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Friday, March 27, 2009

Salawaat:Shaykh Abdul Qadir Jilani (r.a) Part 5




Kanzi'l A'zam
One of the salawaat present in both Kibriti'l Ahmar as well as As-Salaatu'l Kubra, is such a gem it is referred to as Kanzi'l A'zam (The Greatest Treasure). Khwaja Shaykh Abdur Rahman Chohravi Rahmatullahi 'alaih naturally chose to include it in his Majmu'ah Salawaat u'r Rasul and al-Hajj Ismail ibn as-Sayyid Muhammad Sa'eed al-Qadiri Rahmatullahi 'alaih had it printed separately in Fuyudhaat u'r Rabbaniyyah, identifying it as Kanzi'l A'zam. In it, Shaykh 'Abdul Qadir Jilani Rady Allahu 'Anhu pours his heart out in superlative praise of the Holy Prophet Sayyidina Muhammad al-Mustafa Sallallahu 'alaihi wa Sallam.
Allahummaj'al afdhala salawaatika abadanWa anmaa barakaatika sarmadanWa azkaa tahiyyaatika fadhlan wa 'adadan'Alaa Ashrafi'l haqaaiqi'l insaaniyyah wa'l jaanniyahWa majma'id daqaaiqi'l ImaaniyyahWa Turi't Tajalliyyaati'l IhsaaniyyahWa mahbati'l Asraari'r RahmaaniyyahWa 'Arusi'l mamlakati'r RabbaaniyyahWaasitati 'Iqdi'n NabiyyeenaWa muqaddami jayshi'l MursaleenaWa Qaaidi rakbi'l Awliyaa-i wa's SiddeeqeenaWa afdhali'l khalaaiqi ajma'eenaHaamili liwaai'l 'Izzi'l A'laaWa maaliki azimmati'l majdi'l asnaaShaahidi asraari'l azaliWa mushaahidi anwaari's sawaabiqi'l awwaliWa tarjumaani lisaani'l qidamiWa manba'il 'ilmi wa'l hilmi wa'l hikamiWa madh-hari sirri'l wujudi'l juz'iyyi wa'l kulliyyiWa insaani 'ayni'l wujudi'l 'ulwiyyi wa's sufliyyiRuhi jasadi'l kawnayni Wa 'ayni hayaati'd-daarainiAl mutahaqqiqi bi a'laa rutabi'l 'ubudiyyatiWa'l mutakhalliqi bi akhlaaqi'l maqaamaati'l istifaaiyyatiAl Khalil-i'l A'zam Wa'l Habib-i'l AkramSayyidina wa Mawlana wa HabibinaMuhammad ibni 'Abdillah ibni Abdi'l MuttalibSallallahu 'alaihi wa 'alaa aalihi wa as'haabihi'Adada ma'lumaatika Wa midaada kalimaatikaKullamaa zakaraka wa zakarahu'z zaakirunWa ghafala 'an zikrika wa zikrihi'l ghaafilunWa Sallim tasleeman daaiman kathiraa
O Allah! Confer for ever Your best blessings and ever increasing and never ending favoursand Your Purest and Gracious boons on him who is exalted in the realm of the realities of the nature of humans and jinns,and is fully aware of all subtleties of faith,and is the Mount Sinai recieving Divine Illuminationsand the place on which descend the mysteries of the All-Beneficentand who is a bridegroom in the Kingdom of the Lord,the centrally placed jewel in the chain of prophets,the first and the foremost in the front line of the army of Messengers,the leader of the caravan of the saints and the truthful,the most graceful of all creation,the bearer of the highest flag of honour,the owner of the keys to the shining gallery,the beholder of the secrets of eternity,the beholder of the pristine glow of Primal Light,the interpreter of the Divine Language,fountain-spring of knowledge, tolerance and wisdom,the manifestation of the existence of the secrets of the whole and its parts,and the person who is the (cause of the) existence of (everything) above and below,the soul in the body of both the worlds (that keeps them alive),the fountain of life of this world and of the world to come,the one who knows the reality of the high rank of servitude of Allahand is created with the highest spiritual stations of morality,the foremost among the friends of Allahand His beloved, highly honoured;our master, our patron, our beloved, Muhammad, son of 'Abdullah, son of 'Abdul Muttalib,Allah's blessings on him, his family and companions,in the number which is in Your Knowledge (O Allah)and as many times as Your Words,whenever You are remembered and he is remembered by those who rememberand whenever You are not remembered and he is not rememberedby the negligent,and abundant, never ending, complete salutations on him.
For sure, Kanzi'l A'zam is at such a high level in terms of 'ulum and 'irfaan (spiritual knowledge) that it is breath-taking and awe-inspiring. One of its interesting features is that it is in rhyming prose. We notice that in this salaat, the words "abadan", "sarmadan", and "'adadan" rhyme; the words "jaanniyah" , "Imaniyyah", "Ihsaaniyya", "Rahmaaniyyah" and "Rabbaaniyyah" rhyme; the words "Nabiyyeena", "Mursaleena", "Siddiqeena", and "ajma'eena" rhyme; the words "A'laa" and "asnaa" rhyme; the words "azali", "awwali", "qidami", and "hikami" rhyme; the words "kulliyyi" and "sufliyyi" rhyme; the words "kawnayni" and "daaraini" rhyme; the words "'ubudiyyati" and "istifaaiyyati" rhyme; the words "A'zam" and "Akram" rhyme; the words "ma'lumaatika" and "kalimaatika" rhyme; and the words "zaakirun" and "ghaafilun" rhyme. Eleven different rhymes in just one salaat. MaashaaAllah!
It must be remembered that this is only one of the remarkable achievements of this salaat. There are various other levels of 'ulum (knowledge) here, both manifest and hidden that call for more intensive study

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