A Commentary on the Names of the Prophet Mu?ammad from Imam al-Jazuli’s Dala?il al-Khayrat
The Dala?il al-Khayrat has been a source of light for the Muslim community ever since its composition in the late 9th/15th century by Imam al-Jazuli, and it is probably the most oft-recited compilation of ?alwat in the Muslim world; it also contains 201 Names of the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace), according to the collection of Abu ?Imran al-Zannati al-Fasi. These alongside the Dala?il itself are recited in many mosques and zawiyas (Sufi meeting-places) in Fes, Morocco, where the translator lived for over seven years.
Compilations of the Names of the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) have been a tradition of the scholars for centuries: Qa?i Abu Bakr Ibn al-?Arabi relates in his commentary on Kitab al-Shama?il, the great ?adith compilation of Imam Tirmidhi, that some Sufis have said that the Prophet has a thousand names. Ibn al-Faris includes 2020 in his Tafsir Asma? al-Rasul, while Abu al-?asan al-Subki states that they number four thousand. Qas?allani relates just over five hundred in his work al-Mawahib al-ladunniyya. Qa?i ?Iya?, in al-Shifa, his classic treatise on the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace), limits himself only to those names ascribed clearly to him; he also says that the Prophet (Allah bless him and grant him peace) has thirty names which are also among the Names of Allah.
Idris Watts brings together in this work, the introduction of the Dala?il al-Khayrat and the Names as it’s recited in Fes today, directed by the head of the muqaddams, ?ajj Isma?il al-Filali, who inherited the role from his father, one in a chain of narrators that goes back through the men of the Jazuli Order; including the full Arabic text, transliteration and a translation. He also directed an audio-recording of the text in the Fes Style which accompanies the book.
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