He is Mohammed ibn Khalil ibn Ibrahim ibn Mohammed ibn Ali ibn Mohammed Shams al-Din al-Hasani al-Mashishi al-Tarabulsi, known as Abu al-Mahasin al-Qawuqji in relation to al-Qawuq. Qawuq was a nickname for one of his grandfathers. His grandfather was nicknamed by this name because he made a Qawuq and gifted it to the Ottoman Sultan Mustafa Khan. After that, the grandfather became popular for this reason. Qawuq was a crown kings used to wear. It was later worn by scholars then by public people, but people stopped wearing it later.
He was born on 12 Rabi’ al-Awwal 1224 AH in the city of Tripoli. His father died when he was young, so he lived as an orphan. He received the principles of Islamic and Arabic sciences in his country. Then he went to Egypt in 1239 AH. He studied at Al-Azhar Mosque and learned from the famous people of his time, like Ibrahim Al-Bajoury, Hasan Al-Quaysini, Mohammed Yusuf Al-Buhi. He recited to them in many fields. He learned mysticism from Sheikh mohammed Salih al-Sibai al-Adawi. He cared about Hadith and its arts, especially Esnad and learned from its well-known scholars like Sheik Mohammad Abed Al-Sendi and others. He became number one in Esnad and Hadith in his time, so he became the goal of the people of his time in this art. After he mastered various sciences, he returned to his country and worked there in teaching. He was preoccupied with Hadith and its sciences and mysticism, so he was regarded as one of the stars of Sufism. Al-Nabhani talked about him in his book (Arabic title:Jame’ Karamat Al-Awleya).