Sayyidina Ali Al-Maleegy

Location: Maleeg – Birkit al-Sabi’ (The Seventh Birka)

His birth was a pure occasion that made his grandfather proud. Ali al-Maleegy became renowned as “the one who takes you to the end of the path.” His lineage goes back to Imam al-Husayn grandson of the Emissary of Godﷺ. He was born (may God be pleased with him) in Yemen at the turn of the 7th century AH. After he completely memorized the Noble Qur’an he travelled to Egypt to enter al-Azhar University. There he took handfuls from its oceans of knowledge until he was quenched. God gave him an opening by allowing him to meet the Sayid Abu al-Fathy al-Wasity who through him committed to the Rifa’ee Sufi path.

He (may God be pleased with him) was a contemporary to the Sayyid Ahmed al-Badawy. Once when Sayyid al-Badawy sent his representative, Abdul Mutaal, to al-Maleegy, he advised him that if he reached Janzur (an area before the region of Maleeg) he should remove his sandals, as he would be treading between the tents that belonged to al-Maleegy. Notice Sayyid Ahmed al-Badawy’s kinaya (allusion) for his strong honor and respect for al-Maleegy.

al-Maleegy was a weaver of clothes and he used to say emphasizing the connection of work and worship: “The rosary of the weaver is the needle and the rosary of the carpenter is the saw.” He contributed with Sayyid Ahmed al-Badawy, Sayid Abu al-Hasan al-Shadhili, Sayyid Abu al-Maati and other pious men of his time in beating back the Crusaders entering Egypt through Damietta. He passed (may God be pleased with him) in the year 680 AH.