A Portrait of Perfection

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Foreword to the Noble Gyarwee Book

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In the Name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful.


One of the many positives of Islam is that Allah Almighty did not leave the "Ummah" without any religious guidance after the demise of Nabi Muhammad (SAW). Other than the generations, which came after him, there were also individuals who could be classified as revivers of our religion. Some of their names are very well known, such as Imam Ghazzali and Shaykh 'Abd Al-Qadir Al-Jilani (RA), who, amongst others, played major roles in the revival of Islam and in the establishment of Islam in areas where the religion was not known. Without these revivers Islam would have found it very difficult to continue to be the vibrant religion that we have come to know.

Of course, there are geographical areas in which things have gone badly wrong for our religion, but matters would have been much worse if Allah Almighty did not send revivers at regular historical periods to preach and spread Islam. Perhaps one of the most famous revivers in Islam was Shaykh 'Abd Al-Qadir Al-Jilani (RA), who established the Qadiri Tariqa Order. His teachings, especially his arrangements of "Athkar" have come down in our history right up to today. All over the world the Qadiri Tariqa flourishes and is one of the most important vehicles in Islam for the remembrance of Allah Almighty. There are very few countries where the remembrance of Allah Almighty has not been introduced to people through this order, and the order has produced a large number of spiritual luminaries who have continued the work started by Shaykh 'Abd Al-Qadir Al-Jilani (RA). The arrangement of "Athkar" and its use by large number of Muslims throughout the world have kept the remembrance of Allah alive in the hearts of the people. If for no other reason, this order has played a significant role in the continued revival of our religion through "Athkar".

The present work, which is a translation of a very well-known Qadiri Thikr, 'the Noble Gyarwee', is a further step in giving the disciples of this order a better understanding of what they recite. Although the words carry with it its own spiritual power and bring about spiritual changes in the hearts of the disciples, this translation stands to enhance these changes and should bring about considerable spiritual progress to those who are on the path.

Shaykh Professor Yusuf Da Costa,
Naqshbandi Muhammadi Order of South Africa

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