Sunday, April 29, 2012

Al Waseeyah of Sayyid Muhammad Alawi al-Maliki

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

A waseeyah is usually taken as a ‘mild’ order from a Shaykh to his mureeds (students).

These are a few highlights from the Al Waseeyah (General Advice) from Sayyid Muhammad Alawi al-Maliki to his mureeds (dedicated students) seeking ilm (knowledge). A sharh (commentary) to these points will follow in later articles.
  • Develop the intention to seek ilm (knowledge).
  • Once the intention is established to seek knowledge, continue the seeking of ilm (knowledge).
  • Associate yourself and keep company with people of ilm (teachers and students of knowledge) and make friends with them. In the case of seeking religious knowledge from an Alim / Shaykh, the Alim / Shaykh would mostly benefit the student if they possess the following qualities.
    • He fears Allah swt
    • He has the wisdom to give people and his students advice
    • He has compassion to people and his students
    • He can handle the insults of people and accept them
    • He has the patience to deal with a loss (any type of loss)
    • He has gentleness towards people and his students
    • He has humility knowledge of Allah swt and the nafs (ego)
    • He does not teach to seek the money or wealth of people and his students
    • He has a habit to consult the recommended books of knowledge on a daily basis for the purpose of revision
  • If you are a teacher of ilm, show respect to the students who you are teaching.
  • Read a portion of the Quran daily and reflect upon the verses which you have read (tafakkur).
  • Read a portion of the Qutb al Qawm (recommended books of the pious) daily. Some of the recommended books include:
    • The Ihyaʿulum al-din (The Revival of Religious Sciences) by Imam al-Ghazali, 
    • The Awarif ul Ma'arif by Shaykh Shabab udiDin Suhrawardi
    • The al-Hikam al-‘Ata'iyya (the Book of Aphorisms) by Shaykh Ahmad ibn Muhammad Ibn 'Ata Allah al-Iskandari
    • The an-Nasaih al-Diniyyah wal-Wasaya al-Imaniyyah (Religious Counsels and Faith-based Advices) by Imam 'Abdallah ibn 'Alawi al-Haddad
    • Risaalat al-Mu`awanah  (The Book of Assistance) by Imam 'Abdallah ibn 'Alawi al-Haddad
    • Ad-Dawah At-Tammah (The Perfect Call – on the obligation of da’wah) by Imam 'Abdallah ibn 'Alawi al-Haddad
    • The Kitab al-Luma fil-Tasawwuf by At-Tussi, Abu Nasr 'Abdullah Bin 'Ali As-Sarraj
  • Adopt the virtue of good upriteous behaviour toward your fellow students of ilm and people in general (ghusnul ghulq).
  • Develop the quality of warah (caution) in every action you perform. A sin of the heart occurs if you are not careful and cautious.
  • Exercise good thoughts toward all people that you interact with (husn al hulq) and exercise good thoughts towards Allah swt (husn al thann billah)


Anonymous said...

Assalaamu alaikum Samir...shukr for this informative site...much appreciated..May u go from strength to strength inshaAllah ameen

Anonymous said...

Salaam Samir, You are indeed blessed Maa-shaa-Allaah.....keep up the excellent work !!!
Do you perhaps know if the waseeyah of Sheg Gasan Mashaat (r.a.) which Sheg Agmad covered in Jumu'ah is available?