Books on Tasawwuf

Volume One, Orisons

This beautiful and profusely illustrated book contains all the major ‘Ahzab [Litanies or Orisons] transmitted by Shaykh Abu-l-Hasan ash-Shadhdhuli, the 7th/13th century Maghribi founder of one of the principal schools (turuq) of Sufism, one that remains active in the present age both in the East and the West. The ‘Ahzab are printed in the original Arabic and are translated into clear English as well as transliterated for liturgical use by non-Arabic speaking readers [see also the Cassette or CD by a well-known Egyptian reciter (munshid) elsewhere on this site].

 

The texts of the Shaykh are prefaced by an important Prayer [salah] from his teacher, Shaykh Abdu-s-Salam ibn Mashish, and a teaching poem by his teacher, Shaykh Abu Madyan al-Ghawth. In addition there are eight examples of oral and meditative practices based on the ‘Ahzab, also translated and transliterated.

 

The 99 page Introduction and Commentary places Shaykh Abu-l-Hasan in his spiritual, doctrinal and historical context as well as providing numerous extracts derived from his oral lessons recorded by his pupils Shaykh Abu-l-Abbas al-Mursi and Shaykh Taj ud-Din ibn ‘Ata ‘Illah as-Sakandari, as well as their immediate companions and followers, such as ibn Sabbagh and Ibn Iyad.

 

333 pages Arabic/English text translated and transliterated, 99 pages Introduction and Commentary, plus preface, appendices, bibliography, glossary of technical Sufic terms and index of contents. 8 four-color, 18-black and white, 1 two-color map plus numerous calligraphic images.

 

“In this book are supplications of true worship of Allah, pleasure in confiding in Him, the pleasure of being near Him, the pleasure of contentment with Allah and the pleasure of happiness in what Allah fulfils by answering you and shedding His mercies on you for your behalf.” Dr. Ibrahim al-Battawi, Professor ofSufism (ret.), Azhar University, Shaykh of Tariqah Baddawiyya Shadhdhuliyyah.

 

“A major and vital work on the Shadhdhuliyyah.” Vice-Rector of Cairo University (ret.), and the present Shaykhu-l-Mashaykh of the Sufi Turuq in Egypt, Dr. Abu-l-Wafa Taftazani.

 

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This is the second edition printed in Malaysia in summer of 2006/1427.

 

 

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An Introduction to the Orisons

This is a reprint of the 99 page Introduction and Commentary at the beginning of Orisons, which places Shaykh Abu-l-Hasan in his spiritual, doctrinal and historical context as well as providing numerous extracts derived from his oral lessons recorded by his pupils, Shaykh Abu-l-Abbas al-Mursi and Shaykh Tajud-Din ibn ‘Ata ‘Illah as-Sakandari and their immedicate companions and followers, such as ibn Sabbagh and ibn Iyad.

 

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Madrastu-sh-Shadhdhuliyyah: The School of the Shadhdhuliyya

Volume Two, Origins

 

The second volume thoroughly details the life and teaching of the first three masters of the Shadhdhuli School (tariqah). The book incorporates translations of two works by the late Shaykh of Azhar, Dr. ‘Abu-l-Halim Mahmud, one by the Shayku-l-Mashaqykh of the Sufi Turuq in Egypt, Dr. Abu-l-Wafa Taftazani, and extensive notes derived from the earliest sources. It contains many treasures, among them extensive proofs and explanations of the meanings of Tasawwuf or Sufism, and a convincing argument comparing the Sufic approach to reality to the rationalistic approach of many Western scholars.

 

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Wirdu-l-’Am: The Universal Source of the Shadhdhuli

 

‘Wird’ in Arabic means ‘source’ or ‘Place of Return’ and, most literally, ‘Watering Hole’. In the realm of ‘ibadah it is a patterned remembrance [dhikr] recited at dawn and dusk by the folk of ash-Shadhdhuli for whom it is a diurnal means of renewal. The universal form of the Wird consists of three formulæ, each of which derive directly from the Qur’an. These are:

1. ‘Istighfar: seeking forgiveness of Allah

2. as-Salat ‘al-n-Nabiyy: blessings on the Prophet

3. ash-Shahadah or Haylalah: negating the contingent to affirm the Absolute

These three formulæ correspond with three fundamental spiritual stations that must be first realized and then internalized by the aspirant. These are:

1. Fear of Allah [makhafah]

2. Love of the Prophet and, by extension, the enire creation [mahabbah]

3. Knowledge of Reality [ma’rifah]

These stations in turn correspond with the three dimensions of the din:

1. Voluntary self-surrender to Allah [al-‘Islam]

2. Security warranted by Revelation [al-‘Iman ]

3. The restoration of the self to its original integral harmony [al-‘Ihsan]

 

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Hizbu-l-Bahr: Orison of the Sea

 

The Orison of the Sea. This Hizb was orally transmitted by Shaykh Abu-l-Hasan ash-Shadhdhuli, who received it in a veridical dream [ru’ya] under the direct personal inspiration [‘ilham] of Sayyidina Muhammad, blessings of Allah and peace be upon him. Sidi Abu-l-Hasan spoke of the hizb as ‘The Instrument of Protection and Prevention’. He said that if it is read in any place, that place is preserved from harm, and jinn are dispelled, the fearful are made secure, the sick one is cured and the anxious one is made peaceful. As the Shaykh, may Allah perfume his resting place, lay dying, he gathered his students together and said, “Continue with the Hizbu-l-Bahr. Teach it to your children. In it is the Greatest Name.”

 

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Hizbu-l-Barr: Orison of the Earth

The Orison of the Earth. The appointed time for this Hizb is after the morning salah. The reciter is not to speak with others during its recitation. It is reported that Shaykh Abu-l-Hasan said concerning this Orison: “He who reads our Hizb will have what we have and upon him (will be) that which is upon us.”

 

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The ‘Ahzab of Shaykh ‘Abu-l-Hasan ash-Shadhdhuli

The Azhab are the oral teachings of the Shaykh, may Allah preserve his secret, transmitted through his pupils. They are litanies, collections of selected verses from the Qur’an interspersed with du’a’ by the Shaykh. Each one has its own character and utility in the practice of the mureed. They may be assigned by the shaykh; they also may be read as the student finds the need. Several of them, particularly Hizbu-l-Bahr, are read all over the Muslim world by Shadhdhuli and non-Shadhdhuli alike.

 

“These supplications are true worship of Allah. In them there is the pleasure of confiding in Him and the pleasure of being near Him. There is the pleasure of contentment from Allah, the pleasure of what Allah fulfills by answering and by mercies given for our belief. That is why the true prayers are, as the Messenger, upon whom be peace and blessings, said, the very brains (mukh) of worship. From this understanding the Sufis built their system of invocation, which they call ‘ahzab. Their persistence in reading them, by what is in them of the Names of Allah and His Secrets, causes their ‘selfs’ (nafs), their faith (‘iman) and their belief (yaqin) to rise up.” Shaykh ‘Ibrahim Muhammad al-Battawi.

 

Hizbu-l-Fath: Orison of Opening

The Orison of Opening, Deliverance. From the text: “Release me from every misdeed and anxiety and grief and confinement and distraction and enticement and craving and dread and random thought and speculation and wanting and wrong deeds and forgetfulness and from every decree and ordinance, a way out.”

 

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Hizbu-l-Lutf: Orison of Tender Mercy

 

The Orison of Tender Mercy. In this Hizb of the Folk of Ash-Shadhdhuli there is a gathering of some of the prayers by which Allah has answered the prophets, peace be upon them all, and their Master, the Mercy to the worlds and the Seal of the Prophets, Muhammad, blessings of Allah and peace be upon him. From the text; “Oh Allah, whose Tender Kindness to His creatures is all-prevailing, and Whose Goodness reaches His every worshipper, do not remove us from the circle of Tender mercy, and secure us from all we fear.”

 

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Salatu-l-Mashish and Wadhifah

 

This booklet contains both the Prayer of Sidi ‘ibn Mashish, the Shaykh of Sidi Abu-l-Hasan ash-Shadhdhuli, and the redaction upon it, composed by Shaykh Muhammad Abu-l-Mawwahib at-Tunisi, may Allah sanctify their secret.

 

Sidi ‘ibn Mashish received this prayer from the Prophet, blessings of Allah and peace be upon him and his family. The Shaykh says that prayers and salutations from Allah are His Blessings [barakah] and his Mercy [rahmah].

 

“Oh Allah, blessings upon the one from whom are split open the secrets, 
and stream forth the lights, 
and in him rose up the realities, 
and in him descended the sciences of Adam, alayhi salaam, 
[by which] are made powerless all creatures, 
and in front of him is diminished all understanding, 
and no one [from among us] comprehends him 
in the past or in the future.”

 

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Dua Barae Kushaysh Rizq-o-Muhimmat: Supplication for the Opening of Provision

The title means: “Supplication for the Opening of Provision and the Solution of Difficulties.” The compiler of the book in which we found this du’a’ wrote about it: “If this prayer (du’a’) is recited after every Namaz (salah), especially after Jumu’ah, Allah will make the reciter immune from every dreadful thing, keep him safe against his enemies, make him affluent, and provide him sustenance from a source he cannot even dream of, make his life comfortable, and pay off his debts even though they are heavy as a mountain.” And Allah knows best.

 

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Ayatu-l-Hirz: Signs of Protection

The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him and his family, remarked that whoever recites once a day the thirty-three verses known as Ayatu-l-Hirz (Signs of Protection) will be safe from all miseries, beasts and thieves and that, furthermore, these verses contain the cure of all diseases. The efficacy of these verses has been described by many. It is evident that it is very useful to recite them, and it is said that they can also guard against the dangers of war.

1. The Ayat are:

2. The first four ayat of Suratu-l-Baqarah (2:1-4)

3. The Ayatu-l-Kursi and the next two ayat up to the word “khalidun” in Suratu-l-Baqarah (2:255-257)

4. The last three ayat of Suratu-l-Baqarah from “lillahi ma fis-s-samawati” up to the end (2:284-286)

5. Three ayat from Suratu-l-Araf (the Heights) from “inna rabbakum” up to “muhsinin” (7:54-64)

6. The last two ayat of Surah Banii Israail (the Children of Israel) (also called Isra’ or the Night Journey) from “quli-da’u-llaha” until the end (17:110-111)

7. The first ten ayat of Suratu-s-Saffat (the Ranks) up to “lazib” (37:1-10)

8. Two ayat from Suratu-r-Rahman (the Merciful) from “ya ma’shara” up to “tantasiran” (55:21-24)

9. The first two ayat of Suratu-l-Jinn (the Djinn) from “qul ‘uhiya” up to “shatata” (72:1-4)

These are known as “The Thirty-Three Verses.”

 

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Sound Practice

 

A collection of different names of Allah to be recited numbers of times, awakening various centers in the being. The beautifully calligraphed names are interspersed with du’a’ from Shaykh Ibrahim al-Battawi. A wonderful exercise for awakening body and soul.

 

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Illuminating Guidance on the Dropping of Self-Direction *

by Shaykh ‘Ibn ‘Ata’Illah as-Sakandari

 

One cannot overestimate the value of Imam Ibn ‘Ata’Illah in preserving the teachings of the Shadhdhuliyyah, since he was the first to write them down. Both Imam Abu’l-Hasan ash-Shadhdhuli and his successor Imam Abu’l ‘Abbas al-Mursi never wrote any books on the Path. When asked why, Abu’l-Hasan replied, “My companions are my books.” Be that as it may, the teachings would not have survived down to this day as they have if Allah had not inspired Ibn ‘Ata’Illah to put them into written form.

 

One of the main reasons why this specific book is so fundamental is that it deals with a cardinal doctrine of the Shadhdhuli teaching, namely, the ceasing of self-direction and management in favor of choosing the management and direction of Allah (isqat at-tadbir). A major subject, to which actually half the book is devoted, is rizq, or provision and daily sustenance.

 

Ibn ‘Ata’Illah deals with the proper approach to acquiring one’s daily provision, the proper manners of withholding it and spending it, and most importantly, how and why one should not waste one’s energy in anxiety over it. In this respect, the Way of the Shadhdhuliyyah, unlike some of the other ways of Sufism, does not call for a life of begging and mendicancy, but rather teaches its adherents to live a life of intense contemplation in the midst of the worldly means of livelihood. In other words, ‘being in the world but not of the world.’ And the importance of this book can also be seen in the method it teaches the reader of how to apply this advice.

 

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