Author: Imam Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyya; Rafique Abdur Rehman (translator)
Publisher: Darul Ishaat (2007)
Pages: 79 Binding: Hardcover
Description from the publisher:
Dhikr is remembrance. In Islamic terminology it is śremembrance of Allah.∆ It has many forms and, in fact, all worship is dhikr. It grows an intimate relationship with Allah and one may engage in dhikr all twenty-four hours of the day, remembering Allah inwardly and doing what pleases Him and obeying Him in whatever he does. It is not that only a Sufi engages in dhikr but every one of us can do that. This book tells us more about it. It enumerates the merits and excellences of dhikr and defines the station of the dhakir who is the one remembering Allah.
In describing al-Wabil al-Sayyib, the author says, śWe have mentioned [in it] nearly one hundred benefits of remembrance of God [dhikr], and the secrets of remembrance...This is a book of great usefulness.∆
Written in the fourteenth century by the renowned theologian Imam Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyya, this treatise movingly details the many blessings of the remembrance of Allah.
This beautifully written work is a genuine contribution to Muslim spirituality. What makes it of great interest is that it illustrates the spiritual life of Ibn Qayyim and of his teacher, the Hanbalite reformer Imam Ibn Taymiyya (1263AH/1328AD).
Imam Ibn al-Qayyim al-Jawziyya was born into a scholarly and virtuous family in 691 AH/ 1292 A.D. At that time Damascus was a centre of literature and thought. Many schools were located there and he studied and graduated under the protection, direction and sponsorship of his father. He was particularly influenced by his Shaykh and teacher Imam Ibn Taymiyyah, and also by Ibn ash-Shirazi amongst others.
Ibn al-Qayyim al-Jawziyya died in the city of Damascus the year 751 AH/1350 C.E.,when he was scarcely 60 years old, and was buried at the cemetery of Bab- al-Saghir, near the grave of his father - Rahimahuma Allah