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[1] The Idrisiyya is a Sufi order founded by Ahmad Ibn Idris al-Fasi (1760-1837).[2] Its adherents are widespread throughout North Africa, from where it has spread to Saudi Arabia and Southeast Asia. A branch of this order was introduced in Singapore by the followers of Shaikh Muhammad Said al-Linggi (d.1926).[3]

Hazrat Ahmad bin Idris had spiritual teachers in the Shadhili sufi order. Although Idrisiyya is based on a direct Uwaisi spiritual relationship with the Prophet Muhammad, it is historically linked to the Shadhili order, which in turn is linked to Qadiriyya.




  • “Upper Egypt and the Sudan: The Case of the Shadhiliyya Idrisiyya.” Conference on “Social and Cultural Processes in Upper Egypt,” organized by the Center for Development Research (Copenhagen), the University of Aarhus (Aarhus, and the Social Research Center, American University in Cairo. Aswan, October 17–20, 2002).
  • Karrar, 'Ali Salih, Athar al-ta'alim al-Idrisiyya fi `l-turuq al-sufiyya fi `l-Sudan, MA thesis, 1977, University of Khartoum. Includes a valuable discussion of the Idrisiyya tariqa in the Sudan in the present century and its relationship with other brotherhoods. To be published by Dar al-Jil, Beirut.