Sunnah of Turban/ Khidr Nabi/ Abdur rauf yamani


Salamalaikkum to our beloved Shuyukhs. I had sent 2seperate set of questions about 3-4weeks ago therefore please forgive me for asking them again with all the adhab & love i have towards you’ll

1.We have seen the Sunnah of the turban being twisted into our heads.How ever the Wahhabis do not follow that tradition & they have it as a shawl around their head. They claim that having it around the head is a stronger hadith. How true is this?

2.Seyeduna Khidr was the 10th Grand Shaykh in the Naqshbandi tareeqa & same time he was a hidden person. How was the Naqshbandi tareeqa in that time? were mureeds be able to meet him directly? or was the Tareeqa limited only to a few followers?

3.Please mentioned where can we find more information on Seyed Abdur rauf al Yamanai Q?

Please forgive me for repeating the questions again


1) It is the Wahabis who twist the truth. What is that hadith, we never heard it? However we did hear many about the turban, including the fact that Imam Bukhari put a chapter on turbans in Sahih Bukhari, and as Shaykh Hisham informed us, he wouldn’t put a chapter unless he had authorization of the Prophet (s) by seeing dreams or visions. See “Islamic Dress and Head-dress for Muslims” at for some of these sahih narrations.

Imam Malik said, as narrated by Ibn Abi Zayd:

The turban was worn from the beginning of Islam and it did not cease to be worn until our time. I did not see anyone among the People of Excellence except they wore the turban, such as Yahya ibn Sa`id, Rabi`a, and Ibn Hurmuz. I would see in Rabi`a’s circle more than thirty men wearing turbans and I was one of them; Rabi`a did not put it down until the Pleiades rose and he used to say: ‘I swear that I find it increases intelligence.’ Jibril was seen in the image of (the Companion) Dihya (ibn Khalifa) al-Kalbi wearing a turban with its extremity hanging between his shoulder-blades.”(Ibn Abi Zayd, al-Jami` fi al-Sunan (1982 ed. p. 228-229).

Ashhab said: “When Malik wore the turban he passed it under his chin and let its extremity hang behind his back, and he wore musk and other scents.”

[both cited in The Four Imams and their Schools, Dr. Gibril Fouad Haddad]

2) We understand Sayyidina Khidr’s manner of teaching from the story of his journey with Sayyidina Musa (as) in the Quran and in the many stories of his relationship with awliyaullah.   And it is important to keep in mind that Sayyidina Khidr (as) is still alive and with us in his role as a guiding master. Mawlana Shaykh has even mentioned his presence in gatherings. He also informs us that al-Khadir may take any human form.

Shaykh Hisham often relates the story of the murid of Sayyidina `Abdul-Khaliq al-Ghujdawani whom he sent to the graveyard to take lessons (ibrah). There, in the guise of a normal person, Sayyidina Khidr proposes confounding statements to him, until the murid becomes exasperated and tells him off.  Later, returning to his master, he finds the enigmatic stranger informing the eminent Khwaja of his bad behavior. Later he learns that it was Khidr, sent to test him. And thus his role is one of tester, someone who shows us our own mental and egoic limitations, confounding logic and law. The rule often cited in this holy Path is, “consider every person Khidr, every night Laylatul-Qadr.” Doing so will make it so, insha-Allah, may Allah grant us that level.

3) Shaykh Hisham writes, in Classical Islam and the Naqshbandi Sufi Tradition:

China is under the authority of a great saint, who will be one of the greatest saints in the time of Mahdi (as) and Jesus (as). His name is Abd ar-Rauf al-Yamani. Through his influence China will sign an agreement with the West not to use its nuclear weapons. China will split into many different small countries. There will be problems in the Far East, in the Korean Peninsula, and a great power will intervene to stop that conflict.

And Allah knows best to all of these.

Taher Siddiqui

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