The Rare Gift And The Key
To Opening The Door Of Union
Syed Muhammad Naquib al-Attas
The Ratib of habib 'Umar b. 'Abd al-Rahman al-'Attas, translated from the Arabic with notes and explanatory remarks by Sayyid Muhammad Naquib al-Attas.
Benefit (Reported from one of the Fathers)
Among the special benefits derived from this great Ratib are the gift of a ling life and a good end for whoever regularly reads it morning and evening. Whoever preserves and practices it will be protected from calamity on land and on sea. Its reading is most beneficial for whoever does it in a place alone and with ablution facing the qiblah and supplicating God his need and, God willing, it will be granted him. And it has been confirmed that he who recites it 41 times would realize his need. For one who regularly preserves the reading of this Ratib, God will protect his life and his wealth, and he will be vouchsafed a praiseworthy end in life and victory over his enemies. This Ratib is called by some ‘The Cream of Invocations’, and ‘The Magnet of Mysteries’ for whoever reads it regularly night and day. It is also called ‘The Invulnerable Citadel’, and ‘The Rare Gift’, and ‘The Key to Opening the Door of Union’. And among the special benefits of this Ratib is that whoever regularly reads it, it will protect 40 houses of neighbours and their inhabitants from fire and flood and burglary; and one of its special benefits for whoever perseveres in the reading of it is protection against witchcraft and sorcery directed against him, and a cure if one is already affected by them.
-Muhammad b. Salim b. Ahmad b. Hasan al-‘Attas