Light for the Seeker: A Daily Litany of Forty Salawat & other Supplications

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This is a daily litany of forty beautiful and moving salawat and other supplications by the Imam of the Azhar Mosque, Shaykh Salih al-Ja’fari [may Allah be pleased with him] (d. 1979). The shaykhs gave an ijaza (authorisation) for all Muslim men and women to recite it as their daily litany.

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About The Book

This book contains a beautiful collection of forty salawat written by Shaykh Salih al-Jafari so that it can suffice a believer as his daily litany after the noble Qur’an.

One style of salawat which has been favoured by several scholars and pious men is to incorporate praises of the Messenger of Allah s that begin with the different letters of the Arabic alphabet. Shaykh Salih incorporated such an ‘alphabet of praise’ or ‘alphabet of perfections,’ as we may call it as if to remind us that this noble Seal of the Prophets contains within him the entire range of possible perfections. It also serves to remind us that he s is the starting point of every good that comes to us from our Lord, for all our blessings are attributed to us being members of his blessed ummah.

We hope that the benefit we receive from reading the salawat in this book will be increased through the Baraka (blessing) in this chain of authorisations linking us to the Messenger of Allah. Furthermore, Shaykh Salih’s son and successor, Shaykh Abd al-Ghani al-Jafari, has given a general authorisation for people to recite the salawat of Shaykh Salih.

One of the unique features of this book is the inclusion of two poems of dua to Allah for the removal of difficulties and bringing ease to one’s affairs, which rhyme most beautifully not only in the Arabic original but also in the English translation.

Clear and easy to read Arabic font. Includes translation and transliteration.


Introduction 1
Commencement of the Gathering 7
Forty Ṣalawat 11
Thirty Salawat for Easing that which has been Decreed 67
The Opener of Locks 75
The Prayer for Swift Relief and Ease 83
Ninety-Nine Names of Allah 97
The Quranic Defences 105
The Supplications of Praise 111
The Prayer of Wondrous Relief & Quick Opening 115

About The Authors

Shaykh Saliḥ al-Ja’fari (d.1979) was one of the most famous scholars of the Azhar, the Muslim world’s premier institution of religious learning and its most authoritative voice, in the 20th century. He was also the imam of its mosque and a famous teacher and spiritual guide. He authored 15 works on various Islamic sciences, edited many others, and composed 12 volumes of poetry.

Shaykh Abd al-Ghanial-Jafri (d.2012) followed his father’s footsteps, becoming one of the greatest spiritual guides and teachers of his time. He oversaw the building of more than seventy mosque complexes throughout Egypt, as well as in Libya and Malaysia, most of which include Qur’an schools and provide health care and other social services.

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EAN 13 / ISBN9780995496064
AuthorShaykh Salih al-Ja’fari & Shaykh Abd al-Ghani al-Ja’fari
TranslatorDr. Samer Dujani
PublisherBeacon Books
Year Published2016
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Width6.0 Inches
Length0.3 Inches