Shaykh al-‘Alawi

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:

Here is autobio translated into English by brother Khalid Williams:

Here an article about his legacy:

A biography in German:

He is the founder of the ‘Alawiyyah Sufi – order. This is their website (in French):

Martin Lings wrote a beautiful biography on the shaykh (with the title: “A Sufi Saint of the Twentieth Century“), which can be bought here:

Here is a book review of this book:

I first got to know about this shaykh when I read the wonderful book “Sufism, the heart of Islam” (in Dutch; here: It is available in English ( and written by the grandson of the shaykh: Khaled Bentounes (see:

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:

An interesting documentary on shaykh al-‘Alawi and his heritage in Algeria (with Khaled Bentounes) can be seen here (3 parts in French):

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”:

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:

Another translated work of the shaykh can be read here (al-Mawadd al-Ghawthiyyah):

An article of the shaykh on the Salawat on Muhammad s.a.w.s.:


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