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O Allah, I ask You through the abundant grace of Bismillahi r-Rahmani r-Rahim...
and I ask You through the majesty and the praise of Bismillahi r-Rahmani r-Rahim...
and I ask You through the reverence of Bismillahi r-Rahmani r-Rahim...
and I ask You through the sanctity of Bismillahi r-Rahmani r-Rahim. 
And through the power and the sovereignty and the greatness of Bismallahi r-Rahmani r-Rahim, 
and through the exaltedness and the strength and the potence of Bismillahi r-Rahmani r-Rahim – 
I ask You in the name of all these to raise me in Your estimation through the secret of Bismallahi r-Rahmani r-Rahim.



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The Prophets of Allah did not leave behind wealth or possessions, but they left behind knowledge. Just like the person who dies leaves heirs, i.e. sons, daughters, wives, etc. As for the Prophets, their heirs are the Ahl al-`Ilm – the People of Knowledge. And their shares are in accordance with their following of the teachings of the Prophets. As is the case with the heirs of a deceased person – those who stand in closer relation to such person inherit a greater share.

Similar is the case with the `Ulama: those who follow more stringently and love the Prophet more dearly will earn a greater share of the inheritance. In other hadiths it is clarified that this inheritance does not refer to possessions but rather to knowledge – the Quran, the Sunnah and akhlaq (nobility of character). It includes everything that is part of the Shariah.

Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him), known as the “hafidh of the Sahabah” (the one – amongst all the Companions – who memorized the most hadiths), narrated that he once visited the market-place where he found people engaged in the usual trading. He then told them, “You are here trading while people are distributing the inheritance of the Prophet (peace be upon him ).

“Where is this happening,” they asked excitedly as they were eager to acquire a relic of the Prophet (peace be upon him) for themselves. “In the masjid,” Abu Hurayrah (r.a.) replied. So all of them rushed to the masjid but found none of the Prophet’s (s) possessions there. They asked him, “Why do you say the inheritance is being distributed when none is to be found ?”

“What did you find there?” Abu Hurayrah (r) asked.” We found people in circles studying the Quran and Hadith.” “That is the inheritance,” he replied.

Sayyid Muhammad Alawi al-Maliki
Radio Interview, South Africa

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The title of the blog, “In the Shadow of Pure Light” reflects the position of the human being – as Being perpetually in the shade of God, a shade that can be both cool and protecting; or dark and isolating – depending on the state of ones soul.

Pure Light is a reference to God, whom the believer is constantly in search of – and who can only be perceived by the realization that being in God’s shade also means becoming the Divine Shadow; and that the human is intrinsically linked to Allah – his/her entire Being is dependent on as-Samad (the independent one), just as a shadow can never be severed from the object of its projection and has no will of its own, but to follow its Reality. It can also metaphorically be seen as a representation of God’s presence around an object, as well speaking to the transient nature of the world – reflecting the waning of Time, as Shadows do.

The themes of Light and Purity also celebrate a state of spiritual felicity, a state where the soul has perceived the brilliance and untaintedness of Divine Love, basking forever after in the sheltering and sweet Shadows of its Shade.

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