Nothing is new for Allāh ﷻ, as He has always known what will be. If He didn’t know what will be, He would be one who would have to be informed. Rather, the one who needs to be informed is the one who doesn’t know. The Nabī ﷺ is the one who informs those who don’t know about the One ﷻ who knows all.
The spiritual aspirant (murīd) who keeps the company of the Master (shaykh) is necessarily affected by the states of this spiritual guide, and will benefit from them. This is the kind of training (tarbiyya) practiced by believers living in a community that conforms to the Sunna. The Master leads them, corrects them, and guides them on the straight path. However, not only the states and efficacy of the Master play a role here; it is also the spiritual energy (himma) of the aspirant. There are some who stay with a Master for a long time and still progress very little, whereas others reach the goal very fast.
Q:as-Salamu Alaykum. Do Tijani's recite any of the Azhab of Abu Hassan al-Shadhili other than the Hizb al-Bahr. Jazak'ullah Khayr
Wa ‘alaykum as-salām wa raḥmatu’llāh. To our limited knowledge, The Oceanic Litany (Ḥizb al-baḥr) is the only litany that the Tijāniyya still use from among the blessed prayers of Shaykh Abū al-Ḥasan al-Shādhilī, with the permission and acceptance of the Prophet ﷺ granted to Sayyidinā Shaykh al-Tijānī (may God ﷻ sanctify his secret). And God ﷻ perpetually knows best.
In Memoriam: The great and aged Jordanian Prophetic tradition scholar (muḥaddith) Shaykh Yūsuf al-‘Utūm just passed away at the age of 124. He was the last person alive who studied directly under the Muḥaddith al-Akbar Sayyid Badr al-Dīn al-Ḥasanī (may Allāh ﷻ have mercy on him) of Damascus. He was also a Tijānī in his spiritual path. al-Fātiḥa, Ṣalāt al-fātiḥi.
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