Book Review: On the Means of Beholding the Prophet in a Dream


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.

Shaykhspeare

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9 Responses to Book Review: On the Means of Beholding the Prophet in a Dream

  1. aishahshah says:

    Assalamu’alaykum wa rahmatullah,

    i wish to get a hold of this book but it seems that they’re only available through amazon.co.uk at the moment and they are not shipping overseas. Would you be so kind to help me get a hold of this book biithnillah? if so, please email me at [e-mail removed by Shakyhspeare]

    thank you in advance,
    aishah

    • Balal Ali says:

      As salaam mu alaikum, I can send the book out to you as I work for Ihsanica. If you still need a copy, please email on balal.ali@ live. co.uk

      Salaam

  2. shaykhspeare says:

    Wa ‘alaykum as-salam Sis,

    I am based in the UK and so ordered through “KnowledgeandWisdom” via Amazon’s Marketplace. Perhaps you could e-mail the seller just to make sure that they don’t ship to the US.

    Have you tried e-mailing Ihsanica directly through the information provided on their website?

  3. zainkhan says:

    Alhamdulillah mashallah, I recite the name of the Prophet “YA SAYYIDINA MUHAMMED” (SAW) 22 times every night. Alhamdulillah I have had dreams of the Prophet several times mashallah. More than 79 times. Once I saw that I kissed his chest. Another time I saw that the Shaykhain took me to him. Another time I was sit in from of him, our knees were almost touching and he said I forgive you. The other dreams I’ve forgotten but I some I remember. Alhamdulillah Allah’s fadl and lutf.

  4. بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

    As-salamu alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh , I This is an amazing book MashahAllah , I love reading it , I know several Brothers and Sisters that have seen Rasul Allah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam after trying some of the methods in this blessed book . May Allah Ta’ala reward Imam Yusuf al-Nabhani Alayhi Rahma and the translators of this blessed book.

    JazakAllah Khair,

    Please do Dua for us ,

    Seeker of the Sacred Knowledge Team

  5. shaykhspeare says:

    Wa ‘alaykum as-salam

    Ameen to your du’as.

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