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The Salawaat of Shaykh Abdul Qadir Jilani

Shaykh Abdul Qadir Jilani Rday Allahu ‘Anhu has composed so many salawaat on the beloved holy Prophet Muhammad Mustafa Sallallahu ‘alayhi wa Sallam that their compilation would fill a volume. His three most well-known salawaat are:

  1. As-Salaat ul Gawthiyya, named after him as it is the most famous.

  2. As-Salaatu Kibritil Ahmar which means red sulphur or “the Philosopher’s Stone”, or something that is very rare to come by.

  3. As-Salaat ul Kubra or the “big salaat”. This looks like a bouquet of flowers straight from Paradise consisting of 33 salawaat, and du’a (supplication), all richly interspersed together with 25 verses of the Holy Qur’an.

Muslims love these salawaat so much that they make them their wazifa (regular voluntary devotion). For this reason, spiritual masters as well as spiritual seekers include them in their books of salawaat. Two such great Muslim luminaries who have included As-Salaat ul Gawthiyya in their compilations of salawaat are Imam Muhammad ibn Sulayman al-Jazuli (passed away 870 A.H/1465 C.E) in Dalaail u’l Khayraat (Proofs of Good Deeds), and Hadrat Mulla Ali al-Qaari (passed away 1014 A.H/1606 C.E) in Hizb u’l Azam (The Exalted Supplication).

Some of the kutub (books) that contain all three of these salawaat (and more) are:

  1. Al-Fuyudaat u’r Rabbaniyya (Emanations of Lorldly Grace) of al-Hajj Ismail ibn as-Sayyid Muhammad Said al-Qadiri,

  2. Awraad u’l Qadiriyya (Regular Voluntary Invocations of the Qadiriyya) of Muhammad Salim Bawwab, and

  3. As-Salawaat li’l Awliya wa’s Salihin (Invocations of Blessings by the Saints and the Pious), published by Iqra Islamic Publications in Toronto.

At this juncture, let us seize the opportunity of reciting his most famous salaat, that is, As-Salaat ul Gawthiyya.

Allahumma Salli ‘alaa Sayyidina Muhammad-in
as-Saabiqi lil khalqi nuruhu
wa Rahmatullil ‘aalamina zuhuruhu
‘adada man madaa min khalqiqa wa man baqiya
wa man sa’ida minhum wa man shaqiya
Salaatan tastaghriqul ‘adda wa tuhitu bil haddi
Salaatan laa ghaayata lahaa wa laa muntahaa wa lanqidaaa
Salaatan daaimatan bi-Dawaamika
wa ‘alaa aalihi wa sahbihi
wa sallim tasleeman mithla dhaalik.

O Allah! Bestow blessings on our master Muhammad
whose light was created first,
and whose appearance is a mercy for all the worlds,
as many times as the number of Your creations past and yet to come
among those that are blessed and those that are unfortunate;
such blessings that are unlimited and unbounded,
countless, endless, never finishing;
such blessings that are permanent by virtue of Your permanence,
and on his family and companions,
and in the same manner complete salutations as well.

Yaa Hayyu Yaa Hayyu Yaa Qayyum
Yaa Hayyu Yaa Hayyu Yaa Qayyum

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