The regular devotions of the order’s members


he regular devotions of this Way are the recitation of the noble Qur‟an, seeking

forgiveness, the incantation of the phrase “there is no god except Allah”, prayers of blessing upon the Prophet (may Allah bless him and give him peace), sidi Muhammad al-Mahdy (may Allah be pleased with him) wrote the following: The Muhammady devotion is composed of three things, the first being to say “I seek Allah‟s forgiveness” 100 times, and the great supplication for seeking forgiveness 70 times. The second being the formula “there is no god except Allah, Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah, in every glance and breath by the number encompassed in the knowledge of Allah” repeated anything from 300 to 3,000 to12,000 to 24,000 times, the first number being for those who seek its blessing, the second being for those who walk the way, and the third for the people of divestment and secluded devotions. The third being the prayers of blessing upon the Prophet (may Allah bless him and give him peace), in any of the formulas known as al-„Umyah or al-Fatihyah, or al-`Adhymyah, which is the best of the three formulas to use, 100 times for the people who seek only the blessing of the order, and 2,000 for the people who walk the Way and the people of divestment especially those in seclusion, the crux being how much a person is able to do, the main link being made by imagining the Prophet‟s form (may Allah bless him and give him peace), the form imagined being that described in the Sham‟il of al-Tirmidhi, focusing on his image in one‟s faculty of imagination and driving out any other imagery, but this should not be done by the latter two groups (those who travel the Way and the people of divestment) except when they establish the following Sunna (recommended actions done by the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, but not considered obligatory) prayers which add up to 32 cycles, which when added to the 17 cycles of obligatory prayers which added to the Witr add up to 18 cycles making the total 50 cycles. The Fajr being 2 cycles, the Dhuha being 4 cycles, 4 before Dhuhr, followed by two after Dhuhr, 4 before `Asr, 2 After Maghrib, 2 after Isha‟, 10 being cycles performed in the middle of the night, two being the prayer of 2 cycles known as Shaf` which can be joined to the one cycle of Witr or done separately. If one of the Brethren misses his one his night prayers he should make it up by doing the same number of cycles at night and visa-versa. (Abridged from the the outpouring of lordly grace al-Fyuwdhat al-Rabbanyah by Ahmad alSharif)

Daily life of the Zawiya

the brethren were expected to work the land. Among the books on the reading list are the following: 1) Sahih al-Bukhary 2) Mwatta‟ al-Imam Malik 3) Bulugh al-Maram by Ibn Hajar al-`Asqalany 4) Risalat Ibn Abi Zayd al-Qayrawany 5) Al-Hikam al-`Ata‟yah Those of the brethren who showed exceptional abilities in their studies. jurisprudence. Tassawuf. heads of lodges and callers to the faith. all of which were linked to the order by the bonds of kinship. as well as horse riding and marksmanship. where instrumental in focusing the activities of the order in each stage of its development. they were trained in crafts such as blacksmithing. which included the study of Qur‟an. . `Ali Muhammad Muhammad. the litany being made up of a recitation of the Qur‟an as well as the litanies of sidi Ahmad Ibn Idris. and the other sacred sciences. were sent to the mother lodge in Jaghbub to further their studies. Bibliography Al-Salabi. Amman. lodging for the head of the lodge and his family. The brethren would also meet for the congregational pray and have a continuous program of study. as well as other support staff. for the Sanusiya although an austere and ascetic order did not advocate living off the handouts of others but rather that the brethren should be self supporting. Hadith. dr. each lodge being a self contained community. volume 1 of 3. theology. 1999. poetry. al-Haraka al-Sanusiya fi Libya. therefore it became a source of unity for Libya‟s divisive tribes. its own plot of land and herd of live stock. a library. The brethren would meet twice a week to recite the litanies in a group. so that they may one day became leaders within the order. The lodges also served the function of an impartial judiciary to arbitrate in local disputes for the members of the order were drawn from all quarters of Libya‟s tribal society. history. Dar albayarek.T he Sanusi lodges. a guest house. each lodge included a mosque which also functioned as a center of learning having dormitories for its resident community of students.

from the wrongs I know as well as those I know not. O Majestic. as befits the Majesty of Allah the Majestic. and by the words of Allah as befits the Majesty of Our Lord‟s Countenance." Translation of the majestic prayer of blessing on the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) al-Salat al-`Adhimiah of sidi Ahmad ibn Idris: " n the name of Allah. and established the worlds of Allah the Majestic. forgiver of wrong action.. which encompassed the pillars of the throne of Allah the Majestic." Translation of the Great supplication for seeking forgiveness by sidi Ahmad ibn Idris: " n the name of Allah. the Compassionate. enumerated by the Book. in my waking state and my sleeping state. to bless or liege lord Muhammad the possessor of great rank. turning to him in repentance from all acts of disobedience. 1995 Translations of the Litanies Translation of the Tahlil of sidi Ahmad ibn Idris: " T I here is no god except Allah. Sufi and Scholar on the Desert Edge: Muhammad bin `Ali al-Sanusi and his Brotherhood. the Self Sufficient. and give him and his family peace identical to these blessings. by the number of every glance and every breath known only in the Knowledge of Allah the majestic. outwardly and inwardly. by the number of all things encompassed in your knowledge. Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah. in my thoughts and breaths one and all forever and ever. outward or inward. His beauty. and join me to him as you joined the spirit to the self. and by the number of all things brought into being by Your Power. a blessing that is on-going by the eternity of Allah the Majestic. wrongs. London. the Merciful. and the family of the Prophet of Allah the Majestic. in honour of your rank our liege lord Muhammad you who possesses such sublime character. sins and from every wrong action I have committed intentionally or by mistake. making him O my Lord a spirit for my essence in everyway in this world before the next. O Allah I ask You by the light of the Countenance of Allah the Majestic. inscribed by the Pen. whom there is no god but he the Ever Living. His Perfection. the compassionate. as He would love and be pleased with. Possessor of Majesty and bounty. Hurst and Company." I Bibliography . in speech or action. in all my movements and in every stillness. chosen by Your Will. in every glance and breath by the number encompassed in the knowledge of Allah. I seek forgiveness from Allah the Majestic. Knut s.VikØr. the Merciful.

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