The Path

On the Ja’fariyya Ahmadiyya Muhammadiyya Path

Imam al-Ja’fari (may Allah be pleased with him) followed in the path of the shaykh of the Ahmadiyya Muhammadiyya tariqa, sayyid Ahmad ibn Idris, and its pillars are: The Book and the Sunna, in speech and in action, in knowledge and in behavior. His way in spiritual upbringing is that of the Qur’an, for he raises the seekers and directs and guides them to the most noble characteristics and manners that Allah (most high) commanded us to live by in the noble Qur’an. He teaches them the stations of Tasawwuf and the levels of ascending in perfections, citing to them the ayas of the noble Qur’an that bear witness to them. He teaches them and brings them up on the way of sincerity, struggle, mindfulness of Allah, bringing oneself into account, and other types of Sufi upbringing according to the way of the noble Qur’an. He explains and clarifies the Qur’anic way with the hadiths of the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him and his family) taking him as the ultimate example in manners and beautiful descriptions, following his way in word and deed, as did the sayyid Ahmad ibn Idris (may Allah be pleased with him).

In what follows we show the reader some of the sayings of Imam al-Ja’fari that explain and reveal the features of his path. He (may Allah be pleased with him) says:

“In this tariqa, we accept Allah as our Lord, Islam as our religion, our master Muhammad (Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him and his family) as our Prophet and Messenger, the Qur’an as our imam, the Ka’ba as our qibla, and the believers as our brothers. This path of ours is the path of Allah (most high), unadulterated by the blemishes of the world; we have no desire except to turn to al-Haqq (the Real) – transcendent and high is He- cutting off all the attachments and hurdles and distractions of the self. Our characters and manners are those of the Qur’an and Sunna in all our states and progressions, our movements and our stillness, content with Him instead of all else, constant in our love of Him in this world, before the next.”

“Know that this path of ours is built upon the Book and the Sunna and the fiqh of the four schools of law, and the creed of al-Ash’ari in tawhid, and Abu al-Qasim al-Junayd in Tasawwuf, may Allah be pleased with them all.”

“This path is only the following of the Messenger of Allah (Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him and his family) in word and deed, outwardly and inwardly.”

“Know oh brother that this path of ours is all about taking ourselves into account, about drawing near to Allah, and being constantly mindful of Him. This path of ours is based on the Sharia, upon a Muhammadan footing. This path of ours, whoever travels it, then Allah will expand for him his sustenance, and bless him in it, because he has come to the door of: ‘Oh world, serve him who serves Us.’”

He who studies the tariqa of Imam al-Ja’fari and his guidance for his disciples in his lessons, dhikr, and his books, will notice how closely tied his path is to the path of the sayyid Ahmad ibn Idris in the upbringing of the disciple, and in the merits of the two paths. And there is no  wonder about that, for Shaykh al-Ja’fari has followed in the footsteps of the sayyid Ahmad ibn Idris, and struggled as he had struggled, and both of them had a special connection to the Messenger of Allah (Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him and his family). Imam al-Ja’fari’s loyalty and dedication to the Ahmadiyya tariqa and his constant reading of its litanies, the publishing of the works of its founder, and his calling the people to it, all that earned him the love of the shaykh of the tariqa and his confidence in him, so he inherited his state, and drank from his pure Sufi spring.

Our shaykh and master Imam al-Ja’fari (may Allah be pleased with him) said:
“How great was what our shaykh al-Shifaa (“The Healing”), the precious Qutb, our master the sayyid Ahmad ibn Idris (may Allah be pleased with him) did when he asked the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) to be our guarantor: to take charge of our upbringing, and many of our brothers have witnessed this even until this day. For Allah has singled out those who took his path with the Muhammadan upbringing. It is as if the sayyid has noticed that when he was given his own special dhikr, and that in it are united the two presences, and that is in the dhikr “There is no god but Allah, Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah, in every glance and every breath, as many times as all that is contained in the knowledge of Allah”, and likewise in the du’a “and unite me with him as You united the soul and the nafs.” So it is as if he noticed in this that there is more than the Muhammadan upbringing, because in uniting there is more than just upbringing, and so this path has this unique trait in its litanies, and its shaykh had a most firm footing in the following of the Prophet Muhammad in all of his states, and so the connection between him and between the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him and his family) was a very strong and solid connection. They have said: ‘Every disciple inherits from the rank of his shaykh and his state according to the amount of his struggle and his readiness and the shaykh’s trust in him.’ So you must, oh brother in Allah, think, for thinking is from the perfection of faith, and do not forget that by taking the Ahmadi Muhammadi litany, you have entered the guarantee of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) and the evidence of what I say is your seeing him in your sleep, peace and blessings be upon him.

The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) used to guide the people by the lessons of religious knowledge, and by the great Qur’an, and our shaykh sayyidi Ahmad ibn Idris (may Allah be pleased with him) followed him in that. He guided the people by the noble Qur’an and by religious knowledge, and continued upon that way until he met his Lord. I have asked Allah (most high) to give me success to follow the way of our shaykh, the great scholar Shaykh Ahmad ibn Idris of the most precious knowledge, may Allah be pleased with him.”


The Shaykhs of This Path:

Shaykh Ahmad ibn Idris

Shaykh Muhammad ibn Ali al-Sanusi

Shaykh Abdul ‘Aali al-Idrisi

Shaykh Muhammad al-Sharif al-Idrisi

Shaykh Salih al-Ja’fari

Shaykh Salih al-Ja’fari: The Symbol of al-Azhar

Shaykh Abdul Ghani b. Salih al-Ja’fari

Shaykh Muhammad Salih b. Abdul Ghani al-Ja’fari

See also: The Way of Gratitude: The Original Way of the Prophets and the Companions




  1. faizahazeem says:

    I just have to say this. In the midst of writing my dissertation, I quickly needed to confirm something on the Tariqah Ja’fariyyah. Opened my web browser, which already had facebook opened on it. And the first thing that was on my newsfeed was this. JazakAllah khayr sayyidi.

    • subhanAllah that is great. I hope we can benefit from your dissertation one day 🙂

      p.s. : “seek not water, seek thirst” (from your blog). Beautiful! JazakumAllahu khayran.

      • faizahazeem says:

        AstaghfirulLah, I am in no position to benefit anyone. But still if you’d be interested in having a look I wouldn’t mind.

  2. Abd Mumyn says:

    Salaaam.. Which Tareeqa is this site affilated to?

    • Salam. This site is not officially affiliated to a tariqa, contains much material from the teachings and knowledge of the Ja’fariyya Tariqa. However, there is also some material simply written by myself, and which does not represent the tariqa itself.

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