‘Abdul-Wāhid Ibn ‘Āshir Al-Māliki (990 – 1040 AH)
Author of Al-Murshid Al-Mu’in ‘ala Al-Daruri min ‘Ulum al-Din (The Helpful Guide to what is Essential to Know of the Sciences of the Religion)
Abu Muhammad Sidi ‘Abdul-Wahid ibn Ahmad ibn ‘Ali ibn ‘Ashir was one of the great Maliki scholars of Morocco. His lineage can be traced back to the ancient Medinite tribe known as the ‘Ansar’ who lent their support to the Prophet Muhammad e and welcomed him to take up residence in their city after the people of Mecca had persecuted him and driven him out. His most immediate descendants can be traced back to Islamic Spain (Andalusia). But they would later take up residence in the ancient Moroccan city of Fez where Sidi Ibn ‘Ashir grew up and spent most of his life.