The Burhaniyya Path of Knowledge
Volume One Introduction
In the Name of Allah, Most Compassionate, Most Merciful.
"Oh Allah, we are incapable of praising You;
You are as You have praised Yourself. All praise belongs to You
alone. We ask You by Your Beautiful Names to shower Your beloved
with prayers and peace. May the salutations and peace of Allah be
Master Muhammad, his family and wives (the mothers of the believers)
and his descendants and companions. May Allah's salutations and
peace be upon all of them, for as long as He is remembered by those
who remember Him and by those who forgot to remember Him".
"Oh, you who have attained to faith! Remember
Allah with unceasing remembrance, and glorify Him morning and evening.
He it is Who sends salutations on you, as do His angels, that He
may bring you out from the depths of Darkness into Light: and He
is Full of Mercy to the Believers.Their salutation on the Day they
meet Him will be "Peace!" and He has prepared for them
a generous Reward" (Holy Qur'an 33:41-44).
Allah says in a Hadith Qudsi: "Whoever is hostile
to My saints, I declare war upon him. And My slave does not come
close to Me with anything more beloved to Me than what I have made
obligatory upon him. My slave continues to come nearer to Me through
voluntary deeds until I love him, and when I love him, I become
his ears with which he hears, I become his sight with which he sees,
I become his hands with which he strikes, I become his legs with
which he strides. If he asks Me, I shall surely grant his request.
If he seeks My refuge I shall protect him. I do not hesitate in
what I intend to do, as much as I hesitate to take the soul of My
faithful slave; he hates death while I hate for any harm to come
to him" (Sahih Bukhari).
The great saint of Islam, Imam al Junayd has said:
This teaching (tasawwuf) is based on two witnesses, the Holy Qur'an
and the Sunnah of the Holy Prophet Muhammad.
If your unveiling (kashf) is in contradiction to either of these,
you must abandon your unveiling and hold firm to the Holy Qur'an
and the Sunnah. Our great Shaykh Ibrahim ad Dasuqi put the meaning
of the Way (Tariqa) very simply: 'You should know your Lord and
worship Him. Whoever accepts this, he has indeed understood and
reached the realities of both the outward and the inward (shari'a
All praise is due to Allah, the One through whom all
success can be attained; and endless salutations upon the seal of
Prophethood and Messagehood and never-ending gratitude to my beloved
Allah, for the grace and baraka to make available to all the spiritual
children of our Shaykh and Imam Muhammad 'Uthmaan 'Abd al Burhany
(may Allah sanctify his secret), the transliteration and translation
of the Awrad of the Tariqa Burhaniyya-Dasuqiyyah-Shadhuliyya.
Contained within this Awrad are the means to travel
the oceans of Unity and reach illumination, as our Shaykh Ibrahim
ad Dasuqi said: 'My aim for all of my children is that they become
people of 'taste', not people of 'description' and that they take
their knowledge from the Divine Source'. Allah will give the one
who completes himself in a state of knowing the inheritance of divine
knowledge without intermediary.
Our Shaykh and Imam put three conditions in place
for those who practice this great Awrad:
1. None of his murids may belong to any other Order.
2. None are to have the wrong doctrine [defects in their beliefs
3. All are to faithfully recite the Awrad.
All of the great People of Allah have testified to
the truthfulness and the immense benefit of practicing the Awrad
on a daily basis. Those who practice this work with sincerity will
be protected from evil and negative thoughts and energy through
the immense grace of this
Order and the baraka contained within it by the Grace of Allah.
What is in this Awrad? The Holy Qur'an, Allah, His
Names, His Attributes and His Actions; and an abundance of salutations
upon the beloved of Allah, Muhammad Ahmad al Mustapha,
the final Prophet and Messenger of Allah to all creations. He is
the one who said: "The best that I and all the Prophets before
me have brought is 'La Ilaha il Allah', 'There is no gods, only
Allah'. In the Holy Qur'an the beloved Allah has said to us: "Say:
'Allah': Then leave them to plunge in vain discourse and trifling"
I ask my beloved Allah, through the baraka and the
blessing of His beloved Prophet
to accept this small effort; to conceal any faults contained within
it and to give success to all who practice and follow the way of
Muhammad, the Messenger and the Mercy to all creations.
Wa ma tawfiq illa billah. (And success is only by
Wa huwa hasbi wa ni'amal wakeel. (And He is my protector and the
best of trustees).
Murshid F. A. Ali ElSenossi
Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
29th of Sha'ban 1430
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