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Types of blessings
Numeral blessing, supplying blessing and optical or corporeal blessing, the numeral blessing is that which have number:
The biggest book in this is Dala'el Al-Khayrat (Guides for the good) by Sheikh Al-Jazooly (May Allah be pleased with him), he was one of the great men.
The secret why he was occupied by blessing upon the messenger of Allah was a girl, he was thirsty and went to drink from a well in Morocco, he couldn’t drink because the water was far deep, that well was next to a palace, suddenly a girl looked out of a balcony in the palace and looked at the water in the well, the water rises until she drinks it by her lips without a glass or any other thing. He looked at her by great surprise and asked her: How did you reach this level?
She said: By blessing upon the prophet (May the blessings and peace of Allah be upon him).
Sheikh Al-Jazooly occupied himself by blessing upon the prophet at once, because he was completely occupied by this, he made for himself daily part of this, and everyday's part different from the others and also weekly part, he wrote down this in a book called Dala'el Al-Khayrat.
This man was so occupied by blessing upon the prophet (May the blessings and peace of Allah be upon him), after his death, he came in dream to one of his family and asked him to move his body to another place in the city of Fas in Morocco, this was eighty three years after his death. When they disentombed him, they found his shroud and his body as it was just buried, they even smelled perfume from his tomb, they knew that this was because of blessing upon the messenger of Allah (May the blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) and Dala'el Al-Khayrat became popular.
Any deed becomes popular oh my lovers, it is a sign of the truthfulness and sincerity of its doer. E.g. the juristic doctrines were more than 30 doctrines, why were the four doctrines of Abi-Haneefah, Malik, Ashafe'ey and Ahmed got popular?
Because of their truthfulness and their sincerity to Allah, and so Dala'el Al-Khayrat was very popular because this man was truthful and sincere to Allah, however Dala'el Al-Khayrat contains: Oh Allah, pray, peace and bless upon our master Mohammed as the number of atoms of sand, drops of seas and leaves of trees, all are built upon numbers, can Allah give us the favor of those numeral blessing according to these numbers?
No, He gives you the favor of one blessing as if you blessed once upon the prophet. This is called numeral blessing as it is based on number and it comes as a result of thinking. A man got occupied by the messenger of Allah and he wanted to bless upon him, he thought about that, then he came by these forms, once he mentions trees, another time he mentions seas, a third time he mentions birds and so on. These are numeral blessings, what is its name? Dala'el Al-Khayrat, i.e. it guides to the good deeds.
Then Imam Abul-Aza'em said:
What Allah inspired me of blessings not only guide you but also give you the good deeds at once, so he called it Nayl Al-Khayrat (Getting the good deeds), and got means took or had e.g. so and so got the order of merit i.e. he took it.
It is that which our master the messenger of Allah supplies righteous people with, he supplies all righteous people either by one form or two forms or more and they are all gifts, so you see each righteous man has a famous form.
These forms were collected in our time by a righteous man, he is Sheikh Yusof Annabahany (May Allah be pleased with him), this man lived in the 20th century; he was a judge in a court in Beirut. Allah enabled him to collect these blessings in one big book about 700 pages called Sa'adat Addarayn fessalah Ala Sayed Al-Kawnayn (the happiness of both lives by blessing upon the master of the two universes), in this book he mentioned all the forms narrated after righteous people starting from our master Imam Ali till today, e.g. it was narrated after my master Abel-Abbas Al-Morsey (May Allah be pleased with him): (Oh Allah, bless upon our master Mohammed as the value of Your love to him, by his dignity to You, send away what we suffer from, oh my God, I don’t ask You to stop predestination but I ask You to be benignant in it.)
It was narrated after my master Abdel-Salam Ibn-Masheesh: (Oh Allah, bless upon whom from him the secrets were split and lights were broken out.)
Some people of the way of Sufis call this form the means and read it in the morning and in the evening with some verses of Koran and other remembrances. The blessings of righteous people usually have life because they are inspirations from our master the messenger of Allah; we can call them inspiration blessings or supplying blessings because our master the messenger of Allah supplied them with it.
In fact, oh lovers, this is not boasting but it is talking about the bounty of Allah upon us, when we started the lights of the lover, we used to bless upon him (May the blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) by the blessings of Imam Abul-Aza'em, countless blessings were flowing to us, if we wrote it down, it would be volumes full of temporal inspirations, but we didn’t have time to do this because we only seek Him. Thanks God inspiration is found in the school of Imam Abul-Aza'em (May Allah be pleased with him) supported by the messenger of Allah (May the blessings and peace of Allah be upon him).