During this period, Shaykh Ibn Bāz, may Allāh be merciful to him, made several attempts, from writing to the authorities and asking them to allow the Shaykh to resume his lessons in the Mosque. And beforehand, Shaykh Ibn Bāz urged the Shaykh to remain patient and to continue giving his lessons.And he praised his books in a letter, which he wrote with the following text: From ‘Abdul-‘Azīz Ibn ‘Abdillāh Ibn Bāz, to the respected son, the virtuous Shaykh Sulaymān Ibn Nāsir Al-‘Ulwān, may Allāh allow him to attain His pleasure and increase him in knowledge and faith [Īmān]. As-Salāmu ‘Alaykum Wa Rahmatullāhi Wa Barakātuh, To proceed:‘I have examined some of your writings and read some of what you have written in the refutation of Ibn Al-Jawzī and As-Saqqāf and I became very happy with that.May Allāh guide your steps and increase you in beneficial knowledge and righteous deeds and may He keep ourselves and you, steadfast upon the guidance and make ourselves and you, from His successful party (Hizb) and His fearful allies (‘Awliyā’) and from the callers to Him who are upon sure-sightedness (Basīrah). Wa As-Salāmu ‘Alaykum Wa Rahmatullāhi Wa Barakātuh The Head Cleric (Muftī) of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the President of the Council of Senior Scholars and the Administration of Knowledge-Base Research and Legal Verdicts. The Shaykh has also faced some opposition from his contemporaries regarding some of the jurisprudence related opinions he holds, such as the purity [Tahārah] of blood and alcohol [i.e.
From the scholar’s lips, extending all the way back to the Messenger of Allāh صلى وسلم عليه .اهللاThis took place on 18/8/1413H.
Later, he traveled to Makkah and sat with the scholars there and received similar licenses to teach in the other books of the Sunnah, Tafsīr and jurisprudence.
The mahdhara was where the Muslims focused their concern and succeeded in providing a system to disseminate the traditional Islamic sciences among the Ummah.
THE MAHDHARA OF SHEIKH MUHAMMAD SAALIM The Mauritanian school system of the mahdhara is a microcosm of the traditional style of learning that was going on throughout the Ummah.
And one time, the Shaykh was imprisoned for a treatise he wrote concerning the innovation [Bid’ah] of holding congratulatory celebrations for those who complete the memorization of the Qur’ān, due to his opinion that these celebrations were not known at the time of the Prophet nore the time of his companions [Sahābah] nor the Imāms of those who succeeded them [Tābi’īn] nor the four Imāms.
And this was one of the things that these generations could have done as there was nothing to prevent them from that except that the Messenger of Allāh وسلم عليه اهللا صلى said, “Whoever innovates something into this matter of ours that which is not from it, then it is rejected.” [Agreed upon, from the Hadīth of ‘Ā’ishah, may Allāh be pleased with her] So he was imprisoned along with others, who held the same opinion, in Riyādh, near the end of Thul-Hijjah in 1407, for eighteen days.
Also, he is the only person alive today that knows the 14,000 lined poem containing the Sharh of Mukhtasar Khaleel, amongst many other texts, all preserved by the Will and Blessing of Allaah (subhaanahu wa ta’aala).
Amongst his family, there is his brother Shaykh Hai wald ‘Udood, and probably the most well known of his family, his nephew Shaykh Muhammad Hasan Ad-Dadoo Ash-Shanqeetee who is currently the Mudeer (principal) of Al-Markaz Al-‘Elmee in the capital of Mauritania Nouakchott (in Arabic Nawaakshawt) .
Some people, not having adequate information have come unprepared and so the following information should help out those interested in visiting the school of Sheikh Muhammad Saalim wald ‘Udood ash-Shanqeetee (Hafidhahullaah).