Commentary on Hizb al-Bahr : English

Sidi Ahmad Zarruq's Commentary
on Shaykh al-Shadhili's Hizb al-Bahr,
*[A4-] Hardback with Dust Jacket- 168 pages,
Hizb al Bahr written by Imam al-Shadhili,
Commentary by Shaykh Ahmad Zarruq,
English Transl. by Khalid Williams,
Published by Visions of Reality.

Back in Stock April 2024

Description :

Hizb al-Bahr (Litany of the Sea) a unique litany made of Qur'anic verses and supplications, it is a powerful invocation read by multitudes throughout the Muslim world, it was taught by the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, to Sidi Abul Hasan al-Shadhili - the renowned Wali'Allah ("Friend of Allah") whilst travelling to Hajj.

On the litany, the Shaykh Abul Hassan al-Shadhili, may Allah have mercy upon him, said, "By Allah, I did not utter it except as it came from the Holy Prophet, from whose instruction I learned it. 'Guard it;' the Holy Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said to me, 'for it contains the greatest name of Allah.' It is not recited in any place without security reigning there. If it had been with the inhabitants of Baghdad, the Tatars would not have taken the city." "Whoever recites it every day at sunrise, Allah hears his prayer, relieves his distress, raises his standing among people, expands his breast with knowledge of the divine oneness, facilitates his concerns, lifts his hardship, keeps from him the evil of man and jinn, and protects him from the harm of mishaps of the night and day."

Al-Shaykh ibn Ayyad Ahmad Zarruq, may Allah have mercy upon him, was one of the most important scholars to come out of the Maghrib, a prominent hadith scholar, expert in aqidah, and one of the most eminent Maliki faqihs combined with a mastery of the inward sciences of Tasawwuf. He joined the elite ranks of the masters of the Shadhili Tariqa that has traditionally been the Tariqa of the Scholars, with adherents like Imam al-Suyuti, Imam al-Sakhawi, Izz ad-Din Abd al-Salam to name but a few.

The Shadhilis have always taught spiritual heights can only be reached by rigorous application of the Shariah. This is Ahmad Zarruq's brilliant work in explaining this phenomenal invocation. With the publication of this translation another masterpiece of traditional Islamic literature is now available to the English speaking world.

Table of Contents :

---Publishers Note.

---Brief Biography of Sidi Ahmad Zarruq,
------In the early days,
------His youth,
------His travels,
------Shams al-Din al-Jawjari,
------Imam al-Sakhawi,
------Shaykh Ahmad ibn Uqbah al-Hadrami,
------Sidi Ahmad Zarruq,
------Monitor of scholars and saints,
------The journey to Misrata,
------Karamat of Sidi Ahmad Zarruq,
------Sidi Ahmad Zarruq's heritage,
------A final story to illustrate visitation to the maqam of Sidi Ahmad,
------Works of Sidi Ahmad Zarruq,
------Details of some of the works of Sidi Ahmad Zarruq.

---About Hizb al-Bahr,
------The story of the origin of the Blessed Prayer,
------Known as the Hizb al-Bahr, Litany of the Sea,
------Recitation of the Hizb al-Bahr,
------Commentaries on Hizb al-Bahr,
------Sidi Ahmad Zarruq's Sharh Hizb al-Bahr.

---Introduction - Part [I],
------The reality of litanies and their purpose, rules and related matters.
---Introduction - Part [II],
------The requirements for composing a litany and using it, and the proper intention of the one who composes it and the one who uses it, and the ruling of this and matters adjacent to it.
---Introduction - Part [III],
------Why this litany is called the 'Litany of the Sea,' why it was composed, how it should be used, the rulings of travel by sea and the special qualities of the sea.

---The Hizb al-Bahr of Imam Shadhili,

------Hizb al-Bahr - The Commentary,

---Conclusion - Part [I],
------Concerning the issue of belief, criticism and imitation.
---Conclusion - Part [II],
------The valid areas of imitation, what it brings and its ruling.
---Conclusion - Part [III],
------How conduct should be imitated.

---Some concluding advice.

---Some important matters that people following the spiritual path require, whether they be in the world of isolation or the world of means.

---A Final Word.

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