Abdalqadir as-Sufi

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Abdalqadir as-Sufi
Abdalqadir as-Sufi in 2007
Born Ian Dallas
1930 (age 85–86)
Ayr, Scotland
Residence Cape Town, South Africa
Occupation Shaykh of Instruction
Title Shaykh
Religion Islam (Sufism)
Website shaykhabdalqadir.com

Abdalqadir as-Sufi (born Ian Dallas in Ayr, Scotland in 1930) is a Shaykh of Instruction, leader of the Darqawi-Shadhili-Qadiri Tariqa, founder of the Murabitun World Movement and author of numerous books on Islam, Sufism (Tasawwuf) and political theory. Born in Scotland, he was a playwright and actor before he converted to Islam in 1967 with the Imam of the Masjid al-Qarawiyyin (Qarawiyyin Mosque) in Fes, Morocco.[1]

Early life[edit]

In 1930 Ian Dallas was born in Scotland of a Highland family. He travelled extensively in Greece, France and Italy.[2] In 1963 he acted in Federico Fellini's film as "Il partner della telepata".[3]


As-Sufi converted to Islam in 1967 in Fes, Morocco as Abdalqadir, witnessed by Abdalkarim Daudi, the Imam Khatib of the Qarawiyyin Mosque, and Alal al-Fasi. He then joined the Darqawi order as a student of Muhammad ibn al-Habib.[4] He travelled Morocco and Algeria with his Shaykh and was further instructed in Sufism by Sidi Hamud ibn al-Bashir of Blida and Sidi Fudul al-Huwari as-Sufi of Fes.[2]


Abdalqadir as-Sufi advocates adherence to the original legal school of Islam, the tradition of the people of Medina[5] as recorded by Malik ibn Anas, since, as discussed at length in his work Root Islamic Education,[6] he considers this the primal formulation of Islamic society and a necessity for the re-establishment of Islam in the current age.

Abdalqadir has been responsible for the establishment of three mosques,

  • Ihsan Mosque, Norwich, England[7]
  • The Great Mosque of Granada[8]
  • The Jumu'a Mosque of Cape Town[9]

Abdalqadir as-Sufi teaches that suicide terrorism is forbidden under Islamic law, that its psychological pattern stems from nihilism,[10] and that it "draws attention away from the fact that capitalism has failed." He has stated that Britain is on "the edge of terminal decline" and that only Britain's Muslim population can "revitalise this ancient realm".[11] He has written extensively on the importance of monarchy and personal rule.[12] He also regards the face-veil (or Niqab) of Muslim women as unislamic.[13] describing it as an "evil hinduisation of women,"[14]

In 2006, he issued a fatwa, following a visit and speech given by then Pope Benedict XVI in Germany. In his Fatwa Concerning the Deliberations of Pope Benedict XVI in Germany, he stated that "in my opinion, Pope Benedict XVI is guilty of insulting the Messenger of Allah".[15] He was an early mentor of American Sufi scholar, Hamza Yusuf.[16]

Murabitun World Movement[edit]

In February 2014 he distanced himself from the dinar and dirham movement, saying, "So, I now dis-associate myself from all activity involving the Islamic gold dinar and silver dirham".[17] The other major condition of a correct Zakat, he argues, is the existence of personal rule, or Amirate, since Zakat is, by Qur'anic injunction, accepted rulings and established practice, taken by the leader, not given as a voluntary sadaqa.[18]


The Daily Telegraph has written that Abdalqadir believes that the Islamic world will conquer the "Jewish dominated" West with a hardline interpretation of Islamic law. Controversial beliefs he is alleged to hold include the claim that movies and football "degrade the proletariat", advocating a Middle Eastern-style monarchical rule in Britain supported by a moral body of Muslims, and his belief in various conspiracy theories that the U.S. and Western government have staged terrorist acts in order to blame Muslims deflect from the "failure of capitalism".[19]


In 2001, the Universiti Sains Malaysia conferred on him an Honorary Doctorate of Literature for his life's writings.[citation needed]

The books he has written include:


Translations undertaken by his students[edit]

  • The Noble Qur'an: a New Rendering of its Meanings in English, by Abdalhaqq and Aisha Bewley (Bookwork, Norwich, UK, ISBN 1-874216-36-3)
  • The Muwatta of Imam Malik [24] translated by Aisha Bewley and Ya'qub Johnson (Bookwork, Norwich, UK, 2001, ISBN 0-906512-17-4, ISBN 0-7103-0361-0)
  • Ash-Shifa by Qadi Iyad (published as Muhammad – Messenger of Allah) translated by Aisha Bewley (Madinah Press, 1992, ISBN 978-1-874216-00-1)
  • The Letters of Shaykh Moulay Muhammad al-Arabi al-Darqawi (published as The Darqawi Way) translated by Aisha Bewley (Diwan Press Norwich, UK, 1980, ISBN 0-906512-06-9).
  • The Foundations of Islam[25] by Qadi 'Iyad. (ISBN 979-95486-3-2)
  • The Seals of Wisdom[26] by Muhyiddin ibn al-Arabi translated by Aisha Bewley (Madinah Press, Cape Town 2005, ISBN 978-0-9651209-3-7)
  • Sufis and Sufism: A Defence[27] by 'Abdu'l-Hayy al-'Amrawi and Abdu'l-Karim Murad translated by Aisha Bewley (Madinah Press, Cape Town 2004, ISBN 0-620-31920-8)
  • A Madinan View: on the Sunnah, courtesy, wisdom, battles and history by Ibn Abi Zayd al-Qayrawani translated by Abdassamad Clarke (Ta-Ha Publishers Ltd, London 1999, ISBN 1-897940-84-X)



  1. ^ Henderson, Barney (20 February 2010). "Radical Muslim leader has past in swinging London". Telegraph. Retrieved 27 December 2013. 
  2. ^ a b From 'The Collected Works' by Ian Dallas
  3. ^ IMDB Filmography
  4. ^ "Shaykh Muhammad ibn al-Habib al-Filâlî". Web.archive.org. Archived from the original on 8 November 2007. Retrieved 6 September 2010. 
  5. ^ "Aisha Bewley's Islamic Home Page". Web.archive.org. Archived from the original on 3 August 2008. Retrieved 6 September 2010. 
  6. ^ "Root Islamic Education". Bewley.virtualave.net. Retrieved 6 September 2010. 
  7. ^ "Ihsan Mosque, Norwich, UK". Muslimsofnorwich.org.uk. 9 March 2010. Archived from the original on 28 August 2010. Retrieved 6 September 2010. 
  8. ^ The Great Mosque of Granada, Spain
  9. ^ The Jumu'a Mosque of Cape Town, South Africa
  10. ^ Fatwa on Suicide as a Tactic, [Madinah Press] 2004.
  11. ^ Radical Muslim leader has past in swinging London, The Telegraph 21 February 2010.
  12. ^ Political Renewal, [Budgate Press] 2009.
  13. ^ "Lifting the Veil on the Veil Issue By Shaykh Dr. Abdalqadir as-Sufi". Shaykhabdalqadir.com. Retrieved 27 December 2013. 
  14. ^ "The End of an Age by Shaykh Dr. Abdalqadir as-Sufi". Shaykhabdalqadir.com. 18 June 2007. Retrieved 27 December 2013. 
  15. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 6 June 2013. Retrieved 2013-12-27. 
  16. ^ Grewal, Zareena "Islam Is a Foreign Country: American Muslims and the Global Crisis of Authority" December 2013
  17. ^ "THE ISLAMIC DINAR – A WAY-STAGE PASSED" Shaykh Dr. Abdalqadir as-Sufi [1]
  18. ^ Refer to the following articles on his website, Ta Sin Mim – Today Archived 18 May 2007 at the Wayback Machine., A Ramadan Message to His Majesty King Abdullah Archived 18 May 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
  19. ^ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/7271752/Radical-Muslim-leader-has-past-in-swinging-London.html
  20. ^ "The Way of Muhammad". Bewley.virtualave.net. Retrieved 6 September 2010. 
  21. ^ "Root Islamic Education". Bewley.virtualave.net. Retrieved 6 September 2010. 
  22. ^ "The Technique of the Coup de Banque" (PDF).  Archived 29 July 2007 at the Wayback Machine(336 KB)
  23. ^ "Sultaniyya" (PDF).  (33.7 MB)
  24. ^ "The Muwatta of Imam Malik". Bewley.virtualave.net. Archived from the original on 13 October 2010. Retrieved 6 September 2010. 
  25. ^ "The Foundations of Islam" (PDF).  Archived 28 December 2006 at the Wayback Machine(715 KB)
  26. ^ "The Seals of Wisdom (Fusus al-Hikam)". Bewley.virtualave.net. Archived from the original on 6 October 2010. Retrieved 6 September 2010. 
  27. ^ This rebuttal by two prominent ulema of the Qarawiyyin Mosque in Fes was written in response to the slander against Sayyid Muhammad `Alawi al-Maliki al-Makki in a book called Kitab al-Hiwar,


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