Shaykh Ahmad ibn Idris, may Allah be pleased with him, had a meeting in a waking state, with Prophet Muhammad, salla Allahu alayhi wa Alihi wa sallam, and al-Khidr, alayhi assalam. The Prophet said to al-Khidr: “Ya Khidr: teach him that which joins together all of the dhikrs, salawat, and prayers for forgiveness of sins, and is superior in reward, larger in number, more exalted in worth, and greater in obtaining assistance.”
Al-Khidr, alayhi assalam, said: “What is that, oh Prophet of Allah?” And so the Prophet, alayhi assalatu wassalam, taught him the Idrisi Tahlil, the Salawat Azeemiyya, and the Istighfar al-Kabir. Shaykh Ahmad ibn Idris says: “And so I repeated these after them both and I was clothed in Muhammadan lights and power and was nourished with the divine springs. Then the Prophet, salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam, said to me: ‘Oh Ahmad, you have been given the keys to the heavens and the earth, which are the dhikr, the Salawat, and the istighfar. If you say them once, they are equal to the world and what is in it many times over.”
Shaykh Ibrahim ar-Rashid, one of the main students and successors of sayyidi Ahmad ibn Idris wrote in a letter: “As for the Azeemiyya, the Messenger of Allah salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam was asked about its virtues. He said: ‘It outweighs Dalai’l al-Khayrat by a thousand thousand thousand thousand thousand times.’ He said “a thousand” twenty times. And it is greater and more than that, but this is to make it easier for us to understand. Understand the secret of his saying: “in every glance and every breath, as many times as all the things contained in the knowledge of Allah, the Great.”
Salutation of Immensity (الصلاة العظمية)
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The ‘ijaza and Dream of The great Qutb of Al-Azhar Shaykh Saleh al-Jafari (ra)
From the Ijaza of Shaykh Saleh al-Jafari (ra) to recite Salawat Azeemiya to all.
This is the ijaza that Shaykh Saleh has given for Salawat Azeemiya, a famous darood of Sayyidi Ahmad Ibn Idris (ra) for all.
The shaykh says: “I was travelling by sea on the boat from Jeddah to Libya, and I saw in my sleep that I was sitting in the room that I was in, on a bed, and next to me was another bed. I was sitting and reciting the First Salawat (of the Salawat of Shaykh Ahmad ibn Idris). So when I began reciting it, the Prophet salla Allahu alayhi wa Alihi wa sallam entered the room and sat on the other bed and he said, salla Allahu alayhi wa Alihi wa sallam: ‘I came to hear from you the Salawat of Ibn Idris.’ Then he laid down on his right side, salla Allahu alayhi wa Alihi wa sallam, and the more I continued in reciting it, the more his light increased, and so did his visbility to me, salla Allahu alayhi wa Alihi wa sallam. So I thought to myself, whilst in the middle of the recitation, to get up and greet him, salla Allahu alayhi wa Alihi wa sallam, so I stood up and kissed his noble hand and he wiped with it my face and my chest.
Then he pointed to me with his hand to sit and finish the Salawat. So I sat back and finished the First Salawat, and said after it: “Oh you of perfect body, of you of beautiful attributes,” until the end of the Seventh Salawat. Then I woke up from my sleep, rejoicing, happy, thanking Allah Most High. And he, salla Allahu alayhi wa Alihi wa sallam, had already given me a general ijaza for all the salawat. And that is that I saw in my dream that I was doing Salawat on the Prophet salla Allahu alayhi wa Alihi wa sallam, with salawat other than the ones from our Idrisi tariqa.
But when I began with the Azeemiyya (of shaykh Ahmad ibn Idris), he appeared to me, salla Allahu alayhi wa Alihi wa sallam, sitting on a chair. So I got up and kissed his noble hand and said: “Shall I do salawat on you, oh Messenger, with this formula?” So he said: “With it and with other than it.” And he pointed with his noble head from top to bottom, and from bottom to up, salla Allahu alayhi wa Alihi wa sallam tasleema. And I give ijaza to all the brothers from the Idrisi tariqa and from others, from the East to the West of the world, in this Salawat Azeemiyya, in which the Messenger of Allah salla Allahu alayhi wa Alihi wa sallam gave me ijaza.
And likewise I give them ijaza in the First Salawat, which the Messenger of Allah salla Allahu alayhi wa Alihi wa sallam heard from me, and like wise I give them ijaza with the rest of the salawat, which the Messenger of Allah salla Allahu alayhi wa Alihi wa sallam gave me ijaza in by saying: “With it and with other than it.” And I make my sanad in that the Messenger of Allah, salla Allahu alayhi wa Alihi wa sallam. And I have great hope that everyone who hears these words of mine, and turns with his heart and body toward these salawat, and recites them regularly with love and belief, that he will see him, salla Allahu alayhi wa Alihi wa sallam, in sleep and in the waking. And nothing stands between me and the doubters except trying.
So oh you who is fond of himself, proud of his every action, heedless of the enclosures of sanctity, turning away from the causes of his uns, hurry to us! And then hurry to us! For in every age we have appearances… and pearls, and jewels!” So there you go, oh happy reader. You now have an ijaza in the great Salawat Azeemiyya, and the rest of the Salawat of shaykh Ahmad ibn Idris, and all other salawat formulas in the world. And your sanad is this: From the great Qutb, sayyidi Shaykh Saleh al-Ja’fari, from the Messenger of Allah, salla Allahu alayhi wa Alihi wa sallam.