This photo was taken by Sidi Mustafa Davis:
This is a photo I took of Shaykh Murabit Al Hajj while in Mauritania in 1997 with my disposable camera. This is his tent and in this photo he is inside sleeping. He is one of the most amazing men I’ve ever met… a true ascetic who has relinquished this world and spends his entire life teaching and worshipping God. May Allah preserve him and grant him long life.
He commented on the photo quoting Shaykh Hamza Yusuf saying:
“I have never seen anyone like him before him or after him, and I don’t think that I ever will. May Allah reward him for his service to this din and his love and concern for the Muslims. He was never known to speak ill of anyone. Once when a student was studying Khalil with him and asked what a certain word meant in the text, he explained to him that it was a slow and clumsy horse. The student then said, “like so-and-so’s horse?” At this Murabit al-Hajj suddenly became upset and said, “I don’t spend much time with people because they backbite, so if you want to study with me, you must never speak ill of anyone in my presence.” It is not well known by Muslims that to speak ill of someone’s animals falls under the ruling of backbiting.
Shaykh Murabit al-Hajj is a master of the sciences of Islam, but perhaps more wondrous than that, he has mastered his own soul. His discipline is almost angelic, and his presence is so majestic and ethereal that the one in it experiences a palpable stillness in the soul. As the Arabs says, “the one who hears is not as the one who has seen.” I was told by many people from his family that had I seen him in his youth, I would have been even more astonished at his devotional practices”
MashaAllah! May Allah bless Shaykh Murabit al Hajj! Ameen.
Shaykh Yahya Rhodus on his teacher, Shaykh Murabit al-Hajj: