Wazifa of Shaykh Zarruq RA- Safinatun Naja – The ship of rescue

Wazifa Zarruqiya Digital Edition 1

Alhamdulillah, this is the digital edition of our printed booklet:(above link)

The Ship of Rescue for Those Who Take Shelter in Allah
Safinatun Naja li man ilallahil Taja

also known as: Al-Wazifah az-Zarruqiyyah
by Shaykh Ahmad Zarruq, Rahimahullah (The famous Shadhili Shaykh)
Translated by Ahmad ‘Ali Al ‘Adani

About the book

As Shaykh Ahmad Zarruq was present at the shrine of the Prophet, ﷺ he greeted the Prophet, ﷺ, who greeted him in return saying, “Peace be upon you, too, Ahmad. Recite to me your wazifah.” ‘I have many waza’if, Messenger of Allah,’ Zarruq said, so the Prophet, ﷺ, specified, “The one that begins with ‘Wa ilÁhukum ilÁhun wÁhid- Your God is one God.” At that time, the wazifah was longer than it is now, containing a greater number of Qur’anic ayat and Prophetic ahadith, so as Shaykh Zarruq was busy reciting it to the Prophet, ﷺ, he, ﷺ, said, “Leave out this and keep in that,” until the end was reached. According to Shaykh Barakat al-Hattab al-Makki, Zarruq said to the Prophet, ﷺ, ‘I have not given it any title, O Messenger of Allah,’ so he, ﷺ, said: “Call it Safina-tun-Naja li-Man Arada ilallahil-Laja” – The Ship of rescue for those who wish for shelter in Allah [The final title it is known by is a slightly different variant of that].

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Book Review: The Drink of the People of Purity in Prayers upon the Chosen Prophet

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The Drink of the People of Purity

Title: The Drink of the People of Purity in Prayers upon the Chosen Prophet (peace be upon him)
Author: Sayyidi Muhammad b. al-Qasim al-Qandusi
Translator: Shaykh Abdul Aziz Suraqah
Publisher: Muhammadan Press

There are a few pages of Shaykh Qandusi’s biography at the beginning of the book, this short excerpt below is from the back cover:

The knower of Allah, Shaykh Muhammad b. al-Qasim al-Qandusi, was born in Algeria and later settled in Fez, Morocco. He was affiliated with the Qadiri and Nasiri Sufi orders. He lived a life of obscurity as an herbalist and calligrapher, having written the Supreme Name (Allah) in his large, unique script that remains to this day in the Moulay Idriss II mosque in Fez. Towards the end of his life, he wrote books on the sciences of Sufism. He passed away in Fez in the year 1278AH/1861CE.

This book is a concise treatise on…

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Book Review: The Drink of the People of Purity in Prayers upon the Chosen Prophet

This is why we say that we supplicate to Allah through sending prayers upon the Beloved (peace be upon him). Its etiquette (adab) and reality (haqiqa) is for us to intend in our hearts whatever we wish of worldy or Afterworldly concerns and then invoke prayers upon the Prophet (peace be upon him). After that we do not need to explain our wants, for Allah Most High knows what is concealed in the chests. So if we divest ourselves from our deficient tongues and make the Prophet’s blessed tongue (peace be upon him) the intermediary (wasita) between us and Allah Most High – through sending prayers on the Prophet (peace be upon him) – then we will have firm grounding.In terms of the method of worldly ascension, Shaykh Qandusi writes:At the start of the New Year, consider how much you must spend upon your dependents [if you have dependents], or upon yourself [for the coming year]. Draw up a detailed list of all the things you will need and calculate their full cost and see if they will cost you one hundred (dirhams) or more or less. Leave nothing unaccounted for, not even the cost of water and salt. After calculating the sum total of dirhams you must spend, send an equal number of prayers [upon the Prophet (peace be upon him)]and later he states:What Allah seeks from us is propriety (adab), and that is why we say: For whatever you wish to purchase or sell, conduct the transaction first with Allah Most High by sending prayers upon the Prophet (peace be upon him). Any time you wish to purhcase a mount or a servant, or to buy or rent a home or an orchard or a store, preface your transaction [with prayers upon the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him)]. When your transaction is concluded make sure you bind it, then or later, with gratitude, expressed through prayers upon the Beloved (peace be upon him) just as you did at the beginning of your transaction. Do this, and Allah will put blessings for you in it.Shaykh Qandusi also employs the Abjad numerical system in which each letter of the Arabic alphabet is assigned a corresponding number. Based on this, he continues to advise us:This instruction also applies if a haughty tyrant transgresses against you, be he a bandit or unjust ruler, and pilfers your wealth. Do not turn your gaze toward him; speak to Allah instead concerning the issue, and give to Allah the value of what was taken from you, by sending prayers [upon the Prophet (peace be upon him)] in the number equal to [the monetary worth of what was taken] Do this, and Allah Most High will give you far better than what was stolen from you!Shaykh Qandusi advises us to send blessings upon the Prophet (peace be upon him), with the start of each year, each season, at the beginning of each lunar mansion and with special emphasis on the special months and nights throughout the year.

Source: Book Review: The Drink of the People of Purity in Prayers upon the Chosen Prophet

The Meaning of Salawat

A must read on the meaning of Salawat

العلم النافع

Many explanations have been offered for the word ṣalāwāt, such as to exalt, to praise, to bestow mercy on, to bless, to forgive. Through an investigation of several verses of the Qurʾān, and drawing upon the ḥadīth and the insight of several great imams culled from an array of rare and precious sources, a clearer explanation is offered linking the word ṣalawāt to light.

Read the article here: (http://almadinainstitute.org/blog/light-upon-light-a-journey-through-the-quran-into-the-reality-of-salawat/)

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The Musalsal Hadith of Using Tasbih

العلم النافع

A hadith musalsal is a hadith that contains an extra element of information about the way the hadith was being transmitted at every link of the chain. The word musalsal means ‘in a chain’ or ‘made into a chain.’

And tasalsul means ‘the process of becoming a chain’ and refers to the extra element of information that is narrated about how the hadith is being narrated. wAllahu a’lam.

Abu Abdallah Muhammad al-Talib bin Hamdun said in his Hashiya:

‘The scholars of hadith have a hadith musalsal in the munawala (holding or giving) of the sibha that we have narrated from a group of shuyukh, and it ends with al-Hasan al-Basri.’

Here is a translation of this hadith as well as an introduction to the musalsal hadiths by imam Muhammad ibn Ali al-Sanusi in Al-Musalsalaat al-’ashr:

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Imam Muhammad ibn Ali al-Sanusi, may Allah be pleased with him, said:

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The Souls of Martyrs visit Rasulullah on the 15 Shabaan

*The Souls of Martyrs visit Rasulullah on the 15 Shabaan*
extracted from Futuh as Shaam
(While in JIhad Hazrat Sahl RA was captured and given to a priest as a gift. Bretta was the daughter of this priest. After observing Hazrat Sahl RA and accepting his invitation to islam she became a muslim and helped Hazrat Sahl RA to escape on horseback.) The incident is as follows:
When they had covered the distance of 2 Farsakh they heard horses following them. Bretta said, “If they are Romans I shall speak to them. If they are ‘Arab Christians you must speak to them.”
They paused and soon 23 horsemen appeared. They were dressed in green and were mounted on grey horses. Sahl RA examined them and realised that they were the Sahâbah (who had been executed and were made shaheed few days before.) He went to them and said, “As-salâmu ‘alaykum….Allâh is Most Pure! Did I not witness your execution?”
“Yes,” they replied, “Do you not know that martyrs are living and do not die? It is but a transition from one abode to another. Allâh has sent the souls of the martyrs to visit the grave of Rasûlullâh sallallahu alayhi wasallam tonight.”
That was the night of mid-Sha‘bân.
Sahl RA said, “I want to go with you.”
“You are not capable of that,” they replied, “You have forty-one nights remaining to your life before you join us. As for this girl, Allâh has prepared for her in Jannah what He prepares for His friends. He made for her a palace of diamonds and rubies. It is on the banks of the River Kawthar. Its walls glitter with light. Its domes are highly embellished. Its thrones touch each other. Its rugs are raised. Its jugs are in rows. Its corners are trimmed. Its robes are embroidered with beautiful plaits at the side. The hidden and secret Pen has written on the gates:
‏ادخلوا الجنة بما كنتم تعملون‏
‘Enter Paradise because of what you did.’”[an-Nahl:32]
Bretta asked, “Through what have I earned this bounty?”
“Through acknowledging the Great Lord as One, through affirming the Noble Prophet,” they replied.
She screamed and dropped down dead.
[According to the previous narration there should have been 26, not 23 martyrs – Translator]
Sahl RA narrates:
I dismounted and buried her. The martyrs disappeared. I continued to the Muslims and reported to ‘Abdullâh bin Ghassân and Sahl bin ‘Adî. This served to increase the conviction of the Muslims.
Sahl RA lived another forty-one days and died.

Istighfaar that Rasulullah ﷺ read abundantly

Istighfaar that Rasulullah ﷺ read abundantly
Ibn `Umar  said: “We used to count that the Messenger of Allah ﷺ said 100 times in a (single) gathering:
رَبِّ اغْفِـــرْ لِيْ وَتُبْ عَلَيَّ إِنَّكَ أَنْتَ التَّـــوَّابُ الرَّحِيـــمُ
Rabbighfirli wa tub `alayya innaka Antat-Tawwaabur-Raheem
O Allah forgive me and accept my repentance, for surely
You are The Accepter of repentance, The Most Merciful
ibn Majah 3814
رَبِّ- O Allah, O Sustainer  –  اغْفِـــرْ لِيْ- Forgive me
 وَتُبْ عَلَيَّ    – And accept my repentance/turn to me
إِنَّكَ أَنْتَ – Surely You are
التَّـــوَّابُ الرَّحِيـــمُ – The acceptor of repentance the Most Merciful