25. Dhul Qadah 1438  Jumu'ah
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NOBLE DESENDANT OF RASULLULAH  صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم

He is Al Habib Idrus bin Salim bin Alwi bin Segaf bin Alwi bin Abdullah bin Husein bin Salim bin Idrus bin Muhammad bin Abdullah bin Alwi bin Abu Bakar Al-Jufri. He was born in the town of Taris Hadhramaut on 15 Syaaban 1309 H (1892 M).

His mother Syarifah Noor Aljufri was born at the distrct of Sengkang, South Suluwesi, whose regal lineage designated her with the title of ‘Andi Arung Matowa Wajo’. She returned to Hadhramaut and passed away at Taris. Al Habib also had two other brothers born in Hadhramaut, Habib Alwi who passed away at Manado north of Sulawesi and Habib Abu Bakar who passed away at Solo in Java.

Following the prevailing rich tradition in Hadhramaut in producing par excellence scholars, Al Habib Idrus was nurtured by his father in a loving family environment. His father himself was a great scholar in education, writing and ifta’ and was a judge and consultant jurist (muft)i. His grandfather Al Habib Alwi bin Segaf was a legal expert with rulings (fatwa) found in the book Bulughul Musytarsyidin by Al-Imam Al-Habib Abdurrahman Al-Masyhur.

Together with his father, Al Habib Idrus attended study circles majlis ta’lim at Taris and Tarim. At the tender age of 12, Al Habib Idrus was able to memorize the Al Quran and being able to decipher two hundred verses in respect to Islamic jurisprudence. Observing his potentialities, his father postulated that Al Habib Idrus could succeed him and began to personally ameliorate and educate him. He built a special room for him in order to provide closer interaction in teaching in the field of tafsir, hadis tasawuf, fiqih,tauhid, mantiq, ma’ani bayan,, badi’, nahwu, sharaf, falaq, tarikh and literary chronicals.

Al Habib Idrus also graduated in the field of education from the institution Perguruan Tinggi Arrabithatul – Alawiyah at Taris.

Apart from his father Al Habib also learned from other distinguished. ulama’ and auliya’, mainly from his father’s companions.


Habib Muhsen bin Alwi Assaggaf

Habib Ali bin Omar bin Saggaf Assaggaf

Habib Muhammad bin Ibrahim Balfagih

Habib Abdullah Salleh bin Husain bin Saleh Albahr

Habib Idrus bin Omar Alhabsyi

Habib Abdullah bin Omar Alshatrie

Syekh Muhamad Bakasir

Habib Ahmad bin Hamid (Imam Masjid Ba Alawi Tarim)

Habib Arif Billah Ali bin Muhammad Alhabsyi

Syeikh Abu Bakar bin Ahmad Al Bakri (Shahibul Fatwa)

In the year 1327 H (1909 M), he went for pilgrimage with his father for six months, during which time they managed to meet the great ulama’ and auliya’ of that period, and receiving izajah and supplications from them including Al-Sayyid Abbas Al-Maliki Al Hassani in Makah.

After returning to Hadhramaut, they continued their travel to Manado, Indonesia meeting Al Habib Idrus’s mother and also his two brothers Al Habib Alwi and Al Habib Syeikh, who had migrated to Indonesia earlier. They stayed for a while before returning to Hadhramaut.

At home Al Habib started teaching at the school founded by his father. Subsequently, he got married to Syarifah Bahiyah who bore him two sons Al Habib Salim and Al Habib Muhammad and a daughter Syarifah Raguan.


In the year 1334 H in the month of Syawal (1906M), his father passed away and in the same year, Al Habib Idrus was nominated by Sultan Mansur to hold the post of judge and mufti of Taris’, Hadhramaut. He was only twenty five year old.


During these younger days, Al Habib was concerned on Human Rights issue in particular with the injustices made by the British Government in Hadhramaut. Together with a friend Habib Abdul Rahman Ubaidillah, they set sail to Egypt to disseminate papers on the maltreatment and to seek support from the Arab countries. However, their plans were uncovered by the British forces at the red sea port. Both were arrested, their papers confiscated and destroyed. They were detained and were later freed on the condition that they were banned to travel to other Arab countries. It was only after this incident that Al Habib Idrus decided to migrate to Indonesia

In the year 1343 H (1925), he set sail to Indonesia and resided at Pekalongan in Central Java. There he married Syarifah Aminah Al-Jufri and was blessed with two daughters, Syarifah Lulu’ and Syarifah Nikmah. Syarifah Lulu’ later married to Sayyid Segaf bin Syekh Al-Jufri. One of their children is Dr.Salim Segaf Al-Jufri, who is at present the Indonesian ambassador in Saudi Arabia.

The following year Al Habib Idrus moved to Jombang to teach as well as to trade but his venture was unsuccessful. After two years, he went to Solo to concentrate on educational work. With the cooperation of several friends, he helped to facilitate the setting of Madrasah Rabithah Alawiyah.

Finally in 1930, he migrated to Palu at Sulawesi Island. After processing all the official documents and submitting them to the Dutch East Indies government, he was given the official approval to set up the Madrasah Al-Khairaat. It was a benevolent institution with no fees charged to the students in keeping with the tradition of providing free education to learning the Arabic language. It was solely financed by Al Habib Idrus who paid the teachers and staff salary from his trading activities. He himself taught with full dedication and proficiency. This tireless effort finally bore fruit in producing teachers who were sent throughout East Indonesia and arrest the christening of the remote ethnic groups in Central Sulawesi by three missionary organisations, Indische Kerk (IK) based at Luwu, Nederlands Zending Genootschap (NZG) based at Tentena, and Leger Dois Hest (LDH) based at Kalawara. Despite his busy schedule at Al-Khairaat, Al Habib also went personally to remote interior villages and relentlessly spread the call and message of Islam. He would travel by any means most often on foot, by bullock-carts, small sailing boats and vehicles. This untiringly effort culminated in the conversion by the thousands of people to become Muslims.

On January 1942, the Japanese occupied Sulawesi with its command centre located at Manado. They closed the Al-Khairaat Teacher Training Madrasah. Unperturbed, Al Habib went underground and kept on teaching in secrecy at night at the village Bayoge, situated about one and a half kilometre from Al-Khairaat.. Using whatever mean available for lighting; the students came secretly one at a time on an individual basis. The teaching continued for three and a half years,

When Indonesia attained its independence in 1945, the Al-Khairaat Teacher Training Madrasah was reopened. The following twenty six years, saw him sacrificing and consolidating the growth of the Al Khiarat Foundation with the present legacy of having 1,816 schools right from kindergartens up to the high school level .stretching from Palu to Papua Island. In addition there are over two thousand informal study groups-majlis ta’lim,  A new University is also set up named Universitas Islam Alkhairat (UNISA) with a pioneer enrolment of 500 students.

Al Habib Idrus lead a humble life. He never had any money except for his daily need and disbursement for the poor. When he was sick, he would ask one of his murid to donate the money at the market place. In 1968 he felt seriously ill and for eight months ate only pressed date juice. Even so, he still conducted the teaching majlis throughout the day. Except those who are closely related to him, the others attending the  majlis was unaware he was sick .

Al Habib Idrus bin Salim passed away on Monday 12 Syawal 1389 H (22 Desember 1969) at the age of 80. His life had been in complete service to Allah in all its total manifestation. 

اللهم انشرنفحات الرضوان عليه وإمدنا بالأسرار التي أودعتهال

. اللهم صل وسلم على جده النبي الأمين سيدنا محمد وعلى آله وصحبه أجمعديهين 

الفاتحة إلى حضرة النبي محمد صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم وإلى روح سيدنا الحبيب عيدروس بن سالم الجفري وأصوله وفروعه وتلامذته والمنتسبين إليه أجمعين، أن الله يعلي درجاتهم في الجنة ويكثر من مثوباتهم ويضاعف حسناتهم ويحفظنا بجاههم وينفعنابهم ويعيد علينا من بركاتهم وأسرارهم وأنوارهم وعلومهم ونفحاتهم في الدين والدنيا والآخرة - الفاتحة