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Shaykh Ahmed Tijani ben Omar: No Reason to Hate

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بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

Shaykh Ahmed Tijani Ben Omar is American citizen originally born in Ghana, West Africa. He is based in the United Kingdom for the moment.He is a renowned ‘alim who is synonymous with da’wah.He studied and memorized the Holy Qur’an at the age of 15 and the Holy Bible by the age of 20.

Shaykh Tijani is a renowned world peace activist.He has consistently advocated spiritual and interfaith interactions from a global perspective. This unique approach includes socio-political, historical and anthropological aspects as well as religious dispensations.Shaykh Tijani, has traveled to over a hundred countries worldwide giving numerous lectures and presentations at conferences, universities, mosques, churches, synagogues and public gatherings.He is considered one of the best spiritual singers and reciters of the Holy Qur'an in the world. Shaykh Tijani has recorded and released 15 albums of nasyid.

Explanation of the Shadzili ad-Darqawi Wird

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بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
The following is the explanation of the Shadzili ad-Darqawi wird by Shaykh Ebrahim Schuitema.
The Wird: Astaghfir Allah x 33 Masha’Allah x 33 Subhan Allah x 33 Hasbun Allah wa ni’ma al-Wakil x 33 Laa Ilaha il Allah x 100 Swalawat x 10 Surah al-Ikhlasw x 3 Surah al-Falaq x 1 Surah an-Naas x 1 Surah al-Fatihah x 1 Du’a for whatever we want, as well as our shuyukh and all the shuyukh of the Darqawa.
There are five adzkar in the wird specifically designed to cultivate in us the skill of silencing our inner dialogue, so that we can see everything for what it is and therefore be in the position to give everything its due.  These five adzkar are: ‘Astaghfir Allah’, ‘Masha’Allah’, ‘Subhan Allah’, ‘Hasbun Allah wa ni’ma al-Wakil’ and ‘Allah’.  Now why is that the case?
Our inner dialogue is sustained by hopes and fears, and because this is the case, it is biographically based.  Let us say that someone had an obsessive desire for a red Porsche.  The first question to ask …

Asking Aid from the Prophets, Saints & Scholars

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بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
A student asked Imam Shihab ad-Din ar-Ramli (r.a.), is it permissible for the awwam, who, when in distress, say, “Ya Shaykh Fulan” and, “Ya Rasulullah” and seek aid, istighatsa, with the prophets, the awliya’, the ‘ulama (r.a.) and the righteous?  And do the messengers, prophets, awliya’, the righteous, and the mashaykh possess the ability to assist others after their deaths, and what strengthens that view?
He replied that istighatsa’, the seeking of aid, with the prophets, and messengers, the awliya’, the ‘ulama and the righteous is permitted.  The messengers, prophets and the awliya’ have the ability to assist after their death because the miracles of the prophets and awliya’ are not severed following their death.  As for the prophets, they are alive in their graves praying and doing hajj as it has come in the reports.  So, assistance from them will be a miracle on their behalf; and the martyrs are also alive, and have been seen, openly killing th…

The Essence of Dzikr in All Sufi Orders

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بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

The following is based on an excerpt from Miftah ash-Shudur.  Concerning the individual bay'ah, it had been narrated by Shaykh Yusuf al-Kurani (q.s.) and His Friends in a valid sanad that ‘Ali (k.w.) had ever asked the Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.), “Ya Rasulullah, show me the shortest path to Allah which is also the easiest and the most meritorious in the Sight of Allah to pass through by His Servants!”
Rasulullah (s.a.w.) answered, “That you perform the permanent dzikrullah (dzikr dawam) and the most holy and weighty utterance so far made by myself and the Prophets before me; that is 'La Ilaha il Allah.'  If you put all the things in the skies and earth on one side of the weighing scale and kalmia 'La ilaha il Allah' on the other, you will find the side with the kalima 'La Ilaha il Allah' weighing heavier.”
Then he said, “O ‘Ali, Doomsday shall not appear if on this Earth, there are still people who pronounce 'La ilaha i…

Seeking the Divine Presence

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بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
The following is adapted from a swuhbah from Shaykh Muhammad Nazhim Adil al-Haqqani (q.s.) on the 25th February 2010.
Allah (s.w.t.) Sends Gifts on His servants, day and night, without fail, though more of such Gifts arrive at night, as compared to the daytime.  Some saints teach of a Special Blessing of Allah (s.w.t.) which Descends at night.  Each night, Allah (s.w.t.) Creates a group of special Angels, for a special task, only for that night.  And He Creates a different group of angels each night for this same task.  Each night is different, each Creation is different, even our selves are not the same today, as compared to how we were yesterday.
In the last third of every night, this group of angels descends to the earth; they search from East to West and from North to South, for a selected group of people.  Who are these people?  Allah (s.w.t.) Commands these angels to seek His Servants in dunya praying and glorifying His and seeking His Pleasure…

The Deputy of Allah (s.w.t.)

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The following is adapted from a swuhbah by Shaykh Muhammad Nazhim Adil al-Haqqani (q.s.) on 01st October 2010.
Honour is given to mankind.  Even the angels asked for the Honour that Allah (s.w.t.) Gave to Adam (a.s.).  There are certain things in creation that are impossible to be seen with the naked eye.  They are atoms, dzarrah.  We cannot see them even through an electronic microscope.  The light in our eyes cannot see them.  There are large objects like the sun, moon and the stars which in their entirety cannot also be seen through the light of the naked eye.  This is because of their immense size.  There are also very small atoms which cannot even be cut into two pieces.  If they are cut and the parts are separated, they would cease to be.  It is Allah (s.w.t.) Who Brings these into existence; the small and the large.  That which was Brought into existence must know Who Brought it into existence.  Everything from the tiniest particle to the lar…

An Attempt to Desecrate the Tomb of Shaykh Muhyi ad-Din ibn 'Arabi (q.s.)

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بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
The following is taken from An Attempt to Desecrate the Tomb of Shaykh Muhyi ad-Din ibn 'Arabi (q.s.).  This was originally sourced from Jami’ al-Karamat al-Awliya’.
Imam Yusuf an-Nabhani (q.s.) wrote, “Imam `Abd al-Wahhab ash-Sha’rani stated, ‘Our brother, Shaykh Swalih al-Hajj Ahmad Halabi informed me that his house was in the vicinity of the blessed mausoleum of Shaykh Muhyi ad-Din ibn ‘Arabi.  It was visible from his house.  One night, after ‘isha prayer, a person carrying fire- advanced towards the tomb, with the intention of burning the bier.  When he was eight or nine metres away from the grave, he started sinking into the ground, so much so that he disappeared into the ground.
Later that night, when his family members could not find him anywhere, they started looking out for him.  When the shaykh narrated to them the entire incident, they reached the place where he had sunk.  When they dug up the place, they found his head.  But as they w…

Shah Mahmud & the Fisher Lad

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بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
Shaykh Farid ad-Din ‘Aththar (q.s.) wrote, in his Manthiq ath-Thayr:
“One day, Shah Mahmud, riding with the wind, Hunting, left his retinue behind, And coming to a river, whose swift course, Doubled back game and dog, and man and horse, Beheld upon the shore, a little lad, Fishing, very poor, and tatter-clad, He was, and weeping as his heart would break. So, the great sultan, for good humour’s sake, Pulled in his horse a moment, and drew nigh, And after making his salam, asked why, He wept — weeping, the Sultan said, ‘so sore,’ As he had never seen one weep before. The boy looked up, and ‘O Amir,’ he said, ‘Seven of us are at home, and father dead, And mother left with scarce a bit of bread: And now since sunrise have I fished — and see! Caught nothing for our supper — woe is me!’ The Sultan lighted from his horse.  ‘Behold,’ Said he, ‘Good fortune will not be controlled: And, since today yours seems to turn from you, Suppose we try for once what mine will do, And we wi…