Concerning the Affirmation of
(Risala fi't-Tawhid) A Treatise on Hidden
Association (Shirk Khafi)
by Shaikh Wali Raslan ad-Dimashqi (d. A.H. 540)
Including: Kitab Fath ar-Rahman [Book of the Inspiration of the All-Merciful], a
commentary on the Risala of Shaikh Wali Raslan. By Shaikh Zakariyya' al-Ansari
(d, A.H. 926/1520 C.E)
Sharh Fath ar-Rahman, a second commentary on the Risala of Shaikh Wali
Raslan by Shaikh 'Ali ibn 'Atiyya 'Alawan al-Hamawi
Translated by Muhtar Holland
Paperback 105 Pages
Al-Baz Publishing, USA
In the original handwritten manuscripts the Malfuzat is usually found as an
appendix or attachment to Al-Fath ar-Rabbani [The Sublime Revelation]. It is a
collection of many pieces of wise advice that do not fit neatly into the
discourses in that book. In it are answers to questions put to him by disciples
and those who attended the discourse sessions, extemporaneous advice, and most
importantly, the Shaikh discusses the high level of aspiration possible for the
ordinary person, and the way to accomplish it. First translation into English,
by Muhtar Holland.
Saikh Wali Raslan spend most of his earthly
life, including his final moments? As indicated by his universally accepted
surname, ad-Dimashqi, the undisputed answer to this question is the Syrian city
Sources for his year of death suggests that he died shortly after A.H. 540/1145
C.E., to A.H. 695/1296 C.E., to as late as A.H. 711/1369 C.E.
He was One of the leading Shaikhs who paid
glowing tribute to Shaikh 'Abd al-Qadir al-Jilani (may Allah be well pleased
with him)] was that splendid exemplar, Shaikh Raslan ad-Dimashqi (may Allah be
well pleased with him).There is no shortage of information
the author of Kitab Fath ar-Rahman [Book of the Inspiration of the
All-Merciful], a commentary on the Risala of Shaikh Wali Raslan. We know that
Shaikh Zakariyya' al-Ansari died in Cairo in A.H. 926/1520 C.E., having lived
for a full hundred years. As a renowned exponent of the Shafi'i school of
Islamic jurisprudence [fiqh], he acquired the honorary title of Shaikh al-Islam.
His fame is widespread in the Islamic world, and his works have attracted
particular attention in Indonesia and Malaysia
As for the author of Sharh Fath ar-Rahman, our
second commentary on the Risala of Shaikh Wali Raslan, we have only the
scantiest information to offer the reader. We can merely state that his name is
'Ali ibn 'Atiyya 'Alawan al-Hamawi,6 that he died in A.H. 939/1530 C.E., and
that his work became known in Indonesia. However late in the day, the quality of
his work entitles him to wider recognition.
Excerpt From Page 1
In the Name of Allah, the All-Merciful, the All-Compassionate
Praise be to Allah.
Now then, know that the whole of you is covert polytheism [shirkun khafiyyun]
and your realization-and-affirmation-of-Oneness [tawhid] will not become evident
to you until you exit from you[rself].
Provided you are sincere, it will be disclosed to you that it is He, not you, so
you must ask forgiveness for you. And whenever you encounter [any form of it],
your own polytheism [shirk] will be evident to you. You must therefore renew, in
every hour and at every moment, an affirmation-of-Oneness [tawhid] and a faith [iman].
And whenever you become detached from them your faith will increase; and
whenever you become detached from you, your certitude [yaqin] will increase.
O prisoner of desires and formal acts of worship, O prisoner of stations and
revelations! You are deluded and you are preoccupied with you. Where is your
preoccupation with Him to the exclusion of you? He is Present and Attentive,
"and He is with you wherever you may be," in this world and the hereafter. When
you are with Him, He screens you from you, and when you are with you, He screens
you from Him.
Faith is your separating from them, and certitude is your separating from you.
When your faith has increased, you will be transported from state to state; and
when your certitude has increased, you will be transported from station to
The Sacred Law [Shari'a] is for you, until you seek Him from Him for you; and
the Reality [Haqiqa] belongs to Him, until you seek Him through Him for Him,
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