By: Sayyid Zayn ‘Al ‘Abedin (Khadim of ISRA)
Considering it to be a personal loss to the family of ISRA, I feel that his passing is akin to the sun that warmed and brightened our lives with spiritual fervor, has set. And yet today at the moment of darkness of the human condition, when we look into our hearts, we still find the living flame of Divine love and remembrance which he lighted is illuminating our path of witnessing the Real. I have no more words to express my grief and condolences, I strongly feel that Shaykh Nooruddeen’s passing is a profound loss for the entire Muslim Ummah and is extremely difficult to be filled up soon in the foreseeable future.
From the beginning of the formation of the ISRA organization and movement, Shaykh Nooruddeen had played an unforgettable role of a passionate guide, inspirer, motivator, teacher and mentor for the ISRA family. His guidance, zeal, encouragement and participation in ISRA’s
activities have played a key role in advancing and making the ISRA’s message of the Love of Allah (swt) and the Love of Rasoul Allah (saws) transcend all barriers and become popular throughout the Ummah.
He was one of the most prominent voices of ISRA during the organization’s campaign to promote and spread the celebrations of Mawlid-un-Nabi (saws) throughout the USA by holding large Mawlid conventions to increase the love of Prophet Muhammad (saws) as a way to follow his noble Sunnah. His heartwarming and passionate lectures and discourses at these events helped ISRA to lay the foundation of the revival of traditional Islam in America. Today by the Grace of Allah more than 500 events of Mawlid-un- Nabi are observed in North America.
He played a key role in spreading the teachings of the Shadhili Sufi Tariqa in the West as the Khalifa of Shaykh Muhammad Ibrahim Al-Batawi AbuZaikri, a former professor of Al-Azhar University, In Egypt and the Shaykh of Batawi-Shadhili Sufi order (Tariqa).
Additionally, Shaykh Nooruddeen played an outstanding scholarly role in producing the written works of Qur’anic understanding through his translation and transliteration of the Holy Qur’an and the works of Tasawwuf.
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