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Ahmad Ibn Idris

Birth:1760

Death:1837

The Neo-Sufi reformer, active in Morocco, North Africa, and the Yemen, who bypassed the ulama and tried to bring a more vibrant form of Islam directly to the people. Ahmad Ibn Idris who was the founder of the Idrisi order travelled extensively in North Africa and the Yemen, instructing the ordinary people in their dialect, and teaching them how to perform such basic as the salat. He came to Cairo in 1799 and, in 1818, went to Makkah for a second time and settled there. He was one of the most eminent teachers in the holy city. Due to opposition from Ulemma he had to flee in 1827 to Zabid. After Ahmad's death the Idrisiya split into new lines and his more influential pupils embarked upon independent courses. The most important of this was Muhammad Ibn Ali as Sanusi, founder of the Sanusiya. Ahmad Ibn Idris was born near Fez in Morocco.

Compiled by:M. Nauman Khan / Ghulam Mohiuddin

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