in the City of Light, Madinah al-Munawwarah:

I will not commercialise the Explanation of the Book of God, the Exalted.
If anyone dares to sell my book for profit,
I will say a prayer against him
and I expect that such a prayer will be answered.

May God reward our Shaykh
and all his students & grand-students
who contributed to this work,
and to everyone who distributes this knowledge freely,
Amin.

Coming Soon, God-willing (insha’Allah):
The second edition, with additional direct memories
of Shaykh Muhammad al-Amin al-Shanqiti
by Shaykh Suhaib Hasan
Founder of Al-Qur’an Society
one of the eldest and most senior, living students of Shaykh Shanqiti


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