Light for the Seeker: A Daily Litany of Forty Salawat & Other Supplications
RENOWNED FATHER AND SON SHAYKHS FORTY SALAWAT FOR ILLUMINATING THE HEART
‘Light For The Seeker’ brings together for the first time a daily litany of Prophetic praises and supplications by the Imam of Al Azhar Mosque, the late Shaykh Salih Al-Ja’fari and his son the late Shaykh ‘Abd Al-Ghani Al-Ja’fari.
MANCHESTER, UK, Nov 2016 – At a time of global turmoil, when the religion of Islam and its Prophet Muhammad is under the highest level of scrutiny, comes a selection of Salawat (praises of the Prophet Muhammad) and supplications with meaning and resonance in today’s divided society.
Compiled by two of the most well respected teachers and religious leaders of modern times, the book emphasises not only the Quranic edict that Salawat brings people from darkness to light, but also the saying of the Prophet Muhammad that the daily recitation of Salawat will lead to all of one’s worries being taken care of, and all of one’s sins being forgiven.
“The Prophet Muhammad is at the heart of Islam for Muslims,” says Jamil Chishti, Director of Beacon Books. “His name is never taken without the salutation of peace and blessings being bestowed upon him by the devoted. It is therefore with great pride and humbleness that Beacon Books publishes a book dedicated to salawat of the Prophet.
Translated by Dr Samer Dajani, a Research Fellow at Cambridge Muslim College, this is the first time this vital text has been made available in the English language.
“Devotional literature, small compositions and compilations of prayers, have always held a central role in the lives of Muslims from China to Andalucia,” says Dr Dajani.
“This project came out of a perceived need for Muslims in the West to have access to such works.”
Commenting on the importance and relevance of ‘Light of the Seeker’ Dr Dajani adds: “For a period of time, many Muslims have been led to believe that even their prayers to God and their prayers upon the Prophet can only be those that were taught by the Prophet himself. This work includes an introduction that shows how ever since the Prophet Muhammad’s own students, the Companions, Muslims have been inspired to compose their own elaborate and moving formulas of prayer.”
“Muslims do not even know how to pray and what to ask for. This book expands their horizons to the multitude of good that one could ask of God.”
But ‘Light for the Seeker’ is not just for Muslim readers as Dr Dajani explains; “Non-Muslims will have access to the type of devotional literature that Muslims have cherished and recited since the beginnings of Islam, in every corner of the Muslim world. They will see the spirit of Islam in the desires, aims, hopes of the Muslims through the heartfelt prayers of its righteous saintly figures.”
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ABOUT THE AUTHORS:
Shaykh Salih al-Ja’fari (d. 1979) was one of the most celebrated 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 an eminent teacher, author and spiritual guide.
Shaykh ‘Abd Al-Ghani Al-Ja’fari (d. 2012) followed in 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 Quran schools and provide health care and social services.
ABOUT THE TRANSLATOR:
Dr Samer Dajani is a Research Fellow at Cambridge Muslim College, where he is preparing for the publication of a book based on his PhD. He received his BA in Arab & Islamic Civilizations from the American University in Cairo, followed by an MA and PhD in the field of Islamic Studies from SOAS, University of London. His research brings together the two fields of Islamic Jurisprudence (legal theory) and Islamic Spirituality (known as tasawwuf). He studies the different methodologies of the Sunni schools of jurisprudence, as well as broader theories on legal diversity and the nature of the Shari’a. His research focuses on the influence of Sufi thought on the jurisprudential theories of several key figures and movements. Aside from his academic learning, he has studied and continues to study the Islamic sciences at the hands of traditional scholars in Egypt, Morocco, the UK and other countries. He is the author of Reassurance for the Seeker: A Biography and Translation of Salih Al-Ja’fari’s al-Fawa’id al-Ja‘fariyya, a Commentary on Forty Prophetic Traditions (Fons Vitae, 2013). He has presented papers at Islamic Studies conferences and seminars such as the British Association for Islamic Studies (BRAIS) Conference 2016, the University of Cambridge’s Faculty of Divinity, and SOAS’s Centre of Islamic Studies.
For interview requests with the translator of ‘Light for the Seeker: A Daily Litany of Forty Salawat & Other Supplications’ (ISBN: 978-0-9954960-6-4) Dr Samer Dajani, contact Jamil Chishti at Beacon Books on 07939 839 809 or email firstname.lastname@example.org