About the Text
The Ism’l-`Aadhem of Shehu Uthman is an extremely concise text which he received from his maternal and paternal uncle Shaykh Muhammad Sanbu ibn Muhammad ibn Abdullahi ibn Ahmad ibn Hamm ibn `Aal ibn Jubba ibn Muhammad Sanbu ibn Ayyub ibn Maysiraan on Tuesday, the 15th of Ramadan in the year 1191 (1777 C.E.) when the Shehu was about 25 years old, some five years after he began his mission of calling people to Allah ta`ala.
This was during the beginning of the rule of Bawa ibn Baabaari over the kingdom of Gobir. As for the above cited Shaykh Muhammad Sanbu, he was one of the key teachers of the Mukhtasar and its famous commentary by al-Karashi as Shaykh Abdullahi ibn Fuduye` said in his Tazyeen’l-Waraqaat:
“Shehu Uthman use to inform me that our maternal uncle, Muhammad Sanbu ibn Shaykh Abdullahi ibn Shaykh Muhammad ibn Sa`d, the erudite grandfather of our mother, used to attend his reading of the al-Mukhtasar. He was extremely learned, having memorized most of what he read and it was he who read to them the commentary of al-Karashi. Whenever Shehu Uthman made a mistake, or let something slip, this maternal uncle of ours would correct it for him without looking in the book. This was due to the fact that he had memorized the entire commentary of al-Karashi. He then traveled to the land of the two Holy Places, made the pilgrimage and resided there for ten years. He then returne d and reached the town of Agades. It was there that he died, may Allah be merciful to him.”
It is clear that the ijaaza which the Shehu received from this maternal uncle occurred before his rihla to the east. The text contains the secrets of the basmalla, the secrets of the Majestic Name as well as the secrets of Divine Names – ar-Rahmaan and ar-Raheem. The Shehu seals the text by transmitting the Munaajaat of the Great Gnostic Shaykh Ma`ruuf al-Karkhi, may Allah be pleased with him. In these times of jihaad when Muslims are being ‘unmanned’ and turned into political ‘eunuchs’ by ‘sufi‘ Shaykhs who should be empowering the Muslim masses and making them lose fear of creation, this text will prove decisive in providing Muslims with the precise weapons they need in this clearly global war against Islam and Muslim identity.
Success is with Allah
Shaykh Muhammad Shareef