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THE DHIKR OF ALLĀH: AN ENDURING LEGACY OF

IMĀM ‘ABDALLĀH BIN ‘ALAWĪ AL-HADDĀD

Rady Allāhu ‘Anhu

A Classical Compendium of Dhikr of Allāh

One such compendium of the daily adhkār and awrād of Sayyidunal Imām al-Habīb ‘Abdallāh bin ‘Alawī al-Haddād Rady Allāhu ‘Anhu was compiled by his great grandson al-Habīb ‘Alawī bin Ahmad bin al-Hasan bin ‘Abdallāh al-Haddād in 1199 H. He referenced eight books written by his father especially Sabīl al-Hidāya wa’r Rashād (The Way of Right Guidance) to put together this compendium of 526 pages. It contains Rātib al-Haddād, Wird u’l Latīf, Wird u’l Kabīr, Hizb u’l Fath, Hizb u’n Nasr and other adhkār. It also has his own 200 page sharh (Appreciative Explanation) of Rātib al-Haddād.

Following this, as-Sayyid ‘Alawī bin Muhammad bin Tāhir al-Haddād similarly compiled the daily adhkār and awrād of Mawlānā al-Haddād in another classic titled Wasīlat u’l ‘Ibād ilā Zādi’l Ma‘ād (A Means For People To Provide For The Hereafter).

Mawlānā al-Haddād has himself explained the purpose of these invocations in his classical masterpiece Risālat u’l Mu‘āwanah (The Book of Assistance) as follows:

“Be careful to keep to the textually transmitted invocations and prayers which follow the ritual prayers, and morning and evening, before going to sleep and on waking, and at all other specified times and recurrent occasions. The Messenger of God, may blessings and peace be upon him, made them Sunnah only so that his nation would find in them the means for obtaining the goodness and escaping the evil which occur at these times and occasions”. (Translation by Dr. Mostafa al-Badawi, p. 29).

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