The Opening And Other Meccan Revelations
Selections from Al-Bahr al-Madid of Ahmad ibn Ajiba
By Shaykh Ahmad ibn Ajiba
Translated By Abdul Aziz Suraqah
Paperback 88 Pages
ISBN : 9780990002673
Publisher : Al-Madina Institute, USA
About The Book
Renowned for its unique style, Ibn Ajiba’s commentary of the Qur’an, Al-Bahr al-Madid (The Vast Ocean) combines traditional exegesis with spiritual contemplation, exploring the inner meanings of the sacred text. In this companion volume to our inaugural publication Prophetic Grace, Ibn Ajiba explores the outer and inner meanings of the most important and most commonly read chapter of the Qur’an, Surah al-Fatiha, as well as the shorter chapters of the Qur’an that are read daily by children and adults alike, in homes and in Mosques throughout the world.
In these selected commentaries, the reader can begin to appreciate the depth and transformative power of what are perhaps the best known chapters of the Qur’an.
- A Note From The Publisher
- The Life & Legacy of Shaykh Ahmad Ibn 'Ajiba
- Surat Al-Fatiha (The Opening)
- Surat Al-Fil (The Elephant)
- Surat Al-Nasr (Victory)
- Surat Al-Masad (Palm Fibre)
- Surat Quraysh (Quraysh)
- Surat Al-Tin (The Fig)
- Surat Al-Ikhlas (Sincerity)
About The Author
Ahmad ibn 'Ajiba (1747–1809) was an 18th-century Moroccan saint in the Darqawa Sufi Islamic lineage.
He was born of a Hasani sharif family in the Anjra tribe that ranges from Tangiers to Tetuan along the Mediterranean coast of Morocco.
As a child he developed a love of knowledge, memorizing the Qur'an and studying subjects ranging from Classical Arabic grammar, religious ethics, poetry, Qur'anic recitation and tafsir.
When he reached the age of eighteen he left home and undertook the study of exoteric knowledge in Qasr al-Kabir under the supervision of Sidi Muhammad al-Susi al-Samlali.
It was here that he was introduced to studies in the sciences, art, philosophy, law and Qur'anic exegesis in depth.
He went to Fes to study with Ibn Souda, Bennani, and El-Warzazi, and joined the new Darqawiyya in 1208 AH (1793), of which he was the representative in the northern part of the Jbala region.
He spent his entire life in and around Tetuan, and died of the plague in 1224 AH (1809).
He is the author of a considerable number of works and a Fahrasa which provides interesting information concerning the intellectual center that Tetuan had become by the beginning of the 19th century.
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