Commentary on the Hizb al-Bahr of Imam Shadhili by: Shaykh Ahmad Zarruq, Khalid Williams


Author: Shaykh Ahmad Zarruq, Khalid Williams
Publisher: Visions of Reality
Format: Hardback
Pages: 172

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Hizb al-Bahr (Litany of the Sea), a unique litany made of Quranic verses and supplications, is a powerful invocation read by multitudes throughout the Muslim world, it was taught by the Prophet s.a.w. to Sidi Abul Hasan al-Shadhili – the renowned Wali’Allah (“Friend of Allah”) whilst travelling to Hajj.

On the litany, the Shaykh Abul Hassan al-Shadhili said, “By Allah, I did not utter it except as it came from the Holy Prophet, from whose instruction I learned it. ‘Guard it; the Holy Prophet s.a.w said to me, ‘for it contains the greatest name of Allah. It is not recited in any place without security reigning there. If it had been with the inhabitants of Baghdad, the Tatars would not have taken the city.”

“Whoever recites it every day at sunrise, Allah hears his prayer, relieves his distress, raises his standing among people, expands his breast with knowledge of divine oneness, facilitates his concerns, lifts his hardship, keeps from him the evil of man and jinn, and protects him from the harm of mishaps of the night and day.”

This is Ahmad Zarruq’s classic work in explaining this invocation.


Introduction – Part 1

The reality of litanies and their purpose, rules, and related matters

Introduction – Part 2

The requirements for composing a litany and using it, and the proper intention of the one who composes it and the one who uses it, and the ruling of this and matters adjacent to it

Introduction – Part 3

Why this litany is called the ‘Litany of the Sea’, why it was composed, how it should be used, the rulings of travel by sea and the special qualities of the sea


Conclusion – Part 1

Concerning the issue of belief, criticism and imitation

Conclusion – Part 2

The valid areas of imitation, what it brings, and its ruling

Conclusion – Part 3

How conduct should be imitated



Some important matters that people following the spiritual path require, whether they be in the world of isolation or the world of means