Ya Allah Ya Hu Ya Rahman the All Merciful Ya Rahim the All Compassionate Ya Malik the Absolute Ruler Ya Quddus the Pure One Ya Salam the Savior Ya Mu’min the Inspirer of Faith Ya Muhaymin the Guardian Ya Aziz the Victorious Ya Jabbar the Compeller Ya Mutakabbir the Greatest One Ya Khaliq the Creator Ya Bari the Maker of Order Ya Musawwir the Shaper of Beauty Ya Ghaffar the Forgiving Ya Qahhar the Crusher Ya Wahhab the Giver of All Ya Razzaq the Sustainer Ya Fettah the Opener Ya Alim the Knower of All Ya Qabid the Constrictor Ya Basit the Reliever Ya Khafid the Abaser Ya Rafi the Exalter Ya Mu’izz the Bestower of Honors Ya Mudhill the Humiliator Ya Sami the Hearer of All Ya Basir the Seer of All Ya Hakam the Judge Ya Adl the Just Ya Latif the Subtle One Ya Khabir the All-Aware Ya Halim the Forbearing Ya Azim the Magnificent Ya Ghafur the Forgiver and Hider of Faults Ya Shakur the Rewarder of Thankfulness Ya Ali the Highest Ya Kabir the Greatest Ya Hafiz the Preserver Ya Muqit the Nourisher Ya Hasib the Accounter Ya Jalil the Mighty Ya Karim the Generous Ya Raqib the Watchful One Ya Mujib the Responder to Prayer Ya Wasi the All-Comprehending Ya Hakim the Perfectly Wise Ya Wadud the Loving One Ya Majid the Majestic One Ya Ba’ith the Resurrector Ya Shahid the Witness Ya Haqq the Truth Ya Wakil the Trustee Ya Qawi the Possessor of All Strength Ya Matin the Forceful One Ya Veli the Finder and Protector Ya Hamid the Praised One Ya Muhsi the Appraiser Ya Mubdi the Originator Ya Mu’id the Restorer Ya Muhyi the Giver of Life Ya Mumit the Taker of Life Ya Hayy the Everlasting One Ya Qayyum the Self-Existing One Ya Wajid the Finder Ya Majid the Glorious Ya Wahid the Only One Ya Ahad the One Ya Samad the Satisfier of All Needs Ya Qadir the All-Powerful Ya Muqtadir the Creator of All Power Ya Muqaddim the Expediter Ya Mu’akhkhir the Delayer Ya Awwal the First Ya Akhir the Last Ya Zahir the Manifest One Ya Batin the Hidden One Ya Wali the Governor Ya Muta’ali the Supreme One Ya Barr the Doer of Good Ya Tawwab the Guide to Repentence Ya Muntaqim the Avenger Ya Afu the Forgiver Ya Ra’uf the Clement Ya Malik al-Mulk the Owner of All Ya Dhul Jalali wal-Ikram the Lord of Majesty and Bounty Ya Muqsit the Equitable One Ya Jami the Gatherer Ya Ghani the Rich One Ya Mughni the Enricher Ya Mani the Preventer of Harm Ya Darr the Creator of the Harmful Ya Nafi the Creator of Good Ya Nur the Light Ya Hadi the Guide Ya Badi the Originator Ya Baqi the Everlasting One Ya Warith the Inheritor of All Ya Rashid the Righteous Teacher Ya Sabur the Patient One
Ya Hannan The creative power in ashk by which we gain our eternality. Ya Mennan All of the bounty created in the 18,000 worlds. Ya Deyyan The only Beloved worthy of worship is Allah. Ya Burhan The most beautiful evidence of the Divine being, the human being. Ya Subhan Everything created calls upon Allah.
Hu, Dost! This is my way of saying thank you for all of the gifts that my teacher, Sherif Baba, has given all of us.
I love the Ahl-ul Beyt, but I am not Shi'a, at least not in the usual sense. I love the Alevi way, but I am a mainstream practicing Muslim (or, at least, trying to be one). I love Mevlana, but I'm not a Mevlevi. I love some teachers who may or may not be very shari'ah adherent, but can open hearts. Several that I love most are practicing Muslims, but not all of their students are. I've even seen one or two Salafis who are dripping with the Nur of Allah. As a Bektashi Baba once said, if we find something useful, we embrace it. I'm a liberal, but practicing Muslim, and I believe that anyone who is showing us Compassion and Mercy is showing us the way of Islam.
May we all become beautiful human beings, insha'Allah! ;)
This is really putting up some things I put together for myself about my shaykh and our path-- a friend suggested that it might be helpful for some other people as well. I thought while I was at it, I might as well add some music links along the way. Because this began for my own personal use, I have no idea where some of these pictures and quotes came from, so I apologize for putting them up without citation. I make no claim that all of this is my own. I'm simply trying to share a beautiful vision of God and humanity that I have learned about from Sherif Baba and also some inspirations from the Alevi/Bektashi tradition of Turkey, with whom Rifa'i Marufi shares many principles. Let me make it clear that I am not myself a Bektashi, though I love their path. My connection is to the Rifa'i. I hope you enjoy this offering and that these things will inspire you as much as they have inspired me.