The Litany of Protection, “The Loftiest Pearl” [ad-dawr al-A’la], also known as the “Orison of Protection” [hizb al-wiqaya].
Statement of the prayer’s properties by the AH 12th–13th century commentator
al-Dåmuni ̈ given below.
I ask Allåh…that [the prayer] may benefit whoever recites it with sincerity and firm inner belief, and that it may achieve their desired end for whoever perseveres in the benefits it contains, for He is the One who Bestows with Noble Generosity, the One who Knows the condition of those who recite. Whoever uses what is in the prayer or recites it with complete inner belief may achieve their desired goal, but whoever recites it or uses its benefits while raising objections will gain nothing but distress and corruption. I include…some of the benefits of this great prayer, in respect to which the response will never fail provided that one has a pure heart. Among its benefits are the following:
Whoever reads it regularly and diligently morning and evening need not fear poverty, blindness or broken bones. He will be in God’s secure custody en route and at rest on land and at sea. He need not fear beasts of prey, loss of his possessions, accidents, aches and pains, illnesses, shadow companions (male and female), disobedient and insolent jinn, or malicious storm demons.13 He need not fear the arrows of war, for he will always be victori- ous, never defeated. He need not fear any kind of enemy, human or jinn.14 He need not fear highway robbers, for Allåh will rip to utter shreds anyone who stands against him. If the one who recites the prayer boards a ship, he need not fear harm or malady, being taken captive, drowning, or any epidemic, be it airborne or earth-bound, on land or at sea, nor the ship being holed and torn apart.15
Whoever recites the prayer will be safe from enemies and evil oppressors and from all the unjust and envious in all the worlds.16 He will be respected and well-liked by all who see him, and they will be unable to endure being away from him. He will be like the sun and the moon among the stars: the heavenly and earthly worlds will love him all his life. He will be protected from migraine, headache, throbbing and shooting pain, tooth, ear, eye and stomach ache, facial palsy, hemiplegia, convulsions, and every malady that afflicts humankind.17 He will be protected from devilish insinuations and thoughts, will have pleasant dreams, and will see only what gladdens him in all his days.
Whoever recites [the prayer] will be released from imprison- ment, constraint and captivity, especially if his reciting is deep- rooted and strong. [Reciting the prayer] makes childbirth easy for the divorcee, and through it every pressing need is met. It removes fevers and chills, and brings home strays and runaways. It reminds one of the Testimony of Faith (shahåda) at the time of death, and helps one in the questioning of the two angels, and in the fear caused by sudden death.18 It awakens the heart from the slumber of heedlessness, and helps in sincere repentance and in erasing one’s lapses and errors. It elevates one to the highest stations, in this world and after death. It preserves one from asso- ciation with the Evil One19 and from the serious afflictions that affect babies.20 It safeguards the one who recites it from all kinds of jinn, from colic and neuralgia, and from all winds, especially the ill wind21 of the evening and morning. It protects against the sting of scorpions and the bite of vipers and snakes, against infectious diseases and plague, and whatever harms humankind. It thwarts black magic and all machinations, and the knots of ill-intent.22 It repels from whoever recites it the army and sol- diers of the enemy, bequeaths the memorising of knowledge and the meanings of the glorious Qur¤an, and preserves the heart and mind from thoughts [insinuated by] the accursed [Satan]. If recited after ¡aßr it removes misery and poverty, especially if s¬rat al-Wåqi¡a is recited too, because this s¬ra is an irresistible force.23
We have mentioned just some of the benefits: strive for them, you who have freed yourself from bondage to habits. Benefit is in accordance with sincerity, faithfulness and firm inner belief; lack of benefit results from distrust and ignominious objecting.
The one who firmly believes will be in enduring felicity in this world, in the isthmus (barzakh) and on the Appointed Day, while the one who raises objections will be in a painful torment: hell suffices for him, an evil resting place.
These results arise only through the [spiritual] breaths (al- anfås), that is, by receiving [instruction regarding] them from Masters of Wisdom (al-såda al-akyås).24 If someone is without these [spiritual] breaths, it is as if he builds a wall without a foun- dation. However, if he can’t find a perfect one (al-kåmil), then he should make pure his intention in this matter, and perhaps he will acquire some of these benefits, if his innermost intention is good. What we have mentioned is sufficient for those who seek, and the [prayer’s] benefits are not hidden from the perfect ones.
*** Maulana Sheikh Nazim al-Haqqani ar-Rabbani QS, may Allah Almighty continuously raise their soul and blessings, read the above dua on Fridays (morning and ocassionally after Asr) after Dalail al-Kharat (also found in the side columns in the text) Friday reading dedicating it Sheikh Muhammad al-Jazuli QS and Sheikh Muhyiddin Ibn al-Arabi QS.