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Al Mathal Al A’lā

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Al Mathal Al A’lā is a commentary on the Salat al Mashishiyyah, well known in the Western regions of the Islamic World and a regular part of the invocative traditions of the Shadhiliyyah Sufi Order.


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The Salat al Mashishiyyah, is well known in the Western regions of the Islamic World and is a regular part of the invocative traditions of the Shadhiliyyah Sufi Order, whose founder, Abul Hasan Ash-Shadhili was the spiritual successor of the ‘author’ of this prayer, Mawlai Abd as Salam Ibn Mashishi − may Allah sanctify their secret and fill their graves with light.

By the testimony of Mawlai Abd as Salam, the wording of this particular salutation was vouchsafed to him by the Noble Prophet Muhammad himself during a mystical encounter with him, and as such, this prayer takes a very special place and rank among the innumerable benedictions, tributes and invocations dedicated to the Messenger of Allah – Allah’s Blessing and Peace abound with him forever.

By virtue of its teaching content, it is a pearl of incomparable luster from the treasure troves of the gnostic legacy of the Prophet, and anyone who recites it regularly with sincere devotion cannot but derive great spiritual benefit from it.

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1 review for Al Mathal Al A’lā

  1. 5 out of 5


    A wonderful book tracing the life and spiritual legacy of Mawlai Abd as-salam. Sh Abu Faydan Faridi (alias Muhammad Harun Reidinger) has done a superb job in bringing to light the inner beauty and spiritual charm of the lineage passed down from rasullullah (s.a.w) through the life and teachings of the sufi saint, Mawlai Abs As Salam. It is a delicate tacit line of thought and belief that shapes the spiritual strength of gnosis that permeates through the ages.

    He also covers the relations between the saint and his disciple, Shaykh Abul Hassan and the numerous stories that prevail.

    What is most powerful is the explanation and commentary on each line of the as-salat Al Mashishiyaah which are the priceless gems of ma’rifah (knowledge of the Real) from the ‘Treasure’ which as he describes, Allah (swt) speaks of in the well known hadith qudsi as “I was a hidden Treasure, and I love to be known, so I brought about the creation, in order to be known.” This hadith qudsi was communicated in a visionary encounter by the Noble Prophet (saw) to Shaykh Al-Akbar, Muhiyiudiin Ibn Al-Arabi.

    The concept of Allah wanting to be known and loved is so beautifully expressed that it is a true joy7 to read this book. There were parts I was so touched that i wanted to read them again and again, just in case i left out a meaning or two. :)

    The book is deep at many levels, and without saying too much, I would recommend Sufi-inclined readers to enjoy the beauty of it for themselves.

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