Salat al-Mashishiyya was transmitted by the great saint and Gnostic Abd al-Salam Ibn Mashish. Of the well-known formulas of prayer, this is one of the best, and its virtues are immense. It is effective for forging a special connection (nisbat) with the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ and for seeing him in dreams. It is considered the most important prayer upon the Prophet ﷺ in the Shadhili Tariqa.
O Allah, send prayers upon the one from whom the spiritual secrets were sundered, and from whom the lights burst forth, and in whom the ultimate realities arose. The one in whom descended the knowledge of Adam and thus stymied all of creation, and before whom all understandings dwindled. The gardens of the dominion (malakut) are fair with the flowering of his resplendent beauty, and the pools of the omnipotence (jabarut) pour forth through his ever-flowing illuminations. And there is nothing except that it is conditioned by him, since if not for the means, the end—as has been said—would have gone. Send upon him such a prayer that truly befits You—from You unto him as is deserving to him.
O Allah, indeed, he is Your all-embracing secret, the guide unto You, and Your Supreme Sentinel standing for You, before You.
O Allah! Connect me with his lineage, realize me through his excellence, grant me knowledge of him—knowledge through which I attain salvation from the streams of ignorance, and by which I may sip from the streams of bounty. And carry me on his path unto Your Divine Presence—with a carrying surrounded by Your aid. And hurl me against falsehood so I smash it, and plunge me into the seas of Absolute Oneness, and pluck me from the mires of affirming unity, and drown me in the centre of the sea of oneness until I neither see nor hear nor find nor sense anything but by it.
O Allah! Make the Supreme Sentinel the life of my spirit, and make his spirit the secret of my reality, and make his reality the connector of my realms, by the realization of the first truth. O First! O Last! O Outward! O Inward!
Hear my plea as You heard the plea of Your servant Zakariyya. And grant me victory through You and for You, and aid me through You and for You, and join me and You, and come between me and other than You.
Allah, Allah, Allah! Verily the One who has enjoined the Quran upon you shall most certainly bring you back to a return (28:88) O our Lord! Grant us a mercy from You, and grant us rectitude in our affair (18:10)
May Allah send prayers and abundant salutations upon him and his Family and Companions. Glorified is your Lord, the Lord of Honor, above what they describe. And may peace be upon the Emissaries, and all praise is due to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds. (37:180-183)
Salat al-Mashishiyya Benefits
About Salat al-Mashishiyya, the erudite Sayyid Muhammad Ibn Abidin, a prominent scholar and jurist from Syri, and author of the famous Radd al-Muhtar ala al-Dur al-Mukhtar, said in his thabat:
I have also received the prayer of the Shaykh and Imam, the Pole and knower of Allah and guide unto Him, the possessor of the luminous spiritual path and tremendous and radiant spiritual states, the one of Prophetic lineage and excellent character, our master and liege lord, scion of the Prophetic Household, Abd al-Salam Ibn Mashish — pronounced with a ba or a mim — al-Husayni al-Maghribi (d. 622 ah).
This prayer was mentioned by al-Shihab Ahmad al-Nakhl and his student al-Shihab al-Manini and their respective thabats. Al-Nakhli mentioned that he received the prayer from Shaykhs Ahmad al-Babuli and Isa al-Tha’alabi. He said, “He [Shaykh Isa] instructed me to recite it once after the Dawn Prayer and once after the Sunset Prayer…. I also saw in some annotated copies of the prayer that it should be recited three times daily: after the Dawn Prayer, after the Sunset Prayer and after the Night Prayer. So great are the lights and secrets obtained from this prayer that only Allah knows their reality In reciting this prayer there comes divine succor and the lordly spiritual opening (al-fath al-rabbani). The one who makes it his regular practice to recite this prayer will remain in a state of truthfulness and sincerity; his breast will be expanded and his affair will be made easy, and he will enjoy the protection of Allah from all travails, tribulations, and sicknesses, inwardly and outwardly; he will be granted victory against all foes; he will receive Allah’s tremendous divine assistance in all of his affairs; he will be looked upon with the eye of Allah’s solicitude and concern—the Generous and Bestower—and the solicitude of His Messenger, may Allah send prayers and peace upon him and his Family and Companions. The benefit of this prayer will manifest when it is recited regularly and with truthfiilness, sincerity, and God-consciousness — and whosoever obeys Allah and His Messenger and fears Allah and keeps conscious of Him, then it is they who are the triumphant. (24:52)