Waymarks of Benefits

November 11, 2005

Waymarks of Benefits, The Dalail al-Khayrat

The Dala’il al-Khayrat is the most celebrated manual of blessings on the Prophet (s.a.w.) in history, and was composed by the Sufi, wali, scholar of Prophetic descent, Imam Muhammad ibn Sulayman al-Jazuli.

This edition is produced by Shaykh Nuh Ha Mim Keller and features beautiful naskh script written by the celebrated master calligrapher, Uthman Taha. It is completed with an ijaza or authorisation that traces back to Imam Jazuli, through the Sanusiyya of Libya.

The book is beautifully bound in hardback.

“Its {the Dala’il al-Khayrat} celebrity swept the Islamic World from North Africa to Indonesia. Scarcely a well-to-do home was without one, princes exchanged magnificently embellished copies of it, commoners treasured it. Pilgrims wore it at their side on the way to hajj, and a whole industry of hand-copyists sprang up in Mecca and Medina that throve for centuries. Everyone who read it found that baraka descended wherever it was recited, in accordance with the Divine command: “Verily Allah and His angels bless the Prophet: O you who believe, bless him and pray him peace” (Qur’an 33:56).

In the post-caliphal period of the present day, Imam Jazuli’s masterpiece has been eclipsed by the despiritualization of Islam by “reformers” who have affected all but the most traditional of Muslims. As the Moroccan hadith scholar ‘Abdullah al-Talidi wrote of the Dala’il al-Khayrat: “Millions of Muslims from East to West tried it and found its good, its baraka, and its benefit for centuries and over generations, and witnessed its unbelievable spiritual blessings and light. Muslims avidly recited it, alone and in groups, in homes and mosques, utterly spending themselves in the Blessings on the Most Beloved and praising him—until Wahhabi ideas came to spread among them, suborning them and creating confused fears based on the opinions of Ibn Taymiya and the reviver of his path Muhammad ibn ‘Abd al-Wahhab of Najd. After this, Muslims slackened from reciting the Dala’il al-Khayrat, falling away from the Blessings upon the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) in particular, and from the remembrance of Allah in general” (al-Mutrib fi awliya’ al-Maghrib, 143–44).” — taken from the accompanying information sheet written by Shaykh Nuh Ha Mim Keller

Note: You can see a beautiful handwritten copy of the Dala’il al-Khayrat at the Asian Civilisations Museum at Empress Place, Singapore. Handwritten copies may also be viewed at the Islamic Arts Museum, Kuala Lumpur. These beautiful copies were written in the Malay lands a few centuries ago. The Dala’il al Khayrat is part of the Malay/Muslim Heritage. It is time we bring the Dala’il al-Khayrat out of the museums and into our homes and hearts.

May the latent love for the Most Honoured Prophet (s.a.w) flower once more in all our hearts. Amin.

Title: Dala’il al-Khayrat
Author: Imam Muhammad ibn Sulayman al-Jazuli

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One Response to “Waymarks of Benefits”

  1. anwaraja on September 21st, 2010 1:29 pm

    Can I know the price of ” Waymarks of Benefits, The Dalil al – Khayrat” ?

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