Concerning the Affirmation of Divine Oneness-Risala fi't-Tawhid

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  • Author: Shaikh Wali Raslan ad-Dimashqi
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 Concerning the Affirmation of Divine Oneness
(Risala fi't-Tawhid) A Treatise on Hidden Association (Shirk Khafi)
by Shaikh Wali Raslan ad-Dimashqi (d. A.H. 540)
Including: Kitab Fath ar-Rahman [Book of the Inspiration of the All-Merciful], a commentary on the Risala of Shaikh Wali Raslan. By Shaikh Zakariyya' al-Ansari (d, A.H. 926/1520 C.E)
Sharh Fath ar-Rahman, a second commentary on the Risala of Shaikh Wali Raslan by Shaikh 'Ali ibn 'Atiyya 'Alawan al-Hamawi
Translated by Muhtar Holland

In the original handwritten manuscripts the Malfuzat is usually found as an appendix or attachment to Al-Fath ar-Rabbani [The Sublime Revelation]. It is a collection of many pieces of wise advice that do not fit neatly into the discourses in that book. In it are answers to questions put to him by disciples and those who attended the discourse sessions, extemporaneous advice, and most importantly, the Shaikh discusses the high level of aspiration possible for the ordinary person, and the way to accomplish it. First translation into English, by Muhtar Holland.

Saikh Wali Raslan spend most of his earthly life, including his final moments? As indicated by his universally accepted surname, ad-Dimashqi, the undisputed answer to this question is the Syrian city of Damascus.
Sources for his year of death suggests that he died shortly after A.H. 540/1145 C.E., to A.H. 695/1296 C.E., to as late as A.H. 711/1369 C.E.
He was One of the leading Shaikhs who paid glowing tribute to Shaikh 'Abd al-Qadir al-Jilani (may Allah be well pleased with him)] was that splendid exemplar, Shaikh Raslan ad-Dimashqi (may Allah be well pleased with him).There is no shortage of information

Concerning the author of Kitab Fath ar-Rahman [Book of the Inspiration of the All-Merciful], a commentary on the Risala of Shaikh Wali Raslan. We know that Shaikh Zakariyya' al-Ansari died in Cairo in A.H. 926/1520 C.E., having lived for a full hundred years. As a renowned exponent of the Shafi'i school of Islamic jurisprudence [fiqh], he acquired the honorary title of Shaikh al-Islam. His fame is widespread in the Islamic world, and his works have attracted particular attention in Indonesia and Malaysia

As for the author of Sharh Fath ar-Rahman, our second commentary on the Risala of Shaikh Wali Raslan, we have only the scantiest information to offer the reader. We can merely state that his name is 'Ali ibn 'Atiyya 'Alawan al-Hamawi,6 that he died in A.H. 939/1530 C.E., and that his work became known in Indonesia. However late in the day, the quality of his work entitles him to wider recognition.