This supplication is attributed to the Sultan of the ascetics and Imam of the Sufis, Ibrahim bin Adham al-Balkhi, may Allah be well pleased with him. He is reported to have made this entreaty every Friday, morning and evening. To conclude the prayer, we have appended one of Shaikh Ahmad ibn Idris al-Hasani’s unique salawat, Al-Salat Al-Jami’a or Al-Salat Al-Jibra’iliyya.
Success is from Allah.
Imam Abu Hamid al-Ghazali, in Book IX of the Ihya, states:
The Prayer of Ibrahim ibn Adham
(may God be pleased with him)
Ibrahim ibn Bashshar, his servant, related that he used to say this prayer every Friday, morning and evening:
Welcome to the day of abundance, the new morning, the scribe, and the witness! This day is a festive day. Write for us in it what we say in the name of Allah, the Praiseworthy, the Glorious, the Exalted, the Affectionate, and the Doer of what He wishes with His creation. I have entered upon the morning with faith in Allah, with belief in the Meeting with Allah, confessing His Proof, seeking forgiveness of my sin, bowing down before the lordship of Allah, denying divinity to any but Allah, being in need of Allah, trusting in Allah, and turning repentantly to Allah.
I testify to Allah, His Angels, His Prophets, His Messengers, the carriers of His Throne, those whom He created and those whom He is creating―that He is Allah, beside whom there is no god, Who is alone and has no associate, and that Muhammad (Allah bless him and give him peace) is His servant and His emissary, and that Heaven is a reality; Hell is a reality; the Pool is a reality; the Intercession is a reality; Munkar and Nakir are a reality; Your promise is a reality; Your threat is a reality; the Meeting with You is a reality; and the Hour is coming and there is no doubt about it, and Allah will resurrect those who are in their graves. With [faith in] this I live, and with it I die, and with it I shall be resurrected, if Allah wills.
O Allah, You are my Lord! There is no god but You. You have created me and I am Your servant, and I will observe my covenant and promise to You as much as I can. I take refuge with You, O Allah, from the evil I did and from the evil of every possessor of evil. O Allah, verily, I wronged myself. Forgive me my sins, for none forgives sins but You. Guide me to the best of human qualities, for none guides to the best of them but You. Dispel from us the worst of human qualities, for verily none dispels their evil but You.
Here I am intent upon Your service and upon aiding Your cause. All good is in Your hand. I belong to You and am returning to You. I ask for Your forgiveness and I repent to You. I believe, O Allah, in the Prophets whom You have sent. And I believe, O Allah, in the Books which You have revealed. May Allah bestow copious blessing and peace upon Muhammad, the divinely taught Prophet, and upon his family―the seal of my speech and the key to it―and upon His Prophets and Emissaries, all of them. Amen, O Lord of all domains!
O Allah, bring us to the Pool of Muhammad, and give us from his cup a drink thirst-quenching, pleasant-tasting, and delicious, after which we shall never thirst again. Assemble us in his group; not as the ashamed, not the violators of the covenants, nor the sceptics, nor the tempted, nor those against whom You are wrathful, nor those who are astray. O Allah make me free from the snares of this world, and aid me to obtain what You like, and are pleased with. Improve all my states of affairs. Strengthen me with the word which is firmly established in this life and the next. Lead me not astray, even if I commit a wrong.
Glory be to You! Glory be to You! O Exalted, O Magnificent, O Originator, O Compassionate, O Almighty, O Compeller! Glory be to Him whom the Heavens glorify with their wings! Glory be to Him whom the seas glorify with their billows! Glory be to Him whom the mountains glorify with their echoes!
Glory be to Him whom the fish glorify with their tongues! Glory be to Him whom the stars glorify in the sky with the constellations! Glory be to Him whom the trees glorify with their roots and fruits! Glory be to Him whom the seven heavens and the seven earths and those who are in and on them glorify! Glory be to Him Whom each of His creatures glorify.
May You bless Yourself and exalt Yourself! Glory be to You! Glory be to You! O Living, O Self-subsistent, O Omniscient, O Affectionate! Glory be to You! There is no god but You, who are alone and have no associate. You give life and death, and You are living and never die. In Your Hand is all-goodness, and You are supremely powerful over all things.
—Al-Ghazali, Nakamura, K (1973).Chapter Three: Transmitted Prayers whose Authors and Circumstances [of Composition] are Known and whose Use in the Mornings and Evenings and immediately after Each Ritual Prayer is Desirable. In: Invocations & Supplications Kitab al-adhkar wa’l-da’awat · Book IX of The Revival of The Religious Sciences Ihya’ ulum al-din. 3rd ed. Cambridge: Islamic Texts Society. p81-85.
The All-Encompassing Salutation
(or the Gabrielic Salutation)
From the Sheikh and Syed, Ahmed ibn Idris
O Allah, bestow salutations, peace, and blessings upon our patron Muhammad
and his family, and all the Prophets and Messengers, and upon Gabriel,
Michael, Raphael, the Angel of Death, and the bearers of the Throne,
and upon all the Angels, and upon the intimate friends and the
righteous, and upon all Your believing slaves in every
glance and in every breath, as many times as all
the things contained in Your Knowledge.
—Ibn Idris, A. (2013). The All-Encompassing Prayer. Available: http://beneficialilm.com/2013/03/31/the-all-encompassing-prayer/. Last accessed 1st Aug 2013.
And Allah is the Guide.