Dalail al-Khairat | Shaykh Al-Jazuli

Al-Qutb al-Kamil, Al-Imam Abu Abdullah Muhammad Ibn Abdur Rahman Ibn Abi Bakr Ibn Suleiman Al-Jazouli Simlali al-Hassani al-Maghribi (d. 869/1454). Referred to his grandfather, he is called shortly Shaykh Muhammad Ibn Suleiman al-Jazuli. He belonged to the Berber tribe of Jazula which is settled in the Sus area of Morocco between the Atlantic and the Atlas Mountains. Although the date of Imam al-Jazouli’s birth is not known, enough information exists to provide a rough outline of his origins and background. His nisba (Attributional Name) tells us the he came from the Simlala tribe, one of the most important Sanhaja Berber groups in Jazula. The turbulent political environment of Simlala in the fifteenth century forced the Shaykh to leave his homeland because its culture of violence made serious scholarship impossible. As it turned out, the young sharif had to travel all the way to Fez to get an education, since the insufficient intellectual resources of Marrakech (Morocco), the usual destination for students from central and southern-Saharan Morocco, made study in that city impossible as well.


He studied locally and then travelled to the Madrasat AS-Saffareen in Fés, the spiritual capital of Morocco where his room is still pointed out to visitors. In Fes, He memorised the four volume Mudawwana of Imam Malik and met scholars of his time such as Ahmad Zarruq, and Muhammad ibn ‘Abdullah Amghar, who became his Shaykh in the Tariqa or Sufi path. After setting a tribal feud he left the area and spent the next forty years in Makkah Mukarrama, Madina Munawwarah and Jerusalem. After this, he returned to Fez where he completed Dala’il al-Khayrat.

He took the Shadiliya Path from Shaykh Abu Abdullah Muhammad Ibn Amghar as-Saghir, one of the Ashraaf (Descendants of the Prophet) of Bani Amghar village. He spent forteen years in Khalwa (seclusion) and then went to Safi where he gathered around him many followers. The governor of Safi felt obliged to expel him and as a result, Jazuli called down Allah’s wrath on the town and it subsequently fell into the hands of the Portugese for forty years According to a tradition, it was the governor of Safi who poisoned Jazuli and caused his death, whilst engaged in prayer, in 869 AH(or 870 or 873).


When he became a Complete Shaykh, he headed towards the town of Safi where he gathered many disciples around him. Later on, Sidi al-Jazuli moved to Afwiral, a Sus village in Morocco, where he established his zawiya that became a centre of spirituality attracting 12665 disciples of his. His Tariqa was mainly based on making prayers upon Sayyiduna Muhammad (peace and blessing be upon him) as indicates his book: (Dalail ul Khayrat), which he published in Fés after spending forty years in Mecca, Medina Mounawara and Jerusalem. Dalail ul Khayrat or “ad-Dalil” as Moroccans prefer to call it, is considered as an exclusive source to make prayers upon Sayyiduna Muhammad (peace and blessing be upon him), as well as a correct and innovative piece of work ever published on the issue.

It is said that Sidi Muhammad Al-Jazuli once went on a journey, when in great need of water for making ablutions, he came upon a well but could not reach the water without a bucket and rope which he did not have. He became very worried. A young girl saw this and came to his assistance. She spat into the well whereupon the water rose to the top of its own accord. Seeing this miracle, he asked the girl “And how is that possible?” She replied “I was able to do this through my asking for blessings upon the Prophet, Allah’s blessings and peace be upon the him.” Having thus seen the benefit of asking for blessings upon the Prophet, Allah’s blessings and peace be upon him, he decided to write Dalail ul Khayrat.

The Dala’il al-Khayrat, the most celebrated manual of Blessings on the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) in history In fact, the book of Dalail ul Khayrat was welcomed by the Ummah east and west. Many scholars concentrated to explain some of its meanings and benefits such as Sidi Suleiman al-Jamal Shafii, Sidi Hasan al-Adwi al-Misri, Sidi Abdelmajid Sharnubi who call his book (Manhaj A-Sa’adat), Sidi Muhammad al-Mahdi Ibn Ahmad al-Fasi who call his book (Matalia al-Masaraat Bijalaa Dalail Al Khayrat), and the famous Savant of Allah Sidi Ahmad Zaruk; the diciple of his Shaykh Sidi al-Jazuli (may Allah lighten his tomb).

Sidi Abu Abdullah Muhammad Al-Jazuli passed away in 869 AH and was buried inside his Zawiya in Afwiral. Seventy-seven (77) years after his death, his body was exhumed for removal to Marrakech and found to be uncorrupted. [Adapted from The Encyclopaedia of Islam, 1957 Leiden]

He became on of the Seven Men of Marrakech in addition to Sidi Qadi Ayaad, Sidi al-Abbas Sabti, Sidi Joussouf Ben Ali, Sidi Abdul Aziz, Sidi Moul al-Ksour, and Sidi al-Soheyli (may Allah be pleased with all of them).

DALAIL AL-KHAYRAT

To read on Monday

اَللَّهُمَّ صَلِّ عَلىَ سَيِّدِنَا مُحَمَّدٍ وَّعَلىَ اَلِهِ وَ اَصْحَابِهِ وَ اَوْلاَدِهِ وَاَزْوَاجِهِ وَذُرِّيَّتِهِ وَ اَهْلِ بَيْتِهِ وَ اَصْهَارِهِ وَ اَنْصَارِهِ وَ اَشْيَاعِهِ وَ مَحَبَّتِهِ وَ اُمَّتِهِ وَ عَلَينَا مَعَهُمْ اَجْمَعِيْنَ يَآ اَرْحَمَ الرَّاحِمِيْنَ

O Allah, praise (our Master) Muhammad his family, his Companions, his children, his wives, his descendants, the People of his House, his relatives by marriage, his helpers. His followers, his lovers, the nation and all of us. O Most Merciful of the merciful!!

To read on Tuesday
اَللَّهُمَّ صَلِّ عَلىَ سَيِّدِنَا مُحَمَّدٍ وَّ عَلىَ اَلِهِ بَحْرِ اَنْوَارِكَ وَمَعْدِنِ اَسْرَارِكَ وَلِسَانِ حُجَّتِكَ وَعَرُوْسِ مَمْلُكَتِكَ وَاِمَامِ حَضْرَتِكَ وَخَاتِمِ اَنْبِيَآئِكَ صَلوَةً تَدُوْمُ بِدَوَامِكَ وَتَبْقَى بِبَقَآئِكَ صَلوَةً تُرْضِيْكَ وَتُرْضِيْهِ وَتَرْضَى بِهَا عَنَّا يَارَبَّ الْعَلمَيْنَ
O Allah, praise (our Master) Muhammad, and his family, the Sea of Your Lights, the Mine of Your Secrets, the Tongue of Your Proof, the Bridegroom of Your Kingdom, the Leader of Your Divine Assembly, and the Seal of Your Prophets with praises that remain by Your existance, praises that please You and please him, O Lord of the Worlds!!

To read on Wednesday
اَللَّهُمَّ صَلِّ عَلىَ سَيِّدِناَ مُحَمَّدٍ صَلَوةً تُنَجِّيْنَا بِهَا مِنْ جَمِيْعِ اْلاَهْوَالِ وَاْلاَفاَتِ وَ تَقْضِىْ لَنَا بِهَا جَمِيْعِ الْحَاجَاتِ وَتُطَهِّرُناَ بِهَا مِنْ جَمِيْعِ السَّيِّاَتِ وَ تَرْفَعُناَ بِهَا اَعْلىَ الدَّرَجَاتِ وَ تُبَلِّغُنَا بِهَا اَقْصَى الْغَايَاتِ مِنْ جَمِيْعِ الْخَيْرَاتِ فَىْ الْحَيَوِة وَ بَعْدَ الْمَمَاتِ
O Allah, praise our Master Muhammad, in such a praise that saves us from all terrors and oppression, that realize all our needs, that purify us from all sins, that raise our ranks in the highest ranks, and that allow us to attain ultimate goals of good in this life and after death!!
This Durood Shareef is always a cure for all calamities in the world of worldly affairs. It was taught by Sayyiduna Rasoolullah (SallAllahu Alaihi wa Sallam) himself. To recite this Durood Shareef 70 times during days of calamity, turmoil and trouble, is a must. It works wonders.
The great Scholar, Saint, Jurist and author, Imam ibn-Faikihani (Radi Allahu Anhu) says that there was once a pious man called Sheikh Moosa Zareer (Radi Allahu Anhu). He embarked on a voyage by ship. Due to a heavy storm, the ship started sinking. All the passengers on board started crying and clamouring, but Sheikh Moosa Zareer (Radi Allahu Anhu) went to sleep. He saw the Holy Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) in his dream and the Prophet (SallAllahu Alaihi wa Sallam) directed him and the passengers to recite Durood-e-Tunajjina 1 000 times. Sheikh Moosa Zareer (Radi Allahu Anhu) got up and started the recitation. As soon as he finished 300 Durood Shareefs, the storm subsided and the ship was saved. The other ship on the high seas sank, but this ship reached its destination safely and soundly. This miracle was a sufficient eye-opener for the members of the ship. It was by the Grace of Allah Ta’ala and Durood-e-Tunajjina that all were saved.
All the Saints have unanimously given verdict that Durood-e-Tunajjina is the best cure of all ills and all calamities of this world.

To read on Thursday

اَللَّهُمَّ صَلِّ عَلىَ سَيِّدِناَ مُحَمَّدٍ وَعَلىَ اَلِهِ مِلْأَ الْفَضَآءِ وَعَدَدَ النُّجُوْمِ فيِ السَّمَآءِ صَلوَةً تُوَازِنُ السَّمَوَاتِ وَاْلاَرْضَ وَعَدَدَ مَاخَلَقْتَ وَمَآ اَنتَ خَالِقُه‘ اِلىَ يَوْمِ الْقِيَامَة

O Allah, praise (our Master) Muhammad, and the family of (our Master) Muhammad, to the fullness of the cosmic space, and in the number of the stars in the heavens in such praise that outweigh the heavens and the earth, and in the number of what You have created and what You are creating until the Day of Resurrection!!

Dalail Thursday

5. Friday

6. Saturday

اللهم صل على سيدنا محمد وعلى اله عدد مااحاط به علمك واحصاه كتابك وشهدت بِه ملآئكتك صلوة دآئمة تدوم بدوام ملك الله

O Allah, praise our Master Muhammad, and his family in the number of what Your Knowledge has encompassed, and all that Your Book contains, and all that is witnessed by Your angels in such praise that is continuous with the eternal of the Kingdom of Allah!!

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7. Sunday

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