The Secret of Divine Alchemy: In Praise of the Most Beloved

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A 40-piece collection of poetry & prose in praise of the Beloved Prophet Muhammad, choicest peace and blessings be upon him, by Walid Lounès Bouzerar. Foreword by H.E Shaykh Muhammad Bin Yahya al-Ninowy.

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"My dear brother Walid Lounès Bouzerar (may Allah preserve him and look after him) sent me this collection of poetry that expresses love for the Beloved Prophet and Physician ﷺ. After reading it I said to myself ﴾Verily I smell the scent of Yūsuf﴿ (12:94); looking at some of its verses, I smelled the fragrant scent of love for Allah Most High and love for His Messenger a and his Pure Family, especially our masters from the People of the Cloak (Ahl al-Kisāʾ--Sayyidunā ʿAlī, Fāṭima, al-Ḥasan, and al-Ḥusayn), peace be upon them, and his pure wives from the Mothers of the Believers, especially our liege lady and beloved mother Khadīja, and our liege lady and mother ʿĀʾisha Umm ʿAbdillāh (may Allah be pleased with them and make them well-pleased), and his senior most Companions, especially our master Abū Bakr al-Ṣiddīq (may Allah be pleased with him and make him well-pleased).
I say that Walid has gathered goodness entirely, so praise be to Allah by whose grace all good things come to fruition! I ask Allah Most High to grant Walid success in what He loves and is pleased with, and to accept this work and make it sincerely for His Noble sake. Such is in Allah's power, and all praise is due to Allah the Lord of the Worlds."

Muhammad b. Yahya b. Muhammad al-Husayni al-Ninowy al-Shafiʿi. May Allah Most High forgive him, his parents, and all of the believers.

Excerpt of the foreword from "The Secret of Divine Alchemy: In Praise of the Most Beloved ﷺ"

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"The Secret of Divine Alchemy: In Praise of the Most Beloved" by theyoung poet Walid Lounes Bouzerar is a rhapsodic and courageousdeclaration of love for the Prophet Muhammad, may God bless him and give him peace, in an age that has largely lost touch with spiritual passion so essential to attaining Divine knowledge in the Way of Islam. Thereis a consensus among all the masters of the Way that the seeker cannever achieve transcendence and perfect his or her faith without intense love for the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him. And it isthrough the constant invocation of blessings upon the Prophet that thislove takes hold of the heart of the believer. And this love carries theheart to the intimate presence of God. Bouzerar, through thiscollection, provides a living and often moving example of a seekerflooding his heart and soul with loving remembrance and praise of theProphet, peace and blessings be upon him.

His poems invoke the classical tropes used by the ancient sages:

"Our praise of him is but a mirror
Reflecting the Ocean of his Light"

O Allah, this Light You have named Muhammad
I stand before those men--
Those men whose hearts have been consumed
Drenched in these Ahmadan manifestations
I stand in awe
My heart bewildered"

These are not flights of fancy but songs of a genuine traveller on thePath. I first met the poet in the Zawiya of Shaykh Muhammad ibnAl-Habib, may God be well pleased with him, in Meknes, in the presenceof an astounding and wild majdhoub who commanded us to invoke praise onthe Prophet Muhammad 500,000 times. "When I made this invocation Iwitnessed the Prophet 80 times!" the majdhoub exclaimed. These are theexpressions of a true seeker who has filled his life with remembranceand love and the company of the lovers.

The soulless and heretical manifestations of Islam that have led toextremist atrocities carried out under a black flag, have alienated theworld and driven many young Muslims to an emotional atheism that rejects religion altogether.

"The nafs is inclined to extremist tendencies by nature
Islam came to subdue them
The one who uses the outer shell to feed the whims of his nafs
Is bereft of its expansive inner dimensions.
Subjected and enslaved to literalism and forms
Bereft of its mercy and metamorphic properties
Deprived of the Lights bursting through Proximity
The soul is like an orphan
Distanced from the Presence of its Lord"

Bouzerar's collection presents an antidote to this virus and luminous and heartful alternative to this dark vision.

"And a wonder of this name Muhammad
Is that it draws the lovers together
Folding up the lands and seas
Hearts connected by this perfumed name,
And it repels the hypocrites and disbelievers
Such that it produces an aura of protection
For the fortunate being blessed with having
This sacred name etched in the heart"

- Michael Sugich, Author of 'Signs on the Horizons'

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