Reassurance for the Seeker

 Reassurance for the Seeker,
al Fawa'id al-Ja'fariyya
Commentary on 40 Hadiths,
*[A5+] Paperback - 260 pages,
Illustrated & Containing the Hadiths in Arabic,
by Samar Dajani,
Published by Fons Vitae, USA.

Back in Stock December 2020

The texts of this series record the lives and penetrating insights of three twentieth-century spiritual giants of Cairo. This timely series is an effort to make their wisdom and profoud messages available to contemporary spiritual aspirants.

     '' A Biography and translation of Salih al-Jaʿfari’s
    al‐Fawaʾid al‐Jaʿfariyya, a commentary on
Forty Prophetic traditions
. ''

Volume One From : The Spiritual Luminaries of Twentieth-Century Cairo

Description :

This is again such an extraordinary work. What I love is that it provides a glimpse into the august scholarly and spiritual traditions of Islam carried forth into our day. Some people may have concluded that the saints and sages of Islam ended with all those names with whom we are most familiar - al-Ghazali, al-Jilani, Rumi and so on. It is important to understand that the knowledge and spiritual dephth reached in past centuries and celebrated in so many books, in fact, has and does continue into the present day. Otherwise, it would not be eternal Truth.

This volume is a unique collection of forty Prophetic Traditions distinguished by their focus on the spiritual journey of drawing nearer to God, as explicated by Salih al-Jafari, one of the most celebrated teachers of al-Azhar, Islam's leading institution of religious knowledge (939 CE til now) and most authoritative voice. In an age in which people increasingly search for Truth, but are confused by opposing trends and controversies, the author's indisputable scholarship, wisdom, and spiritual insight help guide, inspire, and reassure the modern reader. This book includes a detailed biography of the shaykh, a translation of al-Jafari's commentary, al-Fawaid al-Jafariyya, as well as an illumiating treatise by Ahmad b. Idris, one of his foremost teachers, on a hadith that concisely summarizes the spiritual nature of the Prophet Muhammad, ﷺ. In clear and illuminating text, the book deals with matters relating to the nature of spiritual experience, nearness to and friendship with God, as well as death and the afterlife.

Shaykh Salih al-Jafari, may Allah have mercy upon him, was one of the most famous scholars of the Azhar, the Muslim world's premier institution of religious learning and its most authoritative voice, in the 20th Century. He was also the imam of its mosque and a famous teacher and spiritual guide. He authored many works on Islamic jurisprudence and spirituality. He was born in 1910 in the Sudan; he arrived in Cairo at the age of twenty to study at al-Azhar, where he obtained the highest degree at the time - the Alimiyya.

Shaykh Salih taught in al-Azhar Mosque and in 1953 earned a PhD from the faculty of Shari a. He became the imam of al-Azhar Mosque and was known for his Friday lessons, which were popular and well-attended. he wa the founder of the Sufi order, al-Jafariyya al-Ahmadiyya al-Muhammadiyya, which is active in education and social work and has followers around the world. Shaykh al-Jafari wrote approximately fifteen works on various Islamic sciences, edited many others, and compased twelve volumes of petry. He died in Cairo in 1979.

Table of Contents :

---Translator’s Introduction,

---Shaykh Sālih al-Ja'fari : A Biography,
-----The Way of ibn Idris,
-----Spiritual Successors,
-----Sālih al-Ja'fari the Student,
-----Sālih al-Ja'fari the Teacher,
-----The Flood of Knowledge,
-----Sālih al-Ja'fari the Spiritual Guide,
-----The Ja'fariyya Ahmadiyya Muhammadiyya,
-----Social activity,
-----The Works of al-Ja'fari,
-----Ja'fari Lessons from the Light of the Prophetic Traditions.
---Translator’s Note,

Reassurance for the Seeker, al Fawa'id al-Ja'fariyya


---Hadith 1: Love,
---Hadith 2: Drawing Near,
---Hadith 3: God’s Friends,
---Hadith 4: God’s Fortress,
---Hadith 5: Under his Shade,
---Hadith 6: Fear and Hope,
---Hadith 7: Deep Understanding,
---Hadith 8: Circles of Knowledge,
---Hadith 9: Prayer,
---Hadith 10: The Joy in Prayer,
---Hadith 11: Miracles,
---Hadith 12: The Prophets are Alive,
---Hadith 13: The Two Graves,
---Hadith 14: The Destined Abode,
---Hadith 15: Visiting Graves,
---Hadith 16: Greeting the Dead,
---Hadith 17: Reciting Yāsin for the Dead,
---Hadith 18: Charity for the Dead,
---Hadith 19: Reaping Rewards after Death,
---Hadith 20: Raising the Servant’s Degree,
---Hadith 21: Charity,
---Hadith 22: The Seeds of Goodness,
---Hadith 23: Protection from the Fire,
---Hadith 24: The Traits of the Felicitous,
---Hadith 25: Sacred Matters,
---Hadith 26: Visiting the Righteous,
---Hadith 27: Reverence, Mercy, Recognition,
---Hadith 28: Seeking God through Service,
---Hadith 29: On Account of an Animal,
---Hadith 30: A Garden of Paradise,
---Hadith 31: Blessings upon the Prophet,
---Hadith 32: The Sleep of the Prophets,
---Hadith 33: Visions of the Prophet,
---Hadith 34: The People of Remembrance,
---Hadith 35: Circles of Remembrance,
---Hadith 36: Polishing the Heart,
---Hadith 37: Satan’s Whispers,
---Hadith 38: Formulas of Remembrance,
---Hadith 39: Dealing with God, the Self, and Others,
---Hadith 40: The three Mosques.

---The Hadith of the Muhammadan Sunna,

 Illustrations :

---Shaykh al-Ja'fari’s Friday lesson at al-Azhar,
---Shaykh Muhammad Bakhit al-Muti'i (d. 1935),
---Shaykh Muhammad Habibullah al-Shinqiti (d. 1944),
---“Shaykh al-Islam” Yusuf al-Dijwi (d. 1946),
---Shaykh Muhammad al-Sharif al-Idrisi (d. 1937),
---Shaykh Muhammad b. 'Ali l-Sanusi (d. 1859),
---Shaykh al-Ja'fari with Shaykh 'abd al-Halim Mahmud (d. 1978),
---Shaykh 'Abd al-Ghani (d. 2012).

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*Dimensions: 23 x 15.3 cm.

Also see The Burda of Imam Hasan and Imam Husayn by Shaykh Salih al-Jafari.


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