I am including here translations of some Qur'anic passages that are part of the Rifa'i Evrad. I originally had most of the evrad up-- assuming that probably anyone who was reading this probably already had a copy and might be able to help me with the translation/standardized Arabic transliteration project I was embarking on, but a visitor wisely suggested that I probably shouldn't post it without direct permission from Baba. In the meantime however, here are translations of some basic Qur'an passages that are included in it, conveniently in one place to assist people who are already reading it. I am also including the translations of the 99 Names, as they appear on Baba's website. I have left in the descriptions of the Prophets, since these are also standard Islamic invocations.
Bismillah ir-Rahman ir-Rahim
Bismillah Ar-Rahman Ar-Raheem Qul Huw-Allahu Ahad Allah-us-Samad Lam yalid wl lam yulad Wa lam yakul lahu kufuwan ahad Say: He is Allah, Absolute Oneness, Allah, the Everlasting Sustainer of all. He has not given birth and was not born. And no one is comparable to Him.
Surah Falaq Bismi-Llahi-r-Rahmani-r-Rahim In the name of Allah, the Tenderly Compassionate, the Infinitely Merciful Qul a‘udhu bi-Rabbi-l-falaq Affirm with your whole being, “I seek true refuge with the Lord of perpetually dawning Wisdom Min sharri ma khalaq Perfect refuge from all the negativity generated by limited conscious beings, Wa min sharri ghasiqin idha waqab With which they darken their consciousness, Wa min sharri-n-naffathati fi-l-‘uqad Total refuge from the confusion, magic Wa min sharri hasidin idha hasad And obsession they project.”
Surah Nas. Bismi-Llahi-r-Rahmani-r-Rahim In the name of Allah, the Tenderly Compassionate, the Infinitely Merciful Qul a‘udhu bi-Rabbi-n-nas Affirm with your whole being, “I seek true refuge with the Lord and Lover of humankind, Maliki-n-nas Ilahi-n-nas The Sovereign of humankind, the Divine Guide of humankind Min sharri-l-waswasi-l-khannas Sure refuge from all the negativity that whispers divisively Alladhi yuwaswisu fi suduri-n-nas, mina-l-jinnati wa-n-nas Into the pure heart of humanity and into the hearts of conscious beings on the subtle planes of being.”
Surah Al-Fatiha. (this is, I believe, the rather floral translation used by Imam Bilal Hyde-- I'll repost soon with the version by Shaykh Noorrudeen Durkee or Laleh Bakhtiar)
We begin in the Name of God, Everlasting Mercy, Infinite Compassion. Praise be to God, Loving Lord of all the worlds. Everlasting Mercy, Infinite Compassion. Eternal Strength of every living being, Whose Majestic Power embraces us on the day of the great return. Only You do we adore, and to You alone do we cry for help. Guide us, O God, on the path of Perfect Harmony, the path of those whom You have blessed with the gifts of Peace, Joy, Serenity and Delight, the path of those who are not brought down by anger, the path of those who are not lost along the way. Amin
Alif Lam Mim Zalik el-kitabu larayhe fihi huden lil muttekin. Ellezin yuminune bil gaybi ve yukimunes salare ve mimma rzekna hum yunfikun. Vellezine yuminune bima unzile min kablike ve bil ahiratu hum yukinun ulaike humul muflihun.
Alif-Lam Mim . That high ranked Book (Quran) whereof there is no place of doubt, in it there is guidance to the God-fearing. Who believe without seeing, and establish prayer and spend in Our path, out of Our provided subsistence. And who believe in what has been sent down towards you, O beloved prophet! And what has been sent down before you and are convinced of the Last Day. They alone are on the guidance from their Lord and they shall surely triumph.
Ilahikum Ilahun wahidun. La illaha illahu ver Rahman ir Rahim Your God is one God. There is no god but He, the Compassionate, the Merciful.
Allahu La ilaha illa Hu Allah alone. There is no reality or divinity apart from Him, Al-Hayyu-l-Qayyum The Living One, absolutely Self-Manifesting and All-Encompassing. La ta’khudhuhu sinatu-w-wa la nawm His Divine Awareness never lapses nor sleeps. Lahu ma fi-s-samawati wa ma fi-l-ard All heavenly and earthly planes of being belong solely to Him. Man dhalladhi yashfa‘u ‘indahu illa bi-idhnih Who is there who could intercede in His presence, except through His own permission? Ya‘lamu ma bayna aydihim wa ma khalfahum He alone knows what causes precede and what results follow from each event. Wa la yuhituna bi shay’in min ‘ilmihi illa bima sha’a And human beings can grasp nothing of His Encompassing Divine Knowledge except As He wills. Wasi‘a kursiyuhu-s-samawati wa-l-ard The mysterious Throne of His Presence permeates every heavenly and earthly dimension, Wa la ya’uduhu hifzuhuma As He effortlessly creates, protects and preserves all manifestation, Wa Huwa-l-‘Aliyu-l-‘Azim For He is the Most High, the Supremely Glorious. Allahuma Salli Ala Saydina Muhammadin Abdike Wa Habibike Wa Resuliken-Nebiyil Ummihi Wa Ala Alihi Wa Sabahi Wa Sellim. (x 2)
La illaha ilalla Adam Safiullah (friend) La illaha ilalla Sit Nabiullah (prophet) La illaha ilalla Nuh Najiullah (confidant) La illaha ilalla Ibrahim Khalilullah (intimate friend) La illaha ilalla Ismail Zebiullah (sacrifice) La illaha ilalla Musa Kelimullah (conversed with) La illaha ilalla Isa MinRuhallah (spirit of) La illaha ilalla Muhammadun Rasulallah (sallallahu aleyhi wa selam)
_________________________________________________ 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.
Tekbir Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, La illaha illalla. Hu Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, Velillahil Hamd.
Allahu Ekber Kebira. Truly Allah is the Greatest of All Wa-lhamdulillahi Kesira. And to Allah be abundant praise. Wa Subhanullahi bukraten wa asila And glory be to God, morning and evening Vema erselnake illa rameten lil lalemin We sent you not but as a mercy for all the worlds Kul innema yuha ileyye enema ilahukum ilahun wahid. Fehel entum muslimun? Say, it is only inspired in me that your god is one God. Will you then surrender to Him?
Rabbena la tuzig kulubena badr iz hedeytena Wa hablena min ledunke rahmeten inneke entel wahhab. Rabbena inneke jamiun nasi li yawmin la raybe fihi. Innellahe la yuhliful miad.
Our Lord! Let not our hearts to deviate after You have guided us rightly, and grant us mercy from You; surely You are the most liberal Giver. Our Lord! Surely You are the Gatherer of men on a day about which there is no doubt; surely Allah will not fail to keep His promise. (3:08-09) La illaha illahu vela nabudu illa iyyahu, muhlisine lehuddine velev kerihel kafirun. There is no god but God, and we worship none but him. We are sincere to his religion, even if the unbelievers dislike it. Allahuma salli ala sayyidina Muhammad, wa ala ahli sayyidina Muhammad, wa ala as’habi sayyidina Muhammad, wa ala ansari sayyidina Muhammad, wa ala ezvaji sayyidina Muhammad, wa ala zurriyeti sayyidina Muhammad wa selim tesliman kesira. Dearest Allah, bless our Master Muhammad, and bless the companions, and the helpers, and bless the wives, and bless the descendants of our Master Muhammad and may you bestow upon them abundant peace. HU…
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.