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Mohammad Hayya Al-Sindhi

Imam Muhammad Hayyat ibn Ibraaheem al-Sindi (Arabic: امام الشيخ محمد حياة بن ابراهيم السندي‎) (died 3 February 1750) was a Muslim scholar, chancellor of Al-Masjid al-Nabawi and Chief Justice of Medina in the eighteenth century during the period of Ottoman Empire.

Ibn Abd-al-Wahhab's teacher Abdallah ibn Ibrahim ibn Sayf introduced the relatively young man to Mohammad Hayya Al-Sindhi in Medina and recommended him as a student. Ibn Abd-al-Wahhab and al-Sindi became very close and Ibn Abd-al-Wahhab stayed with him for some time. Al-Sindi was a renowned scholar of hadith who was well known for repudiating innovations. Scholars have described Muhammad Hayya as having an important influence on Ibn Abd-al-Wahhab, encouraging him to denounce rigid imitation of medieval commentaries and to utilize informed individual analysis (ijtihad). Muhammad Hayya also taught Ibn Abd-al-Wahhab to reject popular religious practices associated with 'saints' and their tombs that resembles Orthodox Sunni Islam teachings.


He died on 26 Safar, 1163H (3 February 1750) in Medina, and was buried in the Jannat al Baqi.[1]

Further reading

  • Muḥammad Ḥayyā al-Sindī and Muḥammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab: An Analysis of an Intellectual Group in Eighteenth-Century Madīna, John Voll. Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, Vol. 38, No. 1 (1975), pp. 32–39. Cambridge University Press on behalf of School of Oriental and African Studies. Stable URL:
  • ' The non-Wahhabi Hanbalis', 277-91.
  • Aziz Ahmad, ' Political and religious ideas of Shah Wali-ullah of Delhi ', Muslim World, LII, 1, 1962, 22.
  • G. W. J. Drewes, 'Indonesia: mysticism and activism', in G. E. von Grunebaum (ed.), Unity and variety in Muslim civilization, Chicago, 1955, 290-1.fdaafg
  • Saint-Prot, Charles. Islam. L'avenir de la tradition entre révolution et occidentalisation (Islam. The Future of Tradition between Revolution and Westernization). Paris: Le Rocher, 2008.


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