The erudite ‘Allāmah, the noble Shaykh Shukrī ibn Ahmad ibn ‘Alī ibn Ahmad al-Luhafī al-Hanafī is a renowned teacher of Qira’āt, a faqīh (jurist), a linguist, a calligrapher, a poet and an ascetic. He is also the current Shaykh of the Shādhilī-Darqāwī-Hāshimī tarīqa of Shaykh ‘Abd al-Rahmān al-Shāghūrī (d. 2004), after the passing of Shaykh Mustafā al-Turkmānī (d. 2006), may Allah be pleased with them both.
Shaykh Shukrī was born in the Al-Qanawāt District of Damascus, Syria in 1920 CE (1338 H). He grew up in the care of both his parents. His father worked as a shoemaker and was a wise and extremely tolerant man. His mother was a pious woman descended from Algerians who settled in the Levant (al-Shām). His family originated from the Turkish city of Kalas, near Aleppo.
*This is an open letter so all may benefit*
Dear beloved Sidi Zachary [and all of those who seek to benefit from the following],
Alhamdulillahi Rabbil ‘Alamin for the immense grace of our Lord upon us. We thank Allah, the exalted, for placing the light of faith within us, and allowing us all to see and act upon the light of Ihsan. We also thank Allah for His immense grace in allowing us to have a Shaykh who loves the Sunnah of our beloved Master Prophet Muhammad (‘alayhis salam). He has instructed us that the best of the adhkar are those reported in the Al-Adhkar of Imam An-Nawawi. Thus, here is the du’aa I was sharing with you in the car the other day. It is the du’aa that I told you has transformed much of my inner and outward sight. It is my favorite du’aa and I hope that it becomes one of your most beloved as well.
بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
Inna Llāha wa malã-ikatahū yuṣallūna ʿala n-Nabi; Yã ayyuha llađīna āmanū ṣallū ʿalayhī wa sallimū taslīmā. [Qur'an 33:56]
God and His angels bless the Prophet. O believers, do you also bless him, and pray him peace.
Allāhumma ṣalli ʿala man minhun shaqqatil asrār · Wan falaqatil anwār · Wa fihīrtaqatil ḥaqā-iq · Wa tanazalat ʿulūm Adama fa aʿjazal ḫalā-iq · Wa lahu taḍā-alatil fuhūm · Falam yudrikhu minnā sābiqun wa lā lāḥiq · Fariyaḍul malakūti bi zahri jamālihi mūniqah · Wa ḥiyaḍul jabarūti bi fayḍi anwārihi mutadaffiqah · Wa lā shay-a ilā wa huwa bihi manūṭ · Iđ lawlāl wāsiṭatu lađ-haba kamā qīlal mawsūṭ · Ṣalātan talīqu bika minka ilayhi kamā huwa ahlu · Allāhumma innahu sirrukal jāmiʿud dallu bika ʿalayk · Wa ḥijābukal aʿađ̣̣amul qā-imu laka bayna yadayk · Allāhumma alḥiqnī bi nasabihi wa ḥaqqaqnī bi ḥasabihi · Wa ʿarrafnī iyyahu maʿrifatan aslamu bihā min mawāridil jahl · Wa akraʿu bihā min mawāridil faḍl · Waḥmilnī ʿala sabīlihi ilā ḥaḍratik · Ḥamlān maḥfūfām bi nuṣratik · Wa aqađif bī ʿalāl bāṭili fa admaguhu · Wa zujja bī fī biḥāril Aḥadiyyah · Wanṣulnī min awḥali t-tawḥ̣īd (3) · Wa agriqnī fī ʿayni baḥril Waḥda · Ḥattā lā arā wa lā asmaʿa wa lā ajida wa lā uḥissa illā bihā · Wajʿali Allāhummal ḥijābal aʿđ̣ama ḥayāta rūḥi · Wa rūḥahu sirra ḥaqīqatī · Wa ḥaqīqatahu jāmiʿa ʿawalimī · Bi taḥqīqil ḥaqqal awwal · Ya Āwwalu Ya Āḫiru Ya Ð̣āhiru Ya Bāṭin · Ismaʿ nidā-i bimā samiʿta bihi nidã-a ʿabdika Zakariyã · Wanṣurnī bika lak · Wa ayyidnī bika lak · Wa ajmaʿ baynī wa baynak · Wa ḥul baynī wa bayna gayrik · Allãããh! (3)
This was a letter written on the occasion of a new circle opening in Tampa, Florida, for people to gather for what the Shadhili tariqa knows as a “Latifiyya“. Typically it is held once a week, people recite the name Al-Latif a thousand or so times, there is a group du’a, and a brief lecture.
As attested to in the hadith of Ibn ‘Umar (declared hasan gharib by al Tirmidhi): the gardens of Paradise are the circles of remembrance. My greetings then to you all whom God has favoured with the blessing of attending such a noble gathering: noble in its purpose, noble in its connection to and authorisation from the Sunnah and the people of Prophetic inheritance, and noble in the stature of its company (insha’Allah). I am writing not only to express my delight that this circle is being established, but also to explain something of the purpose and validity of the gathering. Many in this country are given to reservations whenever unfamiliarities are encountered in our experience of Islam, and often times we find that experience to be very limited.
To God belong the Names Most Beautiful; so call Him by them, and leave those who blaspheme His Names — they shall assuredly be recompensed for the things they did. (7:180)