An important and vital work on the Shadhdhuliyyah, this beautiful and profusely illustrated book contains all the major Ahzab [Litanies or Orisons] transmitted by Shaykh Abu-l-Hasan ash-Shadhdhuli, the 7th/13th century Maghribi founder of one of the principal schools (turuq) of Sufism, one that remains active in the present age both in the East and the West. The Ahzab are printed in the original Arabic, translated into clear English, and also transliterated very exactly in Roman script for liturgical use out loud by non-Arabic speaking readers. The texts of the Shaykh are prefaced by an important Prayer [salah] from his teacher, Shaykh Abdu-s-Salam ibn Mashish, and a teaching poem by his teacher, Shaykh Abu Madyan al-Ghawth. In addition, there are eight examples of oral and meditative practices based on the Ahzab, also translated and transliterated. The 99 page Introduction and Commentary, by Shaykh Abdullah Nooruddeen Durkee, places Shaykh Abu-l-Hasan in his spiritual, doctrinal and historical context as well as providing numerous extracts derived from his oral lessons recorded by his pupils Shaykh Abu-l-Abbas al-Mursi and Shaykh Taj ud-Din ibn Ata ‘Illah as-Sakandari, as well as their immediate companions and followers, such as ibn Sabbagh and Ibn Iyad. The book contains 333 pages of Arabic/English text translated and transliterated, 99 pages of Introduction and Commentary, plus preface, appendices, bibliography, glossary of technical Sufic terms and index of contents. Illustrated by 8 four-color, 18-black and white, 1 two-color map plus numerous calligraphic images. Its companion volume, Origins, provides extensive background and history for the tariqa, as well as more insight into the practices and their uses in worship and self-discovery. The two volumes together present an unprecedented picture of a living, working Sufi order.
Dr. Ibrahim al-Bat!awi, Professor at al Azhar University (ret),
Shaykh of Tariqah Shadhdhuliyyah, said:
“In this book are supplications of true worship of Allah, pleasure in confiding in Him, the pleasure of being near Him, the pleasure of contentment with Allah and the pleasure of happiness in what Allah fulfils by answering you and shedding His mercies on you on your behalf.”