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The Sankore’ Institute of Islamic-African Studies International also called (SIIASI), is a non-profit, non-political educational institution founded for the sole purpose of researching into the educational, political, cultural and religious heritage of Islamic Africa. The primary area of concern is that part of Black Africa traditionally known as the Bilad ‘s-Sudan (The Lands of the Blacks). These lands include all the regions located south of the Sahara desert and north of the tropical jungles, between the Atlantic Ocean and the Red Sea.  The purpose of  SIIASI is to elucidate and evidence the Islamic traditions which were born out of African nations such as Takrur, Songhay, Mali, Ghana, Kanem-Bornu, Wodai, Fur, Funj, Sokoto, Segu, Massina and the Mahdist kingdom of the Nile valley.  More>

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The Way of Salavtion

This concise work, Sabeel’n-Najaat (the Way of Salvation) by one of Black Africa’s leading statesmen, military generals and scholars, Shaykh Abdullahi ibn Fuduye`, is believed to have been produced after 1827 when he retired from active rule of the Gwandu region of the Sokoto Caliphate.

This work reflected the kind of instructions Shaykh Abdullahi was engaged in during this period. The two original manuscripts I used to translate this work were no less than 10 folios and no more than 13 folios respectively. Thus, the work is relatively small. It is divided into two chapters followed by a small conclusion.

  • The first chapter is on repentance and its conditions.
  • The second chapter is on guarding the five limbs which Shaykh Abdullahi enumerates as: the eyes, the ears; the tongue; the heart and the stomach.
  • In his conclusion, ‘the professor’ simply reiterates a quote presumably taken from the conclusion of his brother, Shehu Uthman’s Ihya’s-Sunna wa Ikhmad’l-Bid`a, where he quotes from an Andalusian scholar, Abu’l-Abbas al-Abyaani.

This work is thus an epitomizing of the fundamentals of spiritual purification for the transformation of character (tasawwuf li’t-takhalluq) composed for the beginner in the spiritual path.

In these last days and times when tribulation, injustice, hypocrisy and inequity have filled our planet, it is with pleasure mixed with a little irony that we at SIIASI present this very concise but dense work on the basic research of repentance and guarding ones limbs from everything other than that which pleases Allah.

The Education of Humanity

The Sankore’ Institute is honored to present to the reader a book which clarifies in the most concise and eloquent manner the reality (haqiqah) of the last and final Messenger to mankind, Muhammad ibn Abdullah ibn Abdu’l-Muttalib ibn Hashim, (may Allah bless him as long as the east wind blows and to the number of created things). Many writers in the past have written about the sublime reality of this noble Messenger.  However, this book was written by one of Africa’s leading scholars and revolutionaries.  Thus, we can get a glimpse as to how the people of the Lands of the Blacks viewed their beloved Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace.

The Character Traits of the Chosen One

salawaat ala nabi2The Akhlaaq’l-Mustafa (the Character Traits of the Chosen One) byShaykh Abdullahi ibn Fuduye` is an exposition upon the personality of the most perfect creature that ever existed, our master, Muhammad ibn Abdullahi, may Allah bless him and grant him peace. The title of the text is taken from the singular phrase ‘khuluq’ with the letter laam inflected with the damma, which means – one’s personal way of life, nature, and natural disposition.

The Support of the Dedicated Worshipers 

This text, `Umdat’l-Muta`abideen wa’l-Muhtarifeen (The Support of the Dedicated Worshippers and Skilled Professionals) by Shehu Uthman ibn Fuduye`, may Allah engulf him in his mercy, is one of the most concise books composed dealing with the essential knowledge which is obligatory upon every responsible person to know and act upon. For the common Muslim who has not attained the station of scholar or student of knowledge, this text provides those necessary elements of the religion for which the servants will be questioned about on the Day of Judgment. For the student of knowledge, this text provides the sources from which the scholars derive their legal judgments: the Book and the Sunna.

The Hour of the Christians

On March 15, 1903 the armies of the Sokoto Caliphate were defeated at the hands of the British Imperialists. The Caliph (or ruler) of the Sokoto Caliphate at that time was Muhammad Attahiru, the twelfth ruler after Shehu Uthman Dan Fuduye’. After the ‘defeat’, Attahiru led a mass exodus (hijra) of his loyal supporters and officials on the famous ‘hijra to the east’, which had been foretold a century earlier by the founder of the Sokoto Caliphate, Shehu Uthman Dan Fuduye’. >>

Risaa’lat Li’l-Amraad

This book was originally a letter of advice written for the regional amirs and officials of the Sokoto Islamic Caliphate. I believe that it was composed during the first year of his rule in 1818, when many regions began to revolt from under his rule, and many of the veterans of early days of the consolidation of the kingdom were becoming disillusioned either through longing for the asceticism that was the custom of the past, or being preoccupied with the responsibilities gained from their victories. >>

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  1. wa alaykum as salaam wa rahma. Thank Sidi Ishmiel for your support and supplications. I pray that Allah ta`ala multiply the same blessings for you and yours as well.

  2. Abdulhakim Habibullah says:

    Marshallah only Allah can make that happen. Theyve also did the same too brother Mos Def in South Africa. He too is a believer and is famous in the US. He had to return back to the US after having dual citizenship. They are attacking all believers who are born and raised in the United States especially when one leaves the country and seek citizenship else where. So to the believers be careful cause these devils are trying to take us out by any means necessary. Final say is truly with Allah in all matters! La hala wala quwata illa billa hi

    • The mistake that Mos Def, Yusef Bey made was accepting the idea of dual citizenship. Had he simply declared that he was no longer an American citizen it would have been difficult for the US government to seize him. For 9 days the military authorities held me in what seems to be a joint military prison run by about 70 countries, including the U.S. Each day they would pull one of the five inmates I was with for questioning. But me, the only question I was asked each day they came in the cell was: “What is your nationality?” Each time I declared I was Malian. Had I said I was ‘American’, there was a bus waiting just outside our cell to swiftly take me to places unknown. Finally, after about seven days of being chained feet to hands, I was ushered blindfolded into a room and questioned in detail about everywhere I ever lived, my family, work, education etc. Once the Malian authorities were clear that I constituted no security threat to them, and that I was simply a political dissident from the U.S., they had no choice, but to free me. One thing is for sure though, I learned in those nine days more about Malian society, what is REALLY happening in the country and how it is basically held hostage by the 70 odd nations who are fighting a losing battle in the north of the country against Azaawad nationalists, foreign combatants and OTHERS. The ‘others’, I will have to be silent about, for now, but it does not bode well for those in Mali who wish to remain under French neo-colonialism. During those nine days, I spoke at length with men who are committed, rightly or wrongly, to liberating the north of the country. We did not see eye-to-eye on all things, but one point they impressed upon me was that they will continue to demand ransome for all foreign soldiers they capture in northern Male, except Americans. I was told that they will be sent back to the US in body bags.

  3. Ishmiel As-sufi says:

    الحمد لله و الله اكبر
    Ya Shaykh. May Allah illuminate your path always and May Allah remove the obsticles. The kufaar are friends of Shaytaan and as we are taught in Tariq Al Jannah the Devil Will Not Stop Until You Are Totally Destoyed. (Paraphrased). We love you fii sabeelillah Akh and we the Captuve Belivers pray for you always. They came for Us in Abbisynia claiming we were their property and the Negus saw thru their treachery as الله had our back. And they came for Us thru the prison of Mali claiming Us to be their property. الله is the Friend of the believer Akhi and from Darkness we will be extracted and placed in the Light. May الله help us against those that strive against faith. I will email u akh. INSHAALLAH
    SALAAM SALAAM SALAAM
    Wa As Salaamu alaykum wa Rahmatullahi
    Your brother and friend in Deen
    Ishmiel THE SUFا

  4. Muhammad M Abdulhamid says:

    Alhamdulillah for the release of Shaykh

  5. Nasir Islam says:

    Wa alaikum as salaam. Jzkh for said news on the Sheikh as Allah does not turn His face on those who make sincere Duwah. Wal-hamdulilah.

  6. Abdulhakim Habibullah says:

    Marshallah! Brother please be careful these devils sounds as if they want you to work for them and if they cant get that they will destroy you physically for no reason at all. Theres know power nor might except with Allah

    • Work for them doing what exactly?! Do you seriously think the US government is interesting in desseminating African Islamic culture to the Africans of the diaspora?! Do you seriously think the US wants me to present the case of African American Muslim national minorities to the United Nations for them?! So, just how will they benefit from that? You should be careful for suggesting that there is anyway possible that I would even consider working for a country that has been harassing me since 1997. The US is a failed rogue state. No one in their right mind wants to work for a polity which is collapsing. Are you insinuating that if you were placed under the same pressure that I had to endure from the US, that you would flip and start working for them?

      • Abdulhakim Habibullah says:

        Subhnallah brother Im not saying you will ever take a position to work with or for them. You are a solid brother no doubt and I personally seen you work to help us in the prisons for no pay. Never will I imply such a ignorant commit as such towards you again. I am truly sorry. And for the record anyone that know of you would never think you would ever stop in pushing the truth. Some times I can see thinks formalating through the unbelievers actions when they attack an innocent brother as your self and make statements that I shiuldnt truly im sorry please forgive me. And brother that is what I love about your character I seen you fight prison administrators with no pay standing on the truth. So as for me I never been anything of importance until I believed in Islam so for someone like you to even talk to me im happy of that. I have no friends and im all alone hoping that some day I can become a better person like my brother Oskarie who lives in Sudan that told be about SIIAS maybe in 1994. So im truly sorry. I have it hard enough for anyone else to look upon me as a bad person so sorry. Alhamdullilah!!!

  7. Abdulhakim Habibullah says:

    Assulaamu Alaikum, where is the Shaykh is being held? And why

    • waa alaykum as salaam wa rahma.

      I was held at a military prison financed by the foreign nations fighting the armed groups in the north of Mali. The inmates call it the Guantanomo Bay of Mali. I was told there are 10,000 inmates, but only 2% are actual combatants. Most of the inmates are innocent Malians rounded up across the country. The room I was in was about 4 meter x 4 meter and held five of us. Next door was a similar size room with an equivalent number of inmates.

      This entire illegal arrest was initiated by the FBI from the US Embassy of Morocco who asked the Malian authorities to detain the holder of a phone whose number was 71317230. This was the number of a phone which Allah caused me to lose about a month and half a ago.

      The arrest accord on March 9 on Thursday night at my home when police came knocking and demanded that I accompany them to the Police station. They gave no reason for the arrest and held me at the nationale police station for about 6 days, after which I was taken to the above military prison for 9 days. There I was chained with iron shackles for the entire 9 days. I was interviewed once by the authorities while blindfolded. On 22 March Thursday at about 10:00 a.m. I was released from the military prison and transferred back to the national police station.

      The chief explained that the government authorities investigated my case and saw that I posed no security threat to them, so I was released. However, a US government representative by the name of Patrick P (can’t recall the last name) came to me and asked if I needed any help from them. I informed him that I was a Malian citizen detained by the Malian government and it was of no concern to the US Embassy. He disagreed and said that they still recognized me as a US citizen according to law. I of course disagreed and told him that the US government THEN considers me as their PROPERTY. He of course refused to categorize in using those terms.

      This means that although they failed in convincing the Malian government in turning me over to them, that they will be trying other means to have me detained and perhaps renditioned. So this SAGA is not complete just yet.

  8. Askia says:

    As salaamu alaykum Shaykh, does the SIIAAI have any courses being offerered in Africa for U.S. students?

  9. wa alaykum as salaam wa rahma sorry but I never had control over past lectures. Unlke many I do not hoard or hold on to lectures I did in the past. Perhaps that is a fault, but that is the reality.

  10. al salamu alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh Shaykh Muhammad,

    I pray that this finds you in the best of states.

    I was wondering if it would be possible to have access to more of your lectures and talks that you have given in the past. I heard that they were quite enlightening, such as one entitled “Modern Phaoronic Society”. Please let me know, as I am quite interested in hearing more than what we have found on YouTube.

    Wa salam
    Mansur

    • No I never took care to preserve those past lectures. Fiscally, perhaps, that was a bad choice. However, I have found that there are two ways that a speaker kept, preserved and marketed his lectures; [1] they had a team of people who genuinely believed in their message and saw to it that that message got out there utilizing the best medium, and [2] they taped, copied.and sold their lectures themselves. I obviously do not have the first and the second has always been a bit mercenary for my taste.

      • Abdulhakim Habibullah says:

        Salaamu Alaikum if these brothers truly want to get their hands on your lectures they may find just about everything their looking for concerning you Shakhy in California penological system. Thats where I found things that helped me by SIIAS. Especially in San Quentin prison brother Ahmed helped me.

  11. Adil J Cole says:

    As-Salaamu ‘Alaykum sayyidi,

    Are you interested in publishing the English translations in proper book form?

  12. …wa Allahi I have no idea where you can get a sibha like that…sorry

  13. Marion Plummer says:

    السلام عليكم ورحمة الله . . . I see my previous post was removed (I’d like to clarify something please) . . . Marion is my middle name & the one identifying my email account . . . I used it here for the purpose of being honest about my identity . . . My previous post was intended to express appreciation for the work of Shaykh Muhammad Shareef as I’ve come to know it over the years as I shared with him in the conversation I previously mentioned when I met him in the historical Westside of LV at the masjid . . . (I apologize if my previous post precipitated any confusion) . . . Also, I currently live in the Kingdom of Bahrain & would like to know how I may purchase the large tasbih type I see her in these images . . . I’ve asked brothers here & they appear to be clueless as to how I may purchase this kind . . . (Please advise)

  14. Salam alaykum our beloved Shaykh Muhammad Shareef {may Allahu ta’ala preserve your blessed person and your progenies on sustaining the legacy of the noble scholars (alaihimu ‘r-ridwan) of Islam, amin}
    I have been asked by my noble Shaykh (damat barakatuhum) to get your contact e-mail address to send some messages.
    I was wondering if the above e-mail (siiasi@yandex.com) still remains your blessed person email
    Jazakallahu khairah

  15. Ali says:

    As Salaamu Alaykum, Shaykh, How can I purchase some of your wonderful art work for my home?

  16. Bismillah Sheikh is the above text different books? If so how can we get them?

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