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.

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

Muhammad Rasool Allah. salla Allahu alayhi wa alihi wa sallam. oh Ahmad. as many times as all that is contained in the knowledge of Allah. Transliteration: Lā ilāha illallāh Muḥammadun rasūlullāh. ‛adada mā wasi‛ahū ‛ilmullāh Its Merit: The Prophet.The Dhikr (The Idrisi Tahlil): Laa ilaaha illa Allah. said to shaykh Ahmad ibn Idris: “I have saved it for you. No one has received it before you. in every glance and breath.” . fī kulli lamḥatin wa-nafasin. Teach it to your companions so that with it they will surpass those who came before.

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

a real and true knowledge. ẓāhiran wa bāṭinā.Transliteration: Astaghfirullāhal ‛aẓīm alladhī lā ilāha illā hū. 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. al-ḥayy al-qayyūm ghaffār adh-dhunūbi.’ And this means that he knows that Allah forgave him. 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’ ?” . 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.

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

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

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

” So you must read this magazine because of the sayings of this shaykh. So he poked me in my chest and said to me: I studied the commentary of al-Kirmani and read that matter in it. for I appear in every form. like His saying Most High: “And His Messenger is among you” (3:101) which means: and the Messenger of Allah is with you. is: while you are with them. As He said Most High: “And he teaches them the Book and the wisdom” (62:2).”(91:9) Among its meanings. He said Most High: “But Allah would not send them punishment while you [o Prophet] are amongst them.Azhar magazine. 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. Among its meanings. is: He who purifies his nafs by his soul succeeds. he peace and blessings be upon him. appears to the one being questioned. 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. salla Allahu alayhi wa Alihi wa sallam. 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. fixing. which was then known as Nur al-Islam. said: ‘He who has seen me has truly seen me. Shaykh ash-Shanqiti may Allah have mercy on him said: “Whenever a bedouin used to come from the desert. as the soul corrected the nafs after their union. and saw in it that the Prophet. he would speak with wisdom. in the sleep. if he came in his original form. for they are most beneficial. making right). peace and blessings be upon him and his family. and Allah knows best. peace and blessings be upon him and his family. And I had studied the commentary of al-Kirmani on alBukhari. He said Most High: “The one who purifies it succeeds. A story: He was once. And all the types of joining that have been mentioned before are included in the state of being with the Prophet. may Allah have mercy on him. peace and blessings be upon him. 3) The joining of learning and wisdom. if he lets the lights and wishes of his soul overpower the darknesses and desires of the nafs. 2) The joining of the warding off of punishment. and Allah knows best.” 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.’” So he rejoiced greatly at this and said to me: “This hadith is the evidence that the Shaytan does not take his form. peace and blessings be upon him and his family.” And then . And the correct opinion is that he also does not take his form in other than his original form. He said: “The Shaytan does not take his form. if he saw the light of the face of the Prophet salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam. And that might happen by way of the Muhammadan Light.”(8:33). reading the hadith of the questioning of the grave in Sahih al-Bukhari.

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

Muhammadan Compassion which cannot be equalled by the compassion of any of the creation in this world. 12) The joining of the warning that is in His saying Most High: “And a warner” (33:45 and elsewhere). which surround you like the two wings of a bird. And this Book is not recited except by way of the Muhammadan Light. And this is the mercy that is specific [to the believers]. So you will have the general and specific types of bushra. 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. 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). which illuminates your heart and lights its lantern. and he salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam is the possessor of the beauty that is surrounded by majesty. sayyid Ahmad ibn Idris may Allah be pleased with him. 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 it is the greatest testimony for you. and what is . And by him the Earth of your body is lit by the light of its Lord. As for the general mercy.” [In reference to aya 39:69 “And the Earth will shine with the lights of its Lord and the Book will be placed]. 11) The joining of bushra (glad tidings) that happen to you from him. and with them you fly in the wonders of the gardens of the blessings of the Muhammadan Mercy. As for the general bushra. salla Allahu alayhi wa alihi wa sallam. 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. merciful” (9:128) and in His saying Most High: “It is by a mercy from Allah that you are gentle with them” (3:159). in every joining. it is in His saying Most High: “We did not send you but as a mercy to the worlds” (21:107). And this bushra is specific. 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. alluded to this [in his wird] in his saying: “And so that he becomes the tongue of my mercy from all my directions.’(7:156)” 10) The joining of the witness. And our shaykh of the most precious knowledge. the book from which none of the Effusions (tajalliyyaat) of His Self are missing. and that is in His saying Most High: “And a shining torch/lantern” (33:46). And so he joins to you in this joining two mercies: the general and the specific. So the light of his majesty will warn you about disobeying his sayings. reciting in all the directions of the creation the aya of Absolute Divine Mercy: ‘And my Mercy encompasses all things. and the Book will be placed. and found the torture there most sweet 13) The joining of illumination. only for those about whom Allah Most High said: “For them there is bushra in this life and the next” (10:64). meaning: The one who lights with his lights the unlit lanterns of the hearts. and they will cause you to rise toward your goal like the rising of the thirsty toward a fresh spring of water.

without deviating or overstepping the bounds. which is in His saying Most High: “And you did not throw when you threw. but Allah threw”(8:17). 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. 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. 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!” . so some of his great character. together with those who have turned to Allah with you. 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). and do not overstep the limits” (11:112). And so you will get the virtue of the Pledge when you shake his hand with your hand. 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.” 17) And the joining of the appearance (tajalli) of the [Divine] actions happens to him also. and because of it he will have the Muhammadan character traits. which comes through the Muhammadan medium. And it is the meaning of the saying of our precious shaykh. but only descends from Allah upon the hearts of those that He chose for this guarded secret and hidden treasure. 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 this flowing is like the flowing of water in the branches of the trees.meant by it here is the Ilm Ladunni (the knowledge that comes from Allah). and cannot be written on paper. And here is an experiential witnessing for the people of the hearts. in any of these types of joining. flows from him to the person of the joining.the hand of Allah is placed on theirs”(48: 10). salla Allahu alayhi wa alihi wa sallam. it cannot be understood except by the hearts.

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

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

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

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

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

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