Shaykh-ul-Islam Prof. Dr. Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri travelled to Makkah to condole with the family of Shaykh as-Sayyad Muhammad bin Alavi al-Maliki al-Makki. Due to the unavailability of flights because of the busy Umrah season prior to the Hajj, Shaykh-ul-Islam was not able to fly to the funeral of his close friend.
He arrived in Makkah on the day after the demise of the Shaykh. He was received by the younger brother of the Shaykh, as-Sayyad Abbas bin Alavi al-Maliki and the two elder sons of the Shaykh, as-Sayyad Ahmad bin Muhammad al-Alavi and as-Sayyad Abdullah bin Muhammad al-Alavi.
After condoling with the family members of the Shaykh, an iftar dinner was arranged in honour of Shaykh-ul-Islam Prof. Dr. Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri which was also attended by local scholars. Shaykh-ul-Islam remembered Shaykh as-Sayyad Muhammad bin Alavi al-Maliki al-Makki and gave specific reference to the special regard which the Shaykh showed to him when ever he came to Makkah while addressing the participants.
As Shaykh-ul-Islam had to return to Pakistan for the Annual Collective Itikaf which takes place under his spiritual guidance, he was not able to stay in Makkah for more than a few days. He managed to return to Pakistan just in time for the itikaf as flights were virtually unavailable.
On his arrival to Pakistan Shaykh-ul-Islam spoke about his dear friend Shaykh as-Sayyad
Muhammad bin Alavi al-Maliki al-Makki for an hour in his Jummah sermon at the Itikaf City.