Sayyid Amiruddin

Researcher of Political Science & Classical Islam. Initiated by the Khwajagan i-Naqshband.

Re: Nad e ‘Ali – The Imaginary Call to ‘Ali – by Sayyid Ahmed Amiruddin

Q. We visited regarding Nad e ‘Ali but were unable to find a proper response to our query.  The Pakistani army recites Nad e ‘Ali during military exercises and when they are at war.  Is it permissible to recite Nad e ‘Ali (the call to ‘Ali) and if so, is this practice limited to the Indian Sub-continent, and if indeed it is permissible to recite, is there any precedence by the elders of the Naqshbandiyya establishing its recital? 

A.  In his book “Intibiah fi salasil awliya Allah” [Urdu], Hadrat Shah Wali Allah Muhaddith ad-Dahlawi includes the chain of his Ijazah in the Khalwati Ishqi Shattariyya Tariqat and its awrad and wadhaif.  According to Hadrat Shah Wali Allah Muhaddith ad-Dahlawi in the same book, its awrad and wadhaif  include Nad e ‘Ali.  The Khalwati Ishqi al-Shattariyya Tariqat is traced back to Sultan ul-‘Arifin Abu Yazid al-Bistami through Khwaja Abul Hasan ‘Ali al-Kharqani.

Furthermore, in the Shama i-Shabastaan of Imam Ahmad Rida Khan Qadiri, Sufi Iqbal Ahmed Nuri lists fifteen benefits of Nad e ‘Ali narrated by Imam Ja’far al-Sadiq, the fifth GrandShaykh of one version of the widely published Naqshbandi Golden Chain.  This establishes its recital as permissible, not limited to the Indian Sub-continent, and as a practice of the elders of the Naqshbandiyya, since Imam Ja’far al-Sadiq, Sultan ul-‘Arifin Abu Yazid al-Bistami, and Khwaja Abul Hasan ‘Ali al-Kharqani are all in the earliest generation of the Naqshbandi Golden Chain.


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