The Goodly Word
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 The Goodly Word
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Ibn Taymiyah
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Contents – The Goodly Word

  • Preface by Dr. Sheikh Yusuf al Qaragawi
  • in Arabic with English Translation ……………………… a-r
  • Introduction in English ….. …… …. … … ………………… .. 6
  • Introduction in Arabic .. …… ……….. .. ….. .. .. …… .. .. …… 34
  • Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyyah’s Introduction in Arabic with English Translation …… …………….. ……………….
  • The Arabic Text of al-Kalim a.t-.Tayyib with English translation facing …….. ….. ……… ………… ………………. 72
  • Index … …… …. ………. ……….. ……… ………. ……. … ….. … 344

INTRODUCTION – The Goodly Word

Praise be to Allah and blessings and peace on our master the Messenger of Allah and on his family and Companions and on those who summon people to his message.

We have found that the Islamic library is still in need of a book combining a number of ducat and dhikr that are ma’thiir (authentically transmitted), together with the translation of their meanings into English. Such duca’ and dhikr, being given in the original Arabic form, will be comprehensible to readers of Arabic, both Arabs and others, and are provided with the necessary explanatory aids; at the same time they will in translation be easily understood by readers of English.

For this purpose our choice has fallen on the book The Goodly Word by Sheikh al-Islam Taqi ad-Din Al)mad ibn Taymiyyah, who died in A.H. 728, because of its concise nature and because it is confined to those of the Goodly Word that are ma’thiir, and owing to its general acceptance among people. This book has been well received and given due attention by scholars in the past. We have nevertheless shortened it slightly in order to make it suitable for publication together with its translation, as explained hereinafter.

We thought it would be useful to provide the book with a short introduction making clear the significance of duca’ and dhikr and their place among Islamic religious observances; enumerating the authorised sources for duca’ and dhikr that are ma’thiir; mentioning the most well­ known books composed on this subject; explaining our contribution to the compilation of this book, a shortened version of The Goodly Word; and dealing with the well­ founded attitude that ducii’ and dhikr should be restricted to those that are ma’thiir, while giving the ruling on using ducii’ and dhikr that are not ma’thiir, and the legal reservations in employing translations of their meanings into other languages.

The status of duca’ and dhikr in Islamic religious observances

A duca’ is a calling upon Allah the Almighty in seeking His help, His benevolence, and His mercy in all affairs of religion and daily life. The Prophet (may the blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) has described it by saying “Duca’ is worship,” [01]It was related by at-Tinnidhi, who said that it was a good and sound Hadith, also by Abu Dawud and Ibn Majah meaning that it is its essence and innermost core. It is the response to Allah the Almighty’s words in the Holy Qur’an, “And your Lord hath said: Pray unto Me and I will hear your praye r,” [02]Qur’an 40.60 and His saying, “And when My servants question thee concerning Me, then surely I am nigh. I answer the prayer of the suppliant when he crieth unto Me,” [03]Qur’in 2.186 being an affinnation of the belief in the Oneness of Allah and of sincere

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References / Footnotes

01It was related by at-Tinnidhi, who said that it was a good and sound Hadith, also by Abu Dawud and Ibn Majah
02Qur’an 40.60
03Qur’in 2.186