Shaikh Ibrahim Dasuqi Raliyallahu Anhu
Allah has sent many Prophets (أنبياء عليهم السلام) to guide the mankind from darkness to light of faith. First Prophet was the father of mankind Adam Alihi Ssalam and the last Prophet was Muhammad Rasoolullahi Sallallahu Alihi Wasallam. All Prophet except Muhammad Sallallahu Alihi Wasallam was sent to a certain period and limited to a specific nation. Where as Muhammad Sallallahu Alihi Wasallam was sent to the whole Mankind and Jinn (جن).
Apart from limited number of Prophets Allah has chosen many devoted believers to guide men from disbelief to right path. These devotees have risen to this esteemed position by sacrificing themselves by acquiring profound knowledge about Allah, offering sincere worship to Allah with abundant non obligatory rituals and loving Allah and His Prophets with paramount love. These people are called Awliyau Allah (أولياء الله رضي الله عنهم أجمعين)
Awliyas follow Shareeah (شريعة) rules which are common for public and they attain significant knowledge in Haqeeqah (حقيقة) and setup or follow certain divine path (طريقة). My ignorance is inefficient to describe Awliyas and their concrete relation with Allah. Their mythology is commonly referred as Sufism (تصوف).
Sufi scholars rank Awliya into many levels. The topmost position is called Qutub (قطب). Meaning of this Arabic word is axis which indicates Awliya who attained this rank is the focal point of a group of devoted believers. There were four great Qutubs known as Aqtabul Arbaa (أقطاب الاربعة).
They are Shaikh Abdul Qadar Al Jeelani Raliyallahu Anhu, Shaikh Ahmad Kabeer Al Rifaee Raliyallahu Anhu, Shaikh Ibrahim Al Dasouqi Raliyallahu Anhu and Shaikh Ahmad Badawi Al Shareef Raliyallahu Anhu. All of them enlightened Islamic faith during their time while it was fading from believers. All of them had developed distinguished Tareeqa to nourish string of followers for many centuries after their departure from this world.
Shaikh Ibrahim Al Dasouqi Raliyallahu Anhu was born in 653 Hijra as 23rd grand son of Muhammad Sallallahu Alihi Wasallam through Husain bin Ali bin Abu Talib Raliyallahu Anhuma. He followed Shafee fiqh (مذهب) in Islamic jurisprudence. He climbed up to higher ranks in Tasawwuf and his words translated from his thoughts describe the superiority of this great man. Imam Abdul Wahab Al Shaarani have written detailed quoting of his writings and advices to his followers in the book Tabaqat al Kubra ( طبقات الكبرىaka Balwaqihul Anwar fe Tabakathul Akhyar – بلواقح الأنوار في طبقات الأخيار).
He departed this world to mercy of Allah at age of 43. But the amount of work he had done in this short span of life is immense. He is buried in Dasouq around 50 KM away from Alexandria and 60 KM away from Tanta (where Maqam of Ahmad Badawi Al Shareef Raliyallahu Anhu is situated). His Maqam is inside a beautiful Mosque which is filled with visitors most of the time.
We reached Dasouq enroute to Alexandria from Tanta during our return journey from Egypt. After visiting Ahmad Badawi Al Shareef Raliyallahu Anhu we asked route to Dasouq with one driver riding his full packed car. He told us to follow him and took us through some narrow roads overlooked by many eye-catching sceneries of Egyptian village life. He was driving very fast to take us to the destination before Esha prayers because the Mosque might be closed after Esha. He safely took us to Dasouq and invited us for dinner in his home displaying sincere hospitality of Egyptian villagers.