It has been a while since I wrote a post but I’m back. I’ll not p0st that much as before though anymore.
This post will be about a contemporary great Sufi shaykh by the name of Ahmad al-‘Alawi from Algeria who passed away in 1934. This is what ‘Wikipedia’ writes about him: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ahmad_al-Alawi
Here is autobio translated into English by brother Khalid Williams: http://muridslog.blogspot.com/2007/11/shaykh-ahmad-al-alawi-his-life-in-his.html
Here an article about his legacy: http://muridslog.blogspot.com/2007/12/sheikh-al-alawis-legacy.html
A biography in German: http://www.livingislam.org/alawi_d.html
He is the founder of the ‘Alawiyyah Sufi – order. This is their website (in French): http://aisa-net.com/
Martin Lings wrote a beautiful biography on the shaykh (with the title: “A Sufi Saint of the Twentieth Century“), which can be bought here: http://kitaabun.com/shopping3/product_info.php?products_id=1741
Here is a book review of this book: http://www.studiesincomparativereligion.com/Public/articles/Notes_on_the_Shaikh_al-Alawi-by_Michel_Valsan.aspx
I first got to know about this shaykh when I read the wonderful book “Sufism, the heart of Islam” (in Dutch; here: http://www.bol.com/nl/p/nederlandse-boeken/soefisme-hart-van-de-islam/1001004002907545/index.html). It is available in English (http://www.amazon.ca/Sufism-Heart-Sheikh-Khaled-Tounes/dp/1890772267) and written by the grandson of the shaykh: Khaled Bentounes (see: http://www.nazr-e-kaaba.com/sheikh_bentounes.php).
There is another good book on the shaykh as well: Two Who Attained : Twentieth-Century Sufi Saints: Shaykh Ahmad al-‘Alawi & Fatima al-Yashrutiyya, Selections translated from Shaykh Ahmad al-‘Alawi’s The Divine Graces and a Treatise on the Invocation, ISBN 1887752692 by Leslie Cadavid (translator) and Seyyed Hossein Nasr (introduction), ed. Fons Vitae (2006)
An e-book with some adhkar / munajat of the shaykh can be downloaded here: http://www.bhurgri.com/bhurgri/munajatpdf.php
An interesting documentary on shaykh al-‘Alawi and his heritage in Algeria (with Khaled Bentounes) can be seen here (3 parts in French): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qwePr48xXXQ
Shaykh al-‘Alawi wrote a very nice book on tasawwuf as a response for those who reject this science (better to say: the Salafis). This book has been translated into English and can be downloaded as a PDF here with the title “A kind word in response to those who reject Sufism”: http://etd.uwc.ac.za/usrfiles/modules/etd/docs/etd_gen8Srv25Nme4_2865_1208521705.pdf
A Sufi commentary (translated to English) on the poem and classical Maliki text “al-Murshid al-Mu’in” by the shaykh (title: Knowledge of God) can be bought here: http://www.onlineislamicstore.com/b8798.html
Another translated work of the shaykh can be read here (al-Mawadd al-Ghawthiyyah): http://www.bogvaerker.dk/mawadd.html
An article of the shaykh on the Salawat on Muhammad s.a.w.s.: http://marifah.net/articles/Salawat-alawi.pdf