Special Recitation of Dalailul Khayraat of Shaykh Muhammad ibn Sulaiman Juzuli Radhia Allahu ‘anhu
by Qari Muhammad Ismail Giles
(In response to a request on the Maliki Fiqh group we present this recitation. In my opinion this is one of the best renditions I’ve heard from the American born Qurra (reciters). Qari Muhammad Ismail Giles is a student of His Eminence al Imam Shaykh Sayyid Mubarik Gilani Hashimi Hasani Wal Husayni. May Allahu ta ‘ala continue bless Qari Ismail and we thank Allahu ta ‘ala and His Eminence Al Imam Shaykh Gilani for giving him permission to recite.
- Hizbul Awwal (Monday the first)
- Hizbul Thaani (Tuesday)
- Hizbul Thaalith (Wednesday)
- Hizbul Raabi’ (Thursday)
- Hizbul Khaamis (Friday)
- Hizbul Saadis (Saturday)
- Hizbul Saabi’ (Sunday)
- Hizbul Thaaman (Monday the last)
- Fasli Ashr from Qasidah Burdah Sharif. Al Imam Shaykh Sayyid Mubarik Gilani Hafithuhumullah suggest that this be recited after each days’ Hizb is completed.
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DALAAIL U’L KHAYRAAT OF: Imam al-Jazuli
An Appreciation by Siddiq Osman Noormuhammad
THE FIRST MAJOR BOOK OF SALAWAAT
Dalaail u’l Khayraat (Proofs of Good Deeds) is a kitab (book) of salawaat (blessings) on our beloved Holy Prophet Sayyidina wa Mawlana Hadrat Muhammad al-Mustafa Sallallahu ‘alaihi wa Sallam composed by Imam Muhammad bin Sulayman al-Jazuli Rahmatullahi ‘alaih of Morocco. He was a Shaykh in the Shazili tariqa who traced his ancestry to Imam Hasan ibn ‘Ali, Rady Allahu ‘Anhu, the noble Prophet’s grandson, and left his earthly existence in 870 A.H; 1465 C.E. Al-Habib ‘Abdallah bin ‘Alawi bin Hasan al-‘Attas Naf’anAllahu bih informs us in The Way of Bani ‘Alawi that Imam al-Jazuli had twelve thousand murids (disciples). The full name of his kitab is Dalaail u’l Khayraat Wa Shawaariq u’l Anwaar Fee Zikri’s Salaat Alan Nabiyyi’l Mukhtaar (Proofs of Good Deeds and the Brilliant Burst of Sunshine in the Zikr of Blessings on the Chosen Prophet).
It is the most universally acclaimed and the most popular among books of salawaat on the beloved Prophet Sallallahu ‘alaihi wa Sallam. Just as al-Muwatta of Imam Malik Rahmatullahi ‘alaih is the first major book of Hadith Shareef to be compiled, Dalaail-ul-Khayraat is the first major book of salawaat. In it, Imam al-Jazuli Rahmatullahi ‘alaih presents to us as a gift, the salawaat which had been taught, written and handed down from generation to generation ever since the time of the blessed Prophet Sallallahu ‘alaihi wa Sallam upto his own time. It is a precious and selected compilation of salawaat that he was able to obtain in his research. It is a selected compilation because a total compilation would have taken many volumes. We can understand this better when we recite the voluminous salawaat of just one Imam, the great grandson of the blessed Prophet himself, namely, Imam Zaynul ‘Abideen ‘Ali ibn Husain ibn ‘Ali Rady Allahu ‘Anhu (38-95 A.H/658-713 C.E) in his huge kitab titled As-Sahifa Sajjadiyyah (The Book of the Worshipper).
The style of presentation of Imam al-Jazuli is all his own, musk-scented with the love of Rasulullah Sallallahu ‘alaihi wa Sallam. The writing flows smooth and fast with an exhilarating pace. This kitab has caught the imagination of Muslims to such an extent that many ‘ulama (learned scholars) have written whole books of explanation (Arabic:sharh) on it. These “shuruh” (plural of sharh) have been referred to, for example, by Imam Yusuf ibn Isma’il an-Nab-haani Rahmatullahi alaih, another Shaykh in the Shazili tariqa, in his book Afdalus-Salawaat (The Best of Blessings). And it has been translated into Urdu by Shaykh Muhammad Karam Shah Saheb in the kitab Majmu’ah Wazaaif Ma’a Dalaail u’l Khayraat (Collection of Regular Voluntary Invocations Together with Dalaail u’l Khayraat).Another pleasing feature of Dalaail u’l Khayraat (Proofs of Good Deeds) is that its introduction contains Asma u’l Husna (the most beautiful Names of Allah Ta‘ala) as well as Asma u‘n Nabi (the blessed names of the beloved Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu ‘alaihi wa Sallam) one of which is Daleel u’l Khayraat (Proof of Good Deeds). Isn’t that remarkable!
Dalaail u’l Khayraat is presented in eight parts. You are expected to commence recitation on Monday with the Introduction and Part One. Each part is to be recited one day of the week for ease of completion except that on Monday you complete the recitation of Part Eight as well. Each part takes about 10 to 20 minutes to recite and with consistent recitation, the book can be completed in a week, and the following week you may start all over again. Many a saalik (traveller on the spiritual path) has made Dalaail u’l Khayraat his daily wird (regular voluntary invocation).Dalaail u’l Khayraat is normally printed in the ancient Muslim tradition where the text is printed in the middle and in wide borders on the sides can be found some other treasures, in this instance Hizb u’n Nasr, Hizb u’l Barr and Hizb u’l Bahr of Imam Abu’l Hasan Shazili, Hizb of Imam an-Nawawi, Hizb of Mulla ‘Ali al-Qaari, Hizb u‘d Durril A’laa of Shaykh u’l Akbar Muhyuddin ibn al-‘Arabi, Hizb of Ustadh al-Bayyumi, Assalaat u’l Mashishiyya of Imam Abdu’s Salaam bin Mashish, Rahmatullahi ‘alaihim ajma’een, and Qasida al-Munfarija, among other awraad and azkaar (additional voluntary supplications to Allah Ta‘ala). Can Qasida tu’l Burda of Imam al-Buseeri Rahmatullahi ‘alaih ever be left out? It naturally brings the kitab to a resounding close.
The impact of Dalaail u’l Khayraat on subsequent Muslim scholarship on the subject of salawaat has obviously been tremendous. One illustration suffices at this juncture. The Hizb u’l A’zam of Mulla ‘Ali al-Qaari Rahmatullahi ‘alaih, a great Hanafi ‘aalim (scholar) is in seven parts, one part to be recited one day of the week. In fulfilment of the teachings of the beloved Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu ‘alaihi wa Sallam to recite more salawaat on Fridays, Friday’s recitation in his Hizb consists only of salawaat. And he has selected almost all of these salawaat from Dalaail u’l Khayraat! Sub’hanAllah! (All Praise is for Allah).