We remember our sheikh, our master, our beloved, our grandfather, the crown of our scholars:
“From the believers are men who are true to what they have covenanted with Allah; some of them have fulfilled their vow through death and some of them are still waiting, and they have not altered in the least.” [Al-Aḥzāb 33:23]
Yesterday evening (Thursday), during his jihād of conveying knowledge to his students at a time in which most scholars are refraining from this mission, in Masjid Al-Īmān in Damascus, our sheikh, our master, our beloved, our grandfather and the crown of the scholars, the great and virtuous scholar, Ustādh Dr Muḥammad Saʿīd Ramaḍān Al-Būṭī, was martyred, may Allah have mercy on him, when a wretch from amongst the wretched blew himself up amongst students of knowledge who were gathered attentively around the sheikh, listening to his tafsīr of Allah the Exalted’s statement:
“Indeed those who disbelieve will not be benefitted in the slightest by their wealth and their children against Allah. They are the rightful inhabitants of the Fire and they shall remain therein forever.” [Āl-ʿImrān 3:116]
Martyred along with him were approximately fifty students of knowledge, including his grandson Ahmad, in a gathering that the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, described by saying: “No people gather in one of the houses of Allah reciting the Book of Allah and studying it amongst themselves except that tranquillity transcends upon them, mercy covers them, the angels surround them and Allah mentions them to those with Him.” Narrated by Muslim.
His pure body will be taken from Al-Jamiʿ Al-Ummawī after Ẓuhr prayers tomorrow (Saturday, 23/03/2013) and he will be buried in Bāb Al-Ṣaghīr graveyard.
We hope that they are all granted martyrdom, a good end and the companionship of the righteous, and we especially mention:
My brother Muḥammad Saʿīd Marwān Sakāf and my brother Usāma ʿAbdur Raḥmān Al-Murābiṭ from our website staff at Naseem Al-Sham.