The Salawaat of Shaykh 'Abd'al-Qadir al-Jilani radi'Allahu ta'ala anhu

02 October 2011
Shaykh 'Abd'al-Qadir al-Jilani radi'Allahu ta'ala anhu has composed so many salawaat on the Beloved Prophet Muhammad Mustafa Salla Allahu ta'ala alayhi wa Sallam that their compilation would fill a volume. His three most well-known salawaat are:

1. As-Salaat al-Ghawthiyya, named after him as it is the most famous.

2. As-Salaatu Kibriti'l Ahmar which means red sulphur or "the PhilosopherÂ’s Stone", or something that is very rare to come by.

3. As-Salaat al-Kubra or the "big salaat". This looks like a bouquet of flowers straight from Paradise consisting of 33 salawaat, and duÂ’a (supplication), all richly interspersed together with 25 verses of the QurÂ’an al-Kareem.

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 al-Ghawthiyya 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 IMAM MULLA ALI AL QARI (passed away 1014 A.H/1606 C.E) in Hizb u'l A'zam (The Exalted Supplication).

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

1. Al-Fuyudaat uÂ’r Rabbaniyya (Emanations of Lorldly Grace) of al-Hajj Isma'il ibn as-Sayyad Muhammad Sa'id al-Qadiri,/

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

3. As-Salawaat li'l Awliya waÂ’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 u'l Ghawthiyya.

(As-Salaat al-Ghawthiyya)

Allahumma Salli 'alaa Sayyidina Muhammad-in
as-Saabiqi li'l khalqi nuruhu
wa Rahmatulli'l 'aalamina zuhuruhu
'adada man madaa min khalqiqa wa man baqiya
wa man sa'ida minhum wa man shaqiya
Salaatan tastaghriqu'l 'adda wa tuhitu bi'l haddi
Salaatan laa ghaayata lahaa wa laa muntahaa wa lanqidaaÂ’a
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