The Salaat Azeemiyya

Translation:
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.

salawat. waj‛alhu yā Rabbi rūḥan li-dhātī min jamī‛il wujūhi. ẓāhiran wa bāṭinan. alayhi assalatu wassalam. which are the dhikr. fī kulli lamḥatin wa nafasin ‛adada mā fī ‛ilmillāhil ‛aẓīm. the salaat. more exalted in worth. bi-qadri ‛aẓamati dhātillāhil ‛aẓīm. If you say them once. wa ‛alā āli nabiyyillāhil ‛aẓīm. they are equal to the world and what is in it many times over.” . and greater in obtaining assistance. an tuṣallī ‛alā mawlānā Muḥammadin dhil-qadril ‛aẓīm.Transliteration: Allāhumma innī as’aluka bi-nūri wajhillāhil ‛aẓīm.” Al-Khadir. had a meeting in the waking state. oh Prophet of Allah?” And so the Prophet. and the istighfar. may Allah be pleased with him. and is superior in reward. ṣalātan dā’imatan bi-dawāmillāhil ‛aẓīm. wa sallim ‛alayhi wa ‛alā ālihī mithla dhālik. alayhi assalam. 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. taught him the Idrisi Tahlil. alayhi assalam. the Salaat Azeemiyya. you have been given the keys to the heavens and the earth. and the Istighfar al-Kabir. alladhī mala’a arkāni ‛arshillāhil ‛aẓīm. salla Allahu alayhi wa Alihi wa sallam. and prayers for forgiveness of sins. fiddunyā qablal ākhirati. ta‛ẓīman li-ḥaqqika yā mawlānā yā Muḥammad yā dhal-khuluqil ‛aẓīm. The Prophet said to al-Khadir: “Ya Khadir: teach him that which joins together all of the dhikrs. said: “What is that. larger in number. yā ‛aẓīm The Keys to the Heavens and the Earth: Shaykh Ahmad ibn Idris. said to me: ‘Oh Ahmad. salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam. with the Prophet Muhammad. yaqẓatan wa manāman. Then the Prophet. and alKhadir. wajma‛ baynī wa-baynahū kamā jama‛ta baynarrūḥi wannafsi. wa qāmat bihī ‛awālimullāhil ‛aẓīm.

Muhammad Rasool Allah. Teach it to your companions so that with it they will surpass those who came before. 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.” . salla Allahu alayhi wa alihi wa sallam. in every glance and breath. No one has received it before you. fī kulli lamḥatin wa-nafasin. Transliteration: Lā ilāha illallāh Muḥammadun rasūlullāh. ‛adada mā wasi‛ahū ‛ilmullāh Its Merit: The Prophet. oh Ahmad.

and to the number of all that His omnipotence has created.The Istighfar Kabir Translation: I seek the forgiveness of Allah the Great. Sustainer of Life. registered in the Book. And I turn to Him in repentance from all acts of disobedience. in word and deed. and all sins and offenses. the Majestic and Generous. openly and in secret. and as much as the ink of Allah’s words. written down by the Pen. there is no god save He. From the sin that I am aware of and the sin that I am unaware of. and His will chosen. the Living. and His Beauty and Perfection. the Forgiver of sins. and as our Lord wishes and as He pleases. From every sin that I have committed intentionally and unintentionally. As it befits the Majesty of the Face of Allah. . always and forever and eternally. my every thought and my every breath. In my every action and my every stillness. To the number of all things contained in His knowledge.

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. al-ḥayy al-qayyūm ghaffār adh-dhunūbi.Transliteration: Astaghfirullāhal ‛aẓīm alladhī lā ilāha illā hū. 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. otherwise how could he have said: ‘He forgave me’ ?” . ẓāhiran wa bāṭinā.’ And this means that he knows that Allah forgave him. 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.

”(Q 17:12) And so he will witness him.” Shaykh Saleh al-Ja’fari. so the shining of the sun of the lights of his perfections. engulfs him with these lights. wa salla Allahu ‘alaa sayyidina Muhammad wa ‘alaa alihi wa sallam. just as you joined the attributes of the perfect soul with the attributes of the deficient nafs. the greatgrandson of the sayyid. just as You joined the soul with the nafs” : And join within myself between his perfect attributes. and it is the . and the attributes of the self/nafs are like the night. salla Allahu alayhi wa alihi wa sallam. And so he. salla Allahu alayhi wa alihi wa sallam. And after that the real joining happens. writes in Risaalat al-Awraad al-Idrisiyya: “I say: And the meaning of this unity (ittihaad) is the strength of the connection between them. with the eye of baseera (inner vision). and between the deficient attributes of my self. and how he is mixed with me. sayyidna Abu Bakr as-Siddiq and sayyidna Umar al-Farooq. and made the sign of the day to enlighten. salla Allahu alayhi wa alihi wa sallam. salla Allahu alayhi wa alihi wa sallam. and so the joining of witnessing happens. erasure happens. So the person is moved from the darkness of the night of his self in which he can see nothing. For the first joining/meeting is that of the sleep. and when that joining takes place. salla Allahu alayhi wa Alihi wa sallam. may Allah be pleased with them both. salla Allahu alayhi wa alihi wa sallam.Commentary on the Azeemiyya: And join him with me. erases the darknesses of the attributes of the dark nafs. and His angels and His prophets and His messengers and the righteous among the believers. may Allah be pleased with him said: Bism Allah ar-Rahmaan ar-Raheem. and united. are like the day.” In commenting on this. “We have erased the sign of the night. or any such similar falsehoods. Because his attributes of perfection. the sayyid Muhammad bin Ali al-Yamani al-Idrisi. just as You joined the soul with the nafs The sayyid Muhammad ibn Ali as-Sanusi wrote that the Prophet Muhammad. 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. so let not poor misunderstanding make you think of the intermixing of their bodies or selves. salla Allahu alayhi wa alihi wa sallam. The explanation of “And join him with me.” 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. and with him were his two noble Companions. appeared to him once. to the light of the day of his enlightening lights.

’ And then I saw the Prophet salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam in the waking state. had I not been commanded to tell you by a higher authority. “he is mixed with the souls” are united in meaning. ‘Let him for I am Light. ‘Jalaluddin al-Suyuti used to study the science of hadith with the Prophet. a man from Upper Egypt came to me and said. “I swear by Allah that had I not been commanded to.biggest way that leads to the joining of witnessing. oh Lord. a soul for my body” and the saying of sayyidi Ibn al-Farid. a soul for my body in every respect. and he said. And in the year 1385 A. “Listen oh shaykh what this man is telling me”. so he repeated what he said to him. peace be upon him. I would not have told you what I just told you. though different in wording. . so he said to me.” As sayyid Abu al-Abbas al-Mursi may Allah be pleased with him said: “If the Messenger of Allah. salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam. sitting next to me. was absent from me for the blinking of an eye. and you were saying in your lesson. and al-Suyuti would ask him about the correctness of the Prophetic hadiths. so I saw a man sitting called Ahmad Mahmoud from the town of Moosha in Asyut so I took him to him and said. I would not count myself among the Muslims.” 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. then the joining of witnessing happens.H.” that means: a real meeting. And the shaykh. may Allah be pleased with him. As for the saying of the sayyid Ahmad ibn Idris. oh Lord.” And the fourth witnessing is the highest of the types of witnessing. to which referred by saying: “And make him. salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam. peace be upon him. may Allah be pleased with him. 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. “And make him. ‘Tell this son of mine to strive hard as did al-Suyuti in order to see me as he did. may Allah be pleased with him. “I have something to tell you which.’ Then a man came and was about to pass between us and I wanted to stop him but he said. then the real joining. he is mixed with the souls So the saying of sayyidi Ahmad ibn Idris. 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. 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.” And he said this to me in the courtyard of the Azhar Mosque.’” So when he said this to me I was greatly astonished and surprised. and it is the meeting we mentioned earlier.

And he used to memorize the Qur’an with the proper tajweed and all its recitations. and if anyone objected to me or gave me a hard time. shaykh Yusef Nasr ad-Dijwi may Allah be pleased with him. and he has a poem on the proofs of Tawassul. and after the lesson would greet the shaykh. And he used to memorize the Quran in its different recitations. as if he had been sitting with me listening to what I was saying. and he had an ijaza in that from his homeland.My shaykh the muhaddith shaykh Muhammad Habib Allah ash-Shanqiti spoke of alSuyuti’s. And he was also one of the scholars who were knowers of Allah. And he used to start with the hadith.” And And I used to give a lesson to the brothers who were present before his arrival at the Ḥusaynid Mosque. while doing so. 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. and he had many greatly beneficial writings. and I heard it from him many times. And he used to have a great love for mawlana the sayyid Ahmad ibn Idris may Allah be pleased with him. I say: I also heard the story of al-Suyuti from my shaykh. 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 the commentary of the hadith. and shaykh ad-Dijwi was from the Council of the (great) Scholars of the Azhar. And whenever sayyid Hasan al-Idrisi would come from Sudan. and other things. may Allah be pleased with him. and mention the sayings of the Quranic commentators. he would meet me at his lesson. seeing of the Prophet salla Allahu alayhi wa alihi wa sallam in the waking and speaking with him. and would recite the hadith with its complete chain. and then bring in the tafseer of Quranic ayas and matters of fiqh and creed. present the different jurisprudential rulings of the four schools of Law. and this happened from him many times. 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. and he wrote a book called: Tayseer al-’Aseer (The Easing of What is Difficult in the Sciences of Tafseer). and give a short biography for each of the men in the chain. and I was his reciter in the lesson of his book Zad al-Muslim. most of which he mentioned in the . and for his descendants. and would. 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 I regularly attended his lesson after the Fajr prayer at the noble Azhar Mosque in the Abbasid Hall for seven years. and he used to say to me: “Read my commentary Zad al-Muslim for I did not leave anything out of it. peace and blessings be upon him. may Allah be pleased with him. after which he began commenting on Sahih al-Bukhari. then dive into the ocean of the biographies. and explain the grammar of each aya of the Qur’an very precisely and clarify its terminology. a commentary on the hadiths that are in both Bukhari and Muslim. And among the things that Allah graced me with is that I stayed with him for almost 15 years. And he would mention many great and valuable proofs of tawassul by the Prophet. big or small. and most valuable articles in the al-Azhar magazine.

And the correct opinion is that he also does not take his form in other than his original form. said: ‘He who has seen me has truly seen me. for they are most beneficial.”(8:33). A story: He was once.’” So he rejoiced greatly at this and said to me: “This hadith is the evidence that the Shaytan does not take his form. 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. 3) The joining of learning and wisdom. is: He who purifies his nafs by his soul succeeds. if he came in his original form. He said: “The Shaytan does not take his form. and saw in it that the Prophet. So he poked me in my chest and said to me: I studied the commentary of al-Kirmani and read that matter in it. if he saw the light of the face of the Prophet salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam. peace and blessings be upon him and his family.Azhar magazine. And all the types of joining that have been mentioned before are included in the state of being with the Prophet. like His saying Most High: “And His Messenger is among you” (3:101) which means: and the Messenger of Allah is with you. may Allah have mercy on him. He said Most High: “But Allah would not send them punishment while you [o Prophet] are amongst them. peace and blessings be upon him and his family. he would speak with wisdom. appears to the one being questioned.” And then . Among its meanings. And I had studied the commentary of al-Kirmani on alBukhari.”(91:9) Among its meanings. he peace and blessings be upon him. He said Most High: “The one who purifies it succeeds. 2) The joining of the warding off of punishment. reading the hadith of the questioning of the grave in Sahih al-Bukhari.” 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. peace and blessings be upon him. And that might happen by way of the Muhammadan Light. Shaykh ash-Shanqiti may Allah have mercy on him said: “Whenever a bedouin used to come from the desert. and Allah knows best. for I appear in every form. in the sleep. which was then known as Nur al-Islam. fixing. 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. making right). is: while you are with them. if he lets the lights and wishes of his soul overpower the darknesses and desires of the nafs. and Allah knows best. 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. salla Allahu alayhi wa Alihi wa sallam. peace and blessings be upon him and his family.” So you must read this magazine because of the sayings of this shaykh. 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.

and among the meanings of ‘aziz: The one who has no equal. 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. by the permission of Allah. and the bravest.. and the most pure. and the most compassionate. 4) The joining of purification. 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 perhaps that is among the special merits of this path about which its shaykh used to say. they did not need to learn to spell. salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam: Because of the light of the Prophet. and the most knowledgeable. and the most generous. And so he is surrounded by the .” 6) The joining of what is best. and Allah knows best: is the purification of the soul by his soul in the worlds of the aforementioned joining. for he is the most complete. And that is all part of the meaning of His saying Most High: “There came to you a Messenger. 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 one who cannot be defeated by anyone. ‘aziz.. may Allah be pleased with him: “This path of ours is the Muhammadan Path. as per the reading that says “anfasikum” [and not anfusikum. Among its meanings. And horses are not like limping mules. 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]. and it is the reading of Abdallah bin Qusait alMakki] 7) And the joining of ‘izza. He said Most High: “And he purifies them” (62:2). from the best of you”(9:128). And so the one who has this joining might surpass all his peers in his age and overcome his enemies. 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)].. and the most refined. especially for those who take the Ahmadiyya [Muhammadiyya] Tariqa. to watch over them and protect them.” (9:128). and the most noble. and the first and the last. and what is meant here is the specific kind. this path of ours is the Book and the Sunna. and the most beneficial. and this is general and specific. And it all happens because of the joining with him who is the best. and the most beautiful. and the most righteous. and the most elevated. and that it is not against reliance on Allah to use the means that bring something about.he quoted this line of poetry of the scholars of Shanqit (Mauritania) that praises the Companions of the Prophet. and the most fearful of doing what is wrong. 8) The joining of the Muhammadan compassion that is in His saying Most High: “To the believers he is compassionate” (9:128). and the greatest.

alluded to this [in his wird] in his saying: “And so that he becomes the tongue of my mercy from all my directions. reciting in all the directions of the creation the aya of Absolute Divine Mercy: ‘And my Mercy encompasses all things. and he salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam is the possessor of the beauty that is surrounded by majesty. which illuminates your heart and lights its lantern. 11) The joining of bushra (glad tidings) that happen to you from him. And by him the Earth of your body is lit by the light of its Lord. meaning: The one who lights with his lights the unlit lanterns of the hearts. As for the general bushra. and that is in His saying Most High: “And a shining torch/lantern” (33:46). salla Allahu alayhi wa alihi wa sallam. 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). 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 our shaykh of the most precious knowledge. 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. So the light of his majesty will warn you about disobeying his sayings.’(7:156)” 10) The joining of the witness. So you will have the general and specific types of bushra. 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 reference to aya 39:69 “And the Earth will shine with the lights of its Lord and the Book will be placed]. 12) The joining of the warning that is in His saying Most High: “And a warner” (33:45 and elsewhere). And this is the mercy that is specific [to the believers]. And this Book is not recited except by way of the Muhammadan Light. And so he joins to you in this joining two mercies: the general and the specific. sayyid Ahmad ibn Idris may Allah be pleased with him.Muhammadan Compassion which cannot be equalled by the compassion of any of the creation in this world. and what is . merciful” (9:128) and in His saying Most High: “It is by a mercy from Allah that you are gentle with them” (3:159). As for the general mercy. and they will cause you to rise toward your goal like the rising of the thirsty toward a fresh spring of water. 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. whether in the waking or in sleep. 9) The joining of the mercy that is in His saying Most High: “To the believers he is compassionate. and the Book will be placed. And this bushra is specific. in every joining. only for those about whom Allah Most High said: “For them there is bushra in this life and the next” (10:64). and it is the greatest testimony for you. and found the torture there most sweet 13) The joining of illumination. and with them you fly in the wonders of the gardens of the blessings of the Muhammadan Mercy. which surround you like the two wings of a bird.

the hand of Allah is placed on theirs”(48: 10). 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). which comes through the Muhammadan medium. and do not overstep the limits” (11:112). but only descends from Allah upon the hearts of those that He chose for this guarded secret and hidden treasure. And here is an experiential witnessing for the people of the hearts. which is in His saying Most High: “And you did not throw when you threw. it cannot be understood except by the hearts. salla Allahu alayhi wa alihi wa sallam. 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. 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. And so you will get the virtue of the Pledge when you shake his hand with your hand. 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. in any of these types of joining.” 17) And the joining of the appearance (tajalli) of the [Divine] actions happens to him also. so that he is given a beautiful character. flows from him to the person of the joining. together with those who have turned to Allah with you. so some of his great character. And so the secret of uprightness upon the Muhammadan Path will happen to you. 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 this flowing is like the flowing of water in the branches of the trees. 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. and cannot be written on paper.meant by it here is the Ilm Ladunni (the knowledge that comes from Allah). without deviating or overstepping the bounds. And it is the meaning of the saying of our precious shaykh. and because of it he will have the Muhammadan character traits.

I give ijaza in it to everyone who sees it among the believers. and I consider it to be one of the greatest of ijazas. may Allah be pleased with him. salla Allahu alayhi wa alihi wa sallam. shall I recite salaat on you with this formula? So he said. And it is known as Seeghat al-Futooh (The Formula for Openings) among the masters of the Mirghaniyya. So I said to him: Oh Messenger of Allah. And I was also given ijaza in it in the waking by my shaykh the knower of Allah. salla Allhu alayhi wa alihi wa sallam.” So I considered this an ijaza for me from him. salla Allahu alayhi wa alihi wa sallam. salla Allahu alayhi wa alihi wa sallam: “With it and with others. And sayyidi Muhammad Uthman al-Mirghani. the shaykh and sayyid Ahmad ibn Idris. in his noble Rawda. And it is said that its recitation causes one to hold firmly to the Prophetic Sunna and to become near to the Messenger. as I was given it by the Messenger of Allah. Sanusiyya. from his father the sayyid Ahmad ibn Idris. may Allah be pleased with them all. the sayyid Muhammad.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. began his book of salawat with it. and urged people to read it. so I greeted him and recited the Salaat Azeemiyya of the great scholar and muhaddith. and Rashidiyya tariqas. . from his father the sayyid Abd al-Aali. may Allah be pleased with him.

radi Allahu anhu.Its Merits: Shaykh Ibrahim ar-Rashid. and prepared the bed for the dead man and put the lamps for him. standing there during the burial. one of the main students and successors of sayyidi Ahmad ibn Idris wrote in a letter: “As for the Azeemiyya. salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam. and that they enter it reciting the Salaat Azeemiyya.’ He said “a thousand” twenty times. and in it he wrote: “And among his karaamaat.” Shaykh Ibrahim ar-Rashid also wrote a treatise on the life and great rank of his shaykh sayyidi Ahmad ibn Idris.” . from the people of kashf. the Great. The man who saw this said to himself: I wish if I died Allah would honor me with such an honoring (karaama). but this is to make it easier for us to understand. And it is greater and more than that. is that one of his murids died in Mecca. who came with bedding from Paradise and great lamps. He saw sayyidna Azrael alayhi assalam.” 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. So sayyidna Azrael alayhi assalam turned to him and said: Each and every one of you will have like this karaama. and expanded the grave as far as the eye can see. And there was a man from the brothers. of illuminated baseera (spiritual vision). And so they entered it and the gate opened between them and between Allah and His Messenger. by the blessing of the Salaat Azeemiyya. has urged us to send some of the brothers to the khalwa. the Messenger of Allah salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam was asked about its virtues. may Allah Most High honor it. For the Messenger of Allah. He said: ‘It outweighs Dalai’l al-Khayrat by a thousand thousand thousand thousand thousand times. and was buried in the Mu’alla. Understand the secret of his saying: “in every glance and every breath. as many times as all the things contained in the knowledge of Allah.

the Azimiyya. ‘I wondered where that strong light was coming from. an [Ba] Alawi shaykh who was traveling with some companions passed another caravan. for example. on which was written the Azimiyya. It is used. who was one of the greatest students of shaykh Ibrahim ar-Rashid.’” 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. Non-Ahmadi appreciation of the Azimiyya is illustrated by a story told by an [Ba] Alawi: One day. and perhaps elsewhere. by Shadhilis in Tunis with no known connection to Ibn Idris.. ‘Ah.etc.. as many times as all that is contained in the knowledge of Allah”: Shaykh al-Amin Saleh at-Tawim. 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. Inside he found some clothes and a piece of paper.. 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.’ he said.. He insisted on stopping the other caravan and on opening the saddle bag of a slightly surprised old man. especially the central prayer.The Azimiyya has become popular far outside the orders deriving from Ibn Idris. except those that also have in them: ‘In every glance and breath.’” .Professor Mark Sedgwick wrote in Saints & Sons: “Ibn Idris’ prayers are generally regarded by Sufis today as extraordinary. The Merit of “In every glance and breath. and by [Ba] Alawis (an ancient order of Hadramawti origin) in Singapore.

directing your heart and soul to the Prophet. nor has occurred to the heart of man.Guidance: In the tariqa Ja’fariyya. sitting on your knees. imagining his Muhammadan image in your heart. and above that one can say it as much as they are able to. He said Most High: “And when he reached full maturity and became consummate in form. you must have wudu and sit facing the Qibla. by the permission of Allah Most High. will be removed. And by that the veils between you and the one being witnessed. and that will. and will make you race ahead of the horse riders in the race track. salla Allahu alayhi wa alihi wa sallam. to what no eye has seen nor ear heard. So if anything appears to you. Great Advice from Shaykh Saleh al-Ja’fari. We gave him wisdom and knowledge. 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. the Salaat Azeemiyya is recited once after every Prayer. looking at him the looking of real witnessing. the one from whom you took the path. then busy yourself with the Azeemiyya until Fajr. looking down. . and if you do not see anything then be patient until you become fully consummate and you deserve it. and he will look at you as you look at him. may Allah be pleased with him: “You must act upon this advice which is more precious than gold and silver. for that will be better and faster and nearer to what you desire. and he will give you from his sublime glances and his luminous soul. salla Allahu alayhi wa alihi wa sallam.” (28:14) So hold on to this unique and powerful point of advice. salla Allahu alayhi wa alihi wa sallam. especially if you are in alMadina al-Munawwara in his masjid. This is especially if it is in an empty place after the Fajr salaat or in the depth of the night. and love you as you love him. take you to what you desire. and so your soul will shake like the green twig shakes when it is given water. do not tell anyone of it except your shaykh. It is: If you wanted to read the Azeemiyya or any of the other Ahmadiyya salawaat.

Top left: Imam Muhammad ibn Ali asSanusi. Bottom right: Shaykh Saleh al-Ja‛fari. Top right: Shaykh Muhammad ash-Sharif alIdrisi.Completed by the grace and favor of Allah Most High - . khalifa of shaykh Ahmad ibn Idris. grandson of shaykh Ahmad ibn Idris. .