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Sufficient Provision for Seekers of the Path of Truth (5 Vols.)

Sufficient Provision for Seekers of the Path of Truth (5 Vols.)

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Author:

Shaikh 'Abd al-Qadir al-Jilani / Muhtar Holland

ISBN:

1882216121

# of Pages:

1738

Type:

PB

Publisher:

Al-Baz Publishing, Inc

A translation of Al-Ghunya li-Talibi Tariq al-Haqq (5 volume set)
by Shaikh 'Abd al-Qadir al-Jilani (may Allah be well pleased with him) This encyclopedic work is a complete resource on the inner and outer aspects of Islam. The translation has been published in 5 volumes. Translated by Muhtar Holland into English for the first time, and over five and a half years in the translating, this work is undoubtedly the publishing event of this century and a treasure of unimaginable value to the believers.

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A SERIES OF INVOCATIONS, EACH OF THEM BEGINNING WITH: "IN THE NAME OF ALLAH, WHO€¦ [BISMI'LLAHI'LLADHI€¦]."

Say: "In the Name of Allah, who utterly transcends any attribution of counterparts [addad]. In the Name of Allah, who is absolutely exempt from any attribution of partners or peers [andad]. In the Name of Allah, who is far removed in His Holiness from the begetting of children [awlad].

"In the Name of Allah, who causes all lights to shine [nawwara'l-anwar]. In the Name of Allah, who honors those who are righteous and fine [abrar]. In the Name of Allah, who has predetermined all destinies [aqdar], and who has enlightened human hearts and eyes [absar]. In the Name of Allah, who manifests Himself to the hearts of the righteous [abrar] in those moments just before the break of day [ashar].

"In the Name of Allah, who allows dear friends to gain knowledge of the mysteries [asrar], for He floods them with rays of light [anwar] and entrusts them with the keeping of those secrets [asrar]. From them He banishes all dangers [akhtar]. He preserves them from being enslaved by jealous rivals [aghyar], and He relieves them of all burdens, shackles, bonds [asar] and heavy loads [awzar]. For indeed, He has been characterized from all eternity by the attributes of beneficence, abundant grace, and readiness to forgive the sins of those who seek forgiveness [ahl al-istighfar]."

Say: "In the Name of Allah, the Name of the One who causes the flowing of the rivers [anhar] and the sprouting of the trees [ashjar]."

[Say: "In the Name of Allah," for that is] the Name of the One who brings prosperity to countries and towns by populating them with truly obedient folk from among His servants ['ibad]. Such people serve as mainstays [awtad], as mountain-like pillars of support, so that, for those who dwell upon it, the earth comes to be as safe and as cozy as the cradle [mihad]. They are the Forty, the pick of the spiritual deputies [abdal], the ones who never let it be forgotten that the Lord is totally exempt from any attribution of partners and peers [andad]. They are kings in this world, and they will be intercessors on behalf of humankind upon the Day of the Final Summoning [Yawm at-Tanad]. My Lord has indeed created them as a benefit to all the world, and as a gift of mercy to His servants ['ibad].

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ON SOME OF THE MANY PRECIOUS BLESSINGS CONFERRED BY "IN THE NAME OF ALLAH [BISMI'LLAH]."

"In the Name of Allah [Bismi'llah]" is a treasure for those who remember, a mighty resource for the strong, a protective talisman for the weak, a radiant light for lovers, and a joyful delight for those who are filled with yearning.

"In the Name of Allah [Bismi'llah]" is the consolation of our spiritual natures [arwah]. "In the Name of Allah [Bismi'llah]" is the salvation of our bodily forms [ashbah].

"In the Name of Allah [Bismi'llah]" is the light that illuminates our breasts [sudur].

"In the Name of Allah [Bismi'llah]" is the organizing principle that regulates our affairs [umur].

"In the Name of Allah [Bismi'llah]" is the crown of the truly confident [taj al-wathiqin]. "In the Name of Allah [Bismi'llah]" is the lamp of those who reach their destination [siraj al-wasilin]. "In the Name of Allah [Bismi'llah]" is that which satisfies the needs of ardent lovers [mughni'l-'ashiqin].

"In the Name of Allah [Bismi'llah]" is the Name of the One who honors certain servants and humiliates certain servants ['ibad].

"In the Name of Allah [Bismi'llah]" is the Name of the One who keeps the Fire of Hell in store for His enemies as an ambush [mirsad], and who keeps the Beatific Vision in store for His friends as a promised rendezvous [mi 'ad].

"In the Name of Allah [Bismi'llah]" is the Name of the Single One without number [Wahid bi-la 'adad]. "In the Name of Allah [Bismi'llah]" is the Name of the One who endures forever without end [al-Baqi bi-la amad]. "In the Name of Allah [Bismi'llah]" is the Name of the One who stands firm without supporting props [Qa'im bi-la 'amad].

"In the Name of Allah [Bismi'llah]" is the invocation that serves as an introduction [iftitah] to every Sura [of the Qur'an].

It is the Name of the One who brings good cheer to those who practice solitary retreats [khalawat]. It is the Name of the One who brings a sense of completeness to those who perform the ritual prayers [salawat].

It is the Name of the One who inspires us to improve our minds by thinking better thoughts [Dunun]. It is the Name of the One for whose sake we spend the night with sleepless eyes ['uyun]. It is the Name of the One who has only to say to something, "Be!" and there it is [yakun].

It is the Name of the One who is far beyond description in terms of physical touch [misas]. It is the Name of the One who can dispense entirely with human beings [unas]. It is the Name of the One who rises majestically above all comparison [qiyas].

Say: "In the Name of Allah [Bismi'llah]" letter by letter [harfan harfa], for then you will receive the recompense in multiples of a thousand [alfan alfa], and the burdens of sin will be scooped away from you by the shovelful [jarfan jarfa].

If someone says it with his tongue, that person will witness all that is offered by this world [dunya]. If someone says it with his heart, that person will witness all that is offered by the world hereafter ['uqba]. And if someone says it with his innermost being, that person will actually witness the Master [Mawla].

"In the Name of Allah [Bismi'llah]" is a phrase that brings a pleasant sensation to the mouth [fam]. "In the Name of Allah [Bismi'llah]" is a phrase with which no feeling of unhappiness [ghamm] can coexist.

It is a phrase that brings about the perfection of good fortune [ni'ma]. It is a phrase that brings about the abolition of misfortune [niqma]. It is a phrase that accounts for the special privileges enjoyed by this [the Islamic] Community [Umma].

To utter the whole phrase, "In the Name of Allah, the All-Merciful, the All-Compassionate [Bismi'llahi'r-Rahmani'r-Rahim]," is to pronounce a simultaneous invocation of Divine Majesty [Jalal] and Divine Beauty [Jamal], for "In the Name of Allah [Bismi'llah]" is an invocation of Divine Majesty within an expression of majesty [Jalal fi jalal], while "the All-Merciful, the All-Compassionate [ar-Rahmani'r-Rahim]" is an invocation of Divine Beauty within an expression of beauty [Jamal fi jamal].

Those who witness His Majesty are likely to lose their wits [tasha]; whereas those who witness His Beauty are sure to prosper ['asha]. The whole phrase represents a simultaneous invocation of Divine Power [Qudra] and Divine Mercy [Rahma], whereby the Divine Power adds together all the acts of obedience performed by the obedient [muti'in], while the Divine Mercy erases all the sins committed by the sinners [mudhnibin].

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CONCERNING THE PROGRESSIVE STAGES OF SPIRITUAL DEVELOPMENT THAT STEM FROM THE INVOCATION: "IN THE NAME OF ALLAH [BISMI'LLAH]."

Say: "In the Name of Allah [Bismi'llah]," for [when you pronounce these words of His] it is as if He is saying: "With My help, a person arrives at the stage where he is capable of performing meaningful acts of worshipful obedience. Then, by the light of those acts of worshipful obedience, he moves on until he reaches the stage of direct witnessing ['iyan], at which point he is able to dispense with secondhand explanation [bayan]. His heart has now become a vessel worthy of containing both the esoteric mysteries and the exoteric branches of religious knowledge ['ulum al-adyan].

"When someone attains to the Loving Friend [Habib], he is safely delivered from woe and lamentation [nahib]. When someone attains to unfiltered vision [nazar], he has no further use for hearsay information [khabar]. When someone attains to the Everlasting Lord [as-Samad], he is safely delivered from grief and sorrow [kamad]. When someone attains to close companionship [rifaq], he is safely delivered from lonely separation [firaq]. When someone attains to noble dignity [majd], he ceases to be affected by emotional upheaval [wajd]. And when someone attains to the Ultimate Meeting [Liqa'], he is rendered immune to painful suffering [shaqa']."

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SOME FURTHER INTERPRETATIONS OF THE ARABIC LETTERS AND WORDS THAT OCCUR IN: "BISMI'LLAHI'R-RAHMANI'R-RAHIM [IN THE NAME OF ALLAH, THE ALL-MERCIFUL, THE ALL-COMPASSIONATE]."

Say: "Bismi'llah [In the Name of Allah]." According to one interpretation the letter ba' stands for Bari' al-baraya [the Maker of all creatures], while the letter sin stands for Sattar al-khataya [the Veiler of faults], and the letter mim stands for al-Mannan bi'l-'ataya [the Bestower of gifts].

There are some who maintain that the letter ba' stands for Bari' min al-awlad [the One who is Exempt from begetting children], while the letter sin stands for Sami ' al-aswat [the Hearer of the voices (that appeal to Him)], and the letter mim stands for Mujib ad-da'awat [the One who responds to prayers of supplication].

According to another interpretation, the significance of these three letters [in reverse order] is expressed by the following commands of the Lord: "Offer food to your fellow creatures, for I am the One who provides you with food [Mut 'imukum]. Offer them water to drink, for I am the One who quenches your thirst [Saqikum]. Pay attention to Me, for I am your Eternal Lord [Baqikum]."

Still others maintain that the letter ba' stands for buka' at-ta'ibin [the weeping of those who repent], while the letter sin stands for sujud al-'abidin [the act of prostration made by worshippers (in their ritual prayer)], and the letter mim stands for ma'dhirat al-mudhnibin [the pardoning of sinners].

Turning from letter-by-letter to word-by-word interpretations, we find that some have explained the nuances of meaning as follows:

Allah is the Remover of trials and tribulations [Allahu Kashif al-balaya]. The All-Merciful is the Giver of gifts [ar-Rahmanu Mu'ti'l-'ataya]. The All-Compassionate is the Forgiver of faults [ar-Rahimu Ghafir al-khataya].

"Allah" is for those who know by intuition [Allahu li'l-'arifin]. "The All-Merciful" is for devout worshippers [ar-Rahmanu li'l-'abidin]. The All-Compassionate" is for sinners [ar-Rahimu li'l-mudhnibin].

Allah is the One who created you all, and He is the Most Excellent of Creators [Ahsan al-Khaliqin]. The All-Merciful [ar-Rahman] is the One who provides for you all, and He is the Best of Providers [Khair ar-Raziqin]. The All-Compassionate [ar-Rahim] is the One who is ready to forgive you all, and He is the Best of Forgivers [Khair al-Ghafirin].

We also encounter this alternative explanation:

He is "Allah" from the standpoint of the actual process of bestowing lavish blessings [Allahu bi-isbagh an-ni'am], and He is "the All-Merciful, the All-Compassionate" with regard to the qualities of magnanimity and generosity [ar-Rahman ar-Rahim bi'l-jud wa'l-karam]. He is "Allah" by virtue of the fact that He brings us forth from our mothers' wombs [butun]. He is "the All-Merciful [ar-Rahman]" by virtue of the fact that He brings us forth from our graves [qubur]. He is "the All-Compassionate [ar-Rahim]" by virtue of the fact that He brings us forth from the depths of darkness into the light [nur].

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CONCERNING SOME PARTICULAR BENEFITS OBTAINED BY THOSE WHO INVOKE THE DIVINE MERCY BY SAYING: "IN THE NAME OF ALLAH [BISMI'LLAH]."

Allah will surely bestow His mercy upon those who refuse to follow Satan [Shaitan], who turn away from sinful disobedience ['isyan], who take good care to avoid the Fires of Hell [niran], who make it their regular practice to perform works of charity [ihsan], and who constantly remember the All-Merciful [ar-Rahman], for they never fail to invoke His Mercy by saying: "In the Name of Allah [Bismi'llah]."

Allah will surely bestow His Mercy upon those who take refuge with Allah, who turn in repentance to Allah, who put their absolute trust in Allah, and who actively practice the remembrance of Allah, for they never fail to invoke His Mercy by saying: "In the Name of Allah [Bismi'llah]."

Allah will surely bestow His Mercy upon those who abstain from this world [dunya], who long for the hereafter, who endure with patience when they must suffer pain [adha], who give thanks for blessed well-being [na'ma'], and who actively practice the remembrance of the Master [Mawla], for they never fail to invoke His Mercy by saying: "In the Name of Allah [Bismi'llah]."

Congratulations to any servant [of Allah] who is steering well clear of the Tempter [Taghut], who is expecting nothing more from this world than his basic nourishment [qut], and who is actively practicing the remembrance of the Living One who never dies [al-Hayy alladhi la yamut], for that servant is surely saying right now:

"In the Name of Allah [Bismi'llah]."

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