Monday, 16 January 2012
Swalah to Avert Bala' for Swafar
بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
The following is from a note by Ustadz Fakhruddin Owaisi at-Tijani. Many great awliya’ have mentioned that an immense number of bala’, calamities, descend on humanity on the last Wednesday of this month of Swafar. Khatim al-Awliya’ Mawlana Ahmad ibn Muhammad at-Tijani al-Hasani al-Maghribi (q.s.) has confirmed this.
There is also a special swalah that Mawlana Ahmad at-Tijani (q.s.) would perform on this Wednesday to ward off these calamities as mentioned by Sidi Sukayrij (q.s.) in the Jinayat al-Muntaswib. This swalah has been practiced by Mawlana Ahmad at-Tijani’s (q.s.) descendants and by the special ones in his thariqa’ for generations.
Shaykh Ibrahim Niyas (q.s.) gave permission to all his disciples to perform this prayer on the last Wednesday of Swafar as mentioned by Shaykh Abu Bakr ‘Atiq (q.s.) in Miftah al-Akhlaq. Shaykh Hasan Sisi (q.s.) has also advised his muridun to perform this swalah. Even non-Tijani saints have performed this swalah but did not recite the blessed Jawharat al-Kamal in the end.
The swalah is performed with the intention of seeking Allah's (s.w.t.) Mercy in warding off the 360, or 360,000, calamities that land on this day. The swalah should be done on the morning of the last Wednesday of Swafar, before zhuhr. The method is as follows. Perform a four rak’ah swalah. In each raka’at, recite:
1 x Surah al-Fatihah,
17 x Surah al-Kawtsar,
5 x Surah al-Ikhlasw,
1 x Surah al-Falaq, and
1 x Surah an-Naas.
After finishing the swalah, recite the following ayat, 360 times. Read it 60 times first, then 300 times.
Wallahu ghaalibun ‘alaa amrihi walaakinna akhtsar an-naasi laa yaa'lamuun
… And Allah Hath Full Power and Control over His Affairs; but most among mankind know it not. (Surah Yusuf:21)
Thereafter, recite the Jawharat al-Kamal 3 times, ending it the way we end the wazhifah:
Allah and His angels Send Blessings on the Prophet: O ye that believe! Send ye blessings on him and salute him, with all respect. (Surah al-Ahzab:56)
At the end, we supplicate our needs and seek His Protection.
The Prophet (s.a.w.) was very ill in the month of Swafar and he passed away from that illness. Therefore, the month of Swafar is a very difficult one for all believers, as we all carry his inheritance. After it is the month of blessings, Rabi’ al-Awwal. However, the night is the darkest before dawn. The above-mentioned swalah is only practiced by the Sufis and those who believe in the Divinely-inspired sciences of the Sufis.
It is not something obligatory on all Muslims. For those of the Path, their shaykh is their Guide and they seek the Divine Presence. And for the rest of the ummah, the Qur’an is their Guide and Allah (s.w.t.) will Reward them with Jannah. May Allah (s.w.t.) Protect us from all Calamities.