Walking with al-Khadir

وكم من عابد يمشي * مع الأقطاب والخضر How many are the worshipers  that walk  with the Qutbs and with al-Khadir. – Shaykh Salih al-Ja’fari ‎ There are some figures who, according to Islamic traditions, have not yet died despite having been born a very long time ago. Some of them were taken directly to […]

Spiritual Ascent

“To follow Muhammad is, that he went on the Mi’raj, and you go behind him.” – Shams at-Tabrizi The Ascension of Moses (peace be upon him) Amr bin Maymun (may Allah be pleased with him) said: When Allah raised Moses to him, and spoke to him, Moses saw a man attached to the Throne. He […]

The Path of Proofs and the Path of Illumination 2

From a letter by shaykh Muhammad ibn Ali al-Sanusi (may Allah be pleased with him and please him). For him who wants our Way of Proofs (tareeqatnua al-burhaaniyya), we have ordered what our teacher (Ahmad ibn Idris) has ordered all of the brothers: To stick to reading the likes of: Sahih Bukhari, the Muwatta, and […]

The Way of Gratitude

Shaykh Abd al-Aziz al-Dabbagh was asked, What is the difference between the way of al-Shadhili and his followers, and the way of al-Ghazali and his followers? The first seems to be fully centered around gratitude and joy to the Giver without any exertion or struggle, while the other seems to be focused on spiritual exercises […]

The Incentive for Salawat

It is related that the Prophet – may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said –  ‘When someone sends a blessing upon me, in veneration of the right that is due to me, Allah – most great and majestic-  creates from it an angel with one wing in the east and one wing in […]