Patterns of Contemplation | The Blessing prayer of Effusion | الصلاة الفيضيةالكبرى على الحقيقة المحمدية

Patterns of Contemplation | The Blessing prayer of Effusion | الصلاة الفيضيةالكبرى على الحقيقة المحمدية

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Arabic Title: الصلاة الفيضية على الحقيقة المحمدية
English Title: Patterns of Contemplation
Editor: Stephen Hirtenstein
Pages: 320
Year of Publication: 2021
Edition: 1st
Language: English
Binding: Hardbound مجلد
Weight: 0.60 kg

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Patterns of Contemplation is a translation, edition and study of one of the most remarkable prayers ever composed in praise of the reality of the Human Being, known as The Blessing-Prayer of Effusion upon the Reality of Muhammad (al-Ṣalāt al-fayḍiyya al-Muḥammadiyya).

‘this apparently humble text is as fine an example of its kind as the Blue Mosque of Istanbul is in relation to Ottoman architecture or the Great Mosque of Córdoba and the Alhambra in Andalusia…this prayer has the capacity to make a fundamental impact on the reader and their state of knowledge and being’ (p. 3)


This special type of devotional prayer, invoking God’s blessings upon the Prophet Muhammad or the Reality of the Human Being, which is well known throughout the Islamic world, seems to have first become popular in the Maghrib (West) from the time of Ibn ʿArabi (d. 1240) onwards. Pablo Beneito and Stephen Hirtenstein provide the first critical edition of the Arabic text and English/Spanish translation of The Blessing-Prayer of Effusion, along with a fully annotated commentary, transliteration and recording. Although this well-known short prayer has been attributed since the 18th century to Ibn ʿArabi, the authors argue persuasively that it was actually written by Abdullah Bosnevi (d. 1644), a major Ottoman follower of the school of Ibn ʿArabi who originated from Bosnia. Also included is a brief introduction to the genre of blessing-prayer and one of its earliest examples in Arabic and English, The Prayer of Blessing attributed to ʿAbd al-ʿAziz al-Mahdawi (d. 1224), Ibn ʿArabi’s friend and mentor in Tunis (to whom he addressed the Futūḥāt al-Makkiyya).

Over five introductory chapters and five appendices which surround the text of The Blessing-Prayer of Effusion, Pablo Beneito and Stephen Hirtenstein carefully uncover the extraordinarily rich meanings, kaleidoscopic structure, rhymes and symbolism that it contains, and show how they are interwoven in a majestically beautiful architecture of mysticism and poetry.

This is not only a prayer for recitation but an embodied invitation to the most profound contemplations on the nature of the Truly Human Being (al-insān al-kāmil).

About the author

Stephen Hirtenstein is director of Anqa Publishing, Senior Research Fellow of the Muhiyddin Ibn Arabi Society and editor of the Society Journal, and a freelance Senior Editor for the Institute of Ismaili Studies (London). His main research interest is in the works of Ibn ‘Arabi and his school, and he has numerous publications including the Unlimited Mercifier and translations of Ibn ‘Arabi’s works. Pablo Beneito is currently Professor (Profesor Titular) at the Department of Translation and Interpretation, Facultad de Letras, University of Murcia. Specialising in the study of Islamic thought and Sufism, he has taught courses and contributed to conferences in some twenty countries and directed more than 30 international congresses. As an author, editor and translator he has published extensively on Ibn ‘Arabi and the mystical tradition. In 2011 he became the Director of MIAS Latina (www.ibnarabisociety.es), and since 2014 the Director and Editor of El Azufre Rojo

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1 review for Patterns of Contemplation | The Blessing prayer of Effusion | الصلاة الفيضيةالكبرى على الحقيقة المحمدية

  1. Joseph Wu

    This book is lovely. exquisitely so.

    The translation and the commentary about the text are beautiful.
    Arabi was an absolute master…a human unlike any other, for the level of material he left to the world. His work is monumental, and speaks to every religious tradition….anyone on the journey to Realization. It is high time these texts are available to the west.

    It is a real treasure.
    One person found this helpful

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