Ibn Arabi : A Prayer for Spiritual Elevation

Ibn al-'Arabi :
A Prayer for Spiritual Elevation and Protection
, New,
al-Dawr al-a' la (Hizb al-Wiqaya),
Study, Translation, Transliteration & Arabic Text,
*[A5] Paperback - 150 pages,
al-Dawr al-a' la by Shaykh Muh'iy 'ud-Din ibn al-'Arabi,
Compiled by Suha Taji al-Farouki,
Published by Anqa Publishing, Oxford.


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This is the first study of a widely used and much-loved prayer by Ibn ‘Arabi, may Allah be pleased with him, sometimes recited after the Awrad (The Seven Days of the Heart). The Dawr al-a’la (The Most Elevated Cycle), also known as the Hizb al-wiqaya (The Prayer of Protection), is a prayer of remarkable power and beauty. It consists of 33 verses, invoking protection through particular Divine Names and phrases from the Qur'an. It is said that whoever reads the prayer with sincerity of heart and utter conviction, while making a specific plea, will have their wish granted.

            '' These prayers, transmitted from master to disciple, are much more
               than pious litanies. They are inspired invocations, each structured
               around a series of Divine Names. Every Name conceals the secrets
               and powers that belong to it: it must arise at a precise moment in
               the recitation in order for it to be effective. Such effectiveness is
               not magic, however. It presupposes that certain conditions are
               satisfied, the most important of which is purity of intention. In
               addition, the diversity of these forms of prayer and the modes of
               their use – whether regularly or occasionally, at a particular time or
               not, recited alone or in groups etc, reflect the variety of individual
               or collective situations, and of interior dispositions

This precious book provides a definitive edition of the Arabic text based on a substantial number of the best manuscript copies, and a lucid translation. A transliteration is also provided for those unable to read Arabic. In addition, there is an illuminating analysis of the transmission, presentation and use of the prayer across the centuries. Of particular interest are the major figures in Islamic scholarship and mysticism who have been associated with it, and perceptions of its properties and uses.

Table of Contents :

---Foreword by Michel Chodkiewicz,


---[1]. The Dawr Today,
--------Contemporary contexts,
--------The United Kingdom.

---[2]. A Prayer across Time,
--------Historical Dimensions,
--------Transmitters of the Prayer,
--------Chains and authorisations,
--------Windows onto Islamic culture and thought.

---[3]. The Prayer for Spiritual Elevation & Protection (al-Dawr al-a' la),
--------The Text and its Contents,
--------Translation and Arabic Text,

---Appendix : Manuscript Copies and Chains of Transmission,








'' Whoever recites this prayer will be like the sun
and the moon among the stars









*Dimensions : 21 x 14.7cm.

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