Path to Light

A selection of diwans of
Shaykh Muhammad ibn al-Habib

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Praise

Laka ’l –hamdu yaa dha’l-hilmi wa ‘l-afwi wa ‘s-sitri

wa hamdeeya min nu’maaka yaa waasi’a ‘l-birri

Praise is due to You, the possessor of serenity, forgiveness and veiling.  My praise is part of Your blessing, oh abundant Giver.

Laka ‘l-hamdu ‘adda ‘l-qatri wa ‘r-ramli wa ‘l-hasa

wa ‘adda nabaati ‘l-ardi wa ‘l-hooti fi ‘l-bahri

Praise is due to You, in number as great as the drops of rain, the grains of sand, the pebbles, the plants of the earth and the fish of the sea.

Laka 'l-hamdu 'adda 'n-namli wa 'l-jinni wa 'l-insi

wa mil'a 's-samaa wa 'l-'arshi wa 'l-kawkabi 'd-  durri

Praise is due to You in number as great as the ants, jinn, and men, in quantity as great as the sky, the throne, and the stars like scattered pearls.

wa mil'a 'l-fadaa wa'l-lawhi wa 'l-kursee wa 'th-thara

wa 'adda jamee'i 'l-kaa’inaati ila 'l-hashri.

In quantity as great as space itself, and the tablet of forms, the footstool, the moist earth, and the number of all created beings on the day of gathering.

laka 'l-hamdu yaa rabbee kamaa anta ahluhu

fa'inneeya laa uhsee 'th-thanaa'a mada 'd-dahri

Praise is due to You, oh my Lord, as You deserve it, for I cannot praise You fittingly to the full extent of time.

laka 'l-hamdu yaa mu'ti  ‘l-mawaahiba bi 'l-fadli

wa maaniha ahli  'llaahi bi 'l-fat-hi wa 'n-nasri

Praise is due to You, oh endless Giver of gifts, the One who grants opening and triumph to the people of Allah.

wa zidnaa mina 'n-na'maa'i wa'n-noori wa 'l-kashfi

wa makkinnaa fi 'l-irshaadi bi'l-idhniwa's-sirri

Increase us in blessing, light and unveiling, and strengthen us in guidance, with idhn and with the secret.

wa ayyidnaa fee aqwaalinaa wa fi'aalinaa

wa yassir lanaa 'l-arzaaqa min haythu laa           nadree

Support us in our words and deeds, and make our provision easy for us - from where we know not!

fahaa nahnu fee baabi 't-tafadduli waaqifun

wa muntadhirun 'atfa 'l-habeebi bilaa 'usri

Here we are standing at the door of favour, waiting without hardship for the Beloved to turn to us.

fa'an’im 'alaynaa yaa mujeebu bi sur'atin

fa'innaka ahlu 'l-joodi wa 'l-manni wa 'l-khayri

Swiftly send us Your ease, oh Answerer, for You are the possessor of generosity, liberality and goodness.

fafadhluka mawjoodun bighayri wujoodinaa

wa jooduka masdoolun 'alaynaa bilaa nukri

Your Bounty exists without our existence, and Your Generosity pours down on us, undenied.
wa wafliqnaa li'sh-shukri 'I-Iadhee huwa laazimun      galaynaa wa yastad'ee 'l-mazeeda bilaa khusri Give us success in the thankfulness which is our duty and which itself calls for increase from You without loss to us.

wa akhrijnaa min sijni 'l-jusoomi wa raqqinaa

lihadrati arwaahin thawaaban 'alaa 'sh-shukri

Free us from the prison of our bodies and raise us up to the presence of the spirits as a reward for our gratitude.
wa ash-hidnaa ma'na 'dh-dhaati fee kulli madh-harin liyaqwa shuhoodee fi 'sh-shadaa'idi wa 'l-yusri Let us see the meaning of the essence in every manifestation in order to strengthen our witnessing both in times of ease and trouble.

wa afninaa 'annaa wabqinaa bika daa'iman

linalhaqa ahla'l-irthi min hadrati 's-sirri

Annihilate us to ourselves and give us going-on in You always, so that we may join the people who have inherited the presence of the secret.

fa amruka li 'l-ashyaa'i fee qawli kun takun

fakawwin lanaa 'l-ashyaa'a 'azman bilaa makri

Your command to things is in the word 'Be it is!' So shape things for us with firm intention and without deception.

wasalli bi anwaa'i 'l-kamaalaati kullihaa

'ala ahmada 'l-haadee ilaa hadrati 't-tuhri

Bless Ahmad, the guide to the presence of purity, with all the forms of perfection.

wa aalihi wa ‘s-sahbi 'l-kiraami wa man da'aa

linaadhimi haadha'n-nadhmi bi'sh-sharhi li's-    sadri

And his Family and noble Companions and whoever prays for expansion of the breast for the composer of these verses.

wa yaa rabbi bi 'l-haadee 'r-ra'oofi Muhammadin

anilnaa 'ulooman tanfa'unaa yawma 'n-nashri

And oh Lord! Through the compassionate guide, Muhammad, grant us sciences that will benefit us on the Day of Rising.

wa qawwinaa bi'l-anwaari fee kulli lahdhatin

wa thabbitnaa 'inda'l-khatmi wa ‘n-naz'i wa 'l-   qabri

Strengthen us with lights at every instant, and make us firm at the sealing, the agony of death, and the grave.

laka 'l-hamdu bi 'l-anfaasi wa 'l-jismi wa 'l-qalbi

tafaddal  'alaa 'abdin tahayyara fi ‘l-amri

Praise is due to You with every breath with the body and the heart. Look kindly on a slave who is perplexed by the command.

fa'innee wa in kaanat dhunoobee ta'ooqunee

falee feeka husnu  'dh-dhanni yajburu lee kasree

If my wrong actions weigh me down, l still have a good opinion of You that You will mend my broken spirit.

famunna 'alaynaa yaa ghafooru bitawbatin

tajubbu 'l-ladhee qad kaana fee saalifi 'l-'umri

Oh Forgiving! Grant a turning away [from wrong action] to us which will undo what happened in our early years.

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