Author Archives: Jalali

Last Wednesday of Safar

إِنَّ وَلِيِّيَ اللَّهُ الَّذِي نَزَّلَ الْكِتَابَ وَهُوَ يَتَوَلَّى الصَّالِحِينَ “Indeed, my protector is Allah, who has sent down the Book; and He is an ally to the righteous.” (7:196) From amongst the traditional practices of the Ahlu-s Sunnah wa-l Jama’a is observing the last Wednesday of Safar with voluntary acts of worship. This is done […]

Al-Haqiqah Al-Muhammadiyyah

In the introduction to his sublime work, “Kitâb Sirru-l Asrâr wa Mazharu-l Anwâr” (The Book of the Secret of Secrets and the Manifestation of Lights), our master and guide, the Lordly Cardinal Pole [qutbu-r rabbâni], Muhyi-d Din ‘Abdu-l Qâdir al-Jilani (may Allah sanctify his secret), writes the following about the beginning of creation [ibtidâ’u-l khalq]: […]

Jihad – A Sacred Struggle

The term Jihad, etymologically derived from the word “mujahada“, is primarily used in contemporary discourse to describe martial resistance. This is an unfortunate post-modern phenomenon, for Jihad as “holy war” – while being a valid part of the Islamic tradition in the face of persecution, oppression and foreign aggression – is but one aspect of this panoptic […]

Spiritual Sexuality

Our Grand-Shaikh, Imam al-‘Arus Sayyid Muhammad b. Ahmad Lebbai (may Allah perfume his resting abode), has said the following while discussing the concept of akmalu-sh shuhud (the most perfect perception): If you want to transform your lawful matrimonial act (sexual intercourse) into the most meritorious spiritual exercise, carefully observe the following points while making union with your […]

Salat for the Day of Ashura

The importance and special qualities of the Day of Ashura are well-established. What is less known (or forgotten) are prayers associated with the day. To revive the practice of performing additional prayers during the nights and days of special occasions, we quote the following 3 prayers from Sayyiduna al-Shaikh ‘Abd al-Qadir al-Jilani’s  al-Ghunya li-Talibi Tariq al-Haqq. […]