Islamic Books in MALAY
Collection Of Syeikh Omar Al-Khatib Books
PENERBIT / PUBLISHER : SAH PUBLICATION
Syeikh Umar bin Abdullah bin Ahmad bin Salim bin Abdullah bin Abu Bakar Al-Khatib was born in Tarim, Hadramaut, Yemen, on Thursday 31 December 1908 (8 Zulhijjah 1326). His family was well-known for their religious background and he was a descendent of ‘Abaad bin Bish Al-Ausi Al-Ansari, one of the companions of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), who migrated to Yemen and was buried at Al-Lisik, Hadramaut.
From a young age, he had shown a phenomenal capability to memorise – at the tender age of 9, and in just 97 days, committing to memory the whole of Al-Quran. This exceptional capability to memorise anything remained with him to his old age and was shown when, later in life, he managed to memorize thousands of poems by the well-known poet al-Mutanabbi in three nights.
A mere glance at someone, and that person’s face would be recorded in his memory, to be recalled later when needed. As a result of this photographic memory, he memorized the genealogy of all Hadramis in Yemen, all the way back as the time of the Sahabah. A Yemeni Arab would meet him, and upon knowing a bit of his lineage, Syeikh Umar could recite the rest. This unique capability remained his to the end of his life.
At school in Yemen he was unsurpassed, gaining the admiration of his teachers who numbered more that 70 ulama. Among his famous teachers were Syaikh Abubakar bin Abdullah Alkhatib, Abdur Rahim bin Abdullah bin Salim Alkhatib, Habib Abdur Rahman bin Ubaidillah Assegaf, and Habib Alwi bin Abdur Rahman Alseri. But the teacher best remembered by Syeikh Umar was Habib Abdullah bin ldrus bin Alwi Al-ldrus.
Syeikh Umar mastered several Islamic disciplines such as Tafsir, Qiraat, Tarikh Islam, Arabic Language and Literature and Fiqh. His comprehensive knowledge and understanding of Fiqh was acknowledged by many contemporary ulama, and he became their reference for many complex issues of Fiqh.
Perhaps, as a sign of true genius, Syeikh Umar was also capable of rapid mathematical calculation. He could look at a problem of Faraid and, without pencil and paper, he could give the answer. In his own words, he could calculate faster than a bank teller with a calculator.
In 1935, and due to his phenomenal capability, the scholars in Tarim decided to offer him a position as Qadhi. He was 27 years old and he declined the offer because he felt that there were many elder ulama better than him. And because he was afraid that he would be pressured to take that position from his respected teachers, he decided to move away from Tarim and migrate to Singapore.
In Singapore he started life as a humble clerk at a property company owned by the Al-Haddad family, where he did not reveal his mastery of Islamic knowledge. Then, after having acquired enough savings, he decided to start a company of his own at Kandahar Street. But all this time, he never neglected to attend any religious classes, although his humility restrained him from delivering a class as a teacher.