Urging the Muridun to Recite Swalawat al-Fatih & Its Three Degrees
بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
The following is an extract of Letter #28, from the discourses of Shaykh Ibrahim ibn ‘Abdullah Niyas al-Kawlakhi (q.s.): “Urging the muridun to recite Swalawat al-Fatih and its three degrees.”
“Shaykh Ahmad at-Tijani (q.s.) said, ‘Whosoever is stamped with our seal is due congratulations.’ What he meant by that statement is, ‘Whosoever takes our wird will achieve the felicity of this life and the next.’ I am, therefore, advising myself and you to have conscious awareness of Allah in both public and private, and to occupy yourself with Allah to the exclusion of everything other than Him. You must know that everything other than Him is likened unto a mirage which appears to a thirsty person, who thinks it to be water until he comes up to it and he finds nothing.
You must take the Messenger of Allah (s.a.w.) as your greatest means of approach, by sending many swalawat upon him, as this is the path to travel for all of those who desire to arrive at ma’rifah. I especially advise you to offer plenty Swalawat al-Fatih, for it is the Greatest Treasure, Mysterious Secret, and Source of Divine Gnosis. It has three degrees to its recitation: zhahir, bathin, and bathin al-bathin.
As for the zhahir, it consists of the reward of the good deeds of everything in the universe, from its beginning to its end. As for the bathin, it consists of the reward of the hidden mysteries of the universe, from its beginning to its end. As for the bathin al-bathin, it consists of the greatest mysteries and secrets and it is the goal of goals. I, therefore, advise you to offer plenty Swalawat al-Fatih in all of your spare time, day and night. I have thus advised you for the sake of Allah.
You must also persist in offering five hundred Swalawat al-Fatih after swalah al-‘isha’, before you go to sleep, and also repeat this amount in the time of tahajjud, and also again after performing your morning Wird al-Lazim. You will do this all with the intention to offer swalawat upon the Prophet (s.a.w.) in obedience to the Command of your Lord, all out of love, glorification, and esteem for him and no other objective. If you diligently persist in this, after receiving the special permission from its people, you will certainly experience the spiritual opening by the Might and Power of Allah.”