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Oh Allah, I ask You by the light of the Face of Allah the Great, Which filled the pillars of the Throne of Allah, the Great, And by it are upheld the worlds of Allah, the Great, To send blessings upon our master Muhammad of worth so great, And upon the family of the Prophet of Allah the Great, As much as the greatness of the Essence of Allah, the Great, In every glance and breath, as many times as all that is contained in the knowledge of Allah, the Great, A salaat that is perpetual in the perpetuity of Allah, the Great, In glorification of your worth, oh our master Muhammad, oh you of a nature most great, And send peace upon him and his family just as much, And join him with me, just as You joined the soul with the nafs, Outwardly and inwardly, in wakefulness and in sleep, And make him, oh Lord, a soul for my body in every respect, In the here and now, before the world to come, oh Allah the Great.
wa sallim ‛alayhi wa ‛alā ālihī mithla dhālik. said to me: ‘Oh Ahmad. Shaykh Ahmad ibn Idris says: “And so I repeated these after them both and I was clothed in Muhammadan lights and power and was nourished with the divine springs. larger in number. an tuṣallī ‛alā mawlānā Muḥammadin dhil-qadril ‛aẓīm. wa ‛alā āli nabiyyillāhil ‛aẓīm. Then the Prophet. and the Istighfar al-Kabir. said: “What is that.” . wajma‛ baynī wa-baynahū kamā jama‛ta baynarrūḥi wannafsi. ṣalātan dā’imatan bi-dawāmillāhil ‛aẓīm. and is superior in reward. the Salaat Azeemiyya. fī kulli lamḥatin wa nafasin ‛adada mā fī ‛ilmillāhil ‛aẓīm.” Al-Khadir. which are the dhikr. alayhi assalam. alladhī mala’a arkāni ‛arshillāhil ‛aẓīm. alayhi assalatu wassalam. salla Allahu alayhi wa Alihi wa sallam. ẓāhiran wa bāṭinan. with the Prophet Muhammad. and alKhadir. If you say them once. yā ‛aẓīm The Keys to the Heavens and the Earth: Shaykh Ahmad ibn Idris. you have been given the keys to the heavens and the earth. and the istighfar. they are equal to the world and what is in it many times over. The Prophet said to al-Khadir: “Ya Khadir: teach him that which joins together all of the dhikrs. taught him the Idrisi Tahlil.Transliteration: Allāhumma innī as’aluka bi-nūri wajhillāhil ‛aẓīm. bi-qadri ‛aẓamati dhātillāhil ‛aẓīm. fiddunyā qablal ākhirati. may Allah be pleased with him. yaqẓatan wa manāman. alayhi assalam. the salaat. more exalted in worth. salawat. waj‛alhu yā Rabbi rūḥan li-dhātī min jamī‛il wujūhi. salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam. oh Prophet of Allah?” And so the Prophet. wa qāmat bihī ‛awālimullāhil ‛aẓīm. and greater in obtaining assistance. had a meeting in the waking state. and prayers for forgiveness of sins. ta‛ẓīman li-ḥaqqika yā mawlānā yā Muḥammad yā dhal-khuluqil ‛aẓīm.
‛adada mā wasi‛ahū ‛ilmullāh Its Merit: The Prophet. Transliteration: Lā ilāha illallāh Muḥammadun rasūlullāh. oh Ahmad. in every glance and breath. Teach it to your companions so that with it they will surpass those who came before. fī kulli lamḥatin wa-nafasin. Muhammad Rasool Allah.” . No one has received it before you. salla Allahu alayhi wa alihi wa sallam. as many times as all that is contained in the knowledge of Allah. said to shaykh Ahmad ibn Idris: “I have saved it for you.The Dhikr (The Idrisi Tahlil): Laa ilaaha illa Allah.
my every thought and my every breath. there is no god save He. And I turn to Him in repentance from all acts of disobedience. . and as much as the ink of Allah’s words. In my every action and my every stillness.The Istighfar Kabir Translation: I seek the forgiveness of Allah the Great. and His will chosen. the Forgiver of sins. written down by the Pen. the Living. the Majestic and Generous. and as our Lord wishes and as He pleases. To the number of all things contained in His knowledge. Sustainer of Life. and to the number of all that His omnipotence has created. and all sins and offenses. As it befits the Majesty of the Face of Allah. always and forever and eternally. in word and deed. and His Beauty and Perfection. registered in the Book. From every sin that I have committed intentionally and unintentionally. openly and in secret. From the sin that I am aware of and the sin that I am unaware of.
dhal-jalāli wal-ikrām wa atūbu ilayhi min jamī‛il-ma‛āṣī kullihā wal-dhunūbi wal-āthām wa min kulli dhanbin adhnabtuhu ‛amdan wa khaṭa’ā. otherwise how could he have said: ‘He forgave me’ ?” .’ And this means that he knows that Allah forgave him. ẓāhiran wa bāṭinā. al-ḥayy al-qayyūm ghaffār adh-dhunūbi. qawlan wa fi‛lā fī jamī‛i ḥarakātī wa sakanātī wa khaṭarātī wa anfāsī kullihā dā’iman abadan sarmadā min adh-dhanbilladhī a‛lam wa min adh-dhanbilladhī lā a‛lam ‛adada mā aḥāṭa bihil ‛ilmu wa aḥṣāhul kitābu wa khaṭṭahul qalamu wa ‛adada mā awjadat-hul qudratu wa khaṣṣaṣat-hul irādatu wa midāda kalimātillāh kamā yanbaghī li-jalāli wajhi Rabbinā wa jamālihī wa kamālihī wa kamā yuḥibbu Rabbunā wa yarḍā Its Merit: Shaykh Ahmad ibn Idris wrote about the Istighfar Kabir: “I sent it to one of the awliya. so he wrote me a letter in which he said: ‘I read the istighfar that you sent me one time and Allah forgave me all my sins so that nothing of them remained. a real and true knowledge.Transliteration: Astaghfirullāhal ‛aẓīm alladhī lā ilāha illā hū.
or any such similar falsehoods.”(Q 17:12) And so he will witness him. salla Allahu alayhi wa alihi wa sallam. and united. erases the darknesses of the attributes of the dark nafs. The explanation of “And join him with me. just as You joined the soul with the nafs” : And join within myself between his perfect attributes. sayyidna Abu Bakr as-Siddiq and sayyidna Umar al-Farooq. For the first joining/meeting is that of the sleep. So the person is moved from the darkness of the night of his self in which he can see nothing. salla Allahu alayhi wa alihi wa sallam. and when that joining takes place. the greatgrandson of the sayyid. And after that the real joining happens. salla Allahu alayhi wa alihi wa sallam. Because his attributes of perfection.” Shaykh Saleh al-Ja’fari. salla Allahu alayhi wa alihi wa sallam. and with him were his two noble Companions. salla Allahu alayhi wa Alihi wa sallam. and between the deficient attributes of my self. so let not poor misunderstanding make you think of the intermixing of their bodies or selves. The Prophet then praised shaykh Ahmad ibn Idris to imam as-Sanusi and said to him: “And that is why we frequently show you how his self/body is united to my self/body. erasure happens. appeared to him once. with the eye of baseera (inner vision). and it is the . may Allah be pleased with him said: Bism Allah ar-Rahmaan ar-Raheem. and so the joining of witnessing happens. engulfs him with these lights. and how he is mixed with me. just as You joined the soul with the nafs The sayyid Muhammad ibn Ali as-Sanusi wrote that the Prophet Muhammad.” In commenting on this. so the shining of the sun of the lights of his perfections. and the attributes of the self/nafs are like the night. may Allah be pleased with them both.Commentary on the Azeemiyya: And join him with me. And so he.” Then the Prophet turned toward his two Companions and said to them: “Do you bear witness to this?” They said: “Allah bears witness to it. “We have erased the sign of the night. to the light of the day of his enlightening lights. are like the day. and made the sign of the day to enlighten. salla Allahu alayhi wa alihi wa sallam. and His angels and His prophets and His messengers and the righteous among the believers. the sayyid Muhammad bin Ali al-Yamani al-Idrisi. writes in Risaalat al-Awraad al-Idrisiyya: “I say: And the meaning of this unity (ittihaad) is the strength of the connection between them. just as you joined the attributes of the perfect soul with the attributes of the deficient nafs. wa salla Allahu ‘alaa sayyidina Muhammad wa ‘alaa alihi wa sallam. salla Allahu alayhi wa alihi wa sallam.
” And he said this to me in the courtyard of the Azhar Mosque.” that means: a real meeting. ‘Tell this son of mine to strive hard as did al-Suyuti in order to see me as he did. ‘Let him for I am Light. and it is the meeting we mentioned earlier. “And make him.biggest way that leads to the joining of witnessing. and al-Suyuti would ask him about the correctness of the Prophetic hadiths. And the shaykh.H. then the real joining. peace be upon him.’” So when he said this to me I was greatly astonished and surprised. “Listen oh shaykh what this man is telling me”. ‘Jalaluddin al-Suyuti used to study the science of hadith with the Prophet. to which referred by saying: “And make him. oh Lord. referred to the first by saying “in sleep”and to the second by saying “inwardly” and to the third by saying “and in the waking. sitting next to me. had I not been commanded to tell you by a higher authority. I would not have told it to you: Know my brother that I was sitting in your lesson at the Azhar Mosque after the Friday Prayer. so he said to me. so I saw a man sitting called Ahmad Mahmoud from the town of Moosha in Asyut so I took him to him and said. And in the year 1385 A. a soul for my body” and the saying of sayyidi Ibn al-Farid. I would not count myself among the Muslims. and he said.’ Then a man came and was about to pass between us and I wanted to stop him but he said.” As sayyid Abu al-Abbas al-Mursi may Allah be pleased with him said: “If the Messenger of Allah. salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam. As for the saying of the sayyid Ahmad ibn Idris. may Allah be pleased with him. “I have something to tell you which. may Allah be pleased with him. so he repeated what he said to him.’ And then I saw the Prophet salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam in the waking state. he is mixed with the souls So the saying of sayyidi Ahmad ibn Idris. “I swear by Allah that had I not been commanded to.” And the fourth witnessing is the highest of the types of witnessing. . and you were saying in your lesson. may Allah be pleased with him: “I met with the Prophet salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam and with sayyidna al-Khadir alayhi assalam a corporeal meeting. though different in wording. a soul for my body in every respect. may Allah be pleased with him. salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam. was absent from me for the blinking of an eye. oh Lord. peace be upon him.” And as sayyidi Umar ibn al-Farid may Allah be pleased with him said: Grace me with the destruction of my soul in the love of a gazelle Of most beautiful descriptions. I would not have told you what I just told you. “he is mixed with the souls” are united in meaning. a man from Upper Egypt came to me and said. then the joining of witnessing happens.
and explain the grammar of each aya of the Qur’an very precisely and clarify its terminology. and I was his reciter in the lesson of his book Zad al-Muslim. and he wrote a book called: Tayseer al-’Aseer (The Easing of What is Difficult in the Sciences of Tafseer). and most valuable articles in the al-Azhar magazine. I say: I also heard the story of al-Suyuti from my shaykh. then dive into the ocean of the biographies. most of which he mentioned in the . shaykh Yusef Nasr ad-Dijwi may Allah be pleased with him. and he had an ijaza in that from his homeland. and would. he would meet me at his lesson. and would recite the hadith with its complete chain. seeing of the Prophet salla Allahu alayhi wa alihi wa sallam in the waking and speaking with him. as if he had been sitting with me listening to what I was saying. And he used to have a great love for mawlana the sayyid Ahmad ibn Idris may Allah be pleased with him. while doing so. And he used to memorize the Quran in its different recitations. and if anyone objected to me or gave me a hard time. and after the lesson would greet the shaykh. And he was also one of the scholars who were knowers of Allah. and he had many greatly beneficial writings. and he has a poem on the seven recitations that solved some of the difficult words of shaykh ash-Shatibi may Allah have mercy on him. present the different jurisprudential rulings of the four schools of Law. and then bring in the tafseer of Quranic ayas and matters of fiqh and creed.My shaykh the muhaddith shaykh Muhammad Habib Allah ash-Shanqiti spoke of alSuyuti’s. and the commentary of the hadith. and give a short biography for each of the men in the chain. And he used to memorize the Qur’an with the proper tajweed and all its recitations. and this happened from him many times. And he used to start with the hadith. may Allah be pleased with him. And he would mention many great and valuable proofs of tawassul by the Prophet. and shaykh ad-Dijwi was from the Council of the (great) Scholars of the Azhar. peace and blessings be upon him. he would whisper in my ear after coming and sitting on his chair: “They give you a hard time but you are better than them” as if he was with me! And then in his lesson he would correct everything that I had erred in or missed in my lesson. And I attended his lessons of Quranic commentary from the Sura of Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) until the end of Surat an-Nas. and he used to say to me: “Read my commentary Zad al-Muslim for I did not leave anything out of it. And whenever sayyid Hasan al-Idrisi would come from Sudan. which would make the shaykh most happy and he would say: “The sayyid Ahmad ibn Idris is a Qutb unlike other Qutbs!” And shaykh ad-Dijwi had taken the Idrisi tariqa from my shaykh sayyid Muhammad ash-Sharif. may Allah be pleased with him. And among the things that Allah graced me with is that I stayed with him for almost 15 years. and I regularly attended his lesson after the Fajr prayer at the noble Azhar Mosque in the Abbasid Hall for seven years. and other things. and mention the sayings of the Quranic commentators. big or small. after which he began commenting on Sahih al-Bukhari. and for his descendants. a commentary on the hadiths that are in both Bukhari and Muslim. and I heard it from him many times.” And And I used to give a lesson to the brothers who were present before his arrival at the Ḥusaynid Mosque. and he has a poem on the proofs of Tawassul.
” So you must read this magazine because of the sayings of this shaykh.Azhar magazine. he peace and blessings be upon him. So he poked me in my chest and said to me: I studied the commentary of al-Kirmani and read that matter in it. salla Allahu alayhi wa Alihi wa sallam. may Allah have mercy on him. and saw in it that the Prophet. if he lets the lights and wishes of his soul overpower the darknesses and desires of the nafs. if he came in his original form. He said Most High: “But Allah would not send them punishment while you [o Prophet] are amongst them. And all the types of joining that have been mentioned before are included in the state of being with the Prophet. reading the hadith of the questioning of the grave in Sahih al-Bukhari. A story: He was once. for I appear in every form.” So I said to him: “Our shaykh the sayyid Ahmad ibn Idris may Allah be pleased with him narrated in his book Ruh as-Sunna that he. even if he were to come in other than his original form! You are blessed oh shaykh Saleh! May Allah benefit the Muslims by you!” [The meanings of “And join him with me”are:] 1) The joining of islaah (correcting. peace and blessings be upon him and his family. making right). 3) The joining of learning and wisdom. in the sleep. and Allah knows best. if he saw the light of the face of the Prophet salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam. appears to the one being questioned when the angel says to him: “What do you say about this man?’”And after the lesson I kissed his hand and said to him: Shaykh al-Kirmani says that. He said Most High: “The one who purifies it succeeds. said: ‘He who has seen me has truly seen me. is: while you are with them. And I had studied the commentary of al-Kirmani on alBukhari. Among its meanings. He said: “The Shaytan does not take his form. is: He who purifies his nafs by his soul succeeds. Shaykh ash-Shanqiti may Allah have mercy on him said: “Whenever a bedouin used to come from the desert.”(8:33).”(91:9) Among its meanings. And that might happen by way of the Muhammadan Light. As He said Most High: “And he teaches them the Book and the wisdom” (62:2). as the soul corrected the nafs after their union.’” So he rejoiced greatly at this and said to me: “This hadith is the evidence that the Shaytan does not take his form. and Allah knows best. which was then known as Nur al-Islam.” And then . fixing. peace and blessings be upon him and his family. 2) The joining of the warding off of punishment. appears to the one being questioned. like His saying Most High: “And His Messenger is among you” (3:101) which means: and the Messenger of Allah is with you. And the correct opinion is that he also does not take his form in other than his original form. peace and blessings be upon him and his family. for they are most beneficial. peace and blessings be upon him. he would speak with wisdom. so why did you not remind me of it in the lesson so that the people would hear it from me? And he was once speaking about the vision of the Prophet.
. And horses are not like limping mules. and the most beneficial. and the bravest. 4) The joining of purification. and the most noble.. 8) The joining of the Muhammadan compassion that is in His saying Most High: “To the believers he is compassionate” (9:128). and among the meanings of ‘aziz: The one who has no equal. And that is all part of the meaning of His saying Most High: “There came to you a Messenger. and the most pure. and it is the reading of Abdallah bin Qusait alMakki] 7) And the joining of ‘izza. especially for those who take the Ahmadiyya [Muhammadiyya] Tariqa. and that it is not against reliance on Allah to use the means that bring something about. salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam: Because of the light of the Prophet. and Allah knows best: is the purification of the soul by his soul in the worlds of the aforementioned joining. they did not need to learn to spell. and what is meant here is the specific kind. or should he tie it and rely on Allah? So it is by way of the Muhammadan Light that he learned how to ask. and the most beautiful. and it is the meaning of His saying Most High: “There came to you a Messenger from among yourselves [or from the best of you]. this path of ours is the Book and the Sunna. and the most righteous. for he is the most complete. and the greatest. And perhaps that is among the special merits of this path about which its shaykh used to say. The Sufis say: And an example of this is the question that a bedouin asked the Prophet salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam about his camel: should he leave it untied and rely on Allah. and the most generous. and the one who cannot be defeated by anyone. to watch over them and protect them. Among its meanings. by the permission of Allah. and the most compassionate. ‘aziz. and the most refined. 5) The joining of the deep concern of the Prophet for the soul of the believer [as in His saying Most High: “He is deeply concerned for you” (9:128)]. He said Most High: “And he purifies them” (62:2).” 6) The joining of what is best. as per the reading that says “anfasikum” [and not anfusikum.” (9:128). And so the one who has this joining might surpass all his peers in his age and overcome his enemies. And so he is surrounded by the . And it all happens because of the joining with him who is the best. may Allah be pleased with him: “This path of ours is the Muhammadan Path.he quoted this line of poetry of the scholars of Shanqit (Mauritania) that praises the Companions of the Prophet. and this is general and specific. and the first and the last. and the most elevated. and the most fearful of doing what is wrong. from the best of you”(9:128). because their shaykh asked the Prophet salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam to be their guarantor: to take care of their spiritual upbringing and to guide them. and the most knowledgeable..
9) The joining of the mercy that is in His saying Most High: “To the believers he is compassionate. meaning: The one who lights with his lights the unlit lanterns of the hearts. And this bushra is specific. and he salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam is the possessor of the beauty that is surrounded by majesty. whether in the waking or in sleep. 12) The joining of the warning that is in His saying Most High: “And a warner” (33:45 and elsewhere).’(7:156)” 10) The joining of the witness. and the Book will be placed. As for the general mercy. and what is . so that he salla Allahu alayhi wa alihi wa salam becomes a witness for you on the Day of Rising for your obedience and good deeds. and it is the greatest testimony for you. it is in His saying: “Give the believers the glad tidings that great bounty awaits them from Allah”(33:47) and in His saying Most High: “So give glad tidings to My servants who listen to what is said and follow what is best”(39:18). salla Allahu alayhi wa alihi wa sallam. And this Book is not recited except by way of the Muhammadan Light. So you will have the general and specific types of bushra. only for those about whom Allah Most High said: “For them there is bushra in this life and the next” (10:64). as sayyidi Ahmad ibn Idris may Allah be pleased with him said [in his wird]: “And the Earth of my body will shine with the light of its Lord. in every joining. And our shaykh of the most precious knowledge.” [In reference to aya 39:69 “And the Earth will shine with the lights of its Lord and the Book will be placed]. which illuminates your heart and lights its lantern. And this is the mercy that is specific [to the believers]. and with them you fly in the wonders of the gardens of the blessings of the Muhammadan Mercy. 11) The joining of bushra (glad tidings) that happen to you from him. As for the general bushra. So the light of his majesty will warn you about disobeying his sayings. and that is in His saying Most High: “And a shining torch/lantern” (33:46). sayyid Ahmad ibn Idris may Allah be pleased with him. and found the torture there most sweet 13) The joining of illumination. it is in His saying Most High: “We did not send you but as a mercy to the worlds” (21:107). the book from which none of the Effusions (tajalliyyaat) of His Self are missing. alluded to this [in his wird] in his saying: “And so that he becomes the tongue of my mercy from all my directions. merciful” (9:128) and in His saying Most High: “It is by a mercy from Allah that you are gentle with them” (3:159). And by him the Earth of your body is lit by the light of its Lord.Muhammadan Compassion which cannot be equalled by the compassion of any of the creation in this world. As sayyidi Umar ibn al-Farid may Allah be pleased with him said: For a beauty that You veiled with majesty He fell in love. And so he joins to you in this joining two mercies: the general and the specific. and they will cause you to rise toward your goal like the rising of the thirsty toward a fresh spring of water. reciting in all the directions of the creation the aya of Absolute Divine Mercy: ‘And my Mercy encompasses all things. which surround you like the two wings of a bird.
so some of his great character. and because of it he will have the Muhammadan character traits.” 17) And the joining of the appearance (tajalli) of the [Divine] actions happens to him also. and it is the secret of His saying Most High: “Those who peldge loyalty to you are actually pledging loyalty to Allah”and the meaning is: It is as if they are pledging loyalty to Allah. 14) The joining of the great character that is in His saying Most High: “And you are upon a great (most noble) character” (68:4). but Allah threw”(8:17). and it is what is meant by the saying of our shaykh the precious Qutb the sayyid Ahmad ibn Idris may Allah be pleased with him [in his wird]: “So that I am upon the sure footing that is not shaken by any obscurity (or doubt) in any way. flows from him to the person of the joining.the hand of Allah is placed on theirs”(48: 10). 16) The joining of the istiqama (staying on the right course) that is in His saying Most High: “So keep to the right course as you have been commanded. salla Allahu alayhi wa alihi wa sallam. together with those who have turned to Allah with you. it cannot be understood except by the hearts. And so you will get the virtue of the Pledge when you shake his hand with your hand. and do not overstep the limits” (11:112). in any of these types of joining.meant by it here is the Ilm Ladunni (the knowledge that comes from Allah). And this flowing is like the flowing of water in the branches of the trees. And so the secret of uprightness upon the Muhammadan Path will happen to you. which is in His saying Most High: “And you did not throw when you threw. which comes through the Muhammadan medium. without deviating or overstepping the bounds. the sayyid Ahmad ibn Idris may Allah be pleased with him [in his wird]: “So that I do not see in myself and in everything and in nothing except You!” . And it is the meaning of the saying of our precious shaykh. and cannot be written on paper. And here is an experiential witnessing for the people of the hearts. but only descends from Allah upon the hearts of those that He chose for this guarded secret and hidden treasure. so that he is given a beautiful character. 15) The joining of the Pledge to Allah that is in His saying Most High: “Those who pledge loyalty to you are actually pledging loyalty to Allah.
salla Allahu alayhi wa alihi wa sallam: “With it and with others. Sanusiyya. may Allah be pleased with him. salla Allhu alayhi wa alihi wa sallam. the shaykh and sayyid Ahmad ibn Idris. And it is known as Seeghat al-Futooh (The Formula for Openings) among the masters of the Mirghaniyya. began his book of salawat with it. from his father the sayyid Abd al-Aali.The Ijaza: Sayyidi Shaykh Saleh al-Ja’fari wrote: I the poor slave Saleh bin Muhammad bin Saleh al-Ja’fari al-Husayni say: I saw the Messenger of Allah salla Allahu alayhi wa alihi wa sallam in the sleep. may Allah be pleased with them all. as I was given it by the Messenger of Allah. I give ijaza in it to everyone who sees it among the believers. may Allah be pleased with him. . salla Allahu alayhi wa alihi wa sallam. And sayyidi Muhammad Uthman al-Mirghani. and urged people to read it. and Rashidiyya tariqas. from his father the sayyid Ahmad ibn Idris. And it is said that its recitation causes one to hold firmly to the Prophetic Sunna and to become near to the Messenger. and I consider it to be one of the greatest of ijazas. so I greeted him and recited the Salaat Azeemiyya of the great scholar and muhaddith. in his noble Rawda.” So I considered this an ijaza for me from him. And I was also given ijaza in it in the waking by my shaykh the knower of Allah. shall I recite salaat on you with this formula? So he said. salla Allahu alayhi wa alihi wa sallam. the sayyid Muhammad. So I said to him: Oh Messenger of Allah.
but this is to make it easier for us to understand.Its Merits: Shaykh Ibrahim ar-Rashid. He saw sayyidna Azrael alayhi assalam. And it is greater and more than that. and prepared the bed for the dead man and put the lamps for him. may Allah Most High honor it. radi Allahu anhu. For the Messenger of Allah. salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam. and in it he wrote: “And among his karaamaat. standing there during the burial. Understand the secret of his saying: “in every glance and every breath.” Shaykh Ibrahim ar-Rashid also wrote a treatise on the life and great rank of his shaykh sayyidi Ahmad ibn Idris. by the blessing of the Salaat Azeemiyya.” . the Great. as many times as all the things contained in the knowledge of Allah. and expanded the grave as far as the eye can see. who came with bedding from Paradise and great lamps.” And shaykh Ahmad ibn Idris wrote in a letter to shaykh Muhammad al-Majdhub: “We mentioned to you that you should send into the khalwa those in whom you see zeal and determination. The man who saw this said to himself: I wish if I died Allah would honor me with such an honoring (karaama). And there was a man from the brothers. and that they enter it reciting the Salaat Azeemiyya. one of the main students and successors of sayyidi Ahmad ibn Idris wrote in a letter: “As for the Azeemiyya. the Messenger of Allah salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam was asked about its virtues. of illuminated baseera (spiritual vision). He said: ‘It outweighs Dalai’l al-Khayrat by a thousand thousand thousand thousand thousand times. is that one of his murids died in Mecca. and was buried in the Mu’alla.’ He said “a thousand” twenty times. from the people of kashf. has urged us to send some of the brothers to the khalwa. And so they entered it and the gate opened between them and between Allah and His Messenger. So sayyidna Azrael alayhi assalam turned to him and said: Each and every one of you will have like this karaama.
The Azimiyya has become popular far outside the orders deriving from Ibn Idris. wrote in his Risala fi Ta’meer al-Awqaat: “And this is the Salaat about which is said: that the Mahdi alayhi assalam would use it to recite salaat upon the Prophet.’” I say: And it is also included in the wird of the Shadhiliyya Habibiyya tariqa in Morocco and I have seen it in the wird of a tariqa in Syria that I was told was a Shahdiliyya-Rifa’iyya tariqa.’” . especially the central prayer. ‘I wondered where that strong light was coming from. the Azimiyya. Inside he found some clothes and a piece of paper..’ he said.. an [Ba] Alawi shaykh who was traveling with some companions passed another caravan. who was one of the greatest students of shaykh Ibrahim ar-Rashid.etc. Non-Ahmadi appreciation of the Azimiyya is illustrated by a story told by an [Ba] Alawi: One day. on which was written the Azimiyya. It is used. and by [Ba] Alawis (an ancient order of Hadramawti origin) in Singapore.. and perhaps elsewhere. salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam: اﻟﻠﱠﻬُﻢﱠﺻَﻞﱢ وَﺳَﻠﱢﻢ وَﺑﺎرِك ﻋَﻠَﻰ ﻣَﻮﻻﻧﺎ ﻣُﺤَﻤﱠﺪٍ وَﻋَﻠَﻰ آﻟِﻪِ ﻓﻲ ﻛُﻞﱢ ﶈَﺔٍ وﻧَﻔَﺲٍ ﻋَﺪَدَ ﻣﺎ وَﺳِﻌَﻪُ ﻋِﻠﻤُﻚَ آﻣﲔ And none of the other salawat can equal it. as many times as all that is contained in the knowledge of Allah”: Shaykh al-Amin Saleh at-Tawim. He insisted on stopping the other caravan and on opening the saddle bag of a slightly surprised old man. The Merit of “In every glance and breath. by Shadhilis in Tunis with no known connection to Ibn Idris.. for example. except those that also have in them: ‘In every glance and breath. ‘Ah.Professor Mark Sedgwick wrote in Saints & Sons: “Ibn Idris’ prayers are generally regarded by Sufis today as extraordinary.
We gave him wisdom and knowledge. to what no eye has seen nor ear heard. salla Allahu alayhi wa alihi wa sallam. you must have wudu and sit facing the Qibla. and if you do not see anything then be patient until you become fully consummate and you deserve it. salla Allahu alayhi wa alihi wa sallam. . So if anything appears to you. the Salaat Azeemiyya is recited once after every Prayer. then busy yourself with the Azeemiyya until Fajr. looking at him the looking of real witnessing.” (28:14) So hold on to this unique and powerful point of advice. And in the Ta’meer it says: If you are finished with all your awraad and there is still some time left in the night. and he will give you from his sublime glances and his luminous soul. for that will be better and faster and nearer to what you desire. He said Most High: “And when he reached full maturity and became consummate in form. will be removed. especially if you are in alMadina al-Munawwara in his masjid. by the permission of Allah Most High.Guidance: In the tariqa Ja’fariyya. And by that the veils between you and the one being witnessed. and he will look at you as you look at him. take you to what you desire. and above that one can say it as much as they are able to. and love you as you love him. imagining his Muhammadan image in your heart. directing your heart and soul to the Prophet. Great Advice from Shaykh Saleh al-Ja’fari. the one from whom you took the path. looking down. and that will. do not tell anyone of it except your shaykh. nor has occurred to the heart of man. It is: If you wanted to read the Azeemiyya or any of the other Ahmadiyya salawaat. sitting on your knees. may Allah be pleased with him: “You must act upon this advice which is more precious than gold and silver. and so your soul will shake like the green twig shakes when it is given water. salla Allahu alayhi wa alihi wa sallam. and will make you race ahead of the horse riders in the race track. This is especially if it is in an empty place after the Fajr salaat or in the depth of the night.
Completed by the grace and favor of Allah Most High - . Bottom right: Shaykh Saleh al-Ja‛fari. khalifa of shaykh Ahmad ibn Idris.Top left: Imam Muhammad ibn Ali asSanusi. Top right: Shaykh Muhammad ash-Sharif alIdrisi. grandson of shaykh Ahmad ibn Idris. .
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