Silsilah of the Tahlil

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

Shaykh Yusuf al-Kuzani al-‘Ajami (q.s.) reported in his Risalah that ‘Ali ibn Abi Thalib (k.w.) once implored the Prophet (s.a.w.), saying, “O Messenger of Allah, guide me to the nearest of the paths toward Allah (s.w.t.), the easiest of them for His servants, and the best of them in the sight of Allah (s.w.t.).”

The Prophet (s.a.w.) replied, “O ‘Ali, you must make a constant practice of remembering Allah (s.w.t.) in the places of private retreat.”

‘Ali (k.w.) then asked, “Does this excellent merit of the remembrance depend on its being practiced by all people?”

The Prophet (s.a.w.) replied, “O ‘Ali, the Final Hour will not arrive, so long as someone on the face of the earth is saying, ‘Laa ilaha illa Allah.’”

‘Ali (k.w.) then asked, “So how should I perform the remembrance, O Messenger of Allah?”

To this, he replied, “You must close your eyes and hear it from me three times, then you must say it three times, while I listen.”  The Prophet (s.a.w.) then said, “Laa ilaha illa Allah,” “There is no god but Allah,” three times, closing his eyes and raising his voice, while ‘Ali (k.w.) listened.

Then ‘Ali (k.w.) said, “Laa ilaha illa Allah,” three times, closing his eyes and raising his voice just as the Prophet (s.a.w.) did, while the Prophet (s.a.w.) was listening.”

These two ahadits have been cited in the ar-Rimah of Shaykh ‘Umar Futi Thal (q.s.).  He stated that ‘Ali (k.w.) taught this to Shaykh Hasan al-Baswri (q.s.), who then taught it to Habib al-‘Ajami (q.s.), who then taught it to Shaykh Dawud at-Ta’i (q.s.), who then taught it to Shaykh Ma’ruf al-Karkhi (q.s.), who then taught it to Shaykh as-Sari as-Saqathi (q.s.), who then taught it to Imam al-Junayd al-Baghdadi (q.s.).  They have been transmitted since then to the masters of spiritual training, and the process will continue until Allah (s.w.t.) Wills.  They are the source of the method of teaching the awrad and the adzkar.


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