I recently came across the website of Ihsanica Media who appear to be a small, new, publishing house based in Durban, South Africa with a focus on Traditional Islam.
One particular title that caught my eye was that of Imam Yusuf al-Nabahani’s “On the Means of Beholding the Prophet in a Dream”.
This book is a translation of Chapter 19 of Imam an-Nabahani’s voluminous and mubarak work, “Felicity of the Two Abodes Through Prayers Upon the Master of the Two Realms”.
Being based in the UK, I could only find the book being sold (new) on the Amazon Marketplace from a seller called “KnowledgeandWisdom”. I have ordered from this particular seller once before, being Habib ‘Umar’s book of recommended daily litanies, and went ahead with the order.
“On the Means…”was about £8 or so. As usual, the book was dispatched very quickly and arrived this morning.
“On the Means…” is a beautifully presented short text, being 50 pages or so consisting of, as the title suggests, 40 means or methods whereby the seeker can hope to behold the Beloved in a dream
The “means” consist of either prescribed numbers of Koranic verses as suggested by pious sages of the Ummah, or litanies by Islamic luminaries, or a mixture of both, and are distinctly numbered from 1 – 40.
A short introduction to each “means” is given which describes the name of the particular sage from whom the litany has been taken, when it should ideally be recited, and how many times etc.
An example of a short litany taken from page 40 reads:
The Knower of Allah, my master, Sheikh Mustafa al-Bakri, mentioned toward the end of his commentary on the litany of imam an Nawawi, “One of the benefits of the noble name Muhammad is that whoever utters it each night twenty-two times will have many dreams seeing the Prophet.
For those of us who are getting to grips with Arabic, each litany is transliterated and translated (along with the original Arabic text) which should aid memorisation.
I was particularly pleased to find a transliteration of the Salat al-Yaqutiyya (means #32) from the Shadhili master, Sheikh Muhammad al-Fasi.
I would wholeheartedly recommend this book to anyone and everyone and would congratulate Ihsanica for making this mubarak work available to us in the West.
To conclude, a short extract from Publisher’s Foreword:
Do not be saddened, dear reader, if you implement some of the means presented here and fail to behold the Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alayhi wa salim): it is enough of an honour for you that Allah has blessed you with the ability and pure intention to invoke blessings and salutations upon His beloved Prophet.